Fifteen students from three community colleges are conducting research at Binghamton University, giving underrepresented scholars a bridge to earning baccalaureate degrees in biomedical sciences.

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This is the 21st year Binghamton University has participated in the SUNY Upstate Bridges to the Baccalaureate program.

The effort pairs students with faculty mentors to conduct experiments and research projects with the goal of increasing the number of underrepresented scholars earning baccalaureate degrees in the biomedical sciences.

The students that were accepted into this year’s five to eight week program are from Monroe, Onondaga and Westchester community colleges.

Students maintaining a two-point-seven average in science courses and overall at the community colleges who are U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are African-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands or people with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds are guaranteed Binghamton University admission.

The program culminates with a display of research accomplishments at the end of this month.