UW Bioengineering summer research program for CC students

visit the B3 website for more information. 2014 B3 Symposium

February 25th, 1:30 – 4:00 PM

Broadway Performance Hall, SCCC

Attend the 2014 B3 Symposium to learn about bioengineering research and the B3 program. Speakers will include UW Bioengineering faculty members, industry representatives, and former B3 students.

2014 B3 Summer Research Program

June 23rd – August 22nd

Apply online at the B3 website.

Application deadline: March 17, 2014

Comments from B3 Students

"I truly believe the greatest benefit of this program was the opportunity to experience what a career as a scientist would be like while working with some of the best in their field."

“The greatest benefit of this work, for me, was the application of the knowledge I have gained in the classroom to real-world research, bridging the gap between my academic and professional aspirations."

"My mentors were amazing! They were very helpful, encouraging, and supportive…I felt like I was a part of the team and that my contributions mattered…I have a much better idea of what Bioengineering is and what it is like to work in research."

"My mentor provided a great deal of guidance and support, from the basic logistics of laboratory work to discussions on the broad picture of both our research and the state of research in the field in general."


Contact Us

Dr. Tekie Mehary, B3 Manager


Dr. Esmaeel Naeemi, SCCC Contact


Dr. Michael Regnier, B3 Director


Building Bridges to Bioengineering (B3) provides mentored research experiences and academic opportunities for underrepresented minority students at Seattle area community colleges. Our goal is to increase the number of students transferring to bioengineering degree programs at the University of Washington.

Opportunities for Community College Students

Ø Participate in a summer research program at a world-class research institution. Students are paid a stipend for their work.

B3 students will:

 Work with mentors in UW laboratories on multidisciplinary research projects.

 Attend workshops to learn effective scientific communication skills.

 Present the results of their work at a research poster session.

 Receive guidance from an academic counselor for a successful transition to a four-year university.

Ø Learn how bioengineering and biotechnology can be used to solve global health problems. A course, Introduction to Applied Bioengineering & Global Health (SCI 107), is offered at SCCC.


B3 applicants must be:

 Seattle area community college students;

 US citizens or permanent residents; and

 Underrepresented minorities (URM). Non-URM students will be considered if funding is available.

How to Apply

The B3 Summer Research Program application consists of:

 Completion of the online application at the B3 website;

 Recommendations from two individuals, one of whom can evaluate your potential in a lab setting; and

 Submission of official transcripts from your current college.

Please visit the B3 website for more information.