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Twelve Raritan Valley Community College students have been selected to participate in Princeton University’s Transfer Scholars Initiative (TSI), a summer program for community college students. 

There is no cost for the students, and Transfer Scholars receive a stipend to cover expenses such as travel. The program, which runs from June 29 – Aug. 16, is housed in the Emma Bloomberg Center for Access and Opportunity. 

The RVCC students selected to take part in the Princeton TSI are: Archita Gupta, Tanaya Dhumale, Holly Rodriguez, Samantha Michals, Siena Martin, Danielle Rotolo, German Burset Romero, Emily Rambo, Anna Quezada, Alexis Bara, Andrew Demcher, and Cheng-Chung Lee. 

“Princeton University’s Transfer Scholars Initiative offers a wonderful opportunity for our students to engage in classes and campus life at a prestigious, Ivy League university. We are confident that this experience will help them as they navigate the process of transferring to a four-year institution,” said Dr. Karen Bearce, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Raritan Valley Community College. 

Students in the full-time program take two, for-credit Princeton University courses as well as participate in community-building activities and other initiatives that offer opportunities to engage with students and faculty. They also will have access to Princeton University campus facilities and academic support resources. 

The program’s academic courses are “Research and Argument in the Humanities and Social Sciences,” as well as a Quant Lab course based on their academic interests. Classes include: “Visualizing Data,” “The Art and Science of Computer Programming,” “Foundations of Engineering,” “Humanistic Approaches to Media and Data,” or “Laboratory Research in the Life Sciences.” 

After the TSI program ends, participants will take part in transfer success initiatives, including a series of workshops that continues into the fall, to help them navigate the application process for transferring to four-year colleges and universities. Workshops will focus on such topics as financial aid, researching four-year schools, curating application materials and recommendation letters, and drafting a personal statement. 

For additional information about Princeton University’s Transfer Scholars Initiative, go here go here.

RVCC is located at 118 Lamington Road in Branchburg. For further information, go here. 


Photo Caption: Last year’s 2023 Cohort of the Princeton University Transfer Scholars Initiative. – Photo credit Princeton University.