What is Bridges to Biomedicine?
The Bridges to Biomedicine program is an NIH funded program that provides academic, scientific, and career development to NVC and SAC college students interested in majoring in a biomedical field and belong to a federally recognized underrepresented group in biomedical research. Student participants gain valuable research experience while earning income during the fall and spring semesters in a biomedical research laboratories in the San Antonio area. Summers are spent working full time in research laboratories at Texas Sate University in San Marcos.
What are the benefits of the program?
- Competitive wages as an undergraduate research assistant and experience working in a biomedical research laboratory
- Travel funds to present research at state and national conferences
- Private tutors
- Academic support and advising
- Career mentoring from faculty
- Academic and professional development activities designed to support biomedical education
Who is eligible?
Students who identify as belonging to a group recognized by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as underrepresented in biomedical science are eligible for this program. The Bridges to Biomedicine program is a partnership between Texas State University in San Marcos and Northwest Vista College/San Antonio 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
What are the requirements of the program?
- Maintain a 2.8 GPA or higher
- Perform research 5-10 hours per week during the academic year
- Participate in a full-time research program during the summer months in residence at Texas State University
- Attend weekly meetings
- Participate in all Bridges to Biomedicine functions and activities
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).