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Helping Students to Transition to PhD Programs

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Program Overview

Funded by NIH Bridges Program, the Bridges to Doctorate Program between Fresno State and UC Merced aims to enhance the participation of students from underrepresented groups in Ph.D. programs in the biomedical and behavioral natural sciences.  

To achieve this, the Bridge Program provides an intensive research, coursework, and mentoring experience

The long term goals are to increase the competitiveness, skills and interests of students and faculty in areas of biomedical and behavioral research, and to sustain a thriving collaboration between the major feeder institutions for PhD programs (Fresno State) and the leading PhD-granting institution (UC Merced) in the San Joaquin Valley. 

Given the close geographic proximity of Fresno State and UC Merced, it is a natural step for these institutions to strengthen a collaborative academic environment and matriculation culture between the two institutions.