APS Bridge Partnership Sites
California State University, Los Angeles
Delaware State University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Florida International University
North Dakota State University
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
University of Houston Clear Lake
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Texas at Arlington
The APS Bridge Program (APS-BP) leadership team has been very encouraged by the large number of applications we receive each year for the program. Because we are unable to accommodate all students into bridge programs, we have been identifying other departments that are interested in recruiting students into their master's or doctoral programs. In addition, although many students who enter bridge programs ultimately matriculate into the doctoral program at that institution, there is a significant need to have available other institutions that are willing to attract bridge students to their doctoral programs. Since our first priority is to ensure a supportive pairing between student and graduate program, we have established Partnership Institutions to vet programs for students and to help departments committed to the principles underlying the Bridge Program recruit students to their programs.
Partnership Institution applications are reviewed biannually by the APS Committee on Minorities. Deadlines for applications are Friday of the first week in March and September.
Becoming a Partnership Institution
Becoming a Partnership Institution is free. All universities that grant a master's or doctoral degree in physics are eligible to apply. Institutions must also be an APS-BP Member Institution or in the process of applying to become a Member Institution.
Partnership Institutions are eligible to apply for Partnership Grants. These awards of up to $10,000 are designed to improve access to graduate education and foster a supportive environment for all students, with emphasis on those underrepresented in physics graduate programs. More information
Below are the specific benefits of joining as a Partnership Institution.
- Eligible to apply for a Partnership Grant.
- Early access (beginning spring 2016) to APS-BP Bachelor student applicant database
- Early access (beginning spring 2016) to APS-BP Master's student applicant database
- Recognition by the APS Committee on Minorities (COM) of the department's commitment to diversity in physics
- Recommendation of their graduate program to URM students in Bridge Programs and to others who contact APS to inquire about possible recommendations for departments that have supportive graduate educational environments
- Featured on the APS website
- Access to individuals in the project management and at existing bridge sites who are knowledgeable about support strategies for URM students in graduate studies
- Strengthening "Broader Impacts" efforts within the department
- Limited travel support for accepted students to attend a professional meeting
Partnership Institutions will also receive all the benefits of being a Member Institution.
Apply to Become a Partnership Institution
A Request for Proposals for Partnership Institutions is available below. Institutions interested in becoming a Partnership Institution should complete the following application and upload their proposals.
- Download the Request for Proposals that outlines the Partnership Institution application
- Download the 2016 Partnership Institution Proposal Template (Word doc)