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Bridges to the Future

Bridges to the Future is a grant funded by the National Institutes of Health. The over-arching goal of Bridges to the Future is to increase the number of historically underrepresented students with baccalaureate degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and to set into motion pathways designed to increase the number of Ph.D.s, M.D.s, and other professional doctorates in those fields. The NIH grant supports transfer students who are specifically, Latino, African-American, and Native American students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Bridges provides a successful path for transfer students from southwest Kansas to begin their post-secondary pursuits at the local community college followed by transition to Kansas State University after two years.

Kansas State University has a long-standing history of partnership with southwest Kansas community colleges:

At K-State, Bridges students enter an established, highly successful undergraduate research program, the Developing Scholars Program (DSP), to support them academically and personally. Learn more about the Developing Scholars Program.

DSP provides seminars, workshops, lab experiences, and research internships to help students explore their options in biomedical and behavioral sciences.Through the Bridges program students are prepared to succeed in graduate school and establish thriving professional careers.

Bridges students at the 2017 Developing Scholars Induction.

Bridges students 2018-2019, top to bottom: Carmen Del Real, Cesar Aparicio-Lopez, Bryant Avila, Jaymond Kelly, Richard Carmona, Azriel Minjarez-Almeida, Maria Montes, Baltazar Claro-Martinez, Daniel Pivaral, Leonardo Garrido, Kevin Loya, Cristian Erives, Sonia Barrett, Julia Romo, Daniel Avalos, Michelle Coca, Melitza Ramirez, Laura Soto, Yesenia Herrera, Gina Reyes, Jared Medina, Vanessa Hernandez, Blanca De La Torre, Diana Najera, Elena Carlos, Adelina Parral

Bridges Alumni Spotlights

Dr. Pamela Maynez

Dr. Pamela Maynez recently graduated pharmacy school at University of Kansas. She landed in the top ten of her class! 

Dr. Jimmie Stewart

Dr. Jimmie Stewart received his MD from Kansas University School of Medicine - Wichita and is now working on his residency in Family Medicine through Wesley Medical Center in Wichita. 

Maria Martinez

Maria Martinez-Rosales will be starting her master's program in Marriage and Family Therapy at Friends University in Fall 2018.