Lehigh University is committed to being an institution that strives to enhance diversity, inclusion and equity. Promoting these efforts is a priority for all of the faculty in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. Towards these goals, Professors Kelly Schultz and Mark Snyder are leading a new partnership between Lehigh University and the American Chemical Society (ACS) Bridge program with the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering being named an ACS Bridge Partner. The ACS Bridge program is a national network of Site and Partner institutions that seeks to increase the number of chemical science PhDs awarded to underrepresented students defined by the program as primarily Black, Latinx and Indigenous students.

Bridge students entering the department’s PhD program will be supported through a supportive, multi-pronged, mentoring network that includes faculty mentors in the department and from external departments, industrial scientists, and fellow graduate students. They will work with these mentors, and Profs. Schultz and Snyder as program directors, to create individual development plans to structure participation in professional and individual development programs available to PhD students in the department and at Lehigh University. The department looks forward to welcoming the first cohort of students into this exciting new program in the Fall of 2022.