2018 APS Bridge Program & National Mentoring Community Conference

Travel to Palo Alto, California

From San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
Distance: 21.2 mi SE
Approx. Cab Fare: $50.79 USD (one way)
Public Transportation: $2 - $5 USD (samTrans)
CalTrain: $8.25 USD (one way)
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From Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC)
Distance: 15.7 mi NW
Approx. Cab Fare: $30.35 USD (one way)
CalTrain: $6.00 USD (one way)
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From Oakland International Airport (OAK)
Distance: 28.1 mi S
Approx. Cab Fare: $51.53 USD (one way)
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Driving and Parking

Please contact your hotel for parking information (see the hotel information page).

Transportation Between Hotels and Conference Site

We will provide shuttles to Google HQ and to Stanford campus from conference hotels and back again. Information on shuttle services will be posted on the website. Please note that parking on campus is generally not an option, so you should plan to take a shuttle to the conference.

Travel Funding Support

If you are an NMC student, an NMC mentor, or an APS Bridge student and will need travel funding assistance, you may apply for a limited number of travel awards from APS.  If approved, you will be reimbursed up to $500 for your transportation to and from the BP/NMC Conference, and APS will pay for your hotel costs.

Students and mentors will be emailed links to the travel funding application. Bridge and NMC student travel awardees must share a hotel room, and thus must complete a separate housing form in order to apply for travel funding. This form will also be emailed to them.

In order for travel award applications to be processed, you must do the following by 11:59 pm on October 1, 2018:

  • Register for the conference

  • Submit the travel award application form

  • Submit the housing application form (students only)

Applications will be reviewed by the APS Bridge and NMC staff. You will be notified by mid-October about the status of your application. If approved, you should make your travel arrangements to attend the conference and save your receipts, which will be necessary for reimbursement.

Special Considerations

NMC students and mentors: Preference for NMC participants’ travel funding will be given first to matched mentor/student pairs, then to other students, and then to other mentors. (Note: Mentors will not complete the separate housing form that will be sent to students, but instead will need to arrange their own lodging. See the hotel information page for more information.). For questions, email David May (

Bridge students: Preference for Bridge travel awards will be given to 2017 and 2018 cohort students. Students from the 2013-2016 cohorts are also welcome to apply for travel funding, but should be aware that it will only be awarded if slots become available in the fall and on a first-come-first-served basis.  For questions, email Erika Brown (

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.