To diversify the sciences and work toward the elimination of health disparities by supporting Tri-C students in the pursuit of education and careers in science.
The Bridges Program prepares underrepresented students for science careers by providing paid research internships, academic support, professional skills development, networking with science professionals, travel to scientific conferences, and opportunities for awards and recognitions.
AREAS OF INTEREST/MAJORS include biochemistry, biomedical engineering, biology, chemistry, environmental science, microbiology, neurobiology, and psychology.
INTERNSHIP SITES: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, and John Carroll University.
RESEARCH TRAINING: Bridges students complete BIO 1806: Introduction to Research Methods during their first semester of participation in the program.
- Underrepresented (minority, low income, disabled or educationally disadvantaged) US citizen or permanent resident with a GED or high school diploma
- Enrolled full-time (12 credit hours or more) at Tri-C
- Pursuing a college-level degree for the first time
- Majoring in a discipline related to biology, chemistry, or psychology, and planning to transfer to a four-year university.
- Holding a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.80, and a GPA of at least 3.00 in all science courses attempted at Tri-C.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How many hours do Bridges students work each week?
Students work 10 hours/week for 16 weeks during fall and spring semester and 30 hours/week for 10 weeks during the summer.
How long can a student participate in the program?
It is preferred that an applicant will commit to at least 2 semesters of participation. Employment ends when a student leaves the program, transfers or completes the maximum of 4 semesters.
What benefits does this program offer?
Students build their professional resumes with work experience and specialized training. Academic support results in higher GPA's, an increase in the number of associates degrees, an increase in transfers to 4 year universities, and an increase in the number of bachelors and graduate degrees completed.