The Rider Summer STEM program is free – and comes with a scholarship for community college graduates

Interested in STEM – and maybe interested in Rider? The school announced Monday that it has a plan for these students.

This summer, community college students interested in STEM careers and continuing their studies at a four-year university can get a head start at horseman university through participation in its STEM Summer Institute.

Held in two sessions – July 7-10 and August 4-7 – the residential program includes hands-on lab experiences, fieldwork, and research opportunities. There is no cost to participate in the program and all meals are covered as part of the experience.

Participants will learn about Rider’s STEM program and receive one-on-one guidance on a variety of scholarship and financial aid opportunities. Those who complete the program will also receive an additional $2,000 Rider Scholarship, renewable for up to three years.

During the program, participants will live in a residence hall on the Rider campus in Lawrenceville alongside current Rider STEM students who will serve as their mentors. They will also work directly with Rider faculty during on-campus sessions and field trips. The STEM Summer Institute is limited to 20 potential community college transfers per term. May 1 is the priority deadline, while June 15 is the final deadline to apply.

Danielle Jacobs, associate professor of chemistry at Rider, called the program a win-win. “It’s critical that community college students make a personal connection to the institution — the campus, their future peers, and their future faculty — to which they are transferring,” she said. “At the STEM Summer Institute, participants will quickly see that they will be able to pursue their goals in Rider’s supportive, hands-on, and close-knit environment.”

Jacobs hopes the intro holds up. “We want these students to see Rider as an affordable option when deciding where they want to complete their four-year degree,” she said. “Rider can be just as affordable as larger public institutions, and students will benefit from small class sizes and personalized attention.”

Earnest L. Veasey