• North, Thomas W (PI)
  • Bilderback, David (PI)
  • Kukuk, Penelope (PI)
  • Szalda-Petree, Allen (PI)

Project: Research project

Project Details


DESCRIPTION: The stated purpose of this application is to bridge the UM
biomedical research community to three of the TCCCs in Montana by
developing a program that will introduce American Indian students and
faculty at these three TCCCs to degree and career opportunities in
biomedical sciences, and to facilitate entry of students into BS
programs at UM. These goals will be accomplished by means of the
following specific aims: 1) UM faculty will present programmatic
information, seminars, lectures, and will participate in the
implementation of specialized laboratories for courses at the TCCCs.
This series of seminars and visitations will be designed primarily to
familiarize American Indian students at the TCCCs with potential faculty
mentors and research opportunities at UM. Twenty-six faculty have
already committed to participate in the above visitations. 2) Students
and faculty from the TCCCs will visit UM for an educational program that
will introduce them to research facilities, research faculty mentors,
American Indian support groups, and the general campus. Three students
and one faculty from each TCCC will visit during the spring semester
each year for two days. The first day will include a group tour of
research laboratories with a brief presentation by each potential
faculty mentor. Each student will then spend the afternoon with the
faculty mentor of his or her choice, meeting with staff and other
students and participating in an actual experiment. The day will end
with a barbecue. During the second day, students will meet with
representatives from admissions, financial aid, and American Indian
support groups. Time will also be scheduled for each student to attend
one or more classes of their choice. 3) Twelve students and faculty from
the TCCCs will conduct a research project in the laboratory of a faculty
mentor during the summer months. Students will be selected
competitively to participate in a broad spectrum of laboratory methods
and techniques. While learning these techniques, each student will be
given an independent research project to be carried out under the
supervision of their mentor. In addition to laboratory work, each
student will attend meetings, seminars, etc.4) The above mentorships
will be encouraged to continue when TCCC student participants transfer
to UM.5) The Bridges Advisory and Steering Committee (BASC) will co-
ordinate the implementation of an evaluation and assessment plan
developed by Dr. James Walsh of the Psychology Department.
Effective start/end date9/30/943/31/16


  • National Institutes of Health
  • National Institutes of Health: $19,394.00


  • Medicine(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)


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