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Bridges to Biomedicine

What is Bridges to Biomedicine?

Bridges to Biomedicine is a program that provides support for Alamo Colleges students who are interested in a career in biomedicine.

Student participants gain valuable research experience while earning income during the fall and spring semesters in biomedical research labs in the San Antonio area. Summers are spent working full time in research labs at Texas Sate University in San Marcos. In addition to these paid research opportunities, students are provided with professional development opportunities and intensive advising and support to get and keep the student on-track for transfer and on-time bachelor's degree completion.

Who is eligible?

Bridges to Biomedicine is a program for students who identify as belonging to a group recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as underrepresented in biomedical science. The program is a partnership between Texas State University in San Marcos, and San Antonio College and Northwest Vista College in San Antonio. In order to be considered for participation in this program the student must meet the following criteria:

  • Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis. The following racial and ethnic groups have been shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: African Americans, Hispanic Americas, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the US Pacific Islands. Or, be an individual with disabilities as defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. Or, be an individual from a disadvantaged background.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, or a non-citizen national
  • Be a full time student in good standing at San Antonio College or Northwest Vista College majoring in a field relevant to biomedical research
  • Have an intention to transfer to a university to obtain a bachelor’s degree in a biomedically relevant field
  • Possess college ready skills in math and English as demonstrated by testing or completion of all developmental math and English courses
  • Currently have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale

How do I apply?

Thank you for your interest. The application process is currently closed. Please check back again in August for more information on the fall application and deadline.

Questions? Email us at bridges2biomed@txstate.edu.


National Institute of General Medical Sciences logo Funding through the NIH Bridges to Baccalaureate program

We are grateful to NIGMS for funding through the R25 Bridges to the Baccalaureate program (GM107759, PI Ron Walter).