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ACS Bridge Project


The ACS Bridge Project’s mission is to strengthen chemistry in the United States by increasing the number of underrepresented minority students who receive doctoral degrees in chemical sciences.

The American Chemical Society (ACS) is one of five leading scientific societies that have formed the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN) to increase the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in graduate studies in the physical sciences.

IGEN Vision: "To achieve equity for underrepresented groups in doctoral degree attainment in physical sciences."

To help diversify the graduate student population in the chemical sciences, ACS established the ACS Bridge Project. The ACS Bridge Project consists of multiple components:


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The Bridge Project has the following goals:

  • Increase, within 10 years, the fraction of chemical science PhDs awarded to underrepresented minority students to match the fraction of chemical science Bachelor’s degrees granted to these groups
  • Develop, evaluate, and document a sustainable model bridging experiences that improve the access to and culture of graduate education for all students, with emphasis on those underrepresented in doctoral programs in chemical sciences
  • Promote and disseminate successful program components to the chemical science community

Did You Know?  

In an era of phenomenal discoveries in chemical sciences and related fields, our nation is faced with the challenge of producing a generation of diverse scientific leaders who can tackle 21st century challenges. Underrepresented minority  (URM) students now make up a third of the college-age U.S. citizens, yet they earn about 18% of U.S. chemical science Bachelor’s degrees and about 11% of chemistry PhDs.  Graduation data shows that the current paradigm of moving students from undergraduate to graduate education fails to include many.

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The ACS Bridge Project is generously supported by the US National Science Foundation through grant NSF-1834545 and by the Genentech Foundation. The ACS Bridge Project is in collaboration with the Inclusive Graduate Education Network. Bridge Travel Awards are partially supported by PPG Industries Foundation.