B and B, Bridges, and RSVP Summer Programs

Funding for over a decade by The National Institute of Health, the program aims to increase the number of underrepresented minorities who complete an Associates degree and continue to a four-year college to study in the STEM disciplines. Students engage in intensive research in areas such as psychology, math/computer science, chemistry, biology, and environmental science. Working in small groups, guided by faculty mentors, students spend most of their time in the lab or out in the field. The full-time program also includes: Discounted on-campus housing Stipend Professional development workshops Social activities and field trips off campus E-portfolio development Due to the intensity of the program, students are not permitted to work during the program.


  •   U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  • Be at least 18 years old and a high school graduate.
  •   Student at one of the following community colleges: Dutchess, Nassau, Orange County, Rockland, Sullivan County, or Westchester.
  • Enrolled in a degree program FULL-TIME (taking at least 12 credits) during the 2014-2015 academic year.
  •  Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8
  • Meet at least one of the following requirements:
    1. Be a member of an underrepresented minority group (Hispanic, African American, Pacific Islander, Native American/Alaskan Native)
    2. Have a disability (A physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities)
    3. Come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds (Note: Students applying based on financial need must submit a copy of their FAFSA along with the rest of the application.)

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