TB-B2B Tampa Bay Bridge to Baccalaureate Program 

Considering a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM)?

TB B2B (TBB2B) logoThe National Science Foundation has awarded the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) grant to a consortium of three institutions on Florida’s Gulf Coast which include St. Petersburg College, Hillsborough Community College and State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota. The purpose of the Tampa Bay Bridge to Baccalaureate (TB-B2B) program is to increase the number of underrepresented minority (URM)* students completing a bachelor’s degree in a STEM program.*African-American, Alaskan Native, American Indian/Native American, Hawaiian Native, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Pacific Islander. However,  all students are encouraged to join the program as there is something for everyone!

By joining the TB-B2B LSAMP Program, SCF students have access to:

  • Priority Class Registration
  • Individualized STEM Career Program Advising
  • Supplemental tutoring with professors and peer tutors
  • Annual STEM conference
  • Skill-Building Workshops
  • Touring opportunities of businesses/facilities and 4 year institutions
  • Chance to serve as a peer mentor for the program
  • Internship and research opportunities
  • Dedicated study space in the B2B STEM Study Room

This Could be YOU! 

  • Our students have gone out into the field and participated in internships at Mote Marine Labatory & Aquarium and presented research to scientists on Marine Life, worked with Sarasota Bay researching Seagrass in Sarasota and took part in Undergraduate Research experiences in Robotics and Natural Dye Sensitized Solar Cells. 
  • Have met with researchers at Mote Marine, at conferences, and through undergraduate research experiences offered through the program. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a currently enrolled student at SCF 
  • Be an underrepresented minority (African-American, Alaskan Native, American Indian/Native American, Hawaiian Native, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Pacific Islander)
  • Plan to pursue a STEM bachelor’s degree
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 GPA
  • Be a permanent resident or citizen of the U.S.

Fall 2023 Upcoming Activiites 


Open to all students:


Virtual Moffitt Cancer Center Presentation:
November, 29, 2023 3pm-4pm Virtually 
If interested in attending sign up here.


 To participate in these activities you must be part of the TB-B2B program.
Apply Here

Florida Undergraduate Research Conference

February, 16-17th 


USF Tampa Tour
April 12, 1pm-3pm

For More Information Contact:

Natalie Singer
 TB-B2B Student Success Coordinator
 (941) 752-5611 

Past Events: 

Follow us at @tbb2balliance on Instagram for more event photos!
STEM Summer Series 

 Students building roller coasterStudent doing redox chemistryStudents learning coding

Learning to dissectdissecting sharklearning how to build computer

Volunteering at Planting Day at Tom Bennett Park

Joining forces with Manatee County's Natural Resources and Sports and Leisure Services Department and the Tampa Bay Estuary Programs students planted native grasses and ground covers along shorline areas of a brackish pond.

Student digging holes for plantStudents at planting dayMultiple students plantingPlants that were planted

Rosebud Continuum Tour

While on the tour of the Rosebud Continuum students had the opportunity to meet with researchers leading sustainability efforts. Students saw and learned about:

  • Textile composting and composting in general/ composting toilets 
  • Plastics and recycling 
  • Aquaponics and hydroponics 
  • Food waste 
  • Biodigesters and methane production for energy 
  • Lasagna Gardening
  • Native agricultural practices 
  • Native plants & animals
  • Bees
  • Renewable energy (mainly solar)
  • Urban sprawl 

Students at RosebudExplaining solar powerLearning about textile compostingStudents posing with Textile Researcher Erica

New College of Florida Campus Tour

Students received a tour of campus from New College Admissions and had the opportunity to see some of the science labs and learn about the research professors are completing in their field of study.

SCF Students in front of NCF letters at New College of FloridaSCF students in NCF Marine Bio Lab

SCF Students in NCF Chemistry LabSCF Students in NCF Microbiology Lab

Building Catapults and Propeller Cars 

 To kick off the Fall 2022 semester, students participated in a catapult and propeller car competition in the Natural Science courtyard on the SCF Bradenton campus.

 Students building catapultsTwo students launching catapults

 Students Building a Propeller CarStudent displaying her propeller car

Suturing Workshop- sponsored by Scribe S.OS. 

Two doctors at Manatee Memorial hospital came to the SCF Bradenton Campus to teach students suturing techniques. Students also learned about the company Scribe S.O.S and how they can become a scribe and kickstart their careers.

 Two students learning to suture Student Suturing

 Students showing Scribe S.O.S
 Tour of Mote Marine Research Labs and Aquarium 

Anyone can go to Mote Marine Aquarium, but they never get to see the behind the sceanes research that is happening. On this tour, students had the opportunity to see the Coral Health and Disease lab first and the Bone Room and learn about the research that is happening in these areas. After the behind the scenes tour, students received a free ticket to spend some time in the Aquarium.

Coral Labecoskeloton labStudent watching sharks

Students smiling at Mote Marinestudents smiling at mote marinestudents in one of the labs at mote marine

Undergraduate Research in Robotics

Students met with Dr. Rod Brame once a week for 4 weeks experience learning how to build and code their very own robot. At the end of this experience students recieved a stipend for all their hardwork!

Student building his robot from scratchStudent trying to pick up a box with her robotStudents after day 1 of Robotics Workshop

 Press Releases

SCF Helps Underrepresented Minority Students Earn STEM Degrees

SCF Names Student Employee of the Year

Outstanding Graduate

SCF Resources Provide Student Success

Collaboration Encourages STEM Exploration

Grant Gives Tampa Bay Minorities Greater Access to STEM Degrees

National Science Foundation Helps Fund STEM at SCF

B2B Student wins award at the Tiny Earth Symposium


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