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Bridges to Baccalaureate

Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health NIH Grant R25GM056647 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences

2017 Program Announcement

Deadline April 4, 2017


Dr. Luis Mota-Bravo, Director of Outreach, Research Training and Minority Science Programs, School of Biological Sciences


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 community colleges interested in pursuing a biomedical research career. The program has been designed to:

  • 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


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 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).


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.


Training at UCI is full-time (40 hrs/week) from June 12 to August 18, 2017 (with the possibility of extended it until September 22, 2017, 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 compensation. 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 17, 2017. Bridges students are required to present their findings in an oral presentation at the MSP Bridges Research Symposium at UCI on August 17, 2017. Financial support is available to attend nationwide conferences to present research findings.

Selected applicants will be required to attend a two-hour pre-orientation meeting on May 12, 2017.


Applications for summer 2017 is closed. 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.

You can submit your signed application as a pdf file by email to <marlene@uci.edu> and your documents to the following address:

Dr. Marlene de la  Cruz ( Bridges Application)
1134 Biological Sciences III
University of California, Irvine
Irvine, CA 92697-2527

If you prefer you can submit all of your documents to the same address.

For additional information about Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program please contact:

Dr. Marlene de la Cruz
Associate Director
Minority Science Programs
University of California, Irvine
1134 Biological Sciences III
Irvine, CA 92697
Ph: (949) 824-2589
Fax: (949) 824-6599
e-mail: marlene@uci.edu