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Bridge to Biology

Bridge to Biology is a summer program for incoming biology students to be held at scenic Lake Itasca during the three days prior to the First-Year Student Orientation.

The program is designed to:

  • Encourage early bonds among students and introduce incoming students to upper-level peer mentors;
  • Build student/faculty relationships;
  • Introduce students to undergraduate research opportunities; and
  • Advise students about time management and adapting to life as a college biology student.

Who attends?

  • 50 incoming students;
  • Six current Morris biology students; and
  • Several Morris biology faculty members.

Will they rough it?

Not really. We will be staying in cabins at the University of Minnesota Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories and eating our meals at the station dining hall.

How do I get to Itasca?

Transportation is provided between Morris and the Itasca Field Station. Students have the opportunity to move into their residence hall early, or to meet their parents at the regularly scheduled move-in time.

What does it cost?

Nothing. Bridge to Biology is offered at no cost to Morris students (housing, meals, supplies, and transportation to and from Itasca are provided).

Space is limited. All students are encouraged to apply, though priority will be given to students who are a) part of the first generation in their family to go to college, b) from families with high financial need, or c) a member of a group traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.

Learn more about the Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories