APS Bridge Program

University of Connecticut

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Program Contact:
Alan Wuosmaa
Department of Physics, U-3046 University of Connecticut 2152 Hillside Road Storrs, CT 06269-3046

Alan Wuosmaa

The Department of Physics at the University of Connecticut is very pleased to join with the American Physical Societys Bridge Program as a Partnership Institution. As a University consistently ranked as one of the nation’s top 25 public universities, we have a strong interest in expanding our opportunities for underrepresented students. The department offers traditional Ph.D. programs in several different areas, including atomic and molecular physics, condensed matter physics, nuclear, particle, and astro physics, with both experimental and theoretical research. In addition, we are launching a new program in astronomy. The department is making significant strides in improving faculty diversity, and an important mission for the department is to increase opportunities for enrollment of underrepresented minority students aiming to further their graduate education. The department offers enhanced tutoring and mentoring opportunities, with the specific goal of smoothing the transition into a rewarding graduate research experience for all of our students, in particular for those from underrepresented groups. For students who may require additional support in their studies, the department offers the opportunity to enroll in advanced undergraduate courses to supplement their educational background before continuing on to the graduate curriculum. The department has a committee devoted to Diversity and Multiculturalism whose focus is on addressing issues that affect students that are members of underrepresented groups, and the University offers a number of specialized fellowships to support minority students as well. We are excited to partner with the APS Bridge Program to further our goals to improve the opportunities for success in graduate education for underrepresented students.