About the STEM Summer Bridge Program


The STEM Summer Bridge Program provides a unique eight-week summer research opportunity for community college students to become fully immersed in cutting-edge science, engineering and mathematics research at UCI.


The program is designed to help students fully develop the knowledge and skills that will propel them into graduate studies or careers in science, engineering and mathematics. Students also receive ongoing support after the program to help them pursue their research and career goals further. 

What to Expect

Participants have the opportunity to choose from a variety of challenging and original research projects. Under the guidance of a UCI faculty mentor, students gain first-hand experience and training in state-of-the-art research facilities. Seminars and research-related activities provide opportunities to build knowledge about science, engineering and mathematics applications. At the conclusion of the program, students present their findings at the STEM Summer Bridge Program Research Symposium. 

Participating Schools

Cypress College (2009, 2010)

Mt. San Antonio College (2009 – Present)


Click here to see past STEM Summer Bridge Program participants

STEM Summer Bridge Program Highlights

8-week program

Extensive research projects to choose from 

Seminars on science, engineering and mathematics research and applications with speakers from academia, industry and national labs, and workshops on career planning, graduate school, writing and presentation skills

Personalized mentoring and training from nationally distinguished faculty, supported by graduate students

Access to state-of-the-art research facilities

Unique UCI Library privileges including extended borrowing privileges and unlimited Interlibrary Loans

Funding and support for conference participation and additional professional development


Contact Us

UC Irvine
Said M. Shokair
Director, Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
Division of Undergraduate Education
Student Services II, Suite 2100
University of California
Irvine, CA 92697-5685
Phone: (949) 824-4189
Fax: (949) 824-1607
E-mail: shokair@uci.edu

Cypress College
Ron Armale
Chair and Professor, Physical Science Department
9200 Valley View Street
Cypress, CA 90630
Phone: (714) 484-7000, Ext. 48638
Fax: (714) 952-9667
E-mail: rarmale@cypresscollege.edu

Mt. San Antonio College
Iraj B. Nejad
Professor, Department of Chemistry
1100 N. Grand Ave.
Walnut, CA 91789
Phone: (909) 494-5611, Ext. 4535
E-mail: inejad@mtsac.edu