An essential element of undergraduate preparation for graduate school is hands-on experience under the tutelage of established on and off campus researchers. Through this encounter, students will develop interests in research, skills required to communicate results in poster or oral presentations at national scientific conferences, and publish in peer-reviewed journals.

The first academic year ten sophomore or junior STEM majors will conduct research with faculty members. These students will serve as mentors for the Bridge students during their freshman year preparing them for research the summer after their freshman year.

The second summer, each student will be paired with an on-campus faculty member based on his or her initial area of research interest. Research mentors will provide students with an appropriate research project and take the responsibility for training the student in the implementation of the research project.