Pilot programs build bridges, add diversity for promising scholars interested in graduate study

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2017
by Michael Hotchkiss, Office of Communications

As part of Princeton University's ongoing efforts to increase diversity and inclusion, three academic departments have created pilot programs that build bridges between undergraduate coursework and doctoral programs for promising young scholars from underrepresented backgrounds.  

The pilot programs in astrophysical sciences, physics and politics offer a select number of recent bachelor's degree graduates the opportunity to spend between one and two years on campus taking courses and conducting research. The goals of the non-degree programs are to help the scholars gain admission to top-tier doctoral programs and to help diversify their fields on campus and beyond. Brandon Johnson is one student who came to the bridge program in the Department of Politics in January 2016 after finishing his bachelor's degree in political science from Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey.  Read more about the "Princeton's Bridge Programs."