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SCC Students Begin Research Training

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The SI Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program is a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded grant partnership between Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Shawnee Community College and John A. Logan College. The program is designed to enable community college students to learn skills and abilities, which will enable them to conduct scientific research in the biomedical or behavioral sciences. Additionally, the program provides strong mentorship and guidance as these students transition from their respective community colleges to a university setting.

The new additions to the SI Bridges to Baccalaureate program from Shawnee Community College include: Tiffany Beanland (Biology), AnDrea Botello (Biomedical Science), Jennifer Cocum (Biomedical Science), Austyn Frassato (Biochemistry), Tasha Swenney (Mechanical Engineering), and Saundra Wathen (Biomedical Science).

These students received white lab coats during a ceremony at SIU Carbondale on Thursday, January 22, as they begin biomedical and behavioral science research training. The program provides paid training for students who are encouraged to complete a bachelor's degree at SIU in science, technology, engineering, math, or social science disciplines.

These students received their white lab coats from the current SI Bridges students from Shawnee Community College. Martin Flores, Laura Botello, Jose Botello, and Darmez Nelson presented the white lab coats to the new students. Martin Flores stated, "The SI Bridges program has really showed me all the different opportunities there is in the science field and it has really helped me academically." The first cohort of the SI Bridges program welcomed the second cohort with words of wisdom of their experience with the program.

Pictured above (Back Row, L-R): Jose Botello, Laura Botello, Emily Elliott, SCC's Marketing Coordinator, Tasha Swenney, Lori Armstrong (SCC Science Instructor and SI Bridges Coordinator), Austyn Frassato, and Jean Ellen Boyd (SCC's Dean of Instructional Services). (Front Row, L-R): Tiffany Beanland, AnDrea Botello, Jennyfer Cocom, Saundra Wathen, and Martin Flores.

For more information about the SI Bridges program, contact Lori Armstrong at 618-634-3313 or

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