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APS Bridge Partnership

Texas State is an APS (American Physical Society) Bridge Partnership Institution:

“Partnership Institutions are departments that have demonstrated that they will provide a supportive, bridge-like treatment of students.”


This designation allows APS to recommend us as a supportive program to interested students and to help us recruit talented students to our program.

Physics has one of the lowest participation of under-represented minorities even among STEM fields. The American Physical Society (APS) in "an effort to increase the number of physics PhDs awarded to underrepresented minority (URM) students, defined by the project as African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans" has established an initiative, the APS-Bridge program. Our department recently gained the status of a Bridge Partnership Institution which effectively means that APS recognizes that the Texas State Physics department has demonstrated a commitment to diversity in physics and provides a supportive environment to URM students through admission practices, mentoring activities and progress monitoring and recommends us to URM students participating in the APS-Bridge program. There are 22 such Physics departments in US:

Diversity and Inclusion Workshop for Physics Graduate students

Texas State has received an APS-Bridge Institution grant meant to fund proposals "on improving admissions, induction, mentoring, progress monitoring, or other aspects of graduate education for students”. This grant and Texas State (Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Physics Dpt.) funds the Diversity and Inclusion Workshop for Physics Graduate students

A series of monthly presentations and discussions among Physics graduate students, faculty and staff:

Diversity and Inclusion Workshop for Physics graduate students and faculty staff

Every third (or so) Friday, 9am-12pm

  • Intercultural Communication – October 27
  • Ability/Disability
  • LGBTQIA – September 29
  • Race – November 3
  • Minorities in STEM fields