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Building Bridges to a Graduate Degree

Building Bridges to a Graduate Degree

An initiative designed to provide in-depth support for Texas State undergraduate students who are interested in applying to a graduate program at Texas State. All eligible students are welcome to learn more and apply to the initiative, with particular encouragement to students from groups historically underrepresented in Texas State graduate programs.

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About

Building Bridges to a Graduate Degree is an initiative designed to provide support for Texas State undergraduate students who are interested in applying to a graduate program at Texas State. All eligible students are welcome to apply to the initiative, with particular encouragement to students from groups historically underrepresented in Texas State graduate programs. The initiative focuses on learning how graduate school works, crafting a high-quality graduate school application, and setting the stage for success in a graduate program.

Because the Building Bridges initiative has limited space, admission to the initiative involves a competitive application process.


Who it is for

This initiative aims to serve rising seniors at Texas State who are interested in a graduate degree offered at Texas State.

A diverse graduate program is a strong graduate program. Students who belong to a population underrepresented in Texas State graduate programs (for example, students of color, women in STEM, first-generation students, students who identify as LGBTQIA+, and other historically marginalized individuals) are especially encouraged to apply to the Building Bridges to a Graduate Degree initiative.

Applicants must be current undergraduate students in good standing at Texas State University who are on track to complete their undergraduate degree at Texas State in the 2022-2023 Academic year (December 2022, May 2023). Applications are welcome from all eligible and interested students.


Reasons to Participate

Some of the reasons why participating in the Building Bridges initiative can be useful to you include the following:

  • Practical support for constructing a high-quality graduate program application
  • Information about important aspects and culture of graduate school
  • Presentations by experts across campus on topics like funding and tools for success for your graduate degree
  • Connections to key graduate program representatives
  • Monetary award and support for standardized test and graduate application for each participant (see Award section)

How it works

There is a competitive application process to be selected for the Building Bridges to a Graduate Degree initiative. Participants in the initiative will attend 10 required Bridge Seminar meetings in the fall semester. These meetings will provide the overall support structure of the initiative consisting of a variety of workshops, presentations by graduate program advisors, and resources for success in graduate school.

Building Bridges to a Graduate Degree participants are provided a monetary award, as well as reimbursement for a standardized test fee and an application fee for their target graduate program at Texas State. See the award section below for more information.

The culminating project for Building Bridges to a Graduate Degree participants is a high-quality application submitted to a Texas State graduate program by the end of the fall semester.

Building Bridges to a Graduate Degree Seminar

The Building Bridges Seminar is a 75-minute session that meets ten times during the fall semester, and is the central organizing point for the program. As such, participants are required to be at each Seminar meeting throughout the semester in order to complete the program. The Seminar meetings are held in person at the San Marcos campus and are live-streamed to students who are in Round Rock campus programs or in 100% online programs so that all students accepted to the initiative can participate synchronously. A variety of activities are accomplished within the Seminar series, including:

  • Organization, advice, and general support by the Building Bridges organizer and other presenters
  • Presentations by experts that cover funding your graduate degree, graduate school culture, strategies for success in graduate school, and other support networks
  • Workshops that focus on elements of applying for graduate programs

Award

Students accepted into the Building Bridges to a Graduate Degree initiative are provided the following:

  • An award of $1,300
  • Reimbursement for one standardized test fee like the GRE or GMAT (if required for their target graduate program at Texas State)
  • Reimbursement for the application fee to their target graduate program at Texas State

Timeline

Applicants must be current undergraduate students in good standing at Texas State University who are on track to complete their undergraduate degree at Texas State in the 2022-2023 Academic year (December 2022, May 2023).

The Building Bridges to a Graduate Degree initiative takes place during the fall semester of participants' senior year and leads up to preparing and submitting an application for one of Texas State's grad programs by the end of the fall semester.


2022 Application Deadline

Completed applications, including letters of recommendation, are due by May 2, 2022.

The Building Bridges to a Graduate Degree committee will make their decisions soon after.


application requirements

There are four parts to the Building Bridges to a Graduate Degree application: (1) a statement of purpose; (2) your CV or resume; (3) a completed application form; and (4) two letters of recommendation from Texas State faculty or staff members. Applicants will submit numbers 1, 2, and 3, and faculty/staff recommenders will submit number 4. The Building Bridges to a Graduate Degree committee will make acceptance decisions based on multiple criteria including, but not limited to, the quality of application documents, recommendations by Texas State faculty/staff, GPA, ability to contribute to a diverse community of student scholars, interest in learning about graduate school and crafting a high-quality graduate program application, and a holistic evaluation of the application package.

Application

(1) A Statement of Purpose written by the applicant, to be attached to the Application Form. The Statement of Purpose is a 500-800 word statement that includes your interest in a graduate degree, your career goals, and how your background and experiences can contribute to a diverse community of student scholars. Your statement should include:

  • Why you want to pursue a graduate degree and how your experiences influenced that decision
  • How your background, positionalities, and intersectional identities can contribute to a diverse community of student scholars in graduate school
  • Your academic potential for success in a graduate program
  • What your career goals are and how the graduate degree can support those goals
  • What you hope to achieve as a result of participating in the Building Bridges initiative

(2) Your CV or resume, to be attached to the Application Form

(3) Application Form - Complete the application form only when you are ready to submit your Statement of Purpose and your CV/Resume as well.

(4) Letters of recommendation: two letters of recommendation by Texas State faculty/staff are required. At least one letter must be from Texas State faculty in your discipline/major; another can be from a Texas State staff member familiar with your academic potential (or, both letters can be from Texas State faculty). They will submit their letters of recommendation through a separate portal. Provide your letter writers with the following link which has faculty/staff instructions to submit their letter of recommendation.

 


Info for Letter Writers

Info for Faculty/Staff Writing Letters of Recommendation for Building Bridges to a Graduate Degree Applicants

The Building Bridges to a Graduate Degree initiative is designed to provide support for Texas State undergraduate students as they move toward applying to a graduate program at Texas State. Students who belong to a population underrepresented in Texas State graduate programs are especially encouraged to apply.

The initiative focuses on learning how graduate school works, making a competitive graduate school application, and setting the stage for success once participants begin their graduate program.

The Building Bridges to a Graduate Degree is a competitive initiative and your letter of recommendation is an important part of the application package. Please address the following in your letter:

  • How you know the student
  • The student's academic accomplishments as an undergraduate, especially (where possible) in terms of your own courses/labs/projects that the student may have taken part in
  • The student’s potential for graduate work
  • How the student can benefit from the Building Bridges to a Graduate Degree initiative
  • The student’s ability to contribute to a diverse community of student scholars

You may upload your letter of recommendation here.


Questions?

Contact us at GradBridge@txstate.edu.