Merck partners with Rowan to mentor undergraduates

The Vaccines Process Development and Commercialization and Sterile Liquid Commercialization departments of Merck & Co., Inc. (Kenilworth, N.J.) have initiated a mentorship program pilot to better support underrepresented students in STEM. The program, which began in April 2021 ,is in collaboration with the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering and Bucknell University’s Engineering Success Alliance.

The program provides undergraduate students with access to leading industry mentors, several of whom are alumni of Rowan Engineering. The program is expected to expand in the coming semesters once the pilot program has concluded.

The program builds strategic partnerships and professional networks to enhance the diversity and inclusion of underrepresented populations in the science and engineering disciplines. The goal is to develop and prepare future scientists and engineers, who are technically capable and empowered with the professional skills and acumen needed to sustain a successful industry career.

“Rowan Engineering prides itself on being responsive to both the research and workforce development needs of industry,” said Stephanie Farrell, interim dean of the Henry M. Rowan College of Engineering. “Through these programs, we can be sure that our students are exposed to industry insights and benefit from working directly with successful industry professionals.” 

Merck is looking to build stronger partnerships with regional academic institutions. This program will move toward that goal and empower mentees with communication, conflict management, leadership development, resume writing, interviewing and career planning skills, among other areas. 

“We expect to be able to work with up to 20 students this semester,” said Steven Schwartz, a scientist and engineer with Merck. “Rowan’s industry-driven approach offers various opportunities for us to engage, and we are excited to be working directly with their undergraduates through this program.”