Doctoral Summer Bridge Program


(GANAS DSB 2023 Cohort - Photo by Robert Johnson III, GANAS DSB 2023 Scholar)

The GANAS DSB 2024 Program will host 20 incoming Graduate Students from August 11th-18th 2024!

Participation Applications are now LIVE and due May 31st by midnight.

GANAS DSB 2024 program FAQs

The GANAS Doctoral Summer Bridge Program is a part of the GANAS Graduate Pathways Project and includes interventions positioned to address the need to overcome institutional barriers that impede Latina/o graduate student preparation, retention, advancement to candidacy, and completion.

The GANAS Doctoral Summer Bridge Program aims to prepare incoming Latinx, POC, first-gen, and low-income background students by providing a week-long program focused on best practices, campus resources, and student strategies to be utilized during their time with UCSC.

During the course of the week, students will be in community with the 4 GANAS Graduate Doctoral Summer Bridge Mentors, as well as the GANAS Graduate Services Counselor. Students will engage with various presentations and workshops highlighting the vast array of resources available to them as incoming graduate students. Students will also be given an introduction to various campus spaces and points of contact throughout the week in order to create a grounding sense of familiarity with their new environment.  

  • Get to know on-campus resources.
  • Build community with other grads.
  • Learn more about UCSC and Santa Cruz.
  • Get to know the physical campus & trails.
  • On-campus housing and meals are provided for all program participants.
  • GANAS DSB participants will be eligible for $300 in pre-program support.
  • A $500 participation stipend will be awarded to all GANAS DSB participants who successfully complete and attend all "active programming" portions of the program (to be paid out in Fall Quarter).
  • GANAS DSB participants will have the option to stay on-campus from August 11th - 18th.

More information about participation applications and informational sessions will be posted here soon!

Learning Outcomes 

Students will work to develop preparatory skills and strategies to be successful graduate students in their respective departments and fields of study. Students participating in the Doctoral Summer Bridge Program should feel prepared to begin their first quarter at UCSC with a sense of confidence and community. 

The Doctoral Summer Bridge program aims to provide students with opportunities to:

  • Build community, 
  • Prepare for their new academic setting and research, 
  • Familiarize yourself with campus resources,
  • Get introduced to faculty, staff, and resources on campus. 



Doctoral Summer Bridge 2023 Cohort

All questions regarding the GANAS Doctoral Summer Bridge Program and Graduate Student Mentor position may be directed to GANAS Graduate Services Counselor, Angel Dominguez at

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