Student Access and Recruitment

Graduate Recruiting Opportunities for Students from HBCUs

The UCI School of Physical Sciences, in partnership with the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences hosts information sessions for HBCU students to share opportunities like fellowships, awards, summer programs, undergraduate research, graduate programs and more. The school also hosts the following recruitment events:



  • Women in Natural Sciences Award
  • Latino Excellence Award



AGU Bridge - Inaugurated in 2019, AGU's Bridge Program was initiated to develop, adopt, and share inclusive practices for recruiting, admitting and retaining women and underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics graduate programs. AGU members are encouraged to share information about the AGU Bridge Program with any current or prospective students who may have an interest in pursuing graduate degrees in the Earth and space sciences. African American, Hispanic, American Indian, Pacific Islander, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian students who want to join the Bridge Program can take advantage of a free common graduate school application that will be shared with multiple partner institutions. UCI's Department of Earth System Science was one of the inaugural partners of the AGU Bridge Program. Learn more.

CAL Bridge - The Cal-Bridge program is designed for California State University (CSU) students interested in pursuing a Ph.D in physics, astronomy, or a related field. The program utilizes research-validated selection methods to identify students from underrepresented groups who display strong skills along with academic potential - and provides them with the support necessary to successfully matriculate to a Ph.D program, ideally at a UC campus. Learn more

UCI S-STEM Physics Scholar Program - The UCI S-STEM Physics Scholars program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, aims to increase retention and graduation rates of physics and applied physics majors at UCI, with a focus on students from low-income backgrounds. The program provides opportunities for peer mentoring, increased academic support, and research and industry networking. The program will also provide at least 60 scholarships to financially-eligible and academically meritorious students at UCI who are majoring in physics or applied physics. For more information about the program, contact Professor Tucker (


APS CUWiP - The American Physical Society (APS) Conferences for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) helps undergraduate women pursue physics by providing them with the opportunity to experience a professional conference, information about graduate school and professions in physics, and access to other women in physics of all ages with whom they can share experiences, advice, and ideas.