What is the SJSU Bridges Program?
The San José State University Bridges Program is a partnership with four community
colleges: San José City College, Evergreen Valley College, Ohlone College and Chabot
College. The program is funded by the National Institutes of Health (National Institute
of General Medical Sciences). The goal of the program is to increase the number
of underrepresented minority science students who transfer from a community college
to a four-year baccalaureate-granting institution.
What type of student majors are qualified to participate in this program?
Serious, dedicated students committed to a science degree program with the ultimate
goal of earning a B.A. or B.S., and students contemplating a career in biomedical
science research. The program is open to students with majors in: Biology, Chemistry,
Computer Science, Physics, or Mathematics. The program doesn’t pertain only to
biology majors, since biomedical research is a multidisciplinary effort. Majors like computer
science are part of a new specialty called Bioinformatics, a vital part of medical
research with respect to identifying genes, gene functions and genetic diseases.
The Bridges Program encourages students to continue their education in graduate school seeking a Master’s or Ph. D. degree.
What does the Bridges Program do for participating students?
During the academic year, the Bridges students meet periodically with the program
coordinator in their community college. There is also one meeting per month on the
San José State University campus. At these meetings the students receive academic
advising regarding their majors. The advising goal of the program is to have the
students take science courses in their majors so when students transfer, they will
be at junior status within their major. The meetings also bring in faculty from
SJSU and scientists from research institutes such as Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory and NASA Ames Research Center. Scientists talk to students about their
research experience and careers. Students also receive information regarding financial
aid, university services and campus life at a four-year baccalaureate-granting institution.
At the end of the spring semester, the students participate in a writing workshop
and a biosafety class on the SJSU campus. This is a week-long event from 9:00 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. each day. This week-long activity prepares the students for participation
in a paying summer research internship. The program’s goal is to provide each student
participant with at least one summer internship experience. Often, these research
internships turn into part time jobs during the academic year. Students who participate
in these research related activities will be paid by the Bridges Program. These
internships take place in laboratories of research faculty at SJSU and also other
research institutions in the greater San Francisco Bay Area like NASA Ames Research
Center and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
The following web link is provided for further information on the NIGMS Bridges
For information about the SJSU Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program contact the
Program Director or the Bridges Program Coordinator at your community college as
SJSU Program Director
Adrian Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Community College Partnership Coordinators
Agnello Braganza, Ph.D.
Evergreen Valley College
Al Gonzalez, MSc
Phone: 408-274-7900 x6259
Jim Baxter, Ph.D.
San José City College
Madeline Adamczeski, Ph.D.
Phone: 408-298-2181 x3988