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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).
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.
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.
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