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American Physical Society Bridge Program

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Academic Level:
Undergraduates - Senior
Graduate Students (Masters)
Graduate Students (PhD)

Bridge Programs invite promising senior undergraduates or bachelor degree recipients in the physical sciences to participate in one-to-two year transitional graduate programs. Some transition programs are post-baccalaureate programs that provide research experience, advanced coursework, mentoring, and coaching to prepare a graduate school application while others are traditional PhD programs.

The American Physical Society (APS) Bridge Program is an effort to increase the number of physics PhDs earned by ethnic and racial minorities that are underrepresented in physics. Therefore, applications are encouraged from Black, Latinx, American Indian, Pacific Islander, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


-U.S. citizens or permanent residents

-bachelor degree recipient in the physical sciences (astronomy, chemical engineering, chemistry, geoscience, physics, or closely related fields)

-Not have an MS or PhD

-Satisfy one or more of the following criteria in the current academic year:(1) Did not apply to a physics, chemistry or geoscience graduate program; or (2) Applied to one or more physics, chemistry or geoscience graduate programs, but were not accepted by any program

- Be committed to improving diversity in the physical sciences

APS is creating sustainable transition programs and a national network of doctoral granting institutions to mentor students to successfully complete PhD programs. The project incorporates strong evidence about support structures that predict academic success of underrepresented ethnic and racial minorities, and establishes links between minority serving institutions and doctoral granting institutions through research activities, collaboration, and personal contact.

Since many of today's doctoral students will become tomorrow's academic, industrial and government leaders, educating more underrepresented racial and ethnic minority PhDs will have a multiplicative effect in educating and inspiring students at all stages in the system and will help address persistent disparities.

Participating Institution(s):
This program has 8 participating institutions.
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Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Astronomy & Astrophysics

Applied Physics
Atomic & Molecular Physics
Condensed Matter Physics
Education Research
Nuclear Physics
Optical Systems
Plasma Physics
Solid State Physics
Theoretical Physics

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

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