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Cal-Bridge Program Receives $5 Million NSF Grant to Increase Diversity in Physics and Astronomy

A consortium of 16 California State University and 9 University of California campuses, led by Cal Poly Pomona, has been awarded a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to dramatically increase diversity in physics and astronomy through the Cal-Bridge program.

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Cal-Bridge 2020 NSF Showcase

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Cal-Bridge Student Voices: Jordan Ealy

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Cal-Bridge: Creating pathways to the PhD for underrepresented students in physics and astronomy

The Cal-Bridge program connects promising juniors and seniors from underrepresented groups with STEM faculty mentors to help smooth the transition from undergraduate to graduate programs.

PhD bridge programmes as engines for access, diversity and inclusion

The lack of diversity in physics and astronomy PhD programmes is well known but has not improved despite decades of efforts. PhD bridge programmes provide an asset-based model to help overcome the societal and disciplinary obstacles to improving access and inclusion for students from underrepresented groups and are beginning to show some success. We describe several well-known PhD bridge programmes in the United States and discuss lessons learned from their experiences. Many of these lessons can be extended more broadly to physics and astronomy PhD programmes to increase access, diversity and inclusion.