The proposed Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program renewal is a collaboration of Bunker Hill (BHCC) and Roxbury Community Colleges (RCC), and the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB). The BHCC-RCC-UMB program addresses a significant need in the Boston Area- increasing the numbers of underrepresented community college students transferring to baccalaureate degree programs in the biomedical sciences. The Bridges program was successfully implemented in 2007. The goals of the Program will be achieve by 1) increasing underrepresented students'awareness of biomedical careers and students'confidence in their ability to be successful in a rigorous baccalaureate degree program in the sciences, 2) by improving students'skills and knowledge, especially in mathematics, research techniques, and scientific reasoning, and 3) by increasing the number of underrepresented students who enroll in and successfully complete science courses at the community colleges and who successfully transfer into the biomedical majors at UMB. Eight activities are designed to prepare Bridges students for baccalaureate degree programs in biomedical fields: 1) assessment of students'needs, 2) immersive orientation to the objectives and expectations of the program and to scientific research, 3) intensive and aggressive advising, 4) facilitated study groups and academic tutoring, 5) mathematics workshop, 6) research skills workshop, 7) biomedical research seminars, and 8) mentored research experiences. Also, UMB has several strong collaborative partnership arrangements with the Dana Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, who have committed to place our students in cancer research laboratories. They will continue to help us identify Boston-area scientists who previously participated in Bridges, RISE, MBRS/MARC Programs to be recruited to mentor Bridges Fellows and lead facilitated study groups. BHCC, RCC and UMB are deeply committed to providing postsecondary access for underrepresented students. The institutions have a strong history of collaboration and all have committed significant resources that will ensure the Bridges Program's success. In addition, the proposed Bridges Program will impact the public health of the Greater Boston Area and the nation by increasing the numbers of underrepresented minority students who enter career paths in the biomedical sciences.

Public Health Relevance

The proposed Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program renewal is a collaboration of Bunker Hill (BHCC) and Roxbury Community Colleges (RCC), and the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB). The BHCC-RCC-UMB program addresses a significant need in the Boston Area- increasing the numbers of underrepresented community college students transferring to baccalaureate degree programs in the biomedical sciences. The proposed Bridges Program will impact the public health of the Greater Boston Area and the nation by increasing the numbers of underrepresented minority students who enter career paths in the biomedical sciences.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
Type
Education Projects (R25)
Project #
5R25GM075306-07
Application #
8436220
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZGM1-MORE-1 (BB))
Program Officer
Hamlet, Michelle R
Project Start
2005-07-01
Project End
2015-02-28
Budget Start
2013-03-01
Budget End
2014-02-28
Support Year
7
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$232,039
Indirect Cost
$13,843
Name
University of Massachusetts Boston
Department
Biology
Type
Schools of Arts and Sciences
DUNS #
808008122
City
Boston
State
MA
Country
United States
Zip Code
02125