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Summer Research Program for Undergraduates from Historically Black Colleges & Universities

The Utah CTSI’s Biomedical Research Inclusion & Diversity to Grow Excellence in Science Undergraduate Program for Historically Black Colleges & Universities (BRIDGE UP–HBCU) seeks to recruit, train, and retain a diverse translational workforce.

This transformative 10-week summer experience combines research, hands-on experience, and mentorship. The program provides opportunities for HBCU students to develop a holistic mentoring relationship with a University of Utah faculty member and gain research experience in clinical and translational research. We want our students to be able to take part in driving innovation in research modalities that ultimately create more equity and reduce health disparities.

Program Overview

  • Mentorship: Work closely with a dedicated University of Utah faculty member who will guide you through your research journey and help you develop essential skills in the area you are interested in. Participate in clinical shadowing experiences. 
  • Critical Thinking: Enhance your scientific reasoning and writing abilities, preparing you for success in your academic and professional endeavors.
  • Adventure: It's not all work! Explore the natural beauty of Utah with extracurricular activities, including a memorable trip to Arches National Park in Moab and a day visit to the picturesque Park City.

Who Should Apply?

This program is exclusively designed for students attending historically black colleges and universities that are partners to BRIDGE UP HBCU. If you're passionate about science and ready to embrace a life-changing opportunity, we encourage you to apply.

Why Apply?

Diversity is key to progress in clinical and research fields, and we're committed to making a difference. By participating in the BRIDGE-UP HBCU program, you'll gain insights into your areas of interest while building lasting mentorship connections.


The CTSI’s BRIDGE UP-HBCU program is funded by a grant National Center for Advancing Translational Science (R25TR004388).

Learn More

Please visit our full program website for more information



Contact Us

Katty Youd, MA
Program Manager