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Advancing the Earth and space sciences through increased representation of Hispanics, African Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians in geoscience graduate programs.
Inaugurated in 2019, AGU's Bridge Program was initiated to develop, adopt, and share inclusive practices for recruiting, admitting and retaining women and underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics graduate programs. AGU members are encouraged to share information about the AGU Bridge Program with any current or prospective students who may have an interest in pursuing graduate degrees in the Earth and space sciences. African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Pacific Islander, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian students who want to join the Bridge Program can take advantage of a free common graduate school application that will be shared with multiple partner institutions.
The list of participating institutions, announced in a recent Eos article, as well as eligibility requirements for students can be found below.
Interested departments should visit the "Information for Faculty" tab for details. 2020 AGU Bridge Partner application deadline is 15 October 2020.
About the program
The AGU Bridge Program is part of the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN), an effort to develop, adopt, and share inclusive practices for recruiting, admitting, and retaining women and underrepresented students in STEM Ph.D. programs.
The specific goal of the AGU Bridge Program is to increase the number of underrepresented students obtaining a Ph.D. in the geosciences by offering students who have not applied to graduate school, or who have applied but were not accepted:
By creating sustainable transition programs and a national network of doctoral granting institutions that provide substantial mentoring for students, more students from underrepresented populations will be able to successfully obtain doctorate degrees in the geosciences, addressing the persistent disparities.
Download a copy of our AGU Bridge Program promotional flyer to print and share.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants Nos. 1834540, 1834545, 1834528 and 1834516. 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.
The AGU Bridge Program is an asset to institutions seeking to increase diversity in their departments and the larger geosciences community. By working together, we can create a more welcoming environment in the Earth and space sciences for everyone. Congratulations to the inaugural AGU Bridge Partner institutions, announced in a recent Eos article.
The following list of departments were selected as Bridge Program partner institutions:
The AGU Bridge Program seeks to increase the number of students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups obtaining a graduate degree in the geosciences. A key component to fulfilling this goal is building a large base of institutions that can admit and retain students from underrepresented groups through an AGU-led student application process.
The AGU Bridge Program student applicant database provides access to a unique talent pool for departments in the geosciences to facilitate pairings between student applicants and partner institutions.
Partner Institutions are departments that have demonstrated that they will provide a supportive, inclusive and nurturing environment for students. The AGU Bridge Program recommends programs to interested students and helps departments committed to Bridge Program principles recruit talented students.
Becoming a partner is free. All U.S. institutions that grant a master’s or doctoral degree in the geosciences are eligible to apply.
Partner Department applications are reviewed annually by members of selected AGU committees and AGU Bridge Project management. The annual deadline for partner applications is mid-October.
2020 AGU Bridge Partner applications are now accepted until 15 October 2020.
Please download Request for Proposals Instructions and complete the Proposal Template to apply.
The AGU Bridge Program believes in nurturing a positive culture that supports diversity as well as study. We encourage graduate programs that have demonstrated commitment to working with diverse students and supporting them as graduate scholars to join the Bridge Program as a Partner Department.
The AGU Bridge Program is appropriate for undergraduate students in the geosciences who can contribute to the diversity of the geosciences, are driven in their study, and would benefit from additional consideration from graduate programs in the Earth and space sciences.
Students with degrees closely related to geosciences may apply to the program, but they must have completed many of the advanced undergraduate core geoscience requirements or their applications will not be considered. These may include courses in advanced calculus, math or other appropriate courses. Students without undergraduate geoscience degrees should be sure to include in their application strong reasons for why their studies have prepared them to pursue a master's or Ph.D. in the geosciences.
IGEN Equity in Graduate Education – Faculty are encouraged to visit this site to learn more about effective practices and change strategies that can promote the advancement of equity in graduate education.
Article from Nature – As various academic disciplines debate whether or not to continue using the GRE, this article discusses current perspectives in the geosciences.
Eligibility for the AGU Bridge Program states that students should hold a degree, either bachelor's or master's in the geosciences or a closely related discipline. Note that students who have already attained a master's degree in the geosciences must meet all other eligibility requirements. This includes not receiving an offer of admission into a doctoral program.
The AGU Bridge Program does not presently offer funding to successful applicants nor to participating institutions, however, these institutions typically offer financial support, typically comparable or identical to stipends received by other graduate students at the institution. Once students receive graduate program offers, students should consider whether the offered financial support is sufficient for their needs.
Although women of all racial and ethnic groups are underrepresented in geosciences and many other STEM fields, the specific focus of the AGU Bridge Program is to increase the number of Ph.D.s awarded to African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Pacific Islander, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian students irregardless of gender. Students who fall under these racial and ethnic minority groups are encouraged to apply to the Bridge Program.
The AGU Bridge Program is open to prospective African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Pacific Islander, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian students who meet the eligibility criteria, exhibit academic promise, and plan to pursue a master's or doctoral degree in the geosciences or related fields.
The Bridge Program aims to improve access to graduate education for all students, with emphasis on those underrepresented in doctoral programs in the geosciences.
Blog Post from AGU Blogosphere – Read through this blog written by Callan Bentley, an assistant professor of geology at Northern Virginia Community College to learn some tips about applying to graduate programs in the geosciences.
The AGU Bridge Program is committed to increasing representation of Hispanics, African Americans, American Indians, Pacific Islanders, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians in geoscience graduate programs. The ideal candidate for this program will be a current or former undergraduate geoscience student who demonstrates the commitment, drive, and potential to complete a rigorous graduate program in the geosciences, but for various reasons, does not have the necessary coursework, research experience, or guidance to gain admission to a geoscience graduate program.
If you have already been accepted into a graduate program in the geosciences, you do not qualify for acceptance into the AGU Bridge Program.
Applicants must satisfy either of the following criteria in the current academic year:
Please note: if you are waiting to receive acceptance into a program, you are still encouraged to apply for the AGU Bridge Program.
Applicants must satisfy additional requirements of individual Bridge Program institutions, such as minimum GPA or GRE scores (as not all institutions have the same requirements, these are not required to apply, but applicants should be aware that they may be asked to submit additional materials if admitted to programs that require them)
Deadline for all application materials.
(Students must submit their application by April 1, 2020, to allow enough time for faculty recommendations to be submitted.)
The AGU Bridge Program is part of the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN), an effort to develop, adopt, and share inclusive practices for recruiting, admitting, and retaining women and underrepresented minorities in STEM Ph.D. programs. This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grants Nos. 1834540, 1834545, 1834528 and 1834516.
Please review the following documents to learn more about the project’s findings and available resources. These documents highlight best practices for persons and institutions not directly involved in the program that are interested in advancing goals similar to those of the AGU Bridge Program and IGEN.
In August 2019, a brief document was put together to communicate IGEN’s goals and methodology.
This document from the IGEN Research Hub draws from published research and demonstrated community successes to answer questions about the positive impacts of increased diversity in graduate education programs.
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