About Bridge


The 500 Nations Bridge Program is a National Institute of Health (NIH) supported program at the University of Kansas (KU) and Haskell Indian Nations University that promotes diversity in biomedical research. Bridge aims to increase the number of American Indian students who obtain advanced degrees in science and enter biomedical research by providing Haskell students who are interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in a field related to the biomedical sciences with opportunities to facilitate their transition to programs at other universities, including KU.


The Bridge program is designed to support Haskell students as they prepare to transfer into a biomedical program at KU or another 4-year institution. To prepare for transferring, Bridge students...

  • complete a research experience in the lab of an experienced KU faculty mentor;
  • take a seminar in research methods and experimental design;
  • present at local symposia and national scientific meetings;
  • may complete at least one course on the KU campus prior to transferring; and
  • gain assistance with obtaining financial support at KU or the transfer institution.


For questions or more information about the program, please contact the Bridge Prorgam Coordinator:

Becky Welton
Haskell Indian Nations University
155 Indian Avenue
133 Ross Hall
Lawrence, KS 66046

To contact other Office for Diversity in Science Training support staff or administration, please visit the ODST Contact page.

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