Bridges to Baccalaureate Program

Program Description

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program is a partnership between the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) and Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC), Roxbury Community College (RCC) and MassBay Community College (MBCC).  Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the objectives of the Bridges Program are to aid the transition to four-year baccalaureate institutions for underrepresented community college students interested in pursuing careers in biomedical or behavioral sciences.


Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents and be from an underrepresented group in biomedical and behavioral sciences: racial/ethnic minorities (Black or African American, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indian or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders), individuals with disabilities (physical or mental) or individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds or low income.  

Benefits, Responsibilities, Time Tables

Bridges Summer Program will include: 2-week Lab Skills Workshop followed by an 8-week mentored research experience in a faculty laboratory. In addition, students will participate in: Math Skills Workshop, Student Success Seminar, Responsible Conduct in Research Seminar, and How to Present Science Workshop.  Students present their research at the end of the summer at our Bridges Data Blitz, and have an opportunity to apply for and attend a national student research conference in the Fall.  

Application Process

Applications for the Bridges Summer Program will be available at the end of January for a due date at the end of February. 

Additional Information

Please contact Alexia Pollack (, Bridges Program Director, for any additional information.