The Bridges to the Baccalaureate program provides underrepresented minority students with the academic and scholarship support that allows them to complete a baccalaureate degree program in biology, chemistry, environmental science, math and computer science, or psychology.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, this program allows Purchase College to collaborate with Westchester, Sullivan County, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange County, and Nassau Community Colleges, the American Health Foundation/Westchester Medical Center, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The program’s goal is to recruit underrepresented minorities for enrollment in the science degree programs offered at these institutions, and offer students summer research and internship opportunities.
2008 Bridges/RSVP Summer Program Faculty and Students
• To increase enrollment of underrepresented minority students seeking degrees and careers in the sciences
• To provide academic and financial support for students in the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Degree program, enabling them to complete a baccalaureate degree in biology, chemistry, environmental science, math and computer science, or psychology
• To assist the program’s baccalaureate degree recipients in career and graduate school placement, so that graduates are able to continue on to advanced study and careers in biomedical research
• To increase collaborative arrangements among associate and baccalaureate degree-granting institutions and biomedical research institutions and corporations
The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Degree Program Includes:
• Participation in a five-week paid summer research program
• Guaranteed acceptance into Purchase College, for students who meet the admissions qualifications, and assistance with registration
• First-year student orientation
• Seminars for freshmen and sophomore students
• A peer tutoring program
• Academic monitoring and support and an assigned academic advisor
• Employment placement and career guidance
• First-year students must have a minimum high school average of 80, a letter of recommendation from their high school science teacher, and a written essay expressing their career interests.
• Second year students are required to have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.8, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member of the school they are attending, as well as a written essay expressing their career interests.
Dr. Joseph Skrivanek
Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program Director
Coordinator, Office of Student Support Services
Natural Sciences Building 3044
To Apply Complete Application! Electronic submissions preferred.