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Scholars for Success in STEM Bridge Program


STEM is an acronym that stands for "Science Technology Engineering & Math." The Scholars for Success in STEM Bridge (S3 Bridge) Program is an excellent way for freshmen and transfer students from diverse backgrounds to prepare for the challenges of entering a STEM major. The program also plays an important role in fulfilling PSU's commitment to cultivating a vibrant and inclusive campus community. 

S3 Bridge scholars establish a supportive network of friends, peers, faculty, and staff through weekly meetings and occasional retreats. They develop academic skills that support STEM coursework, including how to:

  • Achieve in rigorous science, engineering, and math courses
  • Participate in study groups, review sessions, and seminars
  • Develop leadership abilities
  • Navigate the PSU Campus and become familiar with university culture
  • Identify resources that will help them succeed

Program Dates
The following program dates are a required to participate in S3.

  • Residential program starting 9am, September 20 – 3pm, September 22
  • Attend weekly seminars at 4pm-5:30pm on the following dates: September 29; October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3, 10, 17, 24; December 1

Applying to the Program
Priority Deadline: August 1, 2015
Regulare Deadline: August 15, 2015 

If you are interested in participating the S3 Bridge Program, please apply online. Applications will be received until all spots are filled. You must have a transcript handy when applying and be prepared to answer the following short answer essay questions (500 words each):

  • Why do you want to participate in this summer program?  Please be specific about what you want to achieve and how the program can help you achieve your goals.
  • Please evaluate your academic strengths and weakness.  Include a discussion of your academic, personal, and social growth over the past four years.
  • What people and /or activities have helped shape you to become the person you are today?  Why?
Questions? Check out our FAQ page or contact Ethan Snyder at