Bridges Scholars logoA new collaborative effort called the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program is designed to help students start their studies at Gaston College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College and then complete undergraduate biomedical degrees and, ultimately, succeed in biomedical careers.

Recruitment of students includes a focus on increasing the numbers of students from underrepresented groups in STEM into the biological and biomedical sciences majors including underrepresented ethnic and racial groups, women, people with disabilities, and those from rural areas with low incomes.

Bridges Scholars will benefit from:

  • Intensive academic advising, degree maps, and career advising
  • Faculty and peer mentors
  • Cohort learning and a Bridges Scholars community
  • Independent research projects with faculty
    • Research at UNC Charlotte will include paid summer and academic term for credit independent research in a lab conducting biomedical sciences research
  • All expenses paid attendance to regional and national scientific meetings, along with the prospect to publish in peer-reviewed journals
  • Opportunity to attend networking events for biomedical professionals and professional development workshops
  • Bioethics courses

Bridges Scholars will participate in:

Although the standard curriculum is determined the best path for some to success, the Scholars Program is based standard curricula listed can be altered to best ensure success of each Scholar. Individual advising and degree maps will create personalized plans of study.

Junior Scholars–

  • General Biology, Chemistry, Math, Labs, Paid Research Projects
  • Genetics, Calculus, Organic Chemistry, Labs, Paid Research Projects

Senior Scholars–

  • Cell Biology and Lab (offered in summer session with individualized advising and promoted for best success)
  • Paid Research Internship
  • Biomedical Major courses, Healthcare Ethics course, Academic Credit Research Projects, Professional development workshops and presentations

* Bridges Scholars is supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R25GM128571. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.