Bridges to the Baccalaureate

The mission of the Bridges program is to improve tribal college student learning, leading to high student achievement in science by creating opportunities for students to participate in summer science activities in a university setting, providing professional development for tribal college teachers, and providing mentoring experiences which will lead to students' successful completion of science majors and degree programs.

Take a few minutes to browse through our list of links, meet our people, and see if there is something waiting for you at the University of Montana's Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program.

Purpose of the Bridges Program

Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program at the University of Montana began in 1995 with a grant from the National Institutes of Health to bridge Indian students from tribal colleges to four-year institutions through a summer research experience. Bridges is offered at UM-Missoula to a small number of students who are given personal attention.

Types of Research

Past research done by Bridges participants was in the fields of biology, math, and computer science, as well as psychology. Within these areas, students have worked on fetal alcohol syndrome, repatriation, medicinal plants and diabetes, just to name a few. Every year new and innovative opportunities for research are offered.

Prospective Bridges students make a campus visit in the spring to meet with researchers in their field of interest before final selections are made. UM researchers volunteer their labs for the program in the summer because they believe in the program's mission of encouraging Indian students to seek Bachelors degrees.

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