Bridges to the Baccalaureate

The goal of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bridges to the Baccalaureate (B2B) Scholars Program is to increase the number of Virginia Community College System (VCCS) students transferring to 4-year institutions and pursuing degrees and research paths in biomedical and behavioral sciences. Our program provides resources for obtaining research experience, professional and skills development activities, and support during your undergraduate career.

The B2B Program is open to students transferring from New River, Northern Virginia (Manassas and Woodbridge campuses) , and Southwest Virginia Community Colleges to Virginia Tech.  Applicants to the program must be interested in biomedical and/or behavioral science careers and participating in undergraduate research.  Application period is now closed.

Bridges to the Baccalaureate Summer Research Program

The goal of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bridges to the Baccalaureate (B2B) Scholars Program is to increase the number of Virginia Community College System (VCCS) students transferring to 4-year institutions and pursuing degrees and research paths in biomedical and behavioral sciences. Our program provides resources for obtaining research experience, professional and skills development activities, and support during your undergraduate career.

The B2B Program is open to current and continuing students at New River, Northern Virginia (Manassas and Woodbridge campuses), or Southwest Virginia Community College

Applicants to the program must be interested in biomedical and/or behavioral science careers and participating in undergraduate research after transfer to Virginia Tech.  Application period is now open. To register, click here. The deadline to register is February 28, 2018. The program will run May 20-July 27, 2018.

Criteria

1.  Be an underrepresented student as shown by the NSF report on Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering which includes women and the following racial and ethnic groups: African Americans, Hispanic Americas, Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Hawaiian Natives, and natives of the US Pacific Islands, OR be an individual with a disability,  defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, OR be an individual from disadvantaged backgrounds who are defined as:

        a. Individual who comes from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds or 
        b. Individual who comes from a social, cultural, or educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that have demonstrably and recently directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career.

2.  Currently enrolled in a partner community college and planning to return to community college to complete a transfer degree after completion of the summer program at Virginia Tech

3.  Must not have completed an associate or bachelor's degree

4.  Interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in a biomedical or behavioral science discipline at Virginia Tech

 

  • A 10-week summer research experience at Virginia Tech with a research mentor
  • 40 hours weekly, plus academic and professional development activities
  • Student research showcased at research symposium
  • Currently enrolled in a partner community college
  • Must not have completed a bachelor's degree
  • Interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in a biomedical or behavioral science discipline
  • Completed one year of Chemisty or Biology
  • Paid, mentored research experience
  • Virginia Tech room and board provided
  • Preparation for career and/or graduate study
  • Opportunities to attend and present at national conferences