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Grant aimed at steering more Inland students toward STEM careers

By in Press Enterprise on November 5, 2017

By Craig Shultz

Massive efforts made to steer students toward careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics have been underway for much of this century, but educators say there is still a need to get more minority students in those fields

A new partnership between UC Riverside and Riverside City College hopes to help accomplish that.

The colleges have started Riverside Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program to get under-represented RCC students into science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, majors.

The program — paid for with an $816,000 five-year grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health — will identify students at RCC who are pursuing careers in science and make it easier for them to transfer to and graduate from UCR, according to organizers.

The program is expected to serve about 200 RCC students per year over the five-year period. Up to 10 students will be chosen annually as “B2B scholars” and receive a stipend and travel allowance to attend a scientific meeting.

Cal State San Bernardino has similar programs with community colleges. In 2016, the university was awarded two $5 million federal grants to work with community colleges to provide scholarships and academic support to Hispanic and low-income students in the STEM fields.

With the U.S. Department of Education Hispanic Serving Institution-STEM grant, Cal State San Bernardino works with Chaffey, San Bernardino Valley, Riverside City, Victor Valley and Crafton Hills community colleges on a program for first-time freshmen and upper division transfer students in the STEM fields.

The second grant, from the National Science Foundation, named S-STEM for “Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” pays for a collaborative effort between Cal State and four community colleges — Barstow College, College of the Desert, Imperial Valley College and San Bernardino Valley College — to provide financial and educational support […]    

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