Summer Bridge to the Beach Frequently Asked Questions


Why did I receive this email?

HSI-STEM sends emails to all admitted CSULB STEM transfer students to promote the programs. We do not have any personal information regarding qualifications for the program.

Who qualifies for the program?

  • Transfer student currently enrolled at another 2-year community college institution
  • Acceptance to and enrollment at CSULB for Fall
  • Declared major in the College of Engineering or the College of Natural Sciences and
  • Mathematics once at CSULB
  • Hispanic/Latino or Pell Grant eligible
  • U.S. Permanent Resident or U.S. Citizen
  • Available during all program dates
  • Committed to participate in the Transfer EXCEL Learning Community during the Fall semester following program participation. Requires enrollment in a one-unit course.

What is the time commitment required to participate in the program?

Applicants must be available for all mandatory program dates including. Participants will be informed of any changes.

  • Orientation Week – June 8-12, 2020, 9-4pm daily
  • 8 weeks of research – 30-40 hours weekly (June 15 – August 6)
  • Workshops & Research Seminars – every other week
  • Closing Ceremony – August 7, 2020

Where can I find the personal statements prompts?

You can find the prompts by visiting this website 

What must the application include?

  • Unofficial transcripts from ALL academic institutions in PDF format ONLY
  • Personal statement
  • 1-2 page resume
  • 1 recommendation form from a STEM professor, lab instructor, or STEM program director/coordinator
  • 1 letter of recommendation from that same STEM recommender

Can I have my manager from where I am currently working write a recommendation letter instead of my professor?

  • The recommendation letter MUST be from a STEM professor, lab instructor, or STEM program director/coordinator

When asking for a letter of recommendation, do I just ask my professor to send the letter to the email listed in the application?

The form and letter should be completed by the same recommender and emailed directly to HSI-

I see a section on the application where we are supposed to input the research topics that we are interested in. However, I was unable to find the research topics for the Summer Bridge program. What are the research topics that are being offered?

For this question, applicants include their own research interests based on their major and interest. HSI- STEM as a program doesn’t offer any specific research topics. Ultimately, the research depends on the applicant’s major, the faculty member to whom they are matched (if selected), and the research project.

I have emailed my professor who’s completing the recommendation letter and form to check on his progress. However, it is currently spring break at my institution so I cannot speak with him in person.

The HSI-STEM team suggests seeking an alternative professor, lab instructor, or STEM Program who may be available to write one for you. Request your letter of recommendation well in advance so your recommender has enough time to complete and submit the recommendation letter and form.

I missed the deadline. Any chance can I still apply?

Applications for Summer Bridge to The Beach will not be accepted after the deadline. However, you might be interested in participating in the Transfer Orientation this summer. Review the website and check your inbox later this Spring for more information.

When will notifications be sent?

Students with completed applications will receive a confirmation that the application was received and will be reviewed by the program committee. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Final decisions will be emailed early to mid May. Check all your email folders to ensure that you receive the information on time.


Can DACA students apply?

Applicants must be U.S. Permanent resident or U.S. Citizens.

What is Pell grant eligibility?

U.S. Department of Education defines Pell Grants as: Federal Pell Grants are direct grants awarded through participating institutions to students with financial need who have not received their first bachelor’s degree or who are enrolled in certain post baccalaureate programs that lead to teacher certification or licensure.

Check your Financial Aid Packet for information regarding your grant eligibility.

What if I’m not Hispanic?

Students do not have to be Hispanic to participate in the program

The first requirement is enrollment in a community college; I will not be transferring from a community college; can I still apply?

Students transferring from a community college will be given priority but transfer students from 4 year institutions will be considered.

How will I receive the stipend?

The stipend is distributed as a scholarship with the Financial Aid Office and paid in installments through your financial aid packet. More information will be given during Orientation Week.

I am not available or do not qualify to apply for the Summer Bridge to The Beach program. What other transfer programs are offered?

Check out the other transfer programs:

  • Summer Transfer Orientation
    The Summer Transfer Orientation is open to all transfer students declaring a major in the colleges of Engineering and Natural Sciences and Mathematics. You will learn about the student services and resources on campus, meet campus representatives and faculty, meet other peers in your major, and prepare for your SOAR date. Keep checking the website for registration details.
  • STEM EXCEL Transfer Learning Community
    The Excellence through a Community of Engaged Learners (EXCEL) program provides STEM mentoring and tutoring through a learning community in the colleges of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and Engineering. Register for NSCI-390, a one unit Transfer Success Course taught in Fall. You will find more information on the website.

Do I have to have previous research experience to apply?

No, you do not have to have previous research experience.

I cannot apply for the program because of the time commitment required. What other research programs are offered on campus?

CSULB has several 2 year, 1 year, or semester options. Some are: McNairs Scholarship program, BUILD, LSAMP, and volunteering in a lab outside of official programs may allow flexibility.


Is Housing provided?

No, housing is not provided.

Do you have any housing recommendations near CSULB?

This may be helpful 


I heard that the Bridges program was going to be cancelled this summer.  Is this true?

 The HSI STEM research program is called Summer Bridge to The Beach.  It is often confused with another research program, Bridges to the Baccalaureate, which has been cancelled for Summer 2020.