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Bridge to the Doctorate Programs

American Physical Society (Physics)

The mission of the APS Bridge Program (APS-BP) is to strengthen Physics in the United States by increasing the number of underrepresented minority students who receive doctoral degrees in Physics. The APS-BP is open to prospective students who meet the eligibility criteria, exhibit academic promise, plan to pursue a doctoral degree in Physics and can enhance the diversity of doctoral students in Physics. Students enroll in a one- to two-year Bridge Experience in a post-baccalaureate program that provides research experience, advanced coursework, mentoring, and coaching to prepare a graduate school application.

The Edge Program: A Mathematics Program for Women

The purpose of the EDGE Program is to increase the number of women and minority students who successfully complete graduate programs in the mathematical sciences. The summer program includes two four-week core courses; a mini-course on a selected area of mathematical research; and problem sessions aimed at preparing participants for graduate qualifying exams.

Columbia University: Bridge to Ph.D. Program in the Natural Sciences

The goal of the Bridge to the Ph.D. Program is to enhance the participation of students from underrepresented groups in Ph.D. programs in the natural sciences. To achieve this, the Bridge Program provides an intensive research, coursework, and mentoring experience to post-baccalaureates seeking to strengthen their graduate school applications and to prepare for the transition into Ph.D. programs.

Vanderbilt Bridge Program in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Materials Science

By completing a Masters degree under the guidance of caring faculty mentors, students in the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge program develop the strong academic foundation, research skills, and one-on-one mentoring relationships that will foster a successful transition to the PhD. The program, which usually requires two years, is flexible and is individualized to the goals and needs of each student. Courses are selected to address any gaps in undergraduate preparation, and research experiences are provided that allow students to develop-and to demonstrate-their full scientific talent and potential.

MIT: Physics Bridge Program

The Bridge Program is part of an effort to increase the number of PhDs awarded in Physics to underrepresented minority students. Participants receive a 12-month stipend equal to that provided to MIT Physics graduate students, and in addition are provided health insurance and pay no tuition. They take classes, join a research group, and receive mentoring to improve the likelihood for a successful graduate school application to MIT or other schools. The MIT Physics Bridge Program is a one- or two-year post-baccalaureate program and participation is open to Physics students who have completed a bachelor’s degree and have participated in the MIT Summer Research Program.

University of Michigan: Applied Physics

A Master’s degree bridge program designed to prepare students for doctoral studies in interdisciplinary research in Applied Physics, Physical Sciences and Engineering. This two-year program is designed to strengthen the students’ preparation in the fundamentals of Physics and will provide a broad range of research opportunities. The goal is to bring promising students to the program and prepare them to succeed at the doctoral level in Applied Physics and related fields at the University of Michigan.