About ACS Bridge Program

What is the ACS Bridge Program?

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 (UR) students defined by the project as primarily Black, Latinx, and Indigenous 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 modeled 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 UR students. The ACS-BP will also establish links between minority-serving and doctoral-granting institutions through research activities, collaboration, and personal contacts. Since today’s doctoral students will become tomorrow’s academic, industrial, and government leaders, empowering more UR PhDs will lead to a multiplicative effect in inspiring students at all stages of our educational ecosystem and addressing persistent disparities.

Participating Departments

  • ACS Bridge Sites

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

    • Brown University
      Chemistry
    • California State University, Fresno
      Chemistry
    • Columbia University 
      Chemistry
    • Cornell University 
      Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    • CUNY 
      Chemistry 
    • Florida Agricultural Mechanical University
      Chemical Engineering 
    • Northeastern University
      Chemistry and Chemical Biology 
    • South Dakota State University
      Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Stony Brook University
      Chemistry
    • The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
      Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
      Chemical Engineering
    • University of Illinois, Chicago 
      Pharmaceutical Sciences Department 
    • University of Massachusetts, Amherst
      Chemistry
    • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
      Chemistry 
    • University of Northern Colorado
      Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • University of Oregon 
      Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • University of Rochester  
      Chemistry 
    • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
      Biochemistry & Organic Chemistry 
    • University of Washington 
      Chemistry
    • Villanova University 
      Chemistry
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Now Accepting Bridge Partner Proposals - Due June 1

Start the Bridge Partner Request for Proposal Process by downloading the RFP. Email bridge@acs.org to learn more.


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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.