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Bridge to Biology

Bridge to Biology is a summer program for incoming University of Minnesota, Morris biology students to be held at scenic Lake Itasca during the three days prior to the Morris 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 WILL BE ATTENDING?

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

WILL WE BE ROUGHING 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 will be provided between Morris and the Itasca Field Station. Students will have the opportunity either to move into their residence hall early, or to meet their parents at the regularly scheduled move-in time on Sunday, August 21, 2016.

COST

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

Space is limited—we can accommodate approximately one third of the expected incoming class of biology students. 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.

Participant application deadline is May 15, 2016. Students will be notified of acceptance around June 1, 2016.

Apply for the program online

For more information on the Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories please visit http://www.cbs.umn.edu/itasca

Bridge to Biology brochure