Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

To be eligible for participation in the Bridges Program at the University of Kansas, you must be currently enrolled at Haskell Indian Nations University.   You must have a 2.5 minimum GPA, have a strong interest in a career in research, and possess strong math skills or have commitment to improve.

If you have a question about your eligibility, please contact the Bridges Program Coordinator.

The term "bioscience" encompasses science majors that relate either directly or indirectly to human health.  If you have an interest in bioscience fields, or if you see yourself as a scientist, the Bridges Program can help you get an early start on your career path.

Bridges program trainees will participate in the following activities:

  • Mentored research experience that complements your interests
  • Research skills building exercises
  • Participating in a community within the Bridges program and among other programs with similar interests
  • Personalized academic counseling, including assistance choosing KU courses and help with transitioning to KU
  • Tuition assistance after transferring to KU (60% of tuition paid for one year after transferring)
  • Assistance applying for financial aid, supplemental summer research opportunities and other tuition-supporting programs
  • Travel support to attend regional and national conferences, such as ABRCMS, SACNAS, and  AISES

A mentor is a KU or KU affiliated faculty member who can provide a research lab for a Bridges student. Because your mentor shapes your research experience, the program coordinator is available to help you identify potential faculty mentors that fit your research interests and career goals. A list of relevant departmental websites is available as a mentor search starting point.

Yes!  There are a number of financial resources available to help Bridges participants transfer to the University of Kansas, and the Bridges Program Coordinator is available to help you navigate these resources.  Please visit our online KU transfer toolkit for Bridges participants to learn about funding options that may be available to you if you choose to transfer to KU.​

For all other questions or to request more information, please contact the Bridges Program Coordinator

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