APS Bridge Program

Partnership Institution

APS Bridge Partnership Sites (29)

Bowling Green State University
California State University Long Beach
California State University, Los Angeles
Columbia University
Delaware State University
DePaul University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Fisk-Vanderbilt
Florida International University
Florida State University
Illinois Institute of Technology
Indiana University
MIT
North Dakota State University
Princeton University
Texas State University
The Ohio State University
University of Central Florida
University of Chicago
University of Cincinnati
University of Connecticut
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
University of Houston Clear Lake
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of Rochester
University of South Florida
University of Texas at Arlington
University of Virginia

The APS Bridge Program (APS-BP) leadership team recognizes that to reach the goal of eliminating the achievement gap between undergraduate and graduate participation, it is essential to build a large base of institutions that can admit and retain underrepresented ethnic and racial minority (URM) students through the APS application process. Since our first priority is to ensure a supportive pairing between student and graduate program, we have established a process to approve departments that are willing to embrace, and consequently be recognized for, a set of practices used by Bridge Programs. We term these vetted sites Partnership Institutions.

Partnership Institutions are departments that have demonstrated that they will provide a supportive, bridge-like treatment of students. This designation allows us to recommend supportive programs to interested students and to help departments committed to Bridge Program principles recruit talented students to their programs.

The Bridge Program has created a guide to aid Partnership Institutions in their thinking about induction of new Bridge Students.

Becoming a Partnership Institution

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 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 Grants

The goals of the Bridge Partnership Institutions Grants are to improve access to graduate education and foster a supportive environment for all students, with emphasis on those underrepresented in physics graduate programs.

$10,000 grants were awarded to six proposals focused on improving admissions, induction, mentoring, progress monitoring, or other aspects of graduate education for students.

At this time, the APS Bridge Program is no longer accepting applications for Partnership Grants. Thank you for your interest.

Partnership Benefits

Below are the specific benefits of joining as a Partnership Institution.

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.

Apply to Become a Partnership Institution