A Bridge to the Stars Pipeline Program at UMKC


***Summer Research Training Course Application is NOW OPEN for MCC Students and Former Bridge Scholars***

Watch this short video to learn more about this unique opportunity now!

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Application Deadline: May 15, 2017 (for 155 Scholars)
    IMPORTANT: you only need to click the "Apply Now!" button;
    please ignore the Quick Links for the HSCP to the upper left, there will be zero cost to Bridge awardees.
Review of applications will begin April 8, 2017; and award notifications will be emailed by April 21, 2017.

Which A Bridge to the Stars Awards are available now?
Scholarships for former Bridge Scholars who completed either ASTR 150 or ASTR 155, and interested community college students, to take a freshman astronomy laboratory course at UMKC in Summer 2017 with Prof. McIntosh, a professional astronomer and the 2016 recipient of the UM System President's Award for Innovative Teaching. We particularly welcome female and minority students.

What is this program in a nutshell?
"Through this program, we're providing students with high impact exposure to science through innovative experiential learning with a professional scientist. It's a bridge between high school and college, and it fosters student success." (Prof. McIntosh)

What are the benefits?
    1) Free tuition and enrollment fees. Free required course material. A free Metro bus pass for entire summer term. Earn transferrable UMKC credit for a freshman laboratory course that meets standard, general education science requirements nationwide. This credit and experience looks good on college and university applications.
    2) Learn the basics of scientific research in a fun, interactive, inclusive and student-centered course designed to help every student develop important skills and experiences with `big data' analysis, technical communication, and team work. This is very helpful for all students, but particularly those who are thinking about pursuing degrees in STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math).
    3) Prof. McIntosh's introductory astronomy courses offer an exciting way to explore the cosmos, to learn about science, and to see how advances in technology & engineering continue to expand our knowledge.

Summer 2017 Course Description
    ASTR 153L Introductory Astronomy Laboratory - (8 weeks) June 5 to July 28, hours TBD
        Students are introduced to scientific research through an authentic hands-on experience centered on their own exploration of galaxies.

Who is Prof. McIntosh?
Dr. McIntosh is a Distinguished Associate Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics. He joined the UMKC Department of Physics and Astronomy in 2008. Prof. McIntosh is a science educator with a passion for bringing a conceptual understanding of the physical universe to all students. "Because my classes are very active, meaning there are many opportunities to discuss ideas with peers, students gain an excellent understanding of scientific concepts and they really have fun learning!" Dr. McIntosh is also an expert on how galaxies like our Milky Way have changed and grown during cosmic history. Much of his scientific work over the last 15 years has involved using the Hubble Space Telescope (read more) to study the development of galaxies.

Our Mission and Community Partnerships
A Bridge to the Stars is committed to actively engaging students from all backgrounds in enriching and impactful experiences related to astronomy, the physical sciences, and STEM.

Educational Partners: Metropolitan Community College, Kansas City Public Schools, PREP-KC, Science Pioneers
High School Partners: Allen Village, East, Grandview, Hogan Preparatory Academy, University Academy

In the News
Sep. 15, 2016 featured in UMKC Today (story)

For questions, send an email to: (ABttS@umkc.edu)
Made possible through funding by the NASA Missouri Space Grant.

"A great program taught by a very inspired professor!" (Dr. Larry Weible, East High School Science Dept. Chair)

"Students and parents need to realize this is a GREAT opportunity." (Ms. Crystal Ward, former Hogan Prep High School Principal)