Queensborough’s Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program has been awarded a five-year, $1,547,614 grant from theNational Institutes of Health (NIH), beginning this fall through August 2018. It is the fourth major grant (fourth competitive renewal—the first two were three-year grants and the following two were each for five years) awarded to the Bridges program, which is now in its 12th year.
The long-range goals of the program are to increase the retention and graduation rates of under-represented minority science students and to facilitate their transfer to baccalaureate programs in biomedicine and behavioral science.
“Broadening the range of research opportunities will allow more students to experience the rewards of research and faculty mentoring, which will then encourage them to pursue advanced degrees as well as academic careers in biomedical and behavioral fields,” said Dr. Patricia Schneider, Biological Sciences and Geology and Project Director of the grant.
Dr. Schneider established the Bridges program in 2002 in conjunction with Queens College (and since 2008 has included The City College of New York). The program enables students to conduct research under the supervision of experienced biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and behavioral science faculty members. These research mentors serve as role models and provide students with encouragement, career advisement, and visibility within the academic community.
The success of the Bridges Program led to Queensborough’s acceptance in 2011 as the first community college in the country to become an associate member of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Science Education Alliance (SEA), a major research initiative.
To date, more than 160 Queensborough students have conducted research under the supervision of Bridges mentors, many of them receiving research awards from such acclaimed organizations as the Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists (MACUB) and the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students(ABRCMS).
Queensborough’s commitment to providing a quality science program for its students is reflected in its steadfast support to develop capstone courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics and provide state-of-the-art technology so that students can prepare professional posters for scientific presentations, at both regional and national levels.