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American Geophysical Union Bridge Program

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

American Geophysical Union (AGU) Bridge Programs invite promising senior undergraduates or bachelor degree recipients in the physical sciences to participate in traditional Master's and PhD programs that provide research experiences, advanced coursework, mentoring, and coaching.

Through the promotion of equitable graduate education practices and student support, the American Geophysical Union Bridge Program aims to increase representation of historically marginalized students in geoscience graduate education. 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

AGU is creating sustainable transition programs and a national network of graduate degree granting institutions to mentor students to successfully complete Master's and 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 graduate degree granting institutions through research activities, collaboration, and personal contact.

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

Application Deadline: 3/15/2024

Participating Institution(s):
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American Geophysical Union (AGU) (Lead)

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 
movie  Program Video

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Atmospheric Sciences
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Environmental Sciences
Geological Sciences
Marine Sciences & Oceanography
Sensor Science & Engineering

Earth System Science
Education Research
Planetary Geology
Space Sciences

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

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