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Faculty Mentorship

Portland Bridges to Baccalaureate


Portland Bridges to Baccalaureate (PBTB) is a program federally funded by the US National Institutes of Health charged with increasing the diversity of highly trained, biomedical research personnel. Portland Community College and Portland State University have collaborated to form PBTB in order to support this nationwide endeavor to recruit and prepare PCC college-transfer students from underrepresented groups or health disparities populations for successful completion of baccalaureate degrees leading to research careers in the Biomedical, Behavioral, and Health Sciences.


Faculty Mentors


The Bridges Program staff match summer Interns with Faculty Mentors based on faculty summer research projects and interns’ interests. Faculty Mentors provide an experiential research environment, while the Interns provide research support to faculty and their projects. Faculty are eligible for a $200 research supply stipend fund. Interns are paid with grants funds through PSU’s School of Community Health.


Bridges Interns                                  


Students participating in the PBTB program receive:


·     Eligibility for:

- Paid summer laboratory or research internships at PSU

- Expert mentorship from PSU researchers working in their field

- Training on biomedical and behavioral research ethics

·     Invitations to Biomedical, Behavioral and Health Science Seminars

·     Opportunities for Academic and Professional Networking

·     College-Transferable Science Seminar Course Credit (HE 299)

·     Guest Speakers

·     Discipline-Specific Advising

·     Financial Aid Guidance

·     Assistance with PCC/PSU Dual Enrollment

·     Peer Student Mentoring from PSU students

·     Invitations to Family Support Events and Activities


Summer 2010 Research Projects


Project Titles:

·     The American Diet & Epigenetics

·     Antibody Testing for C/EBPD in Aquatic Snails

·     Preparing for the Oregon Latino Agenda for Action Summit

·     Protecting Your Genome and Epigenome

·     Epidemiological Perspective on NW American Indian Health

·     Global Aging: Another Global Burden?

·     GTP-Cyclohydrolase 1B: Antibiotic Drug Design

·     Hoarding in Older Adults

·     The Census Under Count

·     Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services

·     Predictors of Chronic Neglect

·     Fresh Water Mussels in NW Bodies

·     The Roles Work-Family Conflict and Supportive Supervisor Behaviors

·     Western Blots to Find Proteins in Annual Killifish and Embryos


Internship Placements:

·     Public Health

·     Social Work

·     Biology

·     Chemistry

·     Environmental Science

·     Psychology

·     Sociology


Student Feedback:

·     Interns learned how to conduct research

·     Substantially improved their research skills

·     Were exposed to things they would not have otherwise learned in their lab classes

·     The internship helped them plan their future education, as well as think about their future career goals

·     Interns were mentored not only by faculty, but current graduate students as well, helping them bridge the transition to PSU