University of Texas at Austin                Division of Diversity and Community Engagement

Join ChemBridge

Interested in Joining ChemBridge?

student_exp2Are you interested in adding the ChemBridge Program at your campus? This page gives an overview of the requirements for schools to participate. We also outline recommended qualities for teachers and students. For enrollment inquiries, please contact:

Dr. Kenya Walker
512-232-4627
kwalker@austin.utexas.edu

Prospective ChemBridge Schools

Memorandum of Understanding

  • The University of Texas at Austin and each participating school district sign a Memorandum of Understanding that outlines program agreements. The Memorandum of Understanding must be renewed each academic year prior to the summer professional development workshop.

Operating Costs

  • In addition to operating costs that school districts or high school campuses are charged to sustain the ChemBridge Program, the Continuing Education Department charges $125 per student for registration fees. All costs associated with the ChemBridge Program may be absorbed by school districts or high school campuses, resulting in little to no out-of-pocket expense to students.

Student Profile

  • A strong interest in science, mathematics, or engineering.
  • A strong foundation of coursework: concurrent enrollment in Algebra II (Pre-Calculus preferred), completion of Pre-AP Chemistry or a course of a similar level with a grade of A or B, and a written recommendation from the Pre-AP teachers.
  • A strong background in science vocabulary and reading.
  • A willingness to spend time on coursework outside of class.
  • An ability to work independently.

Teacher Elements

  • Teachers must complete the summer and winter professional development workshops for the dual-credit course. Professional development credit is awarded for both workshops.
  • Teachers receive support from The University of Texas at Austin through staff site visits and ongoing communication.
  • Local school districts provide access to computers that meet program specifications.
  • Local school districts provide laboratory facilities that meet program specifications.

Profile of a Succesful High School ChemBridge Program

  • Adhere to the agreements in the Memorandum of Understanding.
  • Utilize the ongoing support provided by the UT-Austin ChemBridge staff.
  • Differentiate instruction while maintaining high academic standards.
  • Emphasize effective study habits and test-taking strategies.
  • Provide tutoring to ChemBridge students.
  • Seek parental involvement.
  • Foster a college-going culture.