Rivier University Announces Biology Innovators Grant

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Paying it forward, an alumna's gift funds a new grant for biology, biotechnology, and nursing majors admitted for fall 2021.

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The University is invested in the advancement of the life sciences and establishing the Biology Innovators Grant demonstrates our commitment in a BIG way.

Rivier University is strengthening its commitment to innovation in the sciences through the launch of the Biology Innovators Grant (BIG) for undergraduate students. Made possible through a generous $350,000 bequest from a Rivier alumna, incoming students pursuing biology and biotechnology degrees in fall 2021 will be awarded a $3,000 grant each year for four years for a total of $12,000 in financial support, in addition to a competitive financial aid package. Additional one-time grants are available to nursing students through this scholarship.

“Rivier is ushering in a new era of innovation in the sciences says Sister Paula Marie Buley, IHM, Rivier’s President. “The University is invested in the advancement of the life sciences and establishing the Biology Innovators Grant demonstrates our commitment in a BIG way.”

This fall, the University opened the doors to its new Science and Innovation Center, a cornerstone of its Vision 2020 strategic plan. The 36,000-square-foot facility features state-of-the-art laboratories, equipment, learning spaces, and technology to foster experiential learning and expanded student and faculty research. The Science and Innovation Center will benefit all Rivier students, but especially those majoring in biology, biotechnology, nursing, and public health. An official Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony is planned for October 30.

“With Rivier’s new facilities and increased student financial support, the impact on learning in the life sciences is phenomenal,” shares Dr. Brian Ernsting, Vice President for Academic Affairs. “Students are training on the equipment and technology currently in use at cutting-edge scientific and biotech firms, and they are conducting research with faculty mentors in new, fully equipped laboratories. At graduation, our students will be well-positioned for the most desirable jobs and graduate programs.”

“We encourage students to go BIG and pursue their dream careers in the sciences,” says Paul Brower, Vice President for Enrollment Management. “The Biology Innovators Grant, new Science and Innovation Center, and the Rivier Early Acceptance Program incentives make a compelling case for students to apply to the University early this fall.”

The Rivier Early Acceptance Program (REAP) offers all students who apply to the University by November 15 same-day acceptance and up to $2,500 in additional early acceptance incentives. The University’s streamlined application process requires only an online application or the Common App, high school transcripts, and a campus interview and tour. Students are not required to submit an essay, recommendations, or SAT/ACT scores.

More information on the Biology Innovators Grant, early acceptance program, and academic programs in the sciences is available from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (603) 897-8507 or admissions@rivier.edu. Prospective undergraduate students can schedule their campus visit online at http://www.rivier.edu/REAP2021 or by contacting the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

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