Campus: CSU San Marcos -- August 30, 2002
Federal Grant Links Campuses to Guide Students
into Research Careers
A consortium of three North San Diego County campuses has been awarded
approximately $600,000 from the National Institute of General Medical
Sciences at the National Institutes of Health. The grant funds the "North
San Diego County Bridges to the Future Program," which will prepare
students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups for professional
research careers in the biomedical sciences.
According to Dr. Richard Bray, Associate Director of the project, "The
program will help students achieve academic success at the community
colleges in preparation for a seamless transition to California State
University San Marcos. At Cal State San Marcos the students will be
integrated into one of several science programs that prepare students
for Ph.D. or other professional programs in biomedical sciences."
The three-year program will be headquartered at the Cal State San Marcos
Office of Biomedical Research and Training (OBRT). Most of the funding,
however, will go to the community college partners, MiraCosta College
and Palomar College.
"We were pleased to hear that this project is being funded,"
said Dr. Sherrill L. Amador, President of Palomar College. "It
should increase the number of underrepresented students going into biomedical
research fields and it will help them progress smoothly through science,
mathematics and other courses here at Palomar College. It will also
help them prepare for advanced training and successful careers in the
Dr. Tim T. L. Dong, President of MiraCosta College added, "We have
to do all we can so underrepresented students will go into the sciences.
The Bridges to the Future Grant will encourage MiraCosta College students
to go into the biomedical fields knowing that they will have a path
through Cal State San Marcos, and onto doctoral programs."
The Bridges to the Future proposal development was supported by the
Cal State San Marcos Foundation which provided seed funding for a group
of faculty from MiraCosta, Palomar, and Cal State San Marcos to write
the grant proposal. In addition, the North County Higher Education Alliance
(NCHEA) supported the project with an $18,000 supplemental award to
the federal grant.
"The Bridges program is an excellent example of how students can
benefit when higher education institutions work together," said
Cal State San Marcos President Dr. Alexander Gonzalez. "We're pleased
to be able to create a pipeline that will increase the number of students
from underrepresented groups in the sciences as well as to provide an
enhanced opportunity for students from the Northern San Diego region."
For additional details, contact Professor Victor Rocha, Director of
the Cal State San Marcos Office for Biomedical Research and Training,
760-750-4084 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The contact person at Palomar College is Life Sciences Professor Dan
Sourbeer, (760) 744-1150, ext. 2775. At MiraCosta College, the contact
is Professor Gail Baughman, director of the campus biotechnology program,
(760) 757-2121, ext. 6496.