2018 APS Bridge Program & National Mentoring Community Conference

APS Bridge Program and National Mentoring Community Conference

November 16-18, 2018
Google HQ and Stanford University, California

The APS Bridge Program and National Mentoring Community are efforts by APS to increase the number of physics degrees earned by students from underrepresented racial or ethnic minority groups. This conference will focus on strengthening mentoring relationships, building firm foundations for successful student experiences, and providing learning and networking opportunities on other topics related to diversity in physics graduate and undergraduate education.

All APS Bridge/NMC Conference participants are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct for APS Meetings.


The following Friday events at Google Headquarters are subject to a seating cap and are only available for those who have signed up during registration:
Google Roundtable (Students only)
Lunch (Students only)

Sessions & Workshops

  • Getting Students Excited About Research
  • Helping Mentees Develop Time Management Skills
  • Preparing For Careers In Industry And In The Public Sector
  • Preparing Yourself For Careers In Academia And Applying To Graduate School
  • Building Departmental Connections With National Labs
  • Why Do Students Leave STEM?
  • Effecting Institutional Change
  • Building Trust In Mentor/Mentee Relationships
  • Prioritizing And Developing Good Mental Health And Self Care
  • Strategies For Dealing With Imposter Syndrome And Stereotype Threat
  • Holistic Admissions: Lessons Learned From IGEN/Bridge
  • Culturally Sensitive Mentoring
  • Bridge Best Practices: Mentoring For Retention
  • Sensitive Mentoring Conversations

Conference Schedule

Expert Speakers & Facilitators

Mario Borunda, Brian Beckford, Andreas Bill, Stuart Brown, Ximena Cid, Geraldine Cochran, Salina Gray, Ramon Lopez, Casey Miller, Jon Pelz, Galen Pickett, Chris Porter, Julie Posselt, Talat Rahman, William Ratcliff, Tiffany Santos, Alison Saunders, Carol Scarlett, Keivan Stassun, Monika Schleier-Smith, Heather Thiry, Jenna Walrath, Larry Woolf

Conference Speakers


Registration is now closed.

Registration Fees & Information


Any appropriate abstracts submitted by the deadline will be accepted for presentation, space permitting. The abstract submission deadline is October 15.

Abstract Submission Information

The American Physical Society Bridge Program (APS-BP) and the National Mentoring Community (NMC) are efforts by APS to increase the number of physics degrees earned by underrepresented minority students, defined by the project as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1143070. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.