Poster session to highlight summer research program


Twenty underrepresented students from five community colleges will show off the results of a five-week summer research program at a poster session to be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 27, in the west lounge of the University Union on the Binghamton University campus.

The students, who are participants in the SUNY Upstate Bridges to Baccalaureate program, were paired with Binghamton University faculty mentors to conduct a variety of experiments and research projects. The poster session is the culmination of the program, allowing participants the opportunity to display their research accomplishments using text and graphics.

This is the fifth year Binghamton University has participated in the SUNY Upstate Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program, which was established to increase the number of underrepresented minority students pursuing and earning baccalaureate degrees in the biomedical sciences. Students accepted into this year’s program are from Broome, Monroe, Onondaga, Rockland and Westchester community colleges.

The program guarantees Binghamton University admission to underrepresented students who have maintained a 2.7 grade point average in science courses and overall at selected community colleges. Such students include, but are not limited to, U.S. citizens who are African-American, Hispanic-American, Native American and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands.

Bridges students receive a combination of mentoring, tutoring and financial support throughout the program, as well as the opportunity for hands-on research such as the Binghamton Summer Research Program. Throughout the program, co-coordinators at each of the community colleges work closely with Binghamton staff and faculty to build ties that will lead to student success there and later at a baccalaureate institution.

 This year, five Bridges students will transfer to BU, bringing the total number of Bridges students at the University to 20, the highest number to date.

Those who have just finished their freshman year will return to their community college for another year of courses and Bridges support. The program will then follow their progress and help them transfer to a four-year institution to complete their baccalaureate degree in the sciences.

Those students who have just finished their second year or received their associate’s degree will be encouraged to apply for admission to a four-year institution this fall. 

There are 73 Bridges programs across the country, involving 315 schools. For more information on Binghamton’s program, visit

Last Updated: 9/17/13