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The Industry, National, and Government Laboratory Post-Baccalaureate Bridge Program (ING-BP) is a credentialed bridge experience that provides intensive training and advanced internship opportunities for students interested in employment performing laboratory-based work in the chemical industry or national or government laboratories. The ING-BP is modeled after the ACS Bridge Project bridge experiences, which successfully integrate culturally responsive practices that provide alternative pathways for students from underrepresented/minoritized (URM) groups interested in graduate programs in the chemical and/or biochemical sciences. However, ~ 60% of all chemistry BA/BS graduates seek employment in government or industrial laboratories.1 

Thus, the ING-BP is a first-of-its-kind program that integrates culturally responsive practices to launch students from URM groups into their desired careers. The goal of this structure is to enable students the space to fully engage, relax into their STEM identity, focus, and thrive while getting high-quality, rigorous preparation for careers in the Chemical and/or Biochemical Sciences.

*While this program is specifically designed for students from URM groups in STEM, we recognize that there are many ways that people can be systemically affected in today’s society. Therefore, any student who believes they meet the qualifications and/or identifies as an individual who has experienced circumstantial disadvantages is encouraged to apply.

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Overview of Course Curriculum

Our ING-BP students gain invaluable experience and insight through a combination of coursework and a hands-on mentored technical laboratory internship at a partnering institution in the chemical industry or a national or government lab. Throughout the program, students create and iteratively refine a poster and an oral presentation on their laboratory project. Regular presentations of student work are scheduled at MSU Denver and partnering institutions. The ING-BP culminates in a capstone project wherein students produce a variety of tailored resumes, engage in mock interviews, and develop a broad set of nuanced professional skills. This supportive, yet highly-customizable structure enables students to gain the tools, credentials, and experience necessary to achieve gainful employment in a competitive entry-level position in the student’s field of interest.

Program Credit Distribution

Year One


Detailed Coursework for Year One

Year Two

Cartoon of the timeline of events in the second year of the ING Bridge Program. Throughout the Fall, Spring and Summer of Year 2, students continue working on the Immersive Laboratory Internship portion of the program which includes the following activities (also described above) 1. Meet with their T1 Mentor for ≈1 hour per week 2. Meet with their T3 Mentor for ≈1 hour per week 3. Engage in hands-on lab work in their T3 Mentor’s lab for 36-40 hours per week 4. Attend group meetings for the T3 Mentor’s lab ≈1-2 hours per week. a. Prepare one oral presentation on their project to give during group meeting at least once per summer/semester 5. Prepare one poster on their project to present at a poster session at MSU Denver or a partner institution once per summer/semester. The only deviations from the regularly recurring activities of the Immersive Laboratory Internship occur at the following times for the following reasons: 1. During the Spring Semester of Year 2, the students take ING-BP Capstone: Resumes, Interviews, and Professionalism, wherein they students learn how to properly tailor resumes, cover letters, give job talks, and undergo mock-interviews. a. The time commitment for hands-on lab work drops to ≈20 hours per week while students complete their Capstone coursework. 2. During the second summer in the program, the students continue lab work with their T1 and T3 mentors while preparing tailored materials for actual employment applications. Students may have longer weekly meetings with their T1 and T3 mentors during this time as they prepare for their next transition into the employment sector. a. The time commitment for hands-on research drops to ≈20-30 hours per week while students prepare application materials.

Detailed Coursework for Year Two

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