The SUNY Upstate Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program, funded by the National Institute of General Medical Science, began on the Binghamton University campus in the fall of 1998 under the direction of Dr. Donald Blake, Associate Dean of Harpur College. Dr. Blake directed the program until 2009 when he retired from the university. Dr. Anna Tan Wilson, professor of Biological Sciences, stepped in as Bridges Director in 2009 until 2011, when she retired from the university. Dr. Lisa Savage and Dr. Patricia Di Lorenzo, professors of Psychology and Integrative Neuroscience took over as co-Directors of the Bridges Program in 2011.
The program is aimed at helping students make the transition from 2-year junior or community colleges to full 4-year baccalaureate programs. The program targets students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral research enterprise of the nation and/or populations disproportionately affected by health disparities (targeted groups).
Through fifteen years and five funding cycles, the SUNY Upstate Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program has hosted 260 students from five partner community colleges.
We are proud of the student's success:
- 82% transferred to a four-year institution
- 88% of those student that transferred earned the baccalaureate degree.
- 69% of those who earned the bachelor's degree did so in a biomedical-related discipline.
WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF PARTICIPATING IN THE BRIDGES TO THE BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM?
At the community college:
- Personal contact with a Bridges mentor
- Increased access to tutoring
At Binghamton University:
- Two-day hosted orientation at Binghamton University in spring.
- Paid ($2500) 5-week summer research experience at Binghamton University.
- Opportunity to attend the McNair Research Conference in Niagara Falls, July 19-21, all expenses paid. MORE INFO
- Guaranteed admission to Binghamton University provided a minimum 2.7 gpa is maintained both in science courses and overall at the community college.
- Customized, 1-credit course, "The Culture of Science," in first fall semester at Binghamton University
- Guaranteed access to support programs at Binghamton University including C-STEP, LSAMP, McNair Scholars, Charles Drew, Student Support Services, Center for Academic Excellence and more.
Some Past Bridges Faculty Mentors:
- Christopher Bishop, associate professor, psychology
- Anne Clark, associate professor, biological sciences
- Carol Miles, associate professor, biological sciences
- Peter Gerhardstein, professor, psychology
- Eriks Rozners, associate professor, chemistry
- Omowunmi Sadik, professor, chemistry
- Lisa Savage, professor, psychology
- CJ Zhong, professor, chemistry