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Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Degree Program aims to increase the number of community college students entering the science field who obtain a biomedical/bio-behavioral science related baccalaureate degree including: Bridges

  • biology,
  • chemistry,
  • math,
  • physics,
  • psychology, 
  • chemical engineering, and
  • computer science.
The program provides academic counseling, career planning and facilitates a seamless transfer from the community college to the University. The goal is to decrease the amount of time spent completing the baccalaureate degree in the sciences. Once students have entered the Bridges program, they will enter a Summer Research Academy, which stresses development of professional skills such as communication, critical thinking, and quantitative analysis. The initial research training started in the Summer Research Academy, will begin with team science projects called Collaborative Learning Workshops, and will hone skills of leadership, observation and data collection, and how to use the Scientific Method. Trainees will then progress into Faculty-Directed Research projects at UMD to give them exposure to the academic research environment. The program is a partnership between Lake Superior College, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, and the University of Minnesota Duluth.
 

Pathways to Advanced Degrees in Life Sciences

The goal of the Pathways to Advanced Degrees in Life Sciences is to increase the number of students graduating and working in the fields of biomedical and behavioral science research including:Pathways Students

  • biology,
  • chemistry,
  • math,
  • physics,
  • psychology, 
  • chemical engineering, and
  • computer science.

UMD undergraduate students, who are majoring in biomedical/ behavioral related disciplines, participate during their junior and senior years. The program involves two 10-week long summer academies that provide both faculty-directed research experiences and supplemental scholastic training through a series of workshops. The students are then assigned to faculty mentors who coach the trainees’ development and research experiences during the academic year.  Additionally, the program assists students in advancing academically and in preparing for a graduate degree. The program also helps students make the contacts needed to continue on to achieve their graduate degree and to meet research and faculty mentors.

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