Savannah Laughter- Bridges to Baccalaureate

The Bridging Arizona Native American Students to Bachelor’s Degrees (Bridges) at Northern Arizona University is a summer program designed to offer tribal/community college students the opportunity to get hands on research experience.

  • This ten week program gives students the opportunity to development research methods and skills on a university scale while still attending a tribal/community college.
  • The program consists of individual projects. The student will learn to collaborate with a faculty mentor and other research students.

This unique program is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Science; the program collaborates with The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention.

Program Opportunities

Attend the Native Research Network Conference

Introduction to Native American Researchers in various health fields, speed mentoring, cancer 101, professional development, networking and connections to Native Researchers. 

  • Bridges Lab 1
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  • Bridges Lab 2
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Laboratory Procedures

Introduction to laboratory, computer, and data analysis skills necessary for students choosing a career in science. Students learn basic lab skills; e.g., quantitative measurement, working with glassware, basic lab safety.

Weekly Research Reviews/Professional Development

Students meet together with a program faculty member or coordinator to track student progress with their research, identify concerns and learn about the research of their peers.

Individual Research Projects

Students work with their mentors and other lab students to research topics related to cancer, health or environmental sciences.

Please click to view videos of previous research projects, sponsored by The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention.

Poster Presentation

Research projects will be presented in a poster session by students at the end of the program. 

National Conferences

Students have the opportunity to present findings of their research at a national conference. These conferences will allow opportunities for academic and professional networking.