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Bridges to Baccalaureate Scholars earn prestigious fellowships

Andrea Meyer and Julie Wagner, scholars of the Southwestern Idaho Bridges to Baccalaureate program and students in the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State, recently earned places at two prestigious national fellowships.

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Andre Meyer in the lab

Meyer joined the Station1 Frontiers Fellowship, which is a transformative, fully-funded 10-week education, research, and internship experience focused on socially-directed science and technology. The fellowship is part of the Station1 organization, a nonprofit higher education institution that is paving a pathway of opportunity through a new model of learning and research socially-directed science and technology. Station1 seeks to interrogate, understand, and shape technologically-driven societal impact towards more equitable, just, ethical, and sustainable outcomes.

Wagner will be part of the National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program. The program offers competitive scholarships to students who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. Wagner will receive scholarship support, be part of a paid research training at the National Institutes of Health during the summer, and receive paid employment and training at the institute after graduation.

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Julie Wagner

Meyer is an accomplished Boise State student, earning her Bachelor’s of Science degree Spring 2022. She was an active researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences working with faculty Jennifer Forbey, focusing on ultraviolet fluorescence of chemicals found in plants.

Wagner will be completing her Bachelor’s of Science degree this upcoming year. A skilled researcher, she investigates giardiasis infections with faculty Ken Cornell, an intestinal illness that afflicts more than 200 million people annually worldwide.

The Southwestern Idaho Bridges to Baccalaureate program is a two-year support and research program for students from the College of Western Idaho that transfer to Boise State and pursue biomedical research. The program aims to increase the number of underrepresented students in Idaho that are interested in the biomedical sciences.