BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU and Baton Rouge Community College are teaming up with the help of a federal grant to make sure more students earn degrees in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.
LSU says the five-year, $1.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program.
The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/SiFBhY ) the program is supposed to help increase the pool of students who pursue research careers in the biomedical and behavioral sciences through individual mentoring, peer tutoring, pre-college preparation programs and summer research opportunities. The program also has a professional development component for faculty.
Kevin Carman, dean of the LSU College of Science, said the Bridges program should help students overcome obstacles that might otherwise prevent them from reaching their potential.
"I am very excited by our collaboration with BRCC, and I truly think that this could be a transformational program," Carman said.
Students involved with the program will be encouraged to pursue and complete associate degrees at BRCC before moving on to complete bachelor's degrees at LSU.
The grant should help college administrators recruit students and put them on a path toward careers in the sciences, said Jo Dale Ales, dean of the BRCC's Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics initiative.
"Increasing the number of highly qualified professionals supports the economic development of our state," Ales said.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com