To accomplish the goals of the program APS will, over the course of the project, fund a set of Bridge Sites. The APS Bridge Program (APS-BP) has selected master's or doctoral granting institutions to receive funding to build programs that prepare students to apply and be accepted into a physics doctoral program. Bridge sites host students (APS Bridge Fellows) who typically would not gain acceptance into a physics doctoral program for a period of 1-2 years after their undergraduate studies, enhancing their academic and research skills before applying to a doctoral program. Affiliate Sites are independent institutions that currently host students recruited from the APS-BP with internal funding.
Successful bridge programs share certain interrelated key components, which build on each other to provide students with a complete educational experience, from recruitment and research experiences, to mentoring, application coaching, and progress monitoring through the PhD.
APS Bridge Sites
The APS Bridge Program currently funds the following sites:
Additional Bridge Programs
A number of other bridge programs exist for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in physics. These programs are not funded by APS, but share similar program goals and work closely together to achieve the goals of increasing the number of underrepresented minorities that receive Ph.D.s in physics. Please note: Students must apply separately to the non-APS bridge programs listed below for consideration. Applications submitted to the APS Bridge Program will not be automatically considered by Columbia, Fisk-Vanderbilt, Michigan, and MIT.