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About ACS Bridge Program

What is the ACS Bridge Program?

The American Chemical Society Bridge Program (ACS-BP) is an effort to increase the number of chemical science PhDs awarded to underrepresented minority (URM) students. As part of a national effort, the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN), ACS-BP is doing this by creating sustainable transition (bridge) programs and a national network of doctoral granting institutions that provide substantial mentoring for students to successfully complete PhD programs. The ACS-BP is modelled after the successful American Physical Society (APS) Bridge Program.

The ACS Bridge project incorporates practices from programs that have strong evidence of success in supporting URM students. The ACS-BP will also establish links between minority-serving and doctoral-granting institutions through research activities, collaboration, and personal contacts. Since many of today’s doctoral students will become tomorrow’s academic, industrial and government leaders, educating more URM PhDs will have a multiplicative effect in educating and inspiring students at all stages in the system and will help address persistent disparities.  

The ACS-BP mission is to strengthen the chemical sciences in the United States by increasing the number of underrepresented minority students who receive doctoral degrees in chemical sciences.

The American Chemical Society Bridge Program (ACS-BP) is an effort to increase the number of chemical science PhDs awarded to underrepresented minority (URM) students, defined by the project as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans. The ACS-BP does this by creating sustainable transition (bridge) programs and a national network of doctoral granting institutions that provide substantial mentoring for students to successfully complete PhD programs.

Participating Departments

  • ACS Bridge Sites

    • Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology)
      Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    • Georgia Tech (Georgia Institute of Technology)
      Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Indiana University
      Chemistry
    • The Ohio State University
      Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • The University of California San Diego
      Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • The University of Wisconsin - Madison
      Chemistry
  • ACS Bridge Partners

    • The University of Arkansas - Fayetteville
      Chemical Engineering
    • The University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
      Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • California State University  - Fresno
      Chemistry
    • Columbia University 
      Chemistry
    • Florida Agricultural Mechanical Univeristy
      Chemical Engineering 
    • The University of Massachusetts at Amherst
      Chemistry
    • The University of Michigan
      Chemistry 
    • The University of Northern Colorado
      Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • South Dakota State University
      Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Stony Brook University
      Chemistry

Accepting Bridge Site Proposals Now! - Due September 1st

Start the Bridge Site Request for Proposal Process, by downloading the RFP. 

Email bridge@acs.org to learn more.

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The ACS-BP mission is to strengthen the chemical sciences in the United States by increasing the number of underrepresented minority students who receive doctoral degrees in chemical sciences.

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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.