A Mind for Business

School of Business senior’s pursuit of excellence began with Rutgers–Camden in middle school

Through Rutgers University–Camden’s years of support and guidance, Emanuel Rodriguez secured a prestigious undergraduate research fellowship at Harvard University.

 Rodriguez is among 28 undergraduates from across the United States selected to the 2022 cohort of fellows in the prestigious Program for Research in Markets and Organizations (PRIMO) fellowship at Harvard. During the 10-week summer program in Boston, Rodriguez was afforded professional development and networking opportunities, and formed new friendships.

 Rodriguez has been involved in Rutgers University–Camden programs for so many years, he considers the campus his home.

 As a middle school student, Rodriguez got his first taste of college life through the Rutgers Future Scholars (RFS) program, which put him on track to succeed in high school and attend college. Rutgers–Camden is where he learned to value education and to develop interests toward a career path.

 For Rodriguez, participating in the program was life changing. “RFS made sure education was always a top priority in my life,” said the Camden native. “Throughout my secondary education, RFS helped me with my classes, with homework, preparing to take the SAT, and in applying to college.”

Rutgers School of Business–Camden

Rutgers School of Business–Camden

A senior finance and accounting major in the School of Business­–Camden, Rodriguez has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his college career, thanks to his campus mentors, including Dr. Justin Deng, an assistant professor of accounting, and the skills he learned from the program beginning at the age of 13. Rodriguez is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honors society, and Beta Alpha Psi, the International Honors Society for Financial Information.

 Rodriguez serves as a campus ambassador, providing tours to new students. He is also the treasurer of the Women’s Student Association and leads workshops for the Rutgers School of Business-Camden’s BizEd Summer Leadership Program for high school students.

The Honors College student developed research skills by serving as a research assistant for Oscar Holmes IV, associate professor of human resources and organizational behavior, and another one of Rodriguez’s mentors. The opportunity led Rodriguez to apply for the research fellowship at Harvard. 

Creative Design: Beatris Santos
Photography: Ron Downes Jr.

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