Answers to Our Most Common Questions
What is Bridge?
Bridge is a multi-day workshop for incoming freshman and transfer STEM students to help them bridge their previous education with their college education at Washington State University. Students will learn about many programs and services available to them to support their path to academic success success.
Who is invited to Bridge?
Students who declare interest in one of our approved STEM majors and self-identify with a background that is considered an underrepresented minority in STEM (see below for more information).
How does LSAMP define a “traditionally underrepresented” student?
Students who identify as African American/Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Native American/Indian, and Pacific Islander are defined as “traditionally underrepresented” by LSAMP. This is because professional representation in STEM fields from people in these ethnic/racial groups has traditionally been low when considered based on the composition of the general population. Please review the NSF Program Solicitation for more information.
Why should I attend Bridge rather than continue my vacation or job for an extra week before school starts?
This three-day workshop represents a valuable investment in your future education at WSU. You will meet and make friends with other students interested in the STEM + Health Care fields and learn about opportunities & resources available to you.
What will I learn?
Workshop sessions will be held on career planning, time management, study skills, stress management, and much more. Classroom sessions will be held on “How to Succeed in Math and Chemistry.” Current WSU students will serve as Bridge Leaders and peer mentors throughout the academic school year for our incoming LSAMP students. They can speak about life on the WSU campus and answer any questions you might have.
When is Bridge?
Sun, Aug. 13 — Tues., Aug. 15, 2023
Note: We recommend that all of our LSAMP students arrive early to campus for fall move-in to residence halls, to avoid large crowds and create an easier transition to your assigned residence hall.
What are the fees?
You will not be charged any fees for attending the LSAMP Bridge Workshop. Because this workshop is important for adjusting to WSU and the new living environment, costs for the event will be covered by the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program (LSAMP) Grant.
Will transportation be provided?
Students are responsible for providing their own transportation to the WSU Pullman campus.
Will parents participate?
The Bridge Workshop is specifically designed to support the success of new WSU students as they begin to enter a new phase of independence in life that comes with navigating a college education. That is why in contrast to New Coug Orientation, which includes programming designed for parents, the Bridge Workshop for LSAMP does not have a parental component.
What is expected of student participation?
Full participation is expected unless prior arrangements have been made with the Bridge Workshop LSAMP director.
Where do I access the registration link?
The 2023 Bridge Workshop registration form is available on our website. An invitation to the event along with the long will be sent to all qualifying students via their WSU emails in mid-summer. If you believe you are LSAMP eligible, please contact our Bridge Workshop Staff via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if I need accommodations?
What food will be covered at the Bridge Workshop?
Sunday evening WSU LSAMP will provide dinner consisting of pizza and salad. Throughout Monday and Tuesday, snacks and beverages are provided for students, and time is allotted to purchase lunch on your own. Breakfasts are not included on either day. There are various markets and cafes in and around campus, as well as residence hall dining halls where lunches and breakfasts are available for purchase.
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