2021 Summer Bridge Program in Mathematics for Incoming Freshmen

Target audience: Incoming freshmen students from URM (underrepresented minorities such as African American, Hispanic, Native American students) in STEM or related fields with potential interest in majoring in mathematics or related fields.

Duration of the of the program: Monday, August 2—Friday, August 27 2021.

Activities (Group meetings with instructors):  Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays 12–1:30pm PST (tentatively).

Discussion sessions with undergraduate mentors: Tuesday and Thursdays 4–5:30pm PST (tentatively).

Notes: Due to current and fluid COVID status, this year’s program will be remote and over Zoom.

Content of the course: The Summer Bridge Program is intended for URM students who are interested in mathematics and are possibly considering majoring in mathematics or a related technical field. The program will be led by two graduate students, Harris Khan and Joe Breen, and is intended as a complement to the standard college curriculum in mathematics. The goal of the program will be two-fold: (1) to expose students to fun and exotic topics in mathematics, giving them a preview of what knowledge they may acquire in various major tracks in mathematics, and (2) prepare students to better understand and appreciate their upcoming calculus courses. Meetings will be collaborative, allowing students to interact with their future classmates and peers. The program will be accessible and engaging for students with a wide variety of mathematical backgrounds.

In addition to the group meeting sessions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, there will be discussion sessions in small groups run by current undergraduate math majors. These undergraduates will act as mentors for the program, share their own experiences on how to navigate college, and help with creating a welcoming and inclusive environment for the new freshmen students.

How to apply: Applications and instructions on how to apply to this program will be circulated on Wednesday, June 23. Check back then!

Click here for: program details and a sample schedule of what a day would look like. If you have any further questions, please email the office at ugrad@math.ucla.edu.

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