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Kansas Bridges to the Future
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Manhattan, KS 66506 


Developing Scholars Program
Wildcat Landing, Suite 001
1800 Claflin Road
Manhattan, KS 66502


Bridges to the Future: A Pathway to Kansas State University: the Journey Continues

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Current Bridges students Jake Jimenez, Jessica Martinez, Yesenia Perez, Rachael Cano, Ricardo Nava, Denisse Dominguez, Salvador Valdez, Maria Martinez, Alex Garcia, Carolina Fonte, and Faith Rahman pictured with K-State Distinguished Young Alumni Recipient Jorge Mendoza at the Developing Scholars 6th Annual Talent Show.

DSP Symposium


Third-year Bridges Scholar Jose Covarrubias along with fellow DSP Scholars who received the James R. Coffmann Excellence in Research Award during the 17th Annual Developing Scholars Poster Symposium. Jose has been working in Dr. Stefan Bossmann's research lab all year and will begin work on his P.h.D. in Chemistry at K-State this coming fall. We are proud of Jose's accomplishments and the mark he has left on DSP! Congrats!



 DSP Scholars who earned 4.0 GPA's from either Spring/Fall 2016 semesters being awarded at DSP Symposium. Bridges to the Future Scholars Jessica Martinez, Faith Rahman, Carolina Fonte, and Alex Garcia were among those students awarded for their academic excellence! Congratulations! 



Student Recognition

Congratulations to Ricardo Nava upon his acceptance to the Physical Therapy Program at Wichita State University! Ricardo is a student in the Bridges to the Future Program as well as part of the Developing Scholars Program! We are proud of your contributions to K-State, our program, as well as the community! 

 yes Congratulations to Yesenia Perez upon her acceptance to the Communication Sciences and Disorders Master's Program at Wichita State this coming fall semester! Yesenia is a student in the Bridges to the Future Program as well as a part of DSP. We are proud of your contributions to K-State, our program, as well as the community! Thank you for leaving your mark for future generations!


DC3 Sophomores to Attend New England Science Symposium

Four sophomores from DC3 will attend the New England Science Symposium as a part of their involvement in Kansas Bridges to the Future. Director Elizabeth Wallace, Professor of Chemistry at Dodge City Community College directs the grant program which is funded by the National Institutes of Health and administered by Kansas State University.

Kansas Bridges to the Future offers educational and networking opportunities to students who belong to ethnic/racial minority groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical field. Qualifying students begin their involvement in Kansas Bridges to the Future at the community college level and then transfer to Kansas State University, receiving tuition scholarships at both institutions.

The DC3 sophomores and Kansas Bridges to the Future members who will be attending the New England Science Symposium are Manuel Armando Jimenez, Abel Garcia Cabello, Melitza Ramirez, and Michelle Coca Mora. Other members of the Kansas Bridges to the Future program are DC3 freshmen Bryant Avila, Yesenia Herrera, Laura Soto, Elena Carlos, Ivan Chavez, and Vanessa Hernandez.

The New England Science Symposium will be held on March 25th, 2017 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA. The event will give the students, as well as postdocs; medical, dental, and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; and other university and community college students a platform to present, orally or with posters, their research activities and findings. They will also be able to network with professionals within their field of study as well as participate in discussions and exchange ideas regarding career development in the sciences. If you would like more information on the Kansas Bridges to the Future, please contact DC3 Kansas Bridges to the Future Director Elizabeth Wallace, DCCC Bridges Director at 580-471-3887 or by email, at ewallace@dc3.edu or Daniela Guereca, DC3 Kansas Bridges to the Future Coordinator.


Pictured in Dodge City Community College chemistry lab: Front row-Michelle Coca Mora, Melitza Ramirez, Yesenia Herrera, Elena Carlos, and Laura Soto

Back row-Ivan Chavez, Able Garcia Cabello, Bryant Avila, and Professor Elizabeth Wallace  (not pictured: Vanessa Hernandez and Manuel Armando Jimenez)

Bridges Spotlights


Jorge Mendoza 

The K-State Student Alumni Board, a program of the K-State Alumni Association, will honor the 2017 Distinguished Young Alumni Award recipient Jorge Mendoza, on Feb. 28. The award, established in 2012, recognizes two Kansas State University graduates who are younger than 35 and are using the scholarship, leadership and service experience they acquired at K-State to excel in their professions and contribute to their communities. 

Mendoza, a native of Garden City, is the STEM Exploration Program manager at Ohio State University.The program supports students interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, educating these students about different career paths and the ways they can use their talents to serve others.

While at K-State, Mendoza was a member of the Developing Scholars Program, McNair Scholars Program, Research Experience for Undergraduates, Hispanic American Leadership Organization and Bridges to the Future, and he also served as president of the Multicultural Honor Society. He graduated from K-State in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in biology.