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The Summer Bridge Program

The Summer Bridge Program is an invitation-only three-week residential program that empowers FLI (First-Generation and/or Low-Income) students to navigate the educational opportunities at Amherst College. In addition to taking ownership over their academic journey, participants will benefit from opportunities to build an enduring intellectual and social community with one another, to make connections with faculty and staff, and to engage in conversations about the benefits and challenges of being FLI at Amherst.

Participants in the Mammoth Summer Bridge Program also will become part of the Enhanced Advising Program and the Meiklejohn Fellowship Program, and will benefit from the resources of the Office of Campus Diversity and Student Leadership. The Mammoth Summer Bridge Program covers all costs, including roundtrip travel, room and board, books and supplies, and field trips, in addition to a credit of $1000 toward the student’s summer earnings expectation.

The Summer Bridge Program offers three tracks:

In each track, participants will take three or four courses and will develop close relationships with faculty, staff, and other FLI students.

Each Summer Bridge student benefits also benefits from the following resources:

  • The Enhanced Advising Program, which matches individual participants with faculty members who will meet with them at least once a month during their first year to provide academic, intellectual, and personal guidance. 
  • The Meiklejohn Fellows Program, which offers the following benefits:
    • Guaranteed financial and professional development support for a summer opportunity (internship, research or other eligible experience) during students’ first or second summer at Amherst. A stipend of up to $4,500 will be provided to participants who receive eligible unpaid summer opportunities.   
    • Dedicated advising, programming, and career development support, including assistance from the Meiklejohn Fellows program director in the Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning in finding meaningful summer opportunities.
    • Opportunities to build personal, academic and career networks with other Meiklejohn Fellows, Amherst alumni, and the broader campus community.
  • The Office of Campus Diversity and Student Leadership (CDSL), which serves to provide support and advocacy to and on behalf of FLI students.

Summer Bridge runs from Sunday, July 21 through Saturday, August 10, 2019, and all participants are required to attend the entirety of the program.


 

History of the Summer Bridge Program

1987: Amherst created the three-week Summer Science Program for a small group of incoming students.

2009: The College added the Summer Humanities & Social Science Program, which operated alongside the Summer Science Program.

2016: Amherst created the Enhanced Advising Program to support Summer Science and Summer Humanities participants throughout their first year of college.

2017: Summer Science and Summer Humanities & Social Science both increased in size under the umbrella Summer Bridge Program, and became tailored specifically to the needs of First-Generation and/or Low Income (FLI) students.

2018: The Meikjlejohn Fellows Program was launched, and it included all Summer Bridge participants.

2019: We added the Summer Quantitative & Social Sciences Program, as a third track within Summer Bridge alongside Summer Science and Summer Humanities & Social Science.

Contact

Questions about the Summer Bridge Program?

Cassie Sanchez
Director of Summer Humanities and Social Science in the Summer Bridge Program Senior Writing Associate in the Writing Center
csanchez@amherst.edu   
413-542-2139

or

Dr. Jennifer Innes
Director of Summer Science in the Summer Bridge Program
Director of the Moss Quantitative Center
jbinnes@amherst.edu
413-542-8331 

or

Prof. Rick López
Director of the Summer Bridge Program
Dean of New Students
Professor of History and Environmental Studies
Chair of Latinx & Latin American Studies
413-542-2336