Project Details


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The aims of the proposed project are to
increase the entrance, retention, and graduation of underrepresented
undergraduates majoring in biology and molecular biology through associate and
baccalaureate courses of study. These aims will be achieved through an active
and continuous collaboration between Essex County College (ECC), NJ, which
offers the Associate's Degree, and Montclair State University (MSU), NJ, which
offers Baccalaureate and Master's Degrees. Our objectives will be accomplished
through: (1) early identification and recruitment of talented students in
biological or chemical sciences at ECC; (2) expansion of ECC student interest
and understanding through interaction with research faculty and students from
MSU. This will occur through joint-institutional collaborative research during
the first two years at ECC and second two years at MSU and also through
reciprocal faculty seminar presentations at both institutions; (3) A
research-oriented curriculum at both ECC and MSU to foster interest in and
prepare students for graduate and professional opportunities in the biomedical
sciences; (4) Preparation for baccalaureate studies through a joint ECC-MSU
curriculum that hones communication and analytical skills and scientific
reasoning; (5) A collaborative mentoring relationship between faculty and
students from both institutions to facilitate the transition from a community
college setting to a university academic environment; (6) Articulated admission
of these well-prepared ECC students into the baccalaureate program at MSU; (7)
Development of a specific articulation agreement between the Division of
Biology and Chemistry at ECC and the Department of Biology and Molecular
Biology at MSU.

The central mechanism of the proposed program will be to recruit and prepare
talented A.S.-track students at ECC for subsequent entrance and success in the
B.S. program at MSU. This mechanism would also potentially facilitate a
seamless transition from A.S. to B.S. to M.S. and/or Ph.D. because MSU
presently has in place a number of articulation agreements with regional
medical and graduate schools, and has held a Bridges to the Ph.D. program with
the Newark division of University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
(UMDNJ) Graduate School Hence we have entitled the present project "Bridging
the Associate, Baccalaureate, and Beyond" (BABB).

The BABB program will consist of associate-level work and undergraduate
research the experiences for the first two undergraduate years at ECC followed
by curriculum in the third and fourth years at MSU specifically designed to
foster a comprehensive and realistic peer research community experience.
Effective start/end date1/09/0131/08/03


  • National Institute of General Medical Sciences: $175,517.00


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