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Cal-Bridge: A California Bridge to Astronomy and Physics PhDs for California ...

NSF Awards: 1356133

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Undergraduate, Graduate

The Cal-Bridge program has the mission of creating opportunities for traditionally underrepresented groups to participate and advance in physics and astronomy, and to increase their numbers in PhD programs in those fields.

According to the most recent NSF statistics, Black, Hispanic, and Native Americans constitute 30% of the U.S. population, yet they account for less than 4% of physics and astronomy PhDs awarded in the United States and only 3% of faculty members. Cal-Bridge aims to make a national impact on this problem.

Cal-Bridge is a consortium of over 50 California universities from all three levels of the California higher education system: 9 University of California (UC) campuses, 15 California State University (CSU) campuses, and 30+ community colleges, coming together to create a CSU-UC PhD Bridge program. Scholars are recruited from the 15 CSU and over 30 community colleges in our network, with the help of local faculty and/or staff liaisons at each campus. Cal-Bridge scholars participate in the program for three years: their last two years as an undergraduate and their first year in graduate school.

The program uses research-validated selection methods to identify “diamonds-in-the-rough”, students from underrepresented groups who display strong non-cognitive abilities, along with academic potential, and provides them with the support necessary to successfully matriculate to a PhD program, targeted at the UC campuses in the Cal-Bridge network. Once selected, Cal-Bridge Scholars benefit from financial support, intensive, joint mentoring by CSU and UC faculty, professional development workshops, and exposure to a wide variety of research opportunities, including at the participating UC campuses.

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