SCHOOL OF NATURAL & SOCIAL SCIENCES
The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program provides underrepresented minority students with the academic and scholarship support that allows them to complete a baccalaureate degree program in biology, chemistry, environmental science, math and computer science, or psychology. This program allows Purchase College to collaborate with neighboring community colleges to recruit underrepresented minorities for enrollment in the science degree programs offered at these institutions, as well as offer students internships at the American Health Foundation of Westchester Medical Center, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
The Research & Science Visions Preparation (RSVP) program assists students in pursuit of baccalaureate degrees and graduate study in the area of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This program allows Purchase College to collaborate with the Community Colleges of Dutchess, Rockland, Orange, Westchester, and Sullivan Counties in offering full-time matriculated students scholarships, and the opportunity to participate in a paid five-week summer research program each year.
The Baccalaureate and Beyond Center is the umbrella for three grants acquired by Dr. Joe Skrivanek, Chairman of Purchase College's Chemistry Department.
The grants are:
• The Bridges to Baccalaureate Program
Funded, since 2001, by the National Institute of Health, this program's mission is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who attain careers in the sciences.
• The Research Science Visions Preparation (RSVP)
Funded, since 2005, by the National Science Foundation, RSVP seeks to increase the number of students who attain careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM.) The grant also includes funding to foster innovative faculty pedagogy workshops in introductory STEM courses.
• The Baccalaureate and Beyond (B&B) Program
Funded since 2007 by the PepsiCo Foundation, this program's mission is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities, low-income students, or individuals who have completed an AA or AS degree, who continue on to a four-year college to study in the area of the humanities or the social sciences.