Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program
- Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health
- NIH Grant R25GM056647 from the National Institute of
General Medical Sciences
- 2015 Program Announcement
- Applications will be reviewed beginning on April 3, 2015
- PROGRAM DIRECTOR
- Dr. Luis Mota-Bravo,
Director of Outreach, Research Training and Minority Science Programs,
School of Biological Sciences
- PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
- The Minority Science Programs (MSP) in the School of Biological Sciences at
the University of California, Irvine (UCI) announces the Bridges to the
Baccalaureate Program, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The
objective of the Bridges Program is to advance the careers of students from four
partner community colleges interested in pursuing a biomedical research career. The program has been
Provide comprehensive research training to
Bridges participants while they receive financial compensation. Paid
training components include: 1) research conducted under the direction of
UCI faculty mentors, 2) a faculty seminar series, 3) a journal club to
introduce scholars to critical reading of current biomedical literature, 4)
an intensive workshop on
principles, instrumentation and techniques used in biomedical research, 5)
preparation of papers, oral presentations and posters, and 6) presentation
of research findings at local and national conferences
Provide academic preparation during the
academic year to transfer and excel at UC Irvine
Inform students about career
choices and opportunities
- Partner community colleges are: Orange Coast College, Santa Ana College,
Fullerton College and Cerritos College.
- Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents from
underrepresented minority groups (Black African-Americans, Chicano/Latino
Americans, Native Americans, and Natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands).
Applicants should be enrolled full-time in or transferring from one of the four
partner community colleges.
Bridges participants should have completed one semester of transferable chemistry and biology at
the community college with a science GPA of at least 3.00 (however, exceptions
to the GPA requirement can be made for students with special recommendations
from science faculty from their community college).
- RESEARCH TRAINING
- Participants in the Bridges program receive practical training in modern
laboratory techniques and then are placed in supportive UCI laboratory working
environments where they establish peer/mentor relationships. Bridges
participants are paired with junior and senior-year UCI undergraduate students,
minority graduate students or supportive staff research associates.
- BENEFITS, RESPONSIBILITIES AND TIMETABLE
- Training at UCI is full-time (40 hrs/week) from June 8 to August 14, 2015 (with
the possibility of extended it until September 21, 2015, by previous authorization
of the director).
- Paid research training consist of working as a full-time UCI employee during the summer (10 weeks), receiving a
salary of approximately $400/week, with the possibility of continuing up to 10
hours per week during the academic year.
- During the summer, Bridges participants attend a workshop on modern
laboratory methods, Weekly sessions of the Faculty Seminars, Weekly Journal Club and
Progress Report Sessions, Organic
Chemistry Prep Tutorial Sessions and MSP
Bridges Research Symposium.
- Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program participants are required to prepare
a 5-page paper describing the research project that they developed over the
summer. These papers are due on August 14, 2015. Bridges students are
required to present their findings in an oral presentation at the MSP
Bridges Research Symposium at UCI on August 13, 2015.
- Financial support is available to attend nationwide conferences to present
Selected applicants will be required to attend a two-hour pre-orientation
meeting on either May 8, 2015.
- Applications will be reviewed beginning on April 3, 2015,
until all the positions are filled.
- You may download the MS Word Bridges to
the Baccalaureate Program application package that contains the Bridges
Program Application Form, Recommendation Form and Statement of Purpose Form.
- For additional information about Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program please
- Dr. Marlene de la Cruz
- Associate Director
- Minority Science Programs
- University of California, Irvine
- 1134 Biological Sciences III
- Irvine, CA 92697-2527
Ph: (949) 824-2589
Fax: (949) 824-6599