Bridge to the Geosciences Program

Logo for the Bridge to the Geosciences program
Students putting up a wind vane on a weather station in the Bridge to the Geosciences Program (SOARS Center)

The Bridge to the Geosciences program is designed to give Citrus College students in Los Angeles County, California, an opportunity to explore the geosciences and the exciting opportunities that they hold for all STEM majors.

Over the course of a year, each Bridge to the Geosciences cohort will participate in four distinct experiences or "geomodules" organized around different subfields of the geosciences including the planetary, atmospheric, ocean and environmental sciences.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about and engage in research activities with scientists at:

• Oak Crest Institute of Science (Monrovia, CA)
• Jet Propulsion Laboratory (Pasadena, CA)
• Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations (Catalina Island, CA)
• University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (Boulder, CO)

Through these experiences, participants will develop an understanding of critical local, national and global geoscience issues and how higher education, business and government work together to address these issues. The geomodules and on-campus workshops will also provide opportunities for participants to further develop scientific literacy and expand their ability to effectively communicate science ideas to a variety of audiences. Bridge participants will have ample opportunity to network with professionals and receive career advice and mentoring.

All travel expenses are fully covered by the grant and participants are eligible to receive a year-end stipend.

Bridge to the Geosciences is designed for all STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors at Citrus College who would like an opportunity to explore career possibilities, be part of a collaborative project with peers, travel, and earn a stipend.

Bridge to the Geosciences at Citrus College is a three-year project funded by the National Science Foundation that was awarded in December 2015 (PR# EAR-1541265).

Students analyze  and critique the elements of scientific posters

Students stand by a weather station that they built.

Students dipping their feet in the river after a field trip.

Students outside by a rocky cliff in the sun.