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CSUSM Bridges to the Baccalaureate

Bridges Scholars at Salk Institute

Welcome to the North San Diego County Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program (also called Bridges to the Future), a partnership between CSU San Marcos, Palomar College and MiraCosta College. The program is federally funded by the National Institute of Health's National Institute of General Medical Sciences  (NIH/NIGMS).  The national BRIDGES Program prepares two-year college students from underrepresented groups, who are interested in biomedical research careers, to seamlessly transition (the Bridge) to four-year universities. The CSUSM Bridges program fiscally supports students over a two-year period, and they are given numerous research experiences and opportunities to support their goal to obtain a Bachelor's degree.  The program is designed for students who attend Palomar College or MiraCosta College, and many BRIDGES Scholars transfer to CSU San Marcos to continue research they begin as Bridges Scholars. Furthermore, the program is designed to prepare them for graduate education and training, and to join the biomedical research workforce around the country. 

Program Benefits

  • $6,000 in financial support for participation in specified activities and academically progressing towards transfer
  • Opportunities to conduct research at CSU San Marcos
  • Visits to local leading Biomedical and Research Companies
  • Comprehensive academic and career advising
  • Summer Research Opportunities
  • An opportunity to attend large, national networking conference - Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)