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. Building Bridges is cosponsored by the Office of the Provost. The Buidling Bridges brochure in pdf format is available for download.
Some notable achievements by the class of 2014:
- 67% of the 42 STEM majors participated in undergraduate research. 89% of them started before the end of their second year.
- 91% of business majors interned with a company before senior year.
- 30% of the entire class earned an external summer fellowship (many were funded by the NSF and NIH).
- 18% entered graduate schools (Harvard, Yale, Chicago, Stanford, to name a few).
- Seven published papers in peer review journals.
Biochemistry major Charday Ward '17 (far right) joined Prof. Holly Goodson's lab while in her second year. Of the 131 students in Charday's cohort, 50 have already started undergraduate research.
History major Camille Suarez' 13 (far left) received her department's award for the best senior thesis. Camille's Building Bridges mentor Prof. Richard Pierce (near left) served as her thesis advisor. A former GSAS/Leadership Alliance Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow at Columbia University, Camille is currently in a PhD program at the University of Pennsylvania.