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Eligibility and Requirements


  • Be a full time student at Palomar College or MiraCosta College
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed at least one major's level math and one science course with B or better grade
  • Strong interest in biomedical research careers and graduate school
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Member of an underrepresented group as defined by NIH including:
    • certain racial/ethnic groups (African American, Native American, Hispanic, Filipino, Pacific Islander)
    • individuals with disabilities
    • individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds
  • Be a science major in Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics

Typical Program Requirements

  • Participation in several activities to strengthen academic skills
  • Participation in a Seminar Series
  • Participation in the Biomedical Sciences Club
  • Participation in all required Bridges activities
  • Be able to participate for two years