Colorado State University - Pueblo bridge project provides link for transfer.

Colorado State University - Pueblo bridge project provides link for transfer. 

PUEBLO – The Puente Project: Bridges to Biomedical Careers program will resume this summer at Colorado State University-Pueblo to provide academic skills and research experiences for community college students interested in continuing their training at a four-year institution. 

The six-week course promotes the pursuit of careers that include biomedical research. Students will receive laboratory techniques and skill training in cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, and other areas of scientific research.

The non-residential program runs weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 24 - July 2.  Attendees will be compensated ($1,920) for their time and participation.

Details and application materials are available at

While designed to target members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences and engineering, and communities that suffer from health disparities (Hispanics, Native Americans - including Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians-, African Americans), the program welcomes applications from all students who feel that they would benefit from this program.  Applications are due by Friday, April 30. Applicants will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting April 5, with student notification of acceptance to occur between April 19-May 10.

For more information, contact LeeAnne Martinez, program director, at 719-549-2744 or

The Bridges Program has produced numerous success stories among its graduates. For example, David Unis, will finish his bachelor’s degree this May.  While at CSU-Pueblo, Dave has been involved in a number of research projects under the direction of Dr. Moussa Diawara, professor of biology.  Unis is co-author on several published toxicological studies, including assessments of heavy metal contamination of soils, as well as the effects of toxic substances on development.

Rosemary Martinez Townsend, who completed her associate’s degree at Pueblo Community College (PCC) and earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from CSU-Pueblo in 2007, has since completed a master's degree at CSU-Pueblo and is pursuing a Ph.D. at Colorado State University-Fort Collins.
“Participation in the Bridges Program provides students with a “sneak preview” of equipment, procedures, techniques and processes involved in biomedical research,” Lee Anne Martinez said.

“In addition to the hands-on research experience, students develop a sense of belonging by working with faculty from throughout the College of Science and Mathematics. The program can really serve as a springboard, launching students to new heights,” she said. 

Another PCC student, Dustin Seifried, also has been involved in multiple research studies as an undergraduate at CSU-Pueblo.  He is completing a double major in biology and chemistry.
Not all Bridges participants elect to remain in southern Colorado.  Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) student David Cook now is enrolled at the Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Denver, while PPCC student Theresa Kreye-Azevedo is enrolled at University of West Florida and has had the opportunity to conducted research while pursuing her bachelor’s degree there. 

Colorado State University - Pueblo is a regional, comprehensive university emphasizing professional, career-oriented, and applied programs. Displaying excellence in teaching, celebrating diversity, and engaging in service and outreach, CSU-Pueblo is distinguished by access, opportunity, and the overall quality of services provided to its students.