Students at Southwestern, Grossmont or Cuyamaca College interested in a career in science can learn to do research – and get paid while they are learning in the SDSU Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program. If they are attending community college and intending to transfer to a four-year university such as SDSU, they can check with the Bridges program. It could be a bridge to a successful future! For more information visit the website:


The Creating Scientists Program is designed to help incoming transfer students to SDSU get off to a fast start on their research careers.  The program, which focuses on reducing cancer disparities, includes 8 weeks of funded intensive summer training in research that takes place the summer before students transfer to SDSU.  Students attend weekly didactic training and are placed in research mentors’ labs for the summer; there is also funding for travel to a professional conference to present research findings during the subsequent academic year. The program is designed for students in the sciences. For more information, see or contact Dr. Vanessa Malcarne at


The Keck Training Program* is a new interdisciplinary training opportunity for SDSU incoming freshmen, sophomores (3.0 GPA or better), and community college transfer students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Student training focuses on learning how to conduct interdisciplinary research in STEM fields with a focus on the central topic of Global Climate Change and Emerging Infectious Disease. This intensive summer program for undergraduates includes hands-on training in environmental sampling and field work, laboratory methods in microbiology and molecular genetics, computer simulation and mathematical modeling, coupled with workshops on research skills, scientific writing, and responsible conduct of research. Students receive assistance in being placed in academic research labs where they will be able to apply what they have learned in the program. The programs focuses on developing critical, quantitative thinking and teamwork, and will prepare students to do undergraduate or graduate research in a variety of related fields. For more information see the website: *Dependent on funding, please check website for any updates.