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Cumberland's Bridge to Rowan

Cumberland’s Bridge to Rowan (CB2R) program is a partnership between the Biology Departments at Rowan College and Rowan University. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the goal of the CB2R program is to increase the baccal​aureate completion of underrepresented, low-income Biomedical Science students who start at the community college level and are well prepared for biomedical research careers or graduate programs.

Benefits of the CB2R program

Programming provided to all Rowan College Students:

  • Scientific skills Boot Camp
  • Rowan University Academic Advising
  • Research Workshops and Seminar Series
  • Peer Mentoring Network​
  • Rowan Bio3: Transfer and Bio4: Ecology classes on Cumberland campus

Programming provided to CB2R Scholars:
  • Paid Research Experience at Rowan College and Rowan University: CB2R Scholars will participate in a summer research clinic at Rowan College that will continue through their sophomore year. After graduating from Rowan​ College​, CBR2 Scholars will be fully integrated into the research laboratory of Rowan faculty and will experience a complete spectrum of activities associated with carrying out hypothesis-driven research.
  • Opportunity to attend and present at Rowan STEM Symposium.
  • Opportunity to attend and present at a national student research conference. 


Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents and be from an underrepresented group in biomedical and behavioral sciences: racial/ethnic minorities (Black or African American, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indian or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders), individuals with disabilities (physical or mental) or individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds or low income. 

To apply to be a CB2R Scholar:
  1. Completed Bridge application form. Download from HERE​.
  2. Personal statement explaining your educational and career goals.
  3. Contact information for 3 references.
  4. Submit application and personal statement to [email protected].

Application due date is 12/15

If you have any questions about CB2R Program or the application process, please contact:

Dr. Mark Randa—Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: (856) 691-­8600 , ext. 1280
E-mail: [email protected]

Ms. Melissa Young—Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: 856-200-4640
E-mail: [email protected]

To learn about additional STEM resources and opportunities please contact [email protected]