Hot Metal Bridge Program

The Hot Metal Bridge Program (HMBP) is a two-semester training program to help bridge the gap between completion of an undergraduate degree and entrance into a graduate program for students from diverse backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in their program area.  The HMBP is designed to mentor fellows in the program to best prepare them to compete successfully for admission into top-tier graduate programs in biology. 

The Department of Biological Sciences

  • offers training experiences in all areas of modern biology (biochemistry, cell and developmental biology, computational and structural biology, genetics, microbiology, ecology and evolution, and science education) in a highly supportive environment.
  • works one-on-one with each fellow to develop a course of study and research training customized to fit their individual needs and objectives. Depending on the fellow, this may involve a combination of hands-on experience in one or more research labs, foundational coursework, professional skill development, and networking experiences.
  • provides individualized mentoring committee that advise and benchmark each fellow’s progress through the program. The fellows have close interactions with faculty, advisors and peers, as well as become integral members of our graduate training community.

Fellows in the HMBP receive a stipend for living expenses, tuition and fees, and health care coverage during their tenure in the program.

Application form is available on line at Applications will be reviewed as they arrive, with all completed applications received prior to April 30, 2014 guaranteed a full review.

Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Graduate Studies office  ( for additional details.

The 2013-2014 HMB Class:

Stefan Brooks

Stefan Brooks

Undergraduate Institution: University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests: Molecular and Cellular biology

Research in Laboratory of Dr. Jeffery Lawrence; Dr. Karen Arndt

Ryan Vasquez

Ryan Vazquez

Undergraduate Institution: Humboldt State University

Research Interests: Ecology and Evolution

Research in Laboratory of Dr. Rick Relyea; Dr. Walt Carson


23 Jan 2013

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