B2B students in classroom

About the B2B Program


The Riverside Bridges to the Baccalaureate (B2B) was established in 2017 as a partnership between the University of California, Riverside and Riverside City College (RCC) to create a research education program to facilitate transfer of RCC students into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors, with the ultimate goal of increasing participation of underrepresented minority groups in research-oriented careers in these areas.

The program is funded by a five-year, $1.5 million R25 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health. Professor of Biomedical Sciences Byron Ford, Ph.D. is the primary investigator from UCR and chancellor of the Riverside Community College District Wolde-Ab Isaac, Ph.D.is the primary investigator from RCC. 

The program identifies students who are committed to pursuing a career in science and facilitate their transfer and successful completion of baccalaureate degrees in STEM majors at UCR and elsewhere. The program provides enrichment opportunities, research experience and support for RCC students in collaboration with existing pathway programs at UCR.