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TWU BRIDGES program awarded $600,000 in federal grant funds


DENTON — Texas Woman’s University was recently awarded a three-year, $600,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health for its North Texas Transition Program in Biomedical Science (BRIDGES Program).

“TWU will use the funds to partner with three area community colleges – Tarrant County College, Collin County Community College and North Central Texas College,” Dr. Sarah McIntire, professor of biology and BRIDGES program director, said. “Our goal is to encourage individuals from underrepresented groups to pursue degrees and careers in biomedical science and research.”

The program will assist five students each year from each community college to excel in the classroom by offering individualized tutoring, advising and a student support group.

Participants also will learn more about biomedical research through seminars, laboratory tours and work, a summer preparatory course for research and research-related events. In addition, TWU will pay the community college students by the hour for their lab work and reimburse any travel expenses involved in participation.

“Our focus is to encourage students to complete their community college education, enroll and receive their bachelor’s degree in science at TWU and pursue graduate degrees and careers in biomedical science and research,” McIntire said.

According to McIntire, since the program began in 1998, 57 percent of the students have earned a bachelor’s degree in the science field. Of those students, 75 percent have entered into a graduate or professional program.

For more information about TWU’s BRIDGES program, call (940) 898-2351.


For Further Information Contact:

Amanda McKeen Simpson
Director of News and Information
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: asimpson1@twu.edu

Page last updated January 22, 2009

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