Bridge to the Baccalaureate


First-year Bridge scholars and their family members participating in a lab activity at the University of Miami as part of the Family Science Sunday event series.


Second-year Bridge scholar presenting a poster of her research at the University of Miami.


Second-year Bridge scholars with the program director, Prof. Michael Gaines, following their research presentations at the University of Miami.


Second-year Bridge scholars with the program director, Prof. Michael Gaines, and program coordinator, Dr. Tiffany Plantan.  Both scholars won awards for their presentations at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students.

The University of Miami (UM) and Miami Dade College (MDC) have collaborated on the Bridge to the Baccalaureate program since 1994.  The long-term goal of the program is to encourage students from underrepresented groups to pursue PhDs and enter research careers in the biomedical sciences.  It is designed to facilitate their transition into the biomedical sciences at UM.  The Bridge program is funded and   supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).  This funding provides students with paid research experiences while at MDC.  The key   components of the Bridge program are:
- Special courses
- Research experiences
- Faculty mentoring
- Travel to national science meetings

Requirements for Bridge Program

- Students must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents to be eligible.
-Students must enroll at one of the following four MDC campuses: Kendall, Wolfson, North, or InterAmerican.
- Students should submit the Bridge Program Application by May 1, before beginning their first year at MDC in the fall. 

Summer Before First Year at MDC
-Complete Chemistry 103, a three-credit chemistry course at UM taken the summer before entering MDC (UM credit is granted)

First Year at MDC
- Complete the Emerging Scholars General   Chemistry Workshop, Chemistry 400, a two-credit course at UM in the fall and spring   semester for students simultaneously enrolled in general chemistry at   MDC (UM credit is granted)
- Complete Biology 162 in the spring   semester, an introductory research-based   laboratory course at UM (MDC credit is granted)
- Attend three Family Science Sunday events at UM with a parent or guardian

Summer Between First and Second Year at MDC
- Conduct research with a UM faculty mentor for a maximum of 20 hours   per week in summer session A and a maximum of 40 hours per week during   summer session B
- Complete a Research Ethics course at MDC North Campus in summer session A (MDC credit is granted)
- Complete a Biotechnology course at MDC North Campus in summer session A (MDC credit is granted)

Second Year at MDC
Complete and submit a scientific paper based on the summer research   conducted and present the findings at a research symposium held at the beginning of the fall semester at UM
- Complete Biology 152 in the fall semester, an HHMI   research-based laboratory course at UM (MDC credit is granted)
- Attend and present summer research at a national scientific meeting in the fall semester
- Conduct research with a UM faculty mentor during the fall   and spring semesters of the second year at MDC for a maximum of 10 hours per week
- Complete and submit a scientific paper based on the   research conducted during the second year and present findings at a research symposium held at the end of the spring semester at UM
- Complete the UM common application and apply for federal, state and UM financial aid before the designated deadlines
- Graduate from MDC with an AA degree and at least a 3.5 cumulative grade point average

Requirements for accepted Bridge Transfer Students

- Scholars who successfully complete the Bridge program can transfer to UM and are eligible to become Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Scholars or Initiative for Maximinzing Student Development (IMSD) Scholars

Summer After Graduating from MDC
- Complete Biology 250, a UM Genetics course taken the summer after graduating from MDC
- Complete the Emerging Scholars Genetics Workshop in conjunction with Biology 250

Juniors and Senior Years at UM
- Major in Biology/Microbiology/Neuroscience/Biomedical Engineering and Minor in a Natural Science
- Maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA (Students with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation and will have one semester to raise their cumulative GPA to the required 3.0 minimum)
- Attend monthly meetings with the program director and/or program coordinator
- Complete an extramural summer internship between the junior and senior year at a university that is located outside of the state of Florida
- Attend a national meeting (ABRCMS, SACNAS)
 
Course Requirements in Addition to Biology Major Requirements
- Organic Chemistry Workshop in the fall and spring semesters of the junior year in concordance with the Organic Chemistry course, Chemistry 201, and Organic Chemistry Lab, Chemistry 205
- Biology 299, research problems
- A minimum of two Biology credits from the following list: 253, 257, 374, 375
- A minimum of two of the following: Biology 495, 496, 497 (2 credits   each), which involve a research project carried out under the   supervision of a UM faculty member
- Biology 498, a senior thesis on the results of the research
- Biology 499, research colloquium
- A minimum of one course in the Department of Biology at the 500 level

Download the Bridge program brochure HERE
Eligible students may click HERE to download the application.

For additional information you may contact the Program Coordinator and visit the Miami Dade College Bridge Program Website.