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The Summer BRIDGE Program for Scientists and Engineers

The Summer BRIDGE Program for Scientists and Engineers

The Summer Bridge Program is sponsored by The National Science Foundation, The Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering of the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and The College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences. The Summer Bridge program this year will run from June 24 to July 27, 2007.

Twenty students will be accepted to participate in a five-week residential program that will give them a head start into their college careers. Students who attend the program in the School of Engineering and CMPS will not need to go through normal campus orientation because the program entails a complete and extensive campus orientation. 2007 will be the Bridge Program’s 23rd year of supporting students in successfully completing a college education and promoting academic excellence.


An opportunity to earn four credits applicable to the freshmen year, an extensive orientation to the University of Maryland, College Park campus and its support services, introduction to the campus computer system and resources, career exploration, and field trips to local technical companies. The program also offers an opportunity to meet and interact with other students who share similar interests and guaranteed placement in required math, science, engineering, and computer science courses.


The Academic Year Program offers a one-credit course, Bridge: First Year Transition class which includes a résumé and other career related workshops, academic advising and faculty mentoring, opportunities to participate in research and internship opportunities, academic and professional development seminars, and social events and activities.


Participants must be an incoming freshman admitted to the University of Maryland, College Park in any of the following majors: engineering, computer science, mathematics, astronomy, physics, earth sciences, physical sciences, or letters and sciences.


Participants must confirm attendance to the University of Maryland by May 1st, be willing to fully participate in all program activities, live on campus for five-weeks during the summer, not work during the summer program, and commit to registering for CMPS 299T (Bridge: First Year Transition) for Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 semesters.


The Bridge Program pays for tuition, student fees, textbooks, and housing (approximately $4,000 per student).


The Summer Bridge 2007 application will be available in March. The Deadline is May 1st.


Tamara N. Hamilton

BRIDGE Program Director

Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering

1134 Glenn L. Martin Hall

College Park, MD 20742

Phone: (301) 405-3878

Fax: (301) 314-9867


Web Site:


“BRIDGE was not only a stepping stone to learn what college life is all about, but it was also a gratifying experience knowing that minorities also can succeed in life”

-Leyla Valladares, BRIDGE ‘98’

B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with Honors ‘03’

“The BRIDGE Program enhanced my college experience. Through BRIDGE I obtained a family away from home, complete with parents and siblings.”

-Oladunni Adeyiga, MD BRIDGE ‘95’

B.S. in Chemical Engineering ‘99’

“It familiarized me with all the services on campus. It was good to know where to go when I had a problem.”

-Renato Molina, BRIDGE ‘91’

RJ and Associates Fire Protection Consultants

December 7, 2006

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