APS Bridge Partnership Sites
Bowling Green State University
California State University Long Beach
California State University, Los Angeles
Delaware State University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Florida International University
Florida State University
North Dakota State 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.
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.
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.
Below are the specific benefits of joining as a Partnership Institution.
- 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
- Eligible to apply for a Partnership Grant (when available)
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 2017 Partnership Institution Proposal Template (Word doc)