Faculty: Bachelor Institutions
Which Students are right for the Bridge Program?
The Bridge Program is appropriate for undergraduate physics students who:
- will contribute to the diversity of physics
- are interested in research
- would benefit from additional preparation before applying to physics PhD programs
The program provides research experiences, advanced coursework, mentoring, and coaching to prepare a graduate school application. The program also partners with doctoral granting institutions to provide transitional support once students begin doctoral studies.
Join the APS Bridge Program
We encourage your undergraduate institution to join the Bridge Program as a Member Institution. This free membership is a great way to join a network of academic institutions committed to increasing educational opportunities for underrepresented minority physics students. Learn more and join now
APS generates statistical reports on issues in graduate physics. These reports are freely available for your use. You may use our graphs in reports and presentations. Credit APS and the data source as shown on each graph. More Statistics
Credit: APS/Source: IPEDS Completion Survey by Race
- This graph shows the percentage of physics bachelor’s degrees awarded to African Americans and Hispanic Americans over the past decade, with respect to institution type.
- Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
- Black-Serving Institutions (BSIs)
- Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)
- The numbers on the right indicate the actual number of degrees awarded in 2009. This is roughly 10% of degrees awarded to underrepresented minority students.
Bridge email list
The Bridge Program email list is an easy way to stay informed about events and opportunities concerning increasing diversity in physics graduate education. Join as a Coalition Site
APS Wavefront is a monthly electronic newsletter for physics education leaders with information about upcoming APS programs, meetings, recent APS actions, and activities within the physics community. Learn more and sign up
APS has scholarships available for minority students majoring or planning to major in physics. Scholarships are available for high school seniors and college freshmen and sophomores. Learn more
APS holds free webinars that provide interactive discussion, career guidance, and advice from fellow physicists. These are available for online and include topics such as:
- Acing the Physics GRE: Tips and Strategies
- Everything You Wanted to Know About Physics Graduate School
- Graduate School in Physics - A Minority Perspective
- Choosing a Graduate School in Physics and Related Disciplines
Workshops & Conferences
APS regularly hosts workshops and conferences to address critical issues in physics education.
- Building a Thriving Undergraduate Physics Program was held June 10-12, 2012 to help departments develop strategies for increasing enrollment of physics majors. Resources from the workshop, including presentations and action plans generated by workshop participants, are available online.
- Diversity in Physics Education: Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century, Feb. 12-13, 2010. Presentations available online