The Bridges Program provides students attending Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC), and Lake Superior College (LSC) with a fellowship to a training program in biomedical research. The Program provides educational support and training in laboratory-based research.

The Bridges Program is a partnership between Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Lake Superior College, and the University of Minnesota Medical School. The Program is supported by a grant from the National Institute of Health-National Institute of General Medical Sciences Research (GM137862).


  • Stipend – Annually $13,368; $1,114 monthly
  • Tuition and fees
  • Travel to scientific meetings – $1,000 per year
  • Laboratory supplies for faculty-directed research – $1,000 per year
  • Mentoring by science faculty and program staff
  • Career development workshops
  • Participation in biomedical research
  • Attendance at a national research conference in Biomedical Sciences


  • Must be enrolled full-time at FDLTCC or LSC, enrolled in science and/or math courses, and actively pursuing an AA/AS degree, with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA or higher
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or non-citizen national or permanent resident. Permanent residents must have a registration card I-551.
  • Students should be from an underrepresented group. The definition of an underrepresented group is defined by NIH/NIGMS.

Selection criteria

All students interested in the Program must complete and return the following:

Joel Madison

“I did biomedical research and was mentored by professionals through the Bridges to the Baccalaureate Degree Program. I absolutely recommend it to anyone who is interested in pursuing graduate school.”
Joel Madson
Alum, Bridges to Baccalaureate Program A.A.