Research Initiative for Minority Students
The Queensborough Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program is a partnership with Queens College and The City College of New York designed to increase the number of underrepresented science students who transfer to a four-year baccalaureate-granting institution and pursue careers in science or biomedicine. Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the program provides participants with the academic skills, research experience and support network needed for success in these careers.
It’s not always easy to know what you want to do in life until you try it. The Bridges/RIMS Program provides students with the opportunity to test their interest in a biomedical career by becoming engaged in a research project, participating in workshops, attending seminars and presenting their research at conferences.
A hallmark of the Bridges/RIMS program is a strong focus on authentic research carried out under the mentorship of faculty in biology, chemistry, math, physics and behavioral science. In keeping with multidisciplinary nature of biomedical research, students are provided with diverse research opportunities: biochemistry, cell biology, computer science, genetics, microbiology, physics, behavioral science, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, neuroscience and public health.
Students participate part-time during the academic year and/or full-time during the summer. Students may be supported by Bridges for up to two years provided their academic progress toward transfer is on track and satisfactory. All students receive a salary so they can focus on their research projects: $150/wk for part-time during the academic year and/or $5,250 for ten-week summer program.
For the purpose of the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program, the NIH has identified three classes of participants as underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.
Applications will be reviewed by the Bridges Committee starting in the Fall semester and continuing until all slots are filled. You may download the Bridges application form and recommendation form (which is to be completed by your professor whose recommendation you are seeking). Both forms are fillable PDFs which will require Adobe Acrobat or similar to complete. Note you must submit transcripts from all colleges you have attended. Once the application is complete, the student will be interviewed by Dr. Schneider, the Program Director.