President Freeman Hrabowski in Physics Today

President Freeman Hrabowski discusses the findings of a National Academies committee he chaired in a Physics Today article about the success of summer bridge programs in increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in physics Ph.D. programs.

“[Because] more and more noncitizens are earning Ph.D.s in America and returning to their home countries, we need more citizens, of which underrepresented minorities are the fastest-growing [segment], to contribute to our health, energy, intelligence, and defense research efforts,” Hrabowski says in the article.

The article, “For Underrepresented Minorities, Bridge Programs Ease Transition to Ph.D. Studies,” also highlights the success of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program in preparing undergraduates to pursue STEM Ph.D.s and, for graduate students, the support offered at UMBC and other University System of Maryland campuses in PROMISE, Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate.

Elaine Lalanne, a research scientist at UMBC’s Center for Advanced Studies in Photonics Research (CASPR), is also quoted in the article, and a photo shows PROMISE participants at UMBC with Anthony Johnson, director of CASPR and a professor in the departments of physics and computer science and electrical engineering.


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