Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (Bridges)

The Bridges to the Baccalaureate program is collaboration between Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Ivy Tech Community College of Central Indiana. It is a 9-week part-time (28 hours) summer and academic year program, supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Bridges program provides participants experience in sciences within a research community and opens doors for students who are considering a career in research-related fields, including biomedical research.

Selected students and faculty spend a summer at IUPUI in laboratories participating in hands-on research. Bridges participants are paired with junior and senior-year undergraduate students, graduate students or supportive staff research associates. This is a paid position for work in research labs and training. Participants will be offered the opportunity to attend fieldtrips, educational workshops/seminars and social activities.

The Bridges Program provides students with resources such as financial support, faculty mentoring and advising, and participation in a faculty-mentored research project at IUPUI.

The Bridges Program is funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Underrepresented minority students
  • Enrolled at Ivy Tech Community College
  • Interested in research (basic or clinical)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • With plans to pursue a 4-year degree in a science or health related major
  • U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident

Program Benefits

  • Work with faculty mentors
  • Expand career development in biomedical and life science areas
  • Receive access to the IUPUI campus and its resources
  • Earn competitive stipend for participation


Applications will be accepted beginning Nov. 1st. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO APPLY.


Vicki L. Bonds, M.S., M.Ed.
Program Manager
Center for Research and Learning
A Division of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research
911 W. Michigan Street, University Tower (HO) Suite 202, Indianapolis, IN 46202-5195
Fax: 317-278-3294