The Building Bridges Mentoring Program matches historically underrepresented first-year students with faculty from the departments that the students wish to explore as possible majors. The foundation of the program is built upon the work of faculty mentors who play an integral role in the academic development of the students. As a result of these early interactions with faculty, many Bridges students find opportunities for research and internships within their first two years.
Students must apply to the program the summer prior to their first year. If accepted the student will meet regularly with his/her mentor throughout the year. Students will also be assigned to a peer mentor and grouped with other first-year students in the program who share the same academic interests. After the first year, the program will continue to assist students with finding opportunities for academic growth and career discernment. Building Bridges is cosponsored by the Office of the Provost. The Building Bridges Brochure in pdf format is available for download.
In his senior thesis, political science major Jordan Brown ’13 (far left) addressed the "Interactions between the Russian State and Civil Society." As a result of Prof. Michael Desch’s (near left) mentoring, Jordan was named a fellow of the Notre Dame International Security Program. He will pursue his MA at George Washington University.
Some notable senior achievements:
- 75% of STEM majors participated in undergraduate research.
- 88% of business majors interned with a company before senior year.
- 35% of the entire class earned a summer fellowship.
- 18% will enter graduate school.
- Four published papers in a peer review journal.