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AGU Bridge Program

The AGU Bridge Program offers underrepresented students the opportunity to attend institutions that are looking to help them continue their academic education in geoscience Master’s and Ph.D. programs.

AGU Bridge Program

The Bridge Program increases opportunities for students from underrepresented populations to obtain graduate degrees and create a network of peers, mentors and advisers to support and serve them before, during and after grad school. The program is open to those who have not applied to graduate school or those who applied and were not accepted.

As part of the Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN), the Bridge Program defined standards for recruiting, admitting and retaining students to develop, adopt and share the best inclusive practices. AGU works as a community with this national network to provide opportunities for students and participating institutions. Download our flyer and learn more.

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.

AGU Bridge Program Partner Institutions

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 2019 AGU Bridge Partner institutions, announced in the 2019 Eos article, and to the 2020 AGU Bridge Partner Institutions, announced in a recent From the Prow post

The following list of departments were selected as Bridge Program partner institutions:

  1. California State University, Fresno – Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  2. Colorado State University – Department of Atmospheric Science – https://www.atmos.colostate.edu/
  3. Cornell University – Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  4. Dartmouth College – Department of Earth Sciences
  5. George Mason University – Department of Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Earth Sciences
  6. Georgia Institute of Technology – School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
  7. Georgia State University – Department of Geosciences – https://geosciences.gsu.edu/
  8. Hampton University – Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences – http://cas.hamptonu.edu/
  9. Johns Hopkins University – Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences
  10. Lehigh University – Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  11. Michigan Technological University – Department of Geological and Mining Engineering and Sciences – https://www.mtu.edu/geo/graduate/geo-eng/
  12. Ohio State University – School of Earth Sciences
  13. Tulane University – Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  14. University at Albany, State University of New York – Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences Atmospheric Science Research Center – https://www.albany.edu/daes/prospective-students
  15. University of California, Irvine – Department of Earth System Science – https://www.ess.uci.edu/
  16. University of California, Santa Barbara – Department of Earth Science – https://www.geol.ucsb.edu/education/graduate
  17. University of California, Santa Cruz – Ocean Sciences Department
  18. University of Chicago – Department of the Geophysical Sciences
  19. University of Colorado Boulder – Department of Geography
  20. University of Colorado Boulder – Department of Geological Sciences – https://www.colorado.edu/geologicalsciences/
  21. University of Massachusetts Amherst – Department of Geosciences – http://www.geo.umass.edu/programs/graduate/geology
  22. University of Michigan – Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering
  23. University of Minnesota Duluth – Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  24. University of Minnesota Twin Cities – Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  25. University of Oklahoma – School of Geosciences
  26. University of Rhode Island – Graduate School of Oceanography and College of Environment and Life Sciences Biological and Environmental Science Graduate Program
  27. University of Texas at Austin – Department of Marine Science
  28. University of Texas at El Paso – Department of Earth, Environmental and Resource Sciences
  29. University of Washington – Department of Atmospheric Sciences
  30. University of Wisconsin Madison – Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences – http://www.aos.wisc.edu/academics/graduate/
  31. Virginia Tech – Department of Geosciences

Colors represent the year an institution became a partner

Blue pin Blue pin – 2019

Green pin Green pin – 2020

AGU is focused on nurturing a positive culture that supports diversity as well as continued education in geosciences. When institutions are accepted as an AGU Bridge Program Partner, they are helping to increase the diversity in their departments and our larger geosciences community. By working together, we will create a more welcoming environment in the Earth and space sciences for everyone. 

We encourage graduate programs that have demonstrated a commitment to working with diverse students and supporting them as graduate scholars to join the Bridge Program as a Partner Department. The application is free. Applicants must be U.S. based institutions that grant a master’s or doctoral degree in geosciences. 

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AGU Bridge Program Partner Benefits

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Access to the AGU Bridge Program student applicant database.

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Recognition by AGU of the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the Earth and space sciences.

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Recommendation of the department’s supportive post-baccalaureate educational environment to prospective and current Bridge Program students, students from underrepresented groups, and others.

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Secure a five-year partnership with the potential to renew.

 

In addition to the benefits listed above, Bridge Program Partners will also receive access to AGU Bridge Program staff, veteran Bridge Program Partners and other subject matter experts to provide resources and support strategies for aiding underrepresented students in graduate programs.

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Application for Bridge Program Partner

AGU is focused on nurturing a positive culture that supports diversity as well as continued education in geosciences. When institutions are accepted as an AGU Bridge Program Partner, they are helping to increase the diversity in their departments and our larger geosciences community. By working together, we will create a more welcoming environment in the Earth and space sciences for everyone. 

We encourage graduate programs that have demonstrated a commitment to working with diverse students and supporting them as graduate scholars to join the Bridge Program as a Partner Department. The application is free. Applicants must be U.S. based institutions that grant a master’s or doctoral degree in geosciences. 

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.

Please download Request for Proposals Instructionspdf icon and complete the Proposal Templatepdf icon to apply.

RFP for 2021 application cycle will be posted here in June.

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Interested students & eligibility 

Students with degrees closely related to geosciences should apply to the program. If you are an undergraduate or graduate underrepresented minority student in geosciences this program is for you! 

Before applying, we recommend reviewing the eligibility since advanced undergraduate core geoscience requirements are required which may include courses in advanced calculus, math or other appropriate courses.

Students without undergraduate geoscience degrees must include compelling reasons for how their studies have prepared them to successfully pursue a graduate degree in the geosciences in their application.

Eligibility requirements

The Bridge Program application is open to applicants who did not apply to a geoscience graduate program, or, applicants who applied to one or more geoscience graduate programs, but did not receive acceptance by any program. If applicants are waiting to be notified about acceptance into a graduate school program, they should still apply for the AGU Bridge Program.

Successful applicants to the AGU Bridge Program must meet the following criteria:

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Attain a bachelor’s or master’s degree in geoscience or a closely related discipline by the time they would enter the AGU Bridge Program.

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Satisfy additional requirements of individual Bridge Program institutions, such as minimum GPA or GRE scores. Note: Institutions have different requirements. Applicants may be asked to submit additional materials if admitted to programs that require them.

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Underrepresented minority students including Hispanic, African American, American Indian, Pacific Islander, Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian are encouraged to apply.

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Obtain a U.S. citizenship, permanent U.S. resident card or current enrollment in the DACA program.

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Frequently asked questions

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.

Deadlines to Remember

31 March

Deadline for all application materials.

(Students must submit their application by 31 March, 2021, to allow enough time for faculty recommendations to be submitted.)

Early April – Mid-Summer

Applicants notified of offers

Early April - July

When your application is complete, you will receive a confirmation email regarding your application status. Partner institutions will contact students to schedule interviews. Student applicants should plan to be available during this time. Students accepted into Bridge Programs will receive admission offers from April through July, through direct email contact with institution graduate directors or AGU Bridge Program staff.

Although most offers go out in May and June, some institutions may make offers for fall enrollment later in the summer. As such, you should be sure to 1) Check that the email listed on your Bridge application is one that that you will use after graduation and that you check often, and 2) Keep an eye out for contact from institutions throughout the summer. The application cycle closes in early September, and no offers with be made after this deadline.

Inclusive Graduate Education Network (IGEN)

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 pdf icon was put together to communicate IGEN’s goals and methodology.
  • This document pdf icon 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.
  • This guide pdf icon, written through a partnership with the University of Southern California and IGEN, provides readers with tips for writing, reading, and soliciting letters of recommendation.

The Equity in Graduate Education Team (which is a collaboration between IGEN Inclusive Practices Hub, IGEN Research Hub, and the CCIDE project) have put together some data regarding the representation of minoritized and marginalized students in the Geosciences. Please visit the Equity in Graduate Education website to learn more.

Additional Resources

  • 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.

Contacts

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Pranoti Asher

Assistant Director, Grants and Education Programs

202.777.7522 | [email protected]

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Eva Kostyu

Project Coordinator, AGU Bridge Program • Talent Pool

202-777-7354 | [email protected]