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Are you a community college student interested in biomedical sciences? Have you considered a research career where you work on interesting and important problems? The BRIDGES program can help you as you consider your options for an exciting career in science.

What is the BRIDGES Program?

The BRIDGES program is part of a nationwide endeavor to increase the number of underrepresented groups in biomedical research. The BRIDGES program, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), introduces students to the field of biomedical research through hands-on training. Students in the program receive hourly wages for conducting research with a TWU mentor, while still enrolled at the community college.

What Does a Student Accepted into the BRIDGES Program Receive? 

  • Research experience with a TWU mentor
  • Tutoring for science classes at the community college
  • Payment for research done at TWU
  • Travel to science conferences
  • Opportunities to present research results at conferences
  • Encouragement to complete a 4-year degree with a science major
  • Assistance in applying for financial aid for 4-year university
  • Mentoring and personal assistance to prepare for a research career

What Does a BRIDGES Student Do?

  • Attend a TWU-taught three-week concentrated workshop in Summer I and learn basic research methods.
  • Attend TWU in Summer II and develop your own research project in a TWU lab.
  • Continue with research project at TWU in your sophomore while attending community college.
  • Participate in BRIDGES Student Organization (BSO) at the community college.

Participating Colleges

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