Behavioral Research Immersion to Develop Graduate Excellence (BRIDGE) Certificate
Dr. Roger Boothroyd
BRIDGE Certificate Director
BRIDGE Student Information Booth at the USF Library
Overview of the BRIDGE Certificate
The Department of Mental Health Law and Policy in the College of Behavioral and Community Sciences is accepting applications for the newly established Behavioral Research Immersion to Develop Graduate Excellence (BRIDGE) certificate. BRIDGE is designed to prepare post-baccalaureate students for admission to Ph.D. programs in the behavioral and social sciences. BRIDGE students will develop advanced skills that will increase their competitiveness for admission to graduate school. Participants will strengthen their behavioral science research skills, participate as active members of faculty-mentored research teams, develop skills needed to apply to graduate school and to pursue research careers, and obtain community-based experience in an area related to their research interests.
Increasingly, students in the behavioral sciences are postponing graduate education for one or more years in order to obtain practical and research experience related to graduate studies, prepare their graduate application materials, save money for graduate school, and prepare for the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The BRIDGE Certificate is a 16 hour, two-semester sequence of courses for cohorts of 10 -15 students. Students will be admitted for a fall/spring cohort.
Applicants seeking admission to the BRIDGE Certificate must have completed a B.S. or B.A in a behavioral science, social science or a related discipline by the start of the program. A 3.0 GPA during their last two years of undergraduate study is recommended, but not required. In addition, students ideally should have completed an undergraduate research methods course and a statistics course. Students not meeting these requirements may request an exception from the Certificate Director by presenting information indicating comparable coursework or experiences. If you would like to discuss the BRIDGE Certificate with Dr. Roger Boothroyd, Certificate Director, please call 813-974-6290 to schedule an appointment.
BRIDGE Certificate Application Process
There are different application procedures for currently
enrolled graduate students and non-degree seeking students.
Currently enrolled graduate students seeking admission to
the BRIDGE Certificate need to submit (1) a CV or resume,
(2) a personal statement explaining your reasons for
pursuing the certificate as well as your research interests and
graduate school aspirations, and (3) the Graduate Certificate
Departmental approval form which can be found at
Please note that non-degree seeking students are not eligible for financial aid.
Non-degree seeking students not enrolled at the
University of South Florida seeking admission to the BRIDGE
Certificate need to submit an (1) official transcript of their
undergraduate and/or graduate studies, (2) a CV or resume,
(3) a personal statement explaining your reasons for pursuing
the certificate as well as your research interests and graduate
school aspirations, (4) the Graduate Certificate Departmental
approval form that can be found at: http://www.gradcerts.usf.edu/pdf/GradCertDeptApproval201001.pdf , and (5) the
non-degree application form that can be found at:
All completed application materials should be mailed to:
Kathy Barnes, Graduate Certificate Coordinator
University of South Florida - University College
4202 East Fowler Avenue, SVC1072
Tampa, FL 33620
BRIDGE Course Descriptions
(Courses may be offered in a different sequence than are listed below.)
MHS 5745 Applied Qualitative Research Methods (3 credits) - This course will provide students with an understanding of applied qualitative research methods and will assist them, where appropriate, in applying these methods to their mentored BRIDGE research project. Although the course will highlight the theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research methods, the primary focus will be on developing the practical, applied skills associated with conducting qualitative research such as identifying and selecting key informants, selecting data collection strategies, maintaining field notes, analyzing qualitative data, and writing and presenting findings. The ethical issues associated with conducting qualitative research will also be discussed.
MHS 5721 BRIDGE Proseminar I (2 credits) - This course is designed to provide students with skills for applying to and transitioning into a graduate education program in the social and behavioral sciences. It will also provide students with knowledge that can be applied to their Mentored Research Experience, which is conducted as part of the BRIDGE certificate.
MHS 5889 BRIDGE Community Field Experience (2 credits) - This course is designed to provide students with the principles of community-engaged research and strategies to engage community agencies as meaningful partners in the research and scholarship. Students will participate in a series of community field experiences to gain expertise in an area related to social and behavioral sciences.
MHS 6915 Directed Research (2 credits each semester for a minimum total of 4 credits) - The goal of this directed study is to provide students with a one-on-one mentored research experience. Each student will work directly with a faculty mentor to design and conduct an independent research project with the goal of disseminating project outcomes.
MHS 5746 Applied Quantitative Research Methods (3 credits) - This course is designed to provide a review of quantitative research methods with emphasis on the application to real research projects. The primary aim is to help students develop and/or apply advanced research skills and gain experience in using a variety of quantitative research techniques for the purposes of pursuing research as a graduate student in the social and behavioral sciences. Students will gain an appreciation of practices associated with the responsible conduct of research.
MHS 5722 BRIDGE Proseminar II (2 credits) - This course is designed to provide students with the skills for making the transition to graduate education programs in social and behavioral sciences. This course will be linked to the Mentored Research Experience Directed Research, to be taken concurrently.
MHS 6915 Directed Research (2 credits each semester for a minimum total of 4 credits) - See details from 1st semester.
Core Faculty Biographies
- Mary I. Armstrong, Ph.D. Department of Child and Family Studies
- Catherine Batsche, Ph.D., Dean's Office
- Roger A. Boothroyd, Ph.D., Department of Mental Health Law and Policy
- Kathleen Moore, Ph.D., Department of Mental Health Law and Policy
- Paul G. Stiles, Ph.D., J.D., Department of Mental Health Law and Policy