Summer Bridge to The Beach

Program Dates: June 11th – August 10th, 2018

Eligibility Requirements

  • Transfer student currently enrolled at another 2-year institution
  • Acceptance to and enrollment at CSULB
  • Declared major in the College of Engineering or the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics once at CSULB
  • Hispanic/Latino or Pell Grant eligible
  • Legal right to work in the US
  • Available during program dates
  • Committed to participate in a EXCEL learning community during the Fall semester following program participation. Requires enrollment in a one unit course.

How to Apply

Complete Application Packet includes:

  • HSI STEM Summer Bridge to The Beach Online Application (available March 2018)
  • Unofficial Transcripts from all schools attended in PDF or Microsoft Word
  • Personal Statement (approximately 500 words) addressing the following:
    – Top 3 reasons/motivations for selecting a STEM major
    – Short and long term career goals
    – How the HSI STEM Summer Bridge Program will help you reach your goals
    – Academic struggles or challenges and how you overcame them
  • 1 – 2 page Resume
  • One (1) recommendation form from a professor, lab instructor, or STEM program director. Recommendation must be submitted directly to by the deadline.


  • Hands-on research with a faculty member in your college
  • Build a network and research community with faculty and other students
  • Professional development workshops
  • Opportunity to travel to a STEM-centered conference
  • $ 4,000 stipend

Program details

Summer Bridge to The Beach is a 9-week program for incoming Latino and Pell Grant eligible STEM transfer students. In this program, you will attend a one week orientation that includes: a brief introduction to the CSULB campus and student services, research focused trainings  (such as lab safety and ethical conduct), and other academic and professional development opportunities. You will be required to attend weekly brown bag meetings throughout the 8 weeks of the program to further connect you and facilitate your transition to the campus. At the conclusion of 8 weeks, you are invited to attend a recognition event where you will give a presentation on your research and experience.

Program goal

The goal of the program is to provide you with an understanding and appreciation for research, while facilitating your transition to the CSULB campus and other minority-research programs.

Project objectives

  1. To increase your ability to apply content and skills learned in the classroom to research
  2. To increase your understanding of the research process and the notion that science is a creative process that advances further knowledge
  3. To increase your knowledge of ethical conduct in your field, and
  4. To increase your ability to interpret results in research and draw conclusions

View our cohort of Summer Bridge to The Beach students.
View highlights from our previous Summer Bridge to The Beach.