BRIDGE 2020 COVID-19 Update

A message from the Director, Kevin McLaughlin:

I am the director of the Engineering Diversity and Outreach Center. The center (EDOC) along with the School of Engineering (SoE) sponsor the 5-week residential BRIDGE program every summer. As you know, this summer is far from a normal summer for all of us. Because of state and university guidelines we will be offering a hybrid BRIDGE experience. The goal of every BRIDGE program is to help you and your new classmates assimilate smoothly into university life. The program helps students be successful through instruction and review of science and math material you will need in your fall courses. It also introduces you to opportunities that will aid in your personal and professional development.

We will be offering a hybrid BRIDGE Program with both a virtual component for the summer, and a 1-credit class in the fall. From Monday, August 3rd - Wednesday, August 26th, we will have a 3+ week online BRIDGE Program. We have a fantastic team of 18 BRIDGE tutors who are successful undergraduates, all who have participated in the BRIDGE Program when they were freshman. They are dedicated to making your first year successful.

In the time leading up to the August program (June, July), we will have many activities that allow us to help build a strong network between all of the BRIDGE Students and your tutors. In August, we will have instruction in Python, a programming language that is required for all engineering students. We will also review chemistry, calculus or pre-calculus, along with physics.

Not only will we be focusing on these classes, but we also plan to build your professional network through different alumni/industry connections. We will have BRIDGE graduates that are now working as engineers in companies across the state and country speaking with you and the other BRIDGE students. These companies include Pratt & Whitney, Electric Boat, Unilever, Ensign Bickford, Lockheed Martin (Sikorsky), Collins Aerospace, Google, Medtronic, Otis Elevator, Eversource, Cigna, Travelers, and many more.

Due to the structure of this year’s BRIDGE program, you will miss a number of other important experiences. Because of that, we have a 1 credit class in the fall semester to bring us all back together. This class will have in person industry tour visits, fun weekend activities/trips, seminars, mentor mentee activities, etc. A number of BRIDGE Scholarships will be awarded at the end of the fall semester.

Because our summer program is not residential, the cost has been significantly reduced. This summer, the BRIDGE program cost will only be $995.00. Full and partial fellowships will be given based on need. You will be contacted via email on how to pay and what amount you will need to pay after you fill out the BRIDGE Commitment form below.

For eligible students, you must fill out the Intent to Enroll (sent to you in your acceptance email).

Once you have filled out the Intent to Enroll form, please fill out this BRIDGE Commitment form:

https://forms.gle/eGireFpfejyfnmH3A

*Payment for the BRIDGE Program will not be due until July 1st, 2020.

Please look for an email between May 27th - June 3rd, to set up a call with one of our BRIDGE tutors to answer questions and discuss this summer’s program in more detail.

If you have any further questions, please email engr-bridge@uconn.edu .

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