Lai, J. (2016, November 14). How a top college is trying to help low-income students succeed in science. Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved from

Recognizing that one in three low-income students leave biology or chemistry programs, the College of New Jersey received a grant in 2008 from the National Science Foundation to start the Program to Enhance Retention of Students in Science Trajectories in Biology and Chemistry (PERSIST) program. The results four years later were successful, with 82% of the first students on track to graduate and the grant renewed for another four years. Deeming the program a success, the college looked at the significant aspects of the program to apply to all of its students.