APS Bridge Program

Meeting Agenda

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Heavy Hors D'oeuvres & Reception
7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Introduction to Meeting
Since the APS Bridge Program received NSF funding in fall 2012, it has selected four institutions as Bridge Sites, and placed numerous students in bridge programs or directly into graduate programs. The program aims to increase the number of underrepresented minority students who earn PhDs in physics.

Theodore Hodapp

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Plenary Talk: Role of APS in Promoting Diversity in Physics
APS has had a role in promoting diversity in Physics for several decades. Anthony Johnson, past Chair of the Committee on Minorities, discusses his perspective and involvement in a wide range of programs and activities through which APS promotes diversity.

Anthony Johnson

7:45 a.m. & 8:00 a.m. Shuttle from Hotel to ACP
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Registration & Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m.

Welcome & Overview

Kate Kirby
Theodore Hodapp
8:45 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Interactive Discussion: Non-cognitive Measures for Admissions and How They Might Be Applied to Physics Graduate Admissions

Edward Helm
Louisiana State University

9:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

Panel: Role of Master's Degrees in Improving Diversity in Physics Doctoral Education: The MS Institution Perspective
Panelists from Master’s granting institutions discuss their perspectives on how getting a master’s degree can ultimately prepare students to go on to earn PhDs in physics.

Vivian Incera
University of Texas, El Paso

Susan Lea

San Francisco State University

Galen Pickett
California State University, Long Beach
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Panel: How Doctoral Programs View Master's Degrees
As a response to the Master’s institutions in the earlier panel, this panel presents the above discussion from the perspective of doctoral-granting institutions. Panelists will discuss the roles of their respective master’s programs in preparing URMs for doctoral programs.

Jonathan Pelz
Ohio State University

Simon Capstick
Florida State University

Aristides Marcano
Delaware State University
12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.


1:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Interactive Discussion: Comparison Between Graduate Admission Practices at DGIs and Master's Institutions
The APS Bridge Program administered surveys on the recent admissions practices at doctoral and master's degree-granting institutions. Respondents were asked about admissions decisions with special attention on the criteria used and their relative importance (including GRE scores). This presentation discusses the results of the surveys.

Geoff Potvin
Florida International University

2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m.

Panel: Student Perspective on Earning a Master's Degree en Route to a PhD
What does it means to earn a master’s degree en route to the PhD? Hear the answer from students who have done—or are currently doing—just that. Panelists include, respectively, a post-doctoral fellow, two current bridge fellows, a current doctoral student, and a panelist who entered the work force after earning the Master's degree.

Alejandro de la Puente
TRIUMF Laboratory

Brady Hood
Ohio State University

Priscilla Pamela
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Interactive Discussion: Designing and Running a Graduate Admissions Boot Camp
In 2009 UC Davis began a graduate admissions boot camp to give students more access to information about the graduate admission process, as well as a wake-up call and a chance to practice for the Physics GRE. The camp has been replicated in southern California is now rotating around northern California.

David Wittman
University of California, Davis

Interactive Discussion: Physics GRE Boot Camps: Giving a Diverse Cadre of California Students the Edge in Graduate Applications
The California Professoriate for Access to Physics Careers (CPAPC) have been hosting semiannual GRE boot camps in California since 2011. The camps draw a diverse group of up to 80 students, and underrepresented students are provided free lodging. Burgasser discusses the structure of the boot camps, student outcomes, and funding models of such regional camps.

Adam Burgasser
University of California, San Diego

4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Panel: Developing a Bridge Program: Cultivating Relationships Between Institutions
Panelists will discuss their experiences networking with other institutions and MSIs in an effort to build a successful bridge program.

Mani Tripathi
University of California, Davis

Cagliyan Kurdak
University of Michigan

David Ernst
National Society of Hispanic Physicists
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Reception & Poster Session: Profiles of & Research at MS Institutions & Panelists
This contributed poster session includes profiles on master’s programs, including those who appear as panelists. The poster session also highlights current research by students and panelists.

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


7:30 p.m.

Shuttle from ACP to Hotel

7:45 a.m. & 8:00 a.m. Shuttle from Hotel to ACP
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
8:15 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Welcome Back
8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Interactive Discussion: True Grit and the Psychology of Achievement
Individual differences in grit (the tendency to sustain interest in and effort toward very long-term goals) and self-control (the voluntary regulation of behavioral, emotional, and attentional impulses) are correlated, and both contribute to the pursuit of valued long-term aims. Meketon discusses the important differences between these factors.

David Meketon
University of Pennsylvania

9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Mentoring: Parallel Sessions
  Mentors: Improving Student Mentoring
Many faculty are placed in mentorship roles, although they rarely receive formal training in how to be an effective mentor. The Physics Research Mentor Training Seminar provides training for physics faculty who are in mentorship roles.
Mentees: How to Get the Most Out of Your Mentoring Relationship
Students entering graduate study are often placed into a new environment where they must balance the responsibilities of coursework, teaching, and research. The Mentee Training workshop provides an introduction to research and how to identify some goals and expectations for the mentor-mentee relationship.


Renee Michelle Goertzen

Monica Plisch

Arlene Modeste Knowles

Brian Beckford
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Plenary: Importance of MS for PhD Transitions for URMS
Secondary data analysis of the Survey of Earned Doctorates indicates that compared to White and Asian American students, URM students take significantly different pathways to the doctorate; and that earning a master’s degree is more often a stepping stone to the doctorate for URM students. Master’s degree programs can be a valuable resource for policymakers and graduate programs seeking to increase the diversity of URM students earning doctorates in STEM.

Sheila Lange
University of Washington

12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Evaluation & Wrap Up

Theodore Hodapp

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. Departure