Many CUNY students begin their college education at community college. However, while community colleges provide a solid introduction to STEM disciplines, these students often encounter a variety of academic and social challenges when transferring to Bachelors degree programs. Summer 'Bridge' Programs, which provide academic training and networking opportunities during the summer between community and senior college, have been identified as a high impact practice to help support students navigating these obstacles.
The TRELLIS Summer Bridge Program supports students transferring from community colleges to science and engineering departments at the City College of New York (CCNY). Students participating in the Bridge Program conduct data-intensive research through work on real-world problems related to climate change resilience in New York City. Students work as part of interdisciplinary teams and receive direct training in the use of Matlab scientific computing software, which is commonly utilized in higher level science and engineering courses at CCNY and in the technical workplace. Bridge program students are also introduced to basic Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and analysis and gain experience with written, oral and visual communication of scientific information.
The 2017 Summer Bridge Program will take place from July 31st- August 18th at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center. This year's theme will be Extreme rain and NYC's Environment and Infrastructure. Community college transfer students that have been accepted to the Grove School of Engineering or the City College of New York are encouraged to apply by June 25th 2017.