Rise to the Challenge Bridge Program


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:

  1. To expose students to the investigative nature of science by providing opportunities to conduct research
  2. To provide student success activities including supplemental instruction and advising
  3. 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.


Faculty at EPCC, UTEP and NMSU participate as research mentors for individual Rise Bridge Scholars, for students enrolled in courses with Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURES), and/or in Supplemental Instruction incorporated in Introductory Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics courses at EPCC

Faculty Profiles (PDF)


  • 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)

 Biomedical Seminars

Students will attend biomedical seminars. These seminars will be held at EPCC, UTEP, or NMSU. Each seminar will be followed by an informal discussion of the information presented. In addition, interns participate in weekly Friday afternoon seminars and workshops presented by students and faculty at EPCC, UTEP and NMSU.

 Contact Us

For more information and to apply contact:

Dr. Maria Alvarez
(915) 831-5074


Acceptance into this program will be based on the applicants' academic qualifications, financial need, and interest in pursuing a career in biomedical, environmental, or clinical research. The student must be enrolled at EPCC full time, pursuing the Associate of Science degree, with a minimum GPA of 3.0

Rise Bridge scholars must participate in and successfully complete all activities in order to stay in the program. Once accepted, students will be placed in a research laboratory to participate in a research project supervised by a faculty mentor. Students can expect to:

  • Work with teams of EPCC, UTEP and NMSU scientists
  • Become familiar with a research laboratory setting
  • Begin to learn from peers what it takes to succeed in a university setting
  • Understand what it takes to carry out a successful research project
  • Learn the basics in laboratory techniques, safety procedures, and ethical practices
  • Have a clear understanding of courses and degree requirements
  • Participate in biomedical research seminars and workshops
  • Present their research projects at national scientific meetings