Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Bridges to the Future Program?

The Bridges to the Future Program is an initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop the pool of talented minority students who will eventually become leaders in biomedical research. This grant specifically targets community college students.

This program is funded by NIH and is a collaboration between Southwestern College (SWC), San Diego City College (SDCC), Grossmont College (GC), and San Diego State University (SDSU).

Who is eligible to participate in the program?

  • Freshmen or sophomore community college students in good academic standing who desire a career in the biomedical sciences and are a member of an underrepresented group including African-American, Native American, Hispanic, Asian-American, or Pacific Islander
  • Students who have demonstrated an aptitude for high school and/or college math and science courses
  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States

What is involved in being a participant in the program?

The goal of the year-and-a-half program is to prepare community college science students to transfer to a four-year university where they will successfully complete their bachelor's degree and be prepared to enter advanced degree programs in the biomedical sciences.

The biomedical sciences are inclusive of those disciplines necessary to understand human health and disease: biology, biochemistry, chemistry, microbiology, biophysics, and others.

What does this program have to offer?

The Bridges to the Future Program includes:

  • Academic advisement from a program coordinator
  • Individual mentoring
  • Courses designed to enhance your performance and train you in areas of biomedical research
  • Seminars designed to introduce you to the cutting edge of biomedical research
  • Library privileges at San Diego State University
  • Summer research internships with biotechnology companies and biomedical institutions
  • Research projects in pharmaceutical development, the action of biofunctional molecules, computational modeling of biologically important molecules, genetic engineering, and much more
  • Summer research internships funded up to $2,400 for Bridges to the Future Program participants
  • Students that transfer to San Diego State University upon completion of the transfer requirements at their community college will be eligible to participate in either the Minority Biomedical Research Support Program (MBRS) which provides a stipend of about $6,500 per year or the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC Honors Program) which provides a stipend of $7,500 per year