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The ACS Bridge Program (ACS-BP) leadership team recognizes that to reach the goal of eliminating the achievement gap between undergraduate and graduate participation, it is essential to build a large base of institutions that can admit and retain underrepresented ethnic and racial minority (URM) students through an ACS student application process.

The ACS-Bridge Program Bachelor’s and Master’s student applicant database provides access to a unique talent pool for departments in the chemical sciences.

Since our first priority is to ensure a supportive pairing between student and graduate program, we have established two levels of departmental engagement (Bridge Site & Bridge Partner) to support the goal of broadening participation in the chemical sciences.

Accepting Bridge Site Proposals Now! - Due September 1st

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

Email to learn more.

  • Bridge Site

    An ACS Bridge Site is a department at a master's or doctoral-granting institution that has devised a program that prepares students to apply and be accepted into a doctoral program in the chemical sciences.

    Becoming an ACS Bridge Site

    Only ACS Bridge Sites can receive up to $180,000 for three years to help establish successful bridge programs. Request for Proposals will be available in mid-Summer 2020.

    Key Components

    Successful Bridge Programs might share certain key elements that exist within a supportive institutional context. These contextual and programmatic components build on one another to provide students with a complete educational experience, from admissions and induction to research and mentoring.

    Learn more about the individual components, as well as the successful strategies from our collaborators in physics (APS Physics Bridge Program) use to build and improve their programs.

  • Bridge Partner

    Partners are departments that have demonstrated that they will provide a supportive, bridge-like treatment of students. This designation allows us to recommend supportive programs to interested students and helps departments committed to Bridge Program principles recruit talented students to their programs.

    ACS Bridge Partner Benefits

    • Access to ACS-BP bachelor’s and master’s student applicant database (an annual recruitment effort by
      the ACS to identify URM students interested in pursuing doctoral studies in the chemical sciences)
    • Public recognition by ACS of the department’s commitment to diversity in the chemical sciences
    • Endorsement of the graduate program to URM students in Bridge Programs and to others who contact ACS to inquire about possible recommendations for departments that have supportive postbaccalaureate educational environments
    • Featured on ACS and ACS-BP websites
    • Access to individuals in the project and at existing bridge sites who are knowledgeable about support strategies for URM students in graduate studies
    • Strengthening Broader Impacts statements in federal grant applications

    Becoming an ACS Bridge Partner

    Becoming a Partner is free. All universities that grant a master's or doctoral degree in chemistry are eligible to apply.

    Partner applications are reviewed annually by members of the ACS Bridge Project Team. The deadline for applications is in June of each year.

    Please download the Request for Proposals for Partners template to apply.


Bridge Program at a Glance

  ACS Bridge Site ACS Bridge Partner
Receives funds from ACS Yes
(up to $180,000 for three years)
Access to ACS-Bridge Program Bachelor’s and Master’s student applicant database Yes, early access Yes, regular access
Demonstrated, departmental  commitment to goals of the ACS Bridge Program Yes Yes
Public recognition by the ACS of the department’s commitment to diversity in the chemical sciences Yes Yes
Strengthening Broader Impacts statements in federal grant applications Yes Yes
Request For Proposal


Early Fall 2020


June 1, yearly

Departments at a medical school or similar environment that host graduate students that perform research in the chemical sciences.   
No Yes
  • ACS Bridge Sites

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

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