APS Bridge Program

Information for Interested Students

Are you an underrepresented minority student (African American, Hispanic American, and Native American) looking to pursue a graduate degree in physics?

The APS Bridge Program aims to provide you with the necessary tools and resources to achieve success in a graduate program. This begins through the encouragement of holistic admissions practices during the Bridge application review process.

Admittance into a Bridge Program will provide you with a network of individuals that are committed to student success and increased diversity and inclusion in the field.

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Application Timeline and Eligibility

Participation in the APS Bridge Program will give you access to an extensive professional network, including additional programs at the following institutions:

  • California State University Long Beach
  • Florida State University
  • Indiana University
  • The Ohio State University
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Central Florida

When your application is complete, you will receive a confirmation email regarding your application status. Students accepted into bridge programs will receive admission offers in May and June. The application cycle closes in June, and no offers will be made after this deadline.

You are eligible for the Bridge Program if you meet the following requirements:

  • Have a bachelor's degree in physics or closely related discipline such as biophysics, applied physics, engineering physics, astrophysics, etc. Non-physics majors must have completed core physics requirements to be considered.
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident (or be a part of the DACA program)
  • Did not apply to a physics graduate program that received a letter of acceptance

For complete information on requirements and deadlines, please see the Student FAQ.

Student Application

Are you interested in a graduate or PhD program in physics, but not sure you have the coursework, research experience, or guidance to be accepted into a program?

The APS Bridge Program may be able to help you!

Applications open later this year.


NSFThis material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0958333. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.