Summer Bridge


The Radford University College of Science and Technology Summer Bridge STEM program is a week-long residential experience for rising sophomore, junior, and senior high school girls interested in science, technology, and mathematics.


The 2016 Summer Bridge is scheduled to take place July 10-15. Applications are now open!


Learn more about the 2015 Summer Bridge experience in this story.

Thanks to many generous donors and sponsors of the program, full scholarships will be awarded competitively to participants. The scholarships cover all costs of the program for recipients.

Donors and Sponsors

  • ATK
  • Areva Nuclear Power
  • BAE Systems
  • Dr. Cliff Boyd and Dr. Donna Boyd
  • EQT
  • Jessie Ball duPont Fund
  • RU Alumna Ms. Dale Lee
  • Lynchburg Community Trust
  • Novozymes Biologicals
  • Project Discovery
  • Harry and Zoe Poole Foundation 
  • Upward Bound Martinsville

Through classroom lessons, laboratory experiments, and field experiences, Radford University professors have helped to draw students in to the wonders of:

  • Space Exploration - create a Martian rover
  • Geology - study the making of mountains
  • Forensic Science – combat “hackers” and analyze “crime scenes”
  • Genes, Molecules and Medicine - learn about the biology and chemistry applications in medicine
  • Environmental Science - studying habitats through examination of the environment

Curriculum is still in the process of being developed for 2016, however areas of interest will include: 

Astronomy and Space Exploration
Computer Science
Cyber Security
Environmental Science 
Forensic Anthropology 
Forensic Science 
Mountain Formation
Pollution and Climate
Rivers and Lakes
Study of Birds—Ornithology
Study of Tress and Tree Rings— Dendrochronology
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Drones
Wildlife Biology



Curriculum Options

During the appilcation process, students will be able to select five favorite choices from the group curriculum options. Please review the curriculum options. You will be asked to choose your curriculum preferences on the application.


Application Instructions

Please read the detailed application instructions before beginning the application process.   Please contact David Horton at for more information.


Scholarships to Summer Bridge are awarded competitively and cover the full cost of the program. Scholarship recipients will receive letters of acceptance after the application deadline.

Students who do not receive scholarships and want to participate in Summer Bridge, may have the option of paying $400, the cost of tuition, room and board, to attend.


Participants are expected to share a room in on-campus housing (double occupancy). Roommates will be assigned.


Participants or participants’ parents/guardians are responsible for transportation to the Radford University campus on Sunday, July 10, 2016 and back home on Friday, July 15, 2016.

For more information about the program contact the RU College of Science and Technology at 540-831-5958 or email






The RU college of Science and Technology Summer Bridge Program makes a major impact in the lives of participants.