The College of Sciences and Mathematics (COSAM) Summer Bridge Program is a four-week residential program for highly motivated minority students from populations traditionally underrepresented in the sciences and mathematics. The objective of the program is to create a "learning community" of Summer Bridge students who develop the academic and social skills necessary for achieving academic excellence from the freshman year through graduation. The Summer Bridge Program was founded in 1997. The goal of the Auburn University Summer Bridge Program is to implement each summer an intensive four-week academic-enrichment experience for incoming minority freshmen planning to major in Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Mathematics, or enroll in Pre-Professional programs in Dentistry, Engineering, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy and Veterinary Medicine.

The program is designed to bridge the gap between high school and college by providing these students with tools needed to succeed and graduate in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology curricula at Auburn University. Since 1997, nearly 500 students have participated. Summer Bridge students consistently perform better than other minority students that opt not to attend the Bridge program. Among the highlights of the program, several Summer Bridge students are currently attending Medical, Pharmacy and Graduate Schools. Many Summer Bridge Alumni practice in Medicine, Pharmacy, Law, and Education.

The Summer Bridge program, which takes place on the main campus of Auburn University, emphasizes academic preparedness, development and enhancement of study and time management skills, establishment of academic and social support and career awareness. Chemistry and Mathematics faculty, graduate teaching assistants, counselors and academic advisors will staff the program. Textbooks used during the summer program are the same for the academic year.

All instructors use collaborative learning, an instructional method that requires students to interact on a higher level than in a traditional classroom setting. It involves learning methods and techniques using cooperative task structures in which students spend time in lectures and workshops. Students are required to work collectively toward the common goal of mastering the course material.

Summer bridge students have an opportunity to understand the relevance of their course work through visits to departments in the College of Sciences and Mathematics and area companies. This year's visits were to East Alabama Medical Center, the Hyundai Manufacturing Plant, the Rosa Parks Museum, the Civil Rights Memorial, and the George Washington Carver Museum. They also visited Auburn University’s Harrison School of Pharmacy and College of Veterinary Medicine.

Additionally, students attended presentations from Auburn Experience, COSAM Advising, Student Counseling Services, Success Strategies, and AT&T Pioneers (financial Literacy). The community engagement activities included visits to the Boys and Girls Club of Auburn and Opelika.

During the last week of the program students complete their exams and attend a wrap-up assessment session. The objective of the assessments and exit interview is to give students specific information as it relates to their academic and social development.

The program concluded with the Summer Bridge Program Awards Luncheon held at the Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center on the last day of the program. The Dean of COSAM presided over the luncheon and presents awards to students for successful completion of the program. The luncheon was attended by administration, faculty, staff, parents, guests, and students.

For additional information, visit the links to the left or contact Bianca D. Evans, Minority Programs Coordinator at bde0005@auburn.edu or 334-844-4663.

Last updated: 08/08/2013