APS Bridge Program

The Ohio State University

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Program Contacts:
Jonathan Pelz
Professor and Vice Chair
Graduate Studies and Research
(614) 688-3299

Michelle McCombs
Program Coordinator
(614) 247-8084

The MS to PhD Bridge program at OSU strives to enhance the diversity of qualified applicants to physics PhD programs. The Bridge program is a two year program for students with a bachelors degree in Physics, or a closely related field, who are motivated to pursue a PhD in physics at OSU, but require additional course work, training, and research experience to excel in a PhD program. Students take critical advanced undergraduate and graduate courses; receive substantial mentoring; join a physics research group; and gain teaching experience. The Bridge Program goes beyond the traditional classroom mode, students attend classes and study sessions that encourage them to learn from each other; but the key element is substantial, multifaceted, mentoring and tutoring. Each Bridge student is assigned a faculty research mentor who brings them into their lab where the student can develop research skills and gain insight into not just the techniques, but the process, of doing leading-edge research.