Welcome to Fall 2022!

BRiDGE is excited to host scholars again this upcoming academic year 2022-2023. Check out our Upcoming BRiDGE Scholars, read about their impacts, and consider nominating a future scholar using our nomination process.

Congratulations to 2022 Recipients of the BRiDGE to Education Award!

BRiDGE is proud to announce two outstanding undergraduate scientists, Oliver C. Arukwe and Temsalet Molla, as the 2022 recipients of the BRiDGE to Education Award!

Temsalet is a senior biology major on the pre-med track, with the ambition to decrease inequalities in healthcare services. As a future cardiologist, her mindset is, "All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”.

Oliver is a third-year chemical engineering major devoted to creating a clean energy future through advancements in the renewable energy and sustainable technology sector. He prioritizes bell hooks' acknowledgement that, "What we do is more important than what we say or what we say we believe."

A Letter to our Community

The community we have built through BRiDGE is intentionally anti-racist and we stand with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. We founded BRiDGE to increase the representation and amplify the voices of early career scientists from underrepresented groups to address a specific problem we observed in our community: the attrition of underrepresented graduate students. This attrition is a product of the systemic racism that continues to pervade academia today. The BRiDGE Team, along with so many individual graduate students in our departments have been fighting this for years and using our voices to advocate for change.

Please see our full letter here, sent to our STEM community at UMass Amherst.

Thank you for supporting BRiDGE as we broaden the STEM pipeline

Thank you to all our supporters for helping us accomplish our goal of raising $2,400. These funds will go directly to supporting BRiDGE speakers in the College of Natural Sciences, and we couldn’t have done it without you!

If you wish to learn more about our work and the amazing scholars that have been brought to the UMass Amherst campus as a part of BRiDGE, check out our website (https://blogs.umass.edu/bridge/past-bridge-scholars/) or get in contact with us directly (bridge@umass.edu)!