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Rowan University Receives NSF Grant for Summer STEM Program

Rowan University received a grant of over $360,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation for a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) site at the school in Glassboro for three summers.

The program is open to undergraduates students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. It also focuses on three groups: underrepresented populations in STEM, first-generation college students, and undergraduates without research opportunities. Dr. Mark Byrne, professor and  Department of Biomedical Engineering head and Dr. Mary Staehle, associate professor and undergraduate program chair, head the program.

“It is so important that we offer access to unique educational experiences to students from underserved populations,” said Rowan President Dr. Ali Houshmand. “This program will take already gifted students and ignite their passion for scientific discovery.”

Students will conduct research with Rowan professors as well as physicians. This research includes: creating materials for medical devices that mimic biology and finding safer, more effective ways to deliver medicines. In addition, they hope to study and possibly treat Alzheimer’s disease among other brain and cardiovascular diseases.

The summer program accepts 10 students each year for a 10-week, $5,000 position from May through July. Rowan will also provide housing for at the Rowan Boulevard Apartments.

U.S. News & World Report ranks Rowan University 19th of Northern Regional Universities and also third among the public institutions. In addition, the College of Engineering is ranked 32nd nationally among master’s level programs and the Chemical Engineering Program is ranked third.

Dr. Mark Byrne says, “We have a mission to educate the next generation of scientists and engineers. This type of program will do precisely that, and we have a great team of faculty who are best in their fields to train them.”

For more information on the Summer STEM Program, visit Rowan’s website here.

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Robert O. Carr Funds $1.5 Million in Scholarships to Rowan University

Students facing financial challenges, who wish to pursue degrees at Rowan University in Glassboro, now have the opportunity to benefit from the generosity of Robert O. Carr, a internationally celebrated author, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

Carr, through his organization Give Something Back, recently announced a $1 million donation to Rowan to fund scholarships for low-income students. This latest donation represents the second $1 million donation that Carr has made to the University, and Rowan was the first New Jersey university to benefit from Give Something Back’s generosity. The organization also made a $500,000 donation to one of the University’s community college partners, Rowan College at Gloucester County, to fund similar scholarships there.

“We deeply thank Mr. Carr for his vision and commitment to higher education and improving the lives of students and families for generations to come,” said Rowan President Dr. Ali Houshmand. “Rowan and its students owe a huge thank you to Mr. Carr and Give Something Back, whose goals of increasing access to an affordable, quality education align with those of the University.”

Give Something Back scholars are lower-income (Pell Grant eligible), academically driven students who have faced adversity. Many are the product of working-class families who live below the poverty line. Most are first-generation college students, and some have incarcerated parents or have grown up in the foster care system.

The organization selects scholarship recipients early—in the ninth grade—in order to prepare them for college. Give Something Back scholars are held accountable for their academics while still in high school. They are required to maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in high school, take a college preparatory course load, and demonstrate strong character throughout the program.

Since 2003, Give Something Back has made contributions of more than $35 million in scholarships to help more than 1,500 students across seven states. Carr was inspired to help lower-income students make their dream of higher education come true because of his own experience with poverty. A $250 scholarship helped him to attend the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

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