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Cal-Bridge Program Awarded $4 million by State to Diversify STEM at Public Universities

July 27 - The Cal-Bridge program has been awarded $4 million in the 2023-2024 California state budget. The funds will be used to help diversify science, technology, engineering and mathematics in the workforce including academia by providing high-potential, historically underrepresented groups with scholarships, mentoring and development opportunities including workshops and summer research experiences.

Cal-Bridge awarded $5M in State Funding

July 5, 2022 – Cal-Bridge is pleased to announce that it has received $5 million in state funding to expand the program into a comprehensive, end-to-end pathway for the diverse undergraduates of the CSU system through their PhD at a UC campus to diversify the public university faculty and tech workforce of the state of California.

Two Cal-Bridge Scholars Accept Faculty Positions in California Public Universities

May 2, 2023 – The Cal-Bridge program is pleased to announce that scholars Katy Rodriguez Wimberly and Manuel Paul have accepted positions teaching at California state public universities starting in the Fall. This announcement helps to achieve the Cal-Bridge program’s mission to diversify California public universities and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) workforce.

Five Current Cal-Bridge Scholars Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

April 26, 2023 – Cal-Bridge is pleased to announce that five of its current scholars have been recognized by the National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Each student will receive $123,000 in tuition payments and fees over three years.

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.