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Cumberland County College and Rowan University partner to offer academic support for STEM majors

Wednesday, November 1, 2017
Cumberland County College is pleased to announce a collaboration with Rowan University that will provide institutional support to help biology students make transitions at a critical stage in their development as scientists.

STEM students with microscopeThe Cumberland County College Bridge to Rowan (CB2R) program is funded through the National Institutes of Health. The program’s goal is to increase the baccalaureate completion of underrepresented, low-income Biomedical Science students who start at the community college level and are well prepared for biomedical research careers or graduate programs.

This comprehensive academic and mentoring program will provide students with academic, mentoring and research opportunities from their freshmen year at Cumberland County College through their graduation with the baccalaureate from Rowan University. The program will help to diversify the biomedical research workforce by bringing new perspectives, establishing important connections to diverse populations, and improving the results produced by this workforce.

“I am eager to team up with our partners at Rowan University,” said Dr. Mark Randa, Associate Professor of Science at Cumberland County College. “The Cumberland Bridge to Rowan program is an incredible opportunity for both the students and the faculty at Cumberland. For the first time, students on our campus will be participating in authentic research with the possibility of publishing. This grant will provide our students a truly unique experience that will give them a competitive advantage as they continue their study of biology.”

Cumberland will work closely with Rowan University to develop a four-course biology sequence that will seamlessly transfer directly to Rowan’s biological sciences baccalaureate program.

“I am very excited to get to work with my collaborators from Cumberland County College,” said Dr. Alison Krufka, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Rowan University. “Through this program, teams of talented educators and researchers at Cumberland County College and Rowan University can provide students the opportunity to gain valuable research experience and excel in their study of biology.”

CB2R scholars will participate in a summer research clinic at Cumberland County College that continues through their sophomore year. After graduating from Cumberland, the students will be fully integrated into the research laboratory of Rowan University and will experience a complete spectrum of activities associated with carrying out hypothesis-driven research. Additional CB2R opportunities include, attending and presenting at the Rowan STEM Symposium, and at a national student research conference.

For complete details about the Cumberland County College Bridges to Rowan program, visit: www.cccnj.edu/CB2R