LSAMP Bridge Program for Scientists and Engineers | A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland

Bridge Classes

The Summer Bridge Program offers classes in mathematics on topics such as pre-calculus and calculus.  Placement in math courses depend on the student’s performance on the Math Placement Exam administered by the University of Maryland Mathematics Department.

The mathematics courses serve as an opportunity for students to strengthen their skills where necessary before being submerged into the University curriculum during their Fall semester. If students perform well in the summer math classes, they will have the opportunity to advance in sequence to the next level mathematics course when they begin the Fall semester.

The Chemistry workshop helps to prepare students for the very rigorous "Chemistry for Engineers" course that students will take their freshman year.  Additionally, the Student Success Workshop Series will expose students to numerous campus resources and help students build the study skills needed to ensure their success at the Clark School of Engineering. Workshops topics include time-management, study and test-taking strategies, dealing with stress, career development, diversity, health and fitness awareness, etc. The series will also include academic success workshops that will be facilitated by staff at the University of Maryland.

Professional and career development are also hallmarks of the Summer Bridge Program.  In the past, Summer Bridge students visited the following facilities during the Bridge Program:

W. L. Gore and Associates
The Boeing Company
Booz, Allen, Hamilton
National Institute of Standards and Technology
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
University of Maryland Glenn L. Martin Wind Tunnel
University of Maryland Astronomy Observatory

Academic Year Program

The Bridge Program continues after the summer program concludes.  During their freshman year, Bridge participants are enrolled in a course entitled "Achieving College Success: First Year Transition". Upon successful completion of the coursework in the Fall and Spring semesters the students earn 1 credit. The main objective of this course is to provide a seminar experience to help students understand and apply strategies to achieve academic success, develop a greater sense of academic and career interests, and enhance their ability to solve problems.

  • Show evidence of superior academic excellence and interest in engineering
  • Be an incoming freshman admitted to the University of Maryland, having confirmed attendance to University of Maryland
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident
  • Be able to live on campus for 5 weeks during the program and fully participate in all program activities and not work during that time
  • Commit to registering for Achieving College Success: First Year Transition course for the Fall 2020/Spring 2021 semesters

Application will be available by the end of March 2020. 

Completed applications include:
An application form with two essays
Citizenship documentation

Space is limited.  Decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

There is a $300 fee to participate for students selected for the program. The Summer Bridge Program covers the cost of 4 credits of tuition, student fees, textbooks, housing, and some meals. Students and parents will be responsible for all other meals.

Application Deadline: TBA

2020 Program Dates: TBA

Contact Information 

LSAMP Program Coordinator
Phone: 301-405-8106