Summer 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 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
  • Bridges participants will earn $13.50/hour for part-time participation of (28 hours)


Apply via the CRL Summer 2015 Program Application The submission deadline is February 27, 2015.


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