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The Rise to the Challenge Bridge Program continues and expands the activities of EPCC’s RISE Program, which provided research training and supplemental instruction for EPCC students since April 2000.

The Rise to the Challenge Bridge Program is funded through a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) under grant 1R25GM123928 establishing a Bridge between EPCC, UTEP and NMSU.

The Goals of the Rise to the Challenge Bridge Program are:

  • To expose students to the investigative nature of science by providing opportunities to conduct research
  • To provide student success activities including supplemental instruction and advising
  • To increase the numbers of EPCC students transferring to UTEP and NMSU with the tools to succeed in college, graduate with a baccalaureate degree and pursue a biomedical research career and a PhD

The program provides paid research internships for EPCC Science majors. Rise Bridge Scholars will work in a research laboratory at EPCC, UTEP and/or NMSU, participate in science enrichment activities, research techniques workshops, career advising, and travel to national scientific conferences. EPCC students will be hired to work 19h/week during the Fall and Spring semesters and 29h/week during the summer.


  • Good salary and flexible hours
  • Work at school campuses
  • Free tutors
  • Supplemental workshops and classes
  • Free travel to fun places
  • Meet students and faculty from other colleges and universities
  • Be famous!!! (TV, Newspaper articles)