The NSF Bridge to Doctorate Fellows participate in a number of activities described below:
- Fellows participate in biweekly meetings where meetings are student-led.
- Facilitators of the meeting present their research and then present topics usually relating to professional development. During the meeting, another student takes the role of minutes taker. This process allows students to practice communicating their research, develop leadership skills, and develop their professional skills.
- Fellows participate and organize outreach and mentoring opportunities.
- These includes but is not limited to reaching out to local schools and encouraging retention of students to STEM, encouraging URM students to pursue STEM fields and college, and aiding the success of undergraduate students.
- Fellows participate in professional development workshops.
- Workshops and coordinated by University of Connecticut organizations, by Aida Ghiaei and Randi Mendes, or the fellows themselves.
- Fellows participate in poster presentations.
- 1 Poster Presentation specific to the Bridge to Doctorate Fellows occurs once a year. Fellows also participate in local, on campus, presentations as well as attend conferences at other universities and locations.
*Current cohort (2017-2018) activities will be updated over time*