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									What is Summer Bridge Program?                                                                           We are now on The Facebook!
The BRIDGE Summer Program is a five week residential program designed to provide a head
start for talented students in engineering, computer science, mathematics and the physical
sciences. Students that participate in the BRIDGE program need not go through the normal
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new student orientation because the program entails a complete and extensive campus
orientation.                                                                                             Scientists and Engineers.
Throughout its 25 years, BRIDGE has provided more than 500 students an opportunity to
learn more about their majors, meet their peers, become familiar with campus services, and
be part of an ever growing community!

Our ultimate goal is to support students in successfully completing a college education and to
promote academic excellence. The University of Maryland is a partner in the University
System of Maryland Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), a grant
supported by the National Science Foundation. The LSAMP is aimed at enhancing the quality
and quantity of students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of students
interested in, academically qualified for and matriculating into programs of graduate study.     There are currently three components to the Bridge Program
LSAMP supports sustained and comprehensive approaches that facilitate achievement of the
long-term goal of increasing the number of students who earn doctorates in STEM fields,
particularly those from populations underrepresented in these fields.                                    The Summer Bridge Program is tailored to incoming freshman undergraduates and
                                                                                                          provides course specific workshops for beginning calculus, chemistry, and computer
What Summer BRIDGE offers you in the summer?                                                              programming. Summer Bridge Program also provides one-on-one advising and
                                                                                                          seminar sessions that deal with topics such as career development, time
•An opportunity to earn four credits applicable to the freshman year                                      management and much more.
•An extensive orientation to the University of Maryland, College Park campus                             The Academic Bridge Program provides support through 1 credit course CMPS 299T
•Supplemental Math Workshops                                                                              and also continues with academic advising and opportunities for individual on-
•Career exploration, field trips and visits to local technical companies                                                                                      nd
                                                                                                          campus research with academic support during the 2 year.
•An opportunity to meet and interact with other students who share similar interests                     The Retention Bridge Program supports individual students in locating summer
•Guaranteed placement in required math, science, engineering and computer science courses                 internships, placement in summer research programs, assistance with scholarship
                                                                                                          applications, mentoring, and volunteer opportunities.
The Bridge Program pays for tuition, student fees, textbooks, housing and lunch                  Bridge Program hosts a number of events each year including an annual student recognition
(approximately $4,000 per student). Students and parents will be responsible for all other       banquet to honor students’ achievements. Dinners are hosted with companies and research
meals. If accepted to the Bridge Program, a $300 program fee is required.                        faculty to give the students an opportunity to network and set career goals. Upperclass
                                                                                                 students also have the opportunity to participate in the LSAMP Summer Research Program
Eligibility & Requirements                                                                       and present their research at national and regional conferences.

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, or                                       www.lsamp.eud
physical sciences.
• Must confirm attendance to the University of Maryland by May 1, 2009
• Must be willing to fully participate in all program activities                                                    
• Must live on campus for five weeks during the summer (including weekends)
• Must not work during the summer program
• Must commit to registering for CMPS 299T for Fall 2009 and Spring 2010 semesters
• Must show evidence of superior academic excellence

Application deadline is May 1, 2009
                                           Join students from all over          University of Maryland
                                    the country in the heart of America,         The Bridge Program for
                                          for a truly unforgettable experience.
Bridge Student Testimonials:
                                                                                                              Scientists and Engineers
“BRIDGE was a very rewarding experience. It gave me a chance to adjust to the rigors of college
life before it actually started; it allowed me to excel in my first year. I would definitely recommend this
                                                                                                                 June 28 – July 31, 2009

experience to all incoming students.”
                                                                              -Curtis Taylor, BRIDGE ’94   
                                                                      BS in Mechanical Engineering ‘98
                                                     Assistant Professor, VA Commonwealth University

“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
                                                     BS in Mechanical Engineering with Honors ‘03

“The BRIDGE program helped me adapt to the university and course work load as well as meet
many people who have made my freshman year a good one.”
                                                                -David Houston III, BRIDGE ‘05
                                                                                Physics Major

“The Bridge Program gave me a chance to improve my math skills and put me in the right math
course for my major in the fall. Also, I had a fun time getting to know other engineering/science
students. It was a wonderful experience where I learned as well as made friends. I will remember
this program for a lifetime.”
                                                                              -Jourdan Walls, BRIDGE ‘08
                                                                                 Computer Science Major

“It helped us develop a close knit support group with other students in the program.”
                                                                       -Evelyn Gilmore, BRIDGE ’95
                                                               Logistics Management Institute, Inc
                                                                BS in Mathematics Cum Laude ‘99
                                                  MS in Operations Research at Cornell University
                                                               May 1999 Commencement Speaker

                                          Questions? Contact our office:
                                          Tamara N. Hamilton, LSAMP Program Director
                                          Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering
                                          1131 Glenn Martin Hall

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