Bridges to the Future Program

California State University-Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA.
Type Basic Science Research, Clinical Research, Test Preparation, Academic Year Program


The Bridges to the Future Program is an initiative of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop the pool of talented minority students who will eventually become leaders in biomedical research. This grant specifically targets community college students. This program is funded by a grant from the National Institues of General Medical Sciences (a division of the NIH) and is a collaboration among four schools: East Los Angeles College, Los Angeles City College, Pasadena City College, and California State University Los Angeles.

The goal of the two year program is to prepare community college science students for transfers to a four-year university where they will successfully complete the bachelor's degree and be prepared to enter advanced degreee programs in the biomedical sciences. The biomedical sciences are broadly inclusive of those disciplines necessary to understand human health and disease: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Microbiology , Biophysics, Biomathematics, and others.

The program will financial support you with $ 1000 throughout the academic year and $ 3000 in the summer. It's a total of $ 4000 for a Bridges full time participant. The $1000 will be divided into two semesters and the money is then distributed based on your grades and class enrollment


Freshman or Sophomore community college students in good academic standing who desire a career in the biomedical sciences and are a member of an underrepresented group including African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, or Pacific Islanders. Students who have demonstrated an aptitude for high school or college math and science courses. Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States.

Please contact the program administrator to find out about the deadline and program dates.

More Information

Program Director
Dr. Linda Tunstad
Physical Sciences 517, Program Director
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Phone: (323) 343-2148
Fax: (323) 343-6411