“It is a privilege to host the Boricua Agenda Summit at NJIT, a university whose exceptionally diverse student body exemplifies the richness and strength of a society rooted in many different cultures,” said Altenkirch.
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New Jersey gubernatorial candidates Senator Jon Corzine and businessman Doug Forrester attended and discussed their respective education plans, property taxes, bringing more jobs to New Jersey and health care improvements. Rep. Robert Menendez reminded everyone to vote. Clarisa Gonzalez-Lenahan, associate director of graduate studies at NJIT, helped organize the event.
NJIT has had a long and productive relationship with the Puerto Rican community. Most recently representatives of NJIT and the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR), as well as the University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez (UPR-Mayaguez), brainstormed how to improve funding and academics.
Opportunities discussed included the creation of joint undergraduate research experiences in math and science through grant proposals to the National Science Foundation (NSF) and/or National Institutes of Health (NIH). Also mentioned were creating a graduate certificate and/or master’s degree in pharmaceutical engineering at PUPR, organizing joint training programs for pharmaceutical companies in Puerto Rico, collaborative doctoral programs, exchanges between pre-college and college students and/or faculty and researchers, plus more.