Frequently Asked Questions about Bridge

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for participation the Bridges to the Baccalaureate program at the University of Kansas, you must...

  • be a U.S. citizen or legal resident;
  • be currently enrolled at Haskell Indian Nations University;
  • have a 2.5 minimum GPA;
  • have a strong interest in a career in research; and
  • possess strong math skills or have commitment to improve.

If you have a question about your eligibility, please contact the Bridge program coordinator.

Are the biomedical sciences for me?

The purpose of the Bridge program is to achieve greater participation of students from underrepresented groups in biomedical research. The term "bioscience" encompasses science majors that relate either directly or indirectly to human health. Examples include:

Applied Behavioral Sciences   Environmental Studies
Behavioral Ecology Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Biology Exercise Physiology
Biochemistry Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences
Bioengineering Mathematics
Chemistry Computer Science
Ethnobotany Engineering
Neuroscience Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Psychology Speech, Language & Hearing

If you have an interest in these fields, or if you see yourself as a scientist, the Bridge program can help you get an early start on your career path.

What are some of the activities that I will participate in as a Bridge student?

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 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.

How do I select a mentor?

A mentor is a KU or KU affiliated faculty member who can provide a research lab for a Bridge student. Because your mentor shapes your research experience, the program coordinator is available to help you identify potential faculty mentors that fit your research interests and career goals.

If you are a faculty member that is interested in hosting a Haskell student in your laboratory, please contact the Bridge program coordinator.

Can I really afford to transfer?

Yes! There are a number of financial resources available to help Bridge participants transfer to the University of Kansas, and the Bridge program coordinator and assistant are available to help you navigate these resources. Please visit our online financial toolkit for Bridge participants to learn about funding options that may be available to you if you choose to transfer to KU.

Other questions?

For all other questions or to request more information, please contact the Bridge program coordinator:

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

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