BridgeUP STEM Scholars

The BridgeUP STEM Scholars program provides girls, women, and gender non-conforming students who have had minimal or limited access to coding education with an introduction to programming and research methodology. The one-year program commitment consists of a non-credit computer science course, a research internship, a research faculty and undergraduate fellow mentorship, and a support community.

Current Location

View details for BridgeUP STEM at Georgia Tech, including the two-step application process, online.

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Applicants who are enrolled in 9th-12th grade as of the start of the 2022-2023 academic year and who also meet the eligibility requirements listed below are welcome to apply.

Benefits

  • Participation is free.
  • Receive a $2,000 stipend over the course of the program.
  • Learn from college computer science research professors.
  • Work alongside undergraduate research fellows, graduate students, and professors on a real world research project.
  • Find a community of peers interested in STEM.
  • Participate in community building activities, such as BridgeUP STEM social events, college application preparation workshops, and conversations with academic and industry computing researchers.
  • Apply for the Award for Aspirations in Computing online.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Are 13 years of age or older at the time of application submission.
  • Identify as a girl, woman, or gender non-conforming individual.
  • Enrolled in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade as of the start of the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Be able to commute to the Georgia Tech campus for the summer coding course and the after-school research internship during the 2022-2023 academic year.
  • Does not have extensive coding experience.
  • Willing to commit to the one-year program.
    • Summer 2022: Attend a 120-hour Computer Science programming course taught Monday through Friday, approximately 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. ET over a three-week period in June and July on Georgia Tech campus. Session A will be held the weeks of June 6, 13, and 20. Session B will be taught during the weeks of June 27, July 4, and July 11.
      • To best accommodate students’ schedules, the class will be taught in a modular fashion. This would potentially allow for a student who is unable to participate in all three weeks of Session A to have some flexibility. For example, a student could take the first week of Session A and the last two weeks of Session B if they needed to schedule around a family vacation, band trip, or some other event.
    • September 2022 through May 2023: Participate in an after-school research internship on campus on Tuesdays from 5 – 7:30 p.m. and virtually on Sundays from 2 – 4:30 p.m., for approximately 120 hours total, at Georgia Tech.
    • June 2022 through May 2023: Participate in periodic community events to connect with Georgia Tech faculty, administrators, and students; learn about the college admissions process; and interact with other BridgeUP STEM participants.
  • Are a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or individual who meets the requirements of the substantial presence test.
  • Have a U.S. Tax Identification or Social Security Number.
  • Are not an NCWIT employee and have no immediate family relationship with employees, extended staff, contractors, or board members of NCWIT (including spouses, siblings, children, grandchildren, and persons residing in the same household).

Additional Rules

Scholars that are selected to participate in the program are required to submit additional paperwork, including tax ID information. Failure by Scholars and/or their parent(s) or guardian(s) to return required paperwork within the allotted time may result in forfeiture of all stipends hereunder. To the extent required by law, NCWIT will report the value of the stipend to the IRS on Form 1099. NCWIT may require additional hard-copy, notarized paperwork, at its discretion.

Applications are reviewed by representatives from Georgia Tech, University of Colorado Boulder, and NCWIT. Selection of the Scholars is made by NCWIT and Georgia Tech representatives at their sole discretion.

Funding for the BridgeUP STEM program is provided by a generous grant from the Helen Gurley Brown Foundation to the National Center for Women & Information Technology.
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