Cal-Bridge

Program Structure

New CalbridgeThe Cal-Bridge program is a CSU-UC partnership designed for California State University (CSU) students interested in pursuing a PhD in physics, astronomy, computer science, computer engineering, or related fields. The program utilizes research-validated selection methods to identify students from underrepresented groups who display strong socioemotional competencies along with academic potential - and provides them with the support necessary to successfully matriculate to a PhD program, ideally at a University of California (UC) campus.

Once selected, Cal-Bridge Scholars benefit from financial support, intensive, joint mentoring by CSU and UC faculty, professional development workshops, and exposure to research opportunities at the participating UC campuses. 

Key elements of Cal-Bridge include:

  • Scholars are selected from the CSUs using a wide range of research-based metrics (leadership, communication skills, research experience, grit,…)
  • Three years of scholarship funding: last two years of undergraduate and a portion of the first year of graduate tuition and fees
  • Assignment of two mentors: one from a UC campus, one from the student’s home CSU campus
  • Extensive mentoring in academics and professional development to assist in complete their bachelor’s degrees and applying for graduate school
  • Summer and academic year research opportunities at the participating UC campuses
  • Opportunities to present results at regional and national conferences

Cal-Bridge Program Leadership and Staff

Dr. Alex Rudolph
Dr. Alex Rudolph
Cal-Bridge Director
Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. Carol Hood
Dr. Carol Hood
Cal-Bridge Associate Director
CSU San Bernardino
Shontrice Coleman
Shontrice Coleman
Program Coordinator
Jeremy Jurgens
Jeremy Jurgens
Program Coordinator

Cal-Bridge Co-Directors

Carol Hood
Carol Hood
Co-Director, P&A South
CSU San Bernardino
Aaron Romanowsky
Aaron Romanowsky
Co-Director, P&A North
San José State University
Mohammad Husain
Mohammad Husain
Co-Director, CS
Cal Poly Pomona
Tammy Smecker-Hane
Tammy Smecker-Hane
Co-Director, P&A South
UC Irvine
Bruce Schumm
Bruce Schumm
Co-Director, P&A North
UC Santa Cruz
Matthew Guthaus
Matthew Guthaus
Co-Director, CS
UC Santa Cruz

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant DUE-1741863