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Southwestern Idaho Bridges to Baccalaureate (SWID B2B)

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Program Overview

Southwestern Idaho Bridges to Baccalaureate (SWID B2B) program is a 3-year support and research program for students at CWI that intend to 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.
The program successfully prepares students for careers in the biomedical sciences by providing:

  • Enhanced advising
  • Peer mentoring
  • Paid research experience
  • Continued engagement at Boise State through research and specialized B2B courses

B2B is funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.

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B2B Year 1

During Year 1, CWI students are assigned a peer mentor and enroll in Biology 1 (BIOL111) and Ethics in Science (SCIE 102). Second semester, students enroll in an Introduction to Cell Biology (MMBS 260) and Genetics (MMBS 280). Students are then assigned a faculty mentor to prepare for the summer research experience!
Summer Experience: B2B students participate in the Bridges Summer Research Experience for 10 weeks with a distinguished faculty mentor and receive $6,000 stipend.

B2B Year 2

B2B students successfully transfer to Boise State and continue to participate in a 15- week paid research experience. Students also enroll in the Bridges Professional Development course (BIOL 375) for both fall and spring semesters.  Summer Experience: B2B students participate in 2nd Summer Research Experience for 10 weeks. Students receive and additional $6,000 stipend.

B2B Year 3+

B2B students serve as peer mentors for the new B2B cohort. They also receive continued academic and financial support through undergraduate research and specialized B2B course work.

Criteria for Admission to the B2B program

In addition to completing the application and meeting the following criteria for the program, the B2B leadership team will conduct interviews in person with B2B finalists.
Students must belong to at least one of the following categories:

  • Rural residency, as determined by your zip code at the time you applied to CWI
  • Ethnic minority (Hispanic, African American, American Indian, or Pacific Islander);
  • Pell-eligible
  • Self-identified as first generation
  • Veteran Status, or
  • Receive accommodations for any of the following, vision or hearing impairment, mobility impairment, learning disability, or a disability or impairment no listed.

*Students must also be a Full-time student upon transferring to Boise State University, (enrolled in at least 11 credit).

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