Bridges to the Baccalaureate

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What is Bridges to the Baccalaureate?

Bridges to the Baccalaureate is a new, comprehensive academic support and guidance program between Allan Hancock College (AHC) and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly) for underrepresented minority students who wish to transfer to a four-year university and pursue careers in the biomedical or behavioral sciences. Funded by the prestigious National Institutes of Health Division of Minority Opportunities in Research, this program will give Bridges scholars the academic skills, research experience, and support network necessary for success in these fields at the university level and successful application and acceptance to graduate programs in the future.

Bridges Scholars will have the opportunity to enroll in:

  • A student-faculty program to receive guidance from AHC faculty
  • A Strategies for Success online tutorial to improve study skills
  • A workshop series for core science courses to help you succeed academically
  • An advanced gross anatomy laboratory course to give you hands-on experience in human cadaver dissection
  • A paid summer research internship at Cal Poly where you will plan and carry out a research project with Cal Poly faculty in biological sciences, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, or behavioral sciences. 

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Ivan Lucatero

Ivan Lucatero
Cal Poly SLO, Aerospace Engineering

I excelled in math and science in school, so engineering was the right fit and I just had to figure out how to get it done. Throughout high school, I took courses at Allan Hancock College (AHC), and graduated as my high school valedictorian. I then attended AHC in search of a smooth transition to a university. I was able to take my lower division engineering courses and form a great relationship with my professors. While at AHC, I received multiple scholarships form the Allan Hancock Foundation, Santa Barbara Foundation, and MESA-NSF Scholarship. I then attended California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, to pursue an aerospace engineering degree. After just one year at Cal Poly, I was accepted into one of the most prestigious internship programs that NASA offers, the Aeronautics Academy.
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Last Modified Jul 2, 2015