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, genetics, health disparities, microbiology, neurobiology, nursing, physics, physiology, psychology, psychometrics, and public health.
INTERNSHIP SITES: Baldwin Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, John Carroll University, and The University of Akron
RESEARCH TRAINING: Bridges students complete BIO 1806: Introduction to Research Methods during their first semester of participation in the program.
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.
- Tri-C students enrolled full-time (12 hours+), pursuing their first college level degree majoring in biology, chemistry, or psychology and planning to transfer to a 4 year university.
- Minimum overall GPA of 2.8 and a minimum GPA of 3.0 in science courses.
- US citizens or permanent residents with a GED/HS diploma.
- Students underrepresented in the biomedical sciences as defined by the National Institutes of Health: African American, American Indian (with tribal affiliation), Alaskan Native, U.S. Pacific Islander, Hispanic American (Spanish culture including Cuban, Mexican, Mexican American, and Puerto Rican), or Rural Appalachian (Majority of schooling spent in Appalachia as designated by the Appalachian Regional Commission (http://www.arc.gov)