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The American Chemical Society Post-Baccalaureate Bridge Program (ACS-BP) is a credentialed post-baccalaureate bridge experience aimed at students from underrepresented/minoritized (URM) groups* in STEM. Our ACS-BP is part of the nationwide ACS Bridge Project, which integrates culturally responsive practices into the program curriculum. Aligned with the national standard, the ACS-BP at MSU Denver provides an alternative pathway to graduate programs in the chemical and/or biochemical sciences for URM students. Our goal is to create a space where students can fully engage, relax into their STEM identity, focus, and thrive while getting high-quality, rigorous preparation for graduate programs in the Chemical and/or Biochemical Sciences.

*While this program is specifically designed for students from URM groups in STEM, we recognize that there are many ways that people can be systemically affected in today’s society. Therefore, any student who believes they meet the qualifications and/or identifies as an individual who has experienced circumstantial disadvantages is encouraged to apply.

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Overview of Course Curriculum

Our ACS-BP students gain invaluable experience and insight through a combination of coursework and hands-on mentored research with a principal investigator at a partnering graduate institution. Throughout the program, students create and iteratively refine a poster and an oral presentation on their research project. Regular presentations of student work are scheduled at MSU Denver and partnering institutions. The ACS-BP culminates in a capstone project wherein the students prepare a thesis or publication-quality document on their research and present their final poster and oral presentation to a panel of program mentors.

Program Credit Distribution

Year One


Detailed Coursework for Year One

Year Two

Cartoon of the timeline of events in the second year of the ACS Bridge Program. Throughout the Fall, Spring and Summer of Year 2, students continue working on the Immersive Research Internship portion of the program which includes the following activities (also described above) 1. Meet with their T1 Mentor for ≈1 hour per week 2. Meet with their T3 Mentor for ≈1 hour per week 3. Engage in hands-on research in their T3 Mentor’s lab for 36-40 hours per week 4. Attend group meetings for the T3 Mentor’s lab ≈1-2 hours per week. a. Prepare one oral presentation on their research project to give during group meeting at least once per summer/semester 5. Prepare one poster on their research project to present at a poster session at MSU Denver or a partner institution once per summer/semester. The only deviations from the regularly recurring activities of the Immersive Research Internship occur at the following times for the following reasons: 1. During the Spring Semester of Year 2, the students take Advanced Science Communication II, wherein they perform guided activities that will form the groundwork for their written theses. a. The time commitment for hands-on research drops to ≈30 hours per week while students complete Advanced Science Communication II. 2. During the second summer in the program, the students take the ACS-BP Capstone Course, wherein the students may have longer weekly meetings with their T1 and T3 mentors as they finish writing their thesis, final oral presentation, final poster, and prepare for their Orals-style exam with their Capstone Committee. a. The time commitment for hands-on research drops to ≈10-20 hours per week while students complete their Capstone projects.

Detailed Coursework for Year Two

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Metropolitan State University of Denver
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Campus Box 52
P.O. Box 173362
Denver, CO 80217-3362