The Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The program includes a partnership between UCLA and two Los Angeles area community colleges, specifically Los Angeles Valley College (LAVC) and Los Angeles Pierce College (LAPC).

The overall program aims are to increase the number of students from underrepresented minority groups, who successfully transfer to UCLA, to complete their baccalaureate degrees in the sciences, and to pursue more advanced degrees in the biomedical sciences.

Specifically, the program seeks to do the following:

  • Facilitate the development of critical thinking and effective study skills that will assist Bridges students in achieving successful admission to UCLA and other four-year baccalaureate institutions;
  • Encourage and prepare Bridges students for entry-level undergraduate research;
  • Increase the likelihood that Bridges students will stay in science majors;
  • Foster Bridges students' interests in and commitment to preparing for careers in research and teaching in the biomedical sciences;
  • Create a sense of identity, collaboration, community, and intellectual confidence among Bridges students.


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