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Nov. 10, 2003
DH-03 TK 068
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA ADVISORY

CSU Dominguez Hills Minority Scientists Research Program
Receives $646,000 Grant from National Institutes of Health

Bridges to Baccalaureate degree program is renewed by funding

CARSON, Calif: – The popular Bridges to Baccalaureate program at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has just been renewed by virtue of a $646,000 three-year grant from the Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE) division of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The Bridges to Baccalaureate program prepares and facilitates minority science students from community colleges to transfer to Cal State Dominguez Hills and ultimately graduate with a bachelor’s degree in science. This grant will help under-represented minority science students from Compton and El Camino community colleges enter into biomedical research at CSUDH.

“Bridges to Baccalaureate students comprise part of a ‘Community of Scholars’ who are doing laboratory research as an integral part of their university curriculum,” said Thomas Landefeld, Ph.D., associate dean, College of Arts and Sciences and program director for the Bridges to Baccalaureate program at Cal State Dominguez Hills. “These students are paid as laboratory assistants and also receive reimbursements for their travel expenses to a yearly national science meeting. “Our students benefit from this program by enrolling in courses designed to acquaint them with laboratory technology, ethics, animal use and human subject protocols,” Landefeld said

More than 50 students have benefited from the Bridges to Baccalaureate program at Cal State Dominguez Hills and many have continued their research in post-graduate work at other universities including New York University and UCLA. Jerome Nwachukwu, a former El Camino College student became the first student of the Bridges to Baccalaureate program to receive an undergraduate degree when he earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in the fall, 2002.

Cal State Dominguez Hills prides itself in being a dynamic urban university that focuses on building bridges between the University and neighboring communities. You can learn more about the University at the Web site http://www.csudh.edu.

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