APS Bridge Program


Students beginning graduate studies for the first time are facing a number of significant transitions in their lives. Students are often moving to a new location — stepping away from their home or immediate family support networks, given a new level of financial independence and responsibility, and often navigating a very different cultural surrounding. Helping them manage this transition can be critical to success for many students. Facilitating this by asking students to arrive a few weeks or months before the beginning of the semester provides time to find optimal housing, receive an introduction to the local physics community, gain a first understanding of the graduate culture, and undergo assessment to help place them in appropriate courses.