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ODASIS Works to Help Disadvantaged Students Succeed in Sciences

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—The Rutgers Office for Diversity and Scholarship in the Sciences (ODASIS) began thirty years ago through the efforts of Dr. Francine Essien, a Black Rutgers biology professor.

She worked six or seven days a week, called students over winter break to encourage them, and was often the "anonymous donor" whose donations came in when money for books and stipends dwindled.