Southwestern Idaho Bridges to Baccalaureate Program Accepting Applications

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Author: Steve Lysne
Published: October 20, 2017

The Southwestern Idaho Bridges to Baccalaureate program, what we call the SWID B2B program or simply B2B, is now accepting applications for summer of 2018 and 2019 Bridges Fellows!

If you plan to graduate from College of Western Idaho (CWI) in May of 2018 or 2019 then now is the time for you to apply. These are paid positions! Preference will be given to those students having completed Principles of Chemistry I (CHEM 111), Introduction to Cell Biology (MMBS 260), Genetics (MMBS 280), and/or Ethics in Science (SCIE 102). Demographic requirements also apply. More information can be found on the B2B website:

The B2B program is a National Institutes of Health sponsored effort to fuel the biomedical research pipeline beginning with 2 and 4-year colleges and universities. The B2B program does this by specifically recruiting underrepresented students from community colleges and encourages their transfer to a partnering four-year school by way of authentic research experiences in biomedical research laboratories. Participating students enter the program while at College of Western Idaho, are mentored, and are placed in paid positions in research labs during their “bridge” summer and during their first academic year at Boise State.  They will engage in a variety of professional development opportunities such as social networking and responsible conduct of research training. Students will meet regularly with faculty advisors and laboratory team members and attend one or more conferences at the end of the program to present their specific contribution to the team’s research. The B2B program is an excellent opportunity for students that might not typically follow a biomedical research career path to experience what it would be like to be a researcher and advance knowledge in a rapidly changing, exciting, and highly technical field. For more information on the application process or to see if you qualify, please write to Dr. Steve Lysne:


  • B2B is a 5 year, $1.5M grant to BSU & CWI from NIH
  • Bridges Fellows will be compensated 40 hours/week for ten weeks during their first (and possibly second) summer AND 10 hours/week during their junior year at BSU.
  • B2B is designed to increase participation by underrepresented students in Biomedical Research Career Paths
  • Underrepresented students for the purposes of this NIH award are defined as
    • Individuals from racial and ethnic groups shown to be underrepresented by the National Science Foundation (NSF)
      • Blacks or African Americans
      • Hispanic or Latinos
      • American Indians
      • Alaska Natives
      • Native Hawaiian
      • other Pacific Islanders
    • Individuals with disabilities
    • Veterans
    • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds
      • low-income (defined as Pell-eligible)
      • born and raised in rural Idaho (defined by zip code)
      • first-generation to attend college (self-disclosed)
  • B2B expects to help students transition to a biomedical research career path via
    • Advising and Mentoring
    • Academic Preparation
    • Authentic Research Experiences
    • Opportunities for Networking
    • Financial Support


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