Building Bridges to Bioengineering (B3) provides mentored research experiences and academic opportunities for underrepresented minority students at Seattle area community colleges. Our goal is to increase the number of students transferring to bioengineering degree programs at the University of Washington. Continued funding of the B3 Program is pending.

Opportunities for Community College Students

  • Participate in a summer research program at a world-class research institution. B3 students will:
    • Work with mentors in UW laboratories on multidisciplinary research projects.
    • Attend workshops to learn effective scientific communication skills.
    • Present the results of their work at a research poster session.
    • Receive guidance from an academic counselor for a successful transition to a four-year university.
  • Learn how bioengineering and biotechnology can be used to solve global health problems. Introduction to Applied Bioengineering & Global Health (SCI 107) is offered at Seattle Central College.

Benefits of the program

  • Earn up to $4000 for your work in a UW lab.
  • Strengthen your application to the UW and your potential to get research-based scholarships.
  • Increase your skills in problem solving, communication and collaboration while you work as a member of a research team.
  • Gain knowledge and skills that will help you successfully transition from a community college to a four-year university.
  • Learn about career options in bioengineering.
  • Enhance your resume through valuable experience in a research lab.