The SUNY Upstate Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program at Binghamton University, funded by the National Institutes of Health MORE (Minority Opportunities in Research) Division provides support to institutions to help students make transitions at a critical stage in their development as scientists. The program is aimed at helping students make the transition from 2-year junior or community colleges to full 4-year baccalaureate programs. The program targets students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise of the nation and/or populations disproportionately affected by health disparities (targeted groups).
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF PARTICIPATING IN THE BRIDGES TO THE BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM?
At the community college:
- Personal contact with a Bridges mentor
- Increased access to tutoring
At Binghamton University:
- Two-day hosted orientation at Binghamton University in spring.
- Paid ($2500) 5-week summer research experience at Binghamton University.
- Opportunity to attend the McNair Research Conference in Niagara Falls, July 19-21, all expenses paid. MORE INFO
- Guaranteed admission to Binghamton University provided a minimum 2.7 gpa is maintained both in science courses and overall at the community college.
- Customized, 1-credit course, "The Culture of Science," in first fall semester at Binghamton University
- Guaranteed access to support programs at Binghamton University including C-STEP, LSAMP, McNair Scholars, Charles Drew, Student Support Services, Center for Academic Excellence and more.
Some Past Bridges Faculty Mentors:
- Christopher Bishop, associate professor, psychology
- Anne Clark, associate professor, biological sciences
- Carol Miles, associate professor, biological sciences
- Peter Gerhardstein, professor, psychology
- Eriks Rozners, associate professor, chemistry
- Omowunmi Sadik, professor, chemistry
- Lisa Savage, professor, psychology
- CJ Zhong, professor, chemistry