Biology & Health Science at College of San Mateo - Bridges Scholars Program
Bridges Scholars Program
Biology & Health Science
Bridges Scholars Program

Are you a Science Major? Get paid for Summer Research in the National Institutes of Health Bridges Scholars Program.

You'll take part in a two-month paid research internship in June and July working in laboratories at SF State University, together with students from CSM and three other area community colleges. You'll also be eligible to apply for a second summer where you'll do advanced research.

The NIH requires that participants be African-American, Latino or Latina, Native American, or Pacific Islander (e.g., be a native of Samoa, Hawaii, or Guam) who are underrepresented in biomedical research fields.

Your intended major must fall under the broad category of "Biomedical", which can include biology, chemistry, and biochemistry. In addition, a major in physics, engineering, and computer science may qualify if you are interested in biological applications of these fields.

You need to have completed CHEM 210 (or CHEM 210/220), BIOL 110 and one of the following (BIOL 210/220/or 230, or BIOL 240/250 or 260) by the end of the Spring Semester. The more biology and chemistry you have completed, the more prepared your are to do research in the sciences.

During the following academic year you'll take part in a research seminar, work with one or more faculty mentors, and have access to science groups. After your second year, you'll be able to present your research at a national conference with all expenses paid.

If you are interested in the program, or have questions about your qualifications for the program, send an email to Professor Beliz at, Professor Smith at, MESA Director, Olivia Viveros at or METaS Program Services Coordinator, Jessica Damian at

The deadline for applications is March 1.