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American Physical Society Bridge Program

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an IBP member program

Academic Level:
Undergraduates - Senior
Graduate Students (Masters)

The APS Bridge Program is an effort to increase the number of physics PhDs awarded to ethnic and racial minorities that are underrepresented in physics, including African American, Hispanic American, and Native American students.

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.

The broad goals governing the program are to:

1. Increase, within a decade, the fraction of physics PhDs awarded to underrepresented minority students to match the fraction of physics Bachelor's degrees granted to these groups.

2. Develop, evaluate, and document sustainable model bridging experiences that improve the access to and culture of graduate education for all students, with emphasis on those underrepresented in doctoral programs in physics.

3.Promote and disseminate successful program components to the physics community.

Application Deadline: 3/21/2017
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Participating Institution(s):
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American Physical Society (Lead)
California State University, Long Beach
Florida State University
Indiana University, Bloomington
Ohio State University
University of Central Florida
University of South Florida

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Astronomy & Astrophysics

Applied Physics
Condensed Matter Physics
Nuclear Physics
Solid State Physics
Theoretical Physics

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

Page last updated 7/18/2016
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