Riverside – The University of California Riverside (UCR) and Riverside Community College (RCC) are working in partnership to encourage undergraduate students to pursue majors in science, technology, engineering, and math.
The new partnership between these institutions of higher learning has started the Riverside Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (B2B) to get underrepresented RCC students into S.T.E.M. fields.
The program is being funded by a five-year $816,000 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health. The program’s goal is to identify RCC students who are already pursuing careers in science, and make it easier for them to transfer to and graduate from UCR.
During the five-year grant period, the program is expected to assist approximately 200 B2B students per year. In addition, up to ten students will be selected each year as B2B scholars, and will receive a stipend and travel allowance to attend a scientific meeting.
The RCC to UCR program is similar to programs established in 2016 between Cal State San Bernardino and local community colleges. Cal State San Bernardino was awarded two $5 million federal grants to provide scholarships and academic support to Hispanic and low-income students pursuing S.T.E.M. degrees.
Around the country, there is an increased focus on encouraging and preparing minorities and women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, yet studies reveal there is still much work to do in this regard.
With the new partnership between UCR and RCC, they join a growing list of higher learning institutions participating in the Bridges to Baccalaureate program around the nation.