Bridges to Baccalaureate

Bridges to Baccalaureate logoThe Bridging Arizona Native American Students to Bachelor’s Degrees (Bridges) at Coconino Community College (CCC) is a two-semester program, with the opportunity of summer research work at Northern Arizona University (NAU), designed to offer tribal community college students the opportunity to get hands on laboratory experience and enhance their knowledge about the biomedical-related scientific fields. The program consists of individual projects and responsibilities in which the students will learn to collaborate with a faculty mentor and other students in a research setting. This two-semester program gives students the opportunity to develop their laboratory and scientific skill set while attending the community college. The program is funded through a National Institutes of Health (NIH) 3-year grant.



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Bridges Grant Contact

Aaron J. Tabor M.S., Ph.D.

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Program Mentor


Dr. Aaron J. Tabor is a faculty member at Coconino Community College and Northern Arizona University as well as the B2B program Co-P.I. Dr. Tabor completed his Ph.D. in biological sciences at Northern Arizona University, specializing on regenerative medicine. His prior education includes a Bachelor of Science, pre-health emphasis from Northern Arizona University, Master of Science certificate in clinical pathology from The University of Massachusetts- Lowell and a Master of Science in Biology from Northern Arizona University. He completed his commercial biomedical Post-Doc training in synthetic blood clot design for neurovascular work. He has a strong passion for educating others and loves the ideals and values of the “Bridges” program. He encourages all who are remotely interested in the sciences to apply for this great opportunity! If you would like to set-up an in-person meeting regarding the Bridges program please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Tabor

Melinda McKinney M.S.

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Faculty Research Mentor

Melinda McKinney is a biology faculty member at Coconino Community College. She is the advisor for Students Advancing STEM at CCC, and has a strong history of community work with programs such as the Flagstaff Festival of Science and STEM City. Melinda was raised in Hawaii and attended Leeward Community College where she participated in undergraduate research projects that sparked her passion for scientific research. She obtained her B.S. in Physics at the University of Hawaii and worked with NASA to develop a STEM-based curriculum using real-time GOES satellite data. Melinda received her M.S. from Northern Arizona University. During her studies, she was able to climb Giant Sequoias and Redwoods as part of her research on limitations to water transport in trees, and to look at the effects of drought and insects on the anatomy of piñon pines. She loves working with students as they explore their passions and build connections with their peers and their community. Please send her a quick email with questions.