San Francisco State University (SFSU), University of California at Davis (UCD), and University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) initiated a cooperative graduate program to increase the number of underrepresented minorities that pursue biomedical research careers. This program is the first of its type between a California State University system and the University of California system. Our program goals are to increase the academic competitiveness of underrepresented minority students, and to provide these students with enhanced access to doctoral training by facilitating their transition from a master's degree program to a Ph.D. program. Students first earn a master's degree in either chemistry or biology at SFSU and then a PhD at UCD or UCSF. Our program is designed to provide significant financial support to give minority students the opportunity to focus on their graduate studies. Master's Bridges students at SFSU receive scholarship funding for a maximum of two years plus payment of tuition and travel funds for attendance at a major scientific conference. Doctoral students at UCD or UCSF will receive four years of support from the participating programs, currently ranging from $18,000 to $28,000 per year plus student tuition fees.
Features of our program include:
- *Pre-Enrollment Summer Research Internship (optional). Students work directly with participating UC campus professors and their research groups on projects of direct application to their proposed fields of graduate study. The students work full-time for eight weeks in the laboratory, participate in research discussions and conferences, present written and oral reports on their research, and interact as an integral part of the research groups.