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Summer Opportunities

Summer Research Opportunities

Purchase College's Bridges/RSVP/B&B community college students are invited to participate in a paid five-week summer research program each year. Students are provided with on-campus housing, and participate in a variety of professional development and community building activities together, including a canoe trip, hike, BBQ, and farm tour at Green Chimney’s Animal Center in Brewster, NY. At the end of the program, all students make a presentation at the Summer Research Symposium, an event that families and friends of participating students are invited to attend.


Bridges/RSVP students participate in hand-on lab or field based research in one of the following subject areas: psychology, math/computer science, chemistry, biology, or environmental science. Students receive a $2700 stipend, on-campus housing, intensive research experience, and science faculty mentoring. The Bridges/RSVP students are in the lab or field approximately forty hours per week throughout the five weeks.


B&B students are enrolled in a 3 credit classroom-based Social Sciences and Humanities course. In addition to 3 course credits, which are paid for by the program, B&B students receive a $1000 stipend and free on-campus housing. Students complete a rigorous summer course, as well as an independent research project of their choosing. B&B students are in class from 9-12 each day, and in meetings with their peers and their faculty mentors in the afternoons.


A variety of scholarship opportunities are available for Bridges/RSVP/B&B students upon transferring to Purchase College. For more information about scholarship opportunities, contact Erin Ott at


Student Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents.
•Applicants must be full time matriculated students.
•Freshman applicants must have a High School average of 80 or greater
•Second year students must have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.8.
•Applicants must provide a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, as well as a written essay expressing their interest in the summer program, future plans, and reasons for applying to the program they choose.

Interested in applying to one of our summer programs? Email to receive an application.