CPP-UCR Master's Bridges to PhD (B2D) Program


1. What is the purpose of the B2D Program?

The purpose of the B2D program is to increase the number of CPP MS students, historically underrepresented in biomedical research fields, that are accepted into biomedical-related PhD programs.

 2. What is meant by "biomedical" PhD programs?

Biomedical research programs are those that grant PhD degrees in a number of cell/molecular fields related to the study of human health and disease. These programs may include such areas as cell biology, biochemistry, immunology, genetics, bioinformatics, pharmacology, microbiology, molecular biology, neurobiology, cancer, physiology and virology. 

3. Am I eligible to participate in the B2D Program?

Please see Applicant Eligibility and Requirements.

4. I am a biology pre-med major. Am I eligible to be a B2D student?

As per the guidelines set by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which funds the CPP B2D program, only students that intend to pursue a PhD degree in biomedical related fields are eligible. Students who are pre-med, pre-dent, pre-vet, pre-pharmacy, pre-optometry, pre-nursing or pursuing other medical fields not involving the pursuit of a PhD in biomedical research are not eligible for participation in the RISE program. 

5. Are there any financial benefits from participation in the CPP B2D Program?

Students chosen to participate in the CPP B2D program are granted a stipend and other benefits. Please contact the Program Administrator (adalvarado@cpp.edu or Program Director nebuckley@cpp.edu for more information.

6. How many years commitment is the program?

Students accepted into the CPP B2D Program are expected to commit two academic years, and two 10-week (full-time) summer internships. See B2D Calendar of Activities.

7. Can I apply to more than one program?

No. Students are only eligible for one program at a time.

8. Where do I do my research?

Students participating in the CPP B2D Program will conduct their research during the two academic years and one summer at CPP. Students will also participate in a summer internship at UCR.