Endorsements

BRITTNI ECHOLS

Portrait of Brittni Echols

Why did you choose the Graduate Bridge program?

I was familiar with the Bridge program from participating in SROP in previous years. I knew from friends who were in the program that it is a rewarding opportunity in terms of research experience, becoming familiar with the campus and meeting new people who could help along the way.

What was the best thing about the program?

The best thing about the program was getting to work with faculty within the department. My faculty mentor encouraged me to make friends with students and meet professors to determine whom I would like to work with on my master’s thesis project.

What did you gain from the program?

After participating in the program, I gained a faculty mentor, paid research experience, familiarity with the department, the campus, the town and new, lifelong friends who also participated in the program.

What is your advice to other students considering the Graduate Bridge program?

Definitely pursue the Bridge program. Arriving during the summer is great because it allows for you to become settled in, meet new people and begin focusing on your studies at Purdue.

CONRRAD NICHOLLS

Portrait of Conrad Nicholls

Why did you choose the Graduate Bridge program?

I wanted to get a jump-start on doing research here at Purdue University before my first year of graduate school to increase my research experience. The Bridge program offered such an opportunity, which excited me. I applied right away.

What was the best thing about the program?

The best thing about the Bridge program was the opportunity to meet professors, faculty, postdocs, and other graduate students and begin developing professional relationships with each group before officially starting as a grad student in the fall. This gave me an edge in understanding the campus environment and research requirements. It also showed me how to manage my time as a new grad student.

What did you gain from the program?

I gained a greater knowledge of what it takes to succeed as a grad student and, more specifically, how to efficiently communicate with those I would be working with. Overall, Bridge helped me to develop my professional skills and made me a better student, teacher and researcher, which is exactly what I was looking for as a new graduate student.

What is your advice to other students considering the Graduate Bridge program?

Apply as soon as you can! You will learn valuable professional and life skills, as well as begin creating your professional network. Together, that will undoubtedly push you ahead of the curve during your graduate career.