Summer 2020 Summary: This summer UVA Engineering’s Bridge Program welcomed fifty-two incoming first-year students into the UVa community through a new virtual format. With the help of five student counselors, the cohort connected with peers and faculty ensuring a smooth transition from high school to college. The free math course (APMA 1000) focused on the fundamental principles and concepts of pre-calculus material. From a multi-year research project, the Center for Diversity In Engineering, designed this class in collaboration with the Applied Mathematics program in Engineering to best prepare each engineering student for college-level math. The lectures and content were designed by PVCC faculty, Dr. Irina Timchenko. This year included the addition of an Engineering Program Director, Darius Carter, PhD candidate, and past Bridge participant who provided introduction to important information for first-years consider as they enter their first-year.
General Info: Since the 1980s, Bridge has supported students who want to get a head start on academics, build a strong support network among peers, faculty, and staff, and explore the place they will call home for the next few years. “Bridgers” gain important work and research experience. During the course of the program, participants take a 3-credit mathematics course, receive professional development training, take part in interactive engineering workshops, and build study skills and strategies. Bridge places an emphasis on math to ensure that students are prepared for the required Calculus classes in UVA Engineering majors. The structure, sequence, and programming of Bridge is informed by quantitative and qualitative data gathered from the Crafting Success for Underrepresented Scientists and Engineers research project, which focuses on understanding and promoting academic success in STEM majors at the University of Virginia. Learn more about UVA Engineering Summer Bridge Program.