FAQs

  1. What are the requirements  for students to apply to Bridges to the Baccalaureate?
  2. How can I determine if I am a member of an underrepresented demograhic group in the biomedical and behavior sciences?
  3. When is the application deadline?
  4. Can I apply to Bridges to the Baccalaureate even though I am not a member of an underrepresented demographic group in the biomedical or behavioral sciences?
  5. Are Bridges Scholars guaranteed transfer to a biomedical or behavior science program at Cal Poly?
  6. Do I have to transfer to Cal Poly if I join Bridges to the Baccalaureate or can I apply to other four year university programs?
  7. Why must Bridges scholars remain in contact, at least once a semester, with the office of the program throughout their academic career?
  8. Is it required for Bridges Scholars to enroll in the Strategies for Success online tutorial, gross anatomy laboratory course, workshops, and seminars?
  9. Is the summer research internship at Cal Poly paid and is there a travel allowance?

What are the requirements for students to apply to Bridges to the Baccalaureate?

You must fill out an Eligibility Form prior to applying and meet the following National Institutes of Health/Minority Opportunities in Research eligibility and funding requirements:

  • Plan to enroll at Allan Hancock College this upcoming fall semester as a full time student (min. 12 units)
  • Intent to transfer to a four-year university and major in a biomedical or behavior science following completion of coursework at Allan Hancock College
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Member of an underrepresented demographic group defined by the NIH as underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.  These are: African American, Hispanic American, Native American, or U.S. Pacific Islander OR a student of any ethnicity with a documented learning diability enrolled in the Learning Assistance Program (LAP).

Other requirements:

  • Earn a passing grade in all science courses, and maintain a Minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA for college courses.
  • Will meet with a counselor to file a Student Education Plan when enrolled at Allan Hancock College.

Please look at the answer for question 2 below if you are not a member of these said groups and are unsure if you are part of an underrepresented demographic group.

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How can I determine if I am a member of an underrepresented demographic group in the biomedical and behavior sciences?

On the eligibility form, which you are required to fill out before the application, you will have to indicate whether you are a member of the following ethnic backgrounds: African American, Hispanic American, Native American, or U.S. Pacific Islander. 

If you are a student with a documented learning diability, of any ethnicity, enrolled in the Learning Assistance Program (LAP), you can check the “other” box and specify that you have a documented leearning disability. 

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When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is open.

Please fill out an Eligibility Form prior to applying. Upon review of your eligibility form, we will check with the NIH guidelines.

You will then be contacted by the Bridges office to pick up an application if you meet the criteria for enrollment.

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Can I apply to Bridges to the Baccalaureate even though I am not an of an underrepresented demographic group in the biomedical or behavioral sciences?

If you do not fit the criteria for enrollment, you will not be able to become a Bridges Scholar; therefore, you will not be able to enroll in and be funded by NIH to do research at Cal Poly. 

However, Bridges resources are available to all students: Non-Bridges Scholars will be able to attend Bridges workshops and seminars and enroll in the Strategies for Success online tutorial and advanced gross anatomy laboratory course.

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Are Bridges Scholars guaranteed transfer to a biomedical or behavior science program at Cal Poly?

Bridges Scholars are not guaranteed transfer to a biomedical or behavior science program at Cal Poly. But if you meet all the requirements to transfer and are a strong student academically, you will be highly competitive and increase your chances to transfer.

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Do I have to transfer to Cal Poly if I join Bridges to the Baccalaureate or can I apply to other four year university programs?

You are not restricted to transfer to Cal Poly and will be able to apply to any other four-year university program of your choice. However, students chosen to participate in this program agree to allow Bridges Evaluators to access their student information at the schools to which they transfer.

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Why must Bridges scholars remain in contact, at least once a semester, with the office of the program throughout their academic career?

You will be tracked for up to ten years. Tracking of Bridges Scholars is necessary for Bridges Evaluators to gauge the success of the program’s mission: to increase the number of underrepresented minorities in biomedical or behavior science careers.

Though Bridges Scholars are not obligated, you are encouraged to network with fellow and future Bridges scholars to share your experiences and knowledge even after you transfer to a four-year university and go on to pursue careers in the biomedical or behavior sciences.

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Is it required for Bridges Scholars to enroll in the Strategies for Success online tutorial, gross anatomy laboratory course, workshops, and seminars?

It is very important that you take advantage of all of the resources offered to Bridges Scholars.

  • Enrollment in the ethics seminar is mandatory to prepare you for research at Cal Poly, and attend the workshops and other seminars required for you to participate in the summer research internship program at Cal Poly. 
  • It is not a requirement for you to:
    • Take the Strategies for Success online tutorial, or
    • Enroll in the advanced gross anatomy laboratory course, 

You are required to take the necessary prerequisites to transfer to the four-year university to which you apply.

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Is the summer research internship at Cal Poly paid and is there a travel allowance?

You will be expected to work a minimum amount of hours per week on your research project, with much of that time being under the direct supervision of the CalPoly research mentor.

You will be compensated an hourly wage and travel allowance for your time conducting research at Cal Poly.

Please note, the hours you need to work at your summer research internship are a top priority and may make it difficult for you to be able to work at any other part-time job during the summer.

 

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