Bridge Program for Scientists and Engineers
DISCLAIMER: The LSAMP Bridge Program for Scientists and Engineers is subject to available funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Decisions are made on a rolling basis!
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The Summer Bridge Program for Scientists and Engineers is a program initiated by the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park. The program invites about 20 students accepted into the Clark School to participate in a five-week residential summer program that offers them an opportunity to get an early start in undergraduate engineering coursework and make a smooth transition from high school to college. The program also provides an extensive campus orientation and helps ensure the success of its participants during their first collegiate year.
The Summer Bridge Program offers classes in mathematics on topics such as pre-calculus, calculus, and advanced placement calculus. Placement in courses depend on the student’s performance on the Math Placement Exam administered by the University of Maryland Mathematics Department.
The mathematics courses serve as an opportunity for students to strengthen their skills where necessary before being submerged into the University curriculum during their Fall semester. If students perform well in the summer math classes, they will have the opportunity to advance in sequence to the next level mathematics course when they begin the Fall semester.
The Chemistry workshop helps to prepare students for the very rigorous "Chemistry for Engineers" course that students will take their freshman year. Additionally, the Student Success Workshop Series will expose students to numerous campus resources and help students build the study skills needed to ensure their success at the Clark School of Engineering. Workshops topics include time-management, study and test-taking strategies, dealing with stress, career development, diversity, health and fitness awareness, etc. The series will also include academic success workshops that will be facilitated by staff at the University of Maryland.
Professional and career development are also hallmarks of the Summer Bridge Program. In the past, Summer Bridge students visited the following facilities during the Bridge Program:
- W. L. Gore and Associates
- The Boeing Company
- Booz, Allen, Hamilton
- National Institute of Standards and Technology
- NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
- University of Maryland Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel
- University of Maryland Astronomy Observatory
Academic Year Bridge Program Component
The Bridge Program continues after the summer program concludes. During their freshman year, Bridge participants are enrolled in a course entitled "Achieving College Success: First Year Transition". Upon successful completion of the coursework in the Fall and Spring semesters the students earn1 credit. The main objective of this course is to provide a seminar experience to help students understand and apply strategies to achieve academic success, develop a greater sense of academic and career interests and enhance their ability to solve problems.
Eligibility and How to Apply
To be eligible, students must:
- Show evidence of superior academic excellence and interest in engineering
- Be an incoming freshman admitted into the A. James Clark School of Engineering, having confirmed attendance to UMD by May 1, 2017
- Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident
- Be able to live on campus for 5 weeks during the program and fully participate in all program activities and not work during that time
- Commit to registering for Achieving College Success: First Year Transition" course for the Fall 2017/Spring 2018 semesters
To apply, download and complete the APPLICATION FORM immediately! Space is limited. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis. Completed applications include:
- An application form with two essays
- Citizenship documentation
- Teacher recommendation
(Rolling admissions until all slots are filled, so apply ASAP!)
The program fee is $450 for students selected to participate in the program. The Summer Bridge Program covers the cost of 4 credits of tuition, student fees, textbooks, housing, and some meals. Students and parents will be responsible for all other meals.
Please forward any questions to:
Ms. Michelle Udeli
LSAMP Program Coordinator
Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering, University of Maryland
1131 Glenn L. Martin Hall
College Park, MD 20742