For Institutions

The ACS Bridge Program (ACS-BP) leadership team recognizes that to reach the goal of eliminating the gap between undergraduate and graduate participation, it is essential to build a large base of institutions that can admit and retain students from underrepresented groups through a common 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 priority is to ensure a supportive pairing between student and graduate programs, we have established Bridge Partner applications to support the goal of broadening participation in the chemical sciences.

Bridge Partners

Partners are departments that have demonstrated the potential to provide an inclusive ecosystem that allows all students to flourish. This designation allows us to recommend supportive programs to interested students and helps departments committed to Bridge Program principles and 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)
  • Public recognition by ACS of the department’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and respect in the chemical sciences
  • Endorsement of the graduate program to students from underrepresented groups 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 websites
  • Access to individuals in the project and at existing bridge departments who are knowledgeable about support strategies for students from underrepresented groups in graduate studies
  • Access to a community of practice that would like to build equitable environments
  • Strengthening Broader Impact 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. 

ACS Bridge Partner Proposals 

Applications for this cycle are now closed. For further inquiries and information, email bridge@acs.org.

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Bridge Program at a Glance

  ACS Bridge Site ACS Bridge Partner
Receives funds from ACS Yes

(Funding to establish transitional programs)
No
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

No Longer accepting applications

Yes

Deadline:
June 1, yearly

Departments at a medical school or similar environment that host graduate students that perform research in the chemical sciences   
Yes Yes
  • ACS Bridge Sites

    • Arizona State University 
      Chemistry and Biochemistry 
    • Cornell University 
      Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    • 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 Massachusetts, Amherst
      Chemistry
    • University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
      Biochemistry & Organic Chemistry 
    • University of Wisconsin, Madison
      Chemistry 
  • ACS Bridge Partners

    • Brown University
      Chemistry
    • California State University, Fresno
      Chemistry
    • Columbia University 
      Chemistry
    • Columbia University 
      Chemical Engineering 
    • CUNY 
      Chemistry 
    • Florida Agricultural Mechanical University
      Chemical Engineering 
    • Lehigh University
      Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
    • Michigan Technological University
      Chemistry
    • North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
      Chemistry
    • 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
    • Tufts University
      Chemistry
    • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
      Chemical Engineering
    • University of California, Berkeley
      Chemistry
    • University of California, Irvine
      Chemistry
    • University of Illinois, Chicago 
      Pharmaceutical Sciences Department
    • University of Maryland, Baltimore County
      Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering
    • University of Maryland, College Park
      Chemistry and Biochemistry 
    • University of Maryland, College Park
      Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 
    • 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 Washington 
      Chemistry
    • Villanova University 
      Chemistry
    • Yale University 
      Chemistry