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.