The current Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Program at UConn (2017-2020 Award # 1702132) is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation under the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program, and supports two-year fellowships for 12 doctoral students from African American, Hispanic and/or Native American populations during the first two years of study in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects at UConn. After the initial two-year LSAMP-BD funding, fellows are supported by other funding mechanisms to ensure their timely graduation.
The BD Program targets qualifying students who intend to earn a Ph.D. within a STEM discipline in the School of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Pharmacy or College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
The program offers:
- Student stipends, up to $32,000 annually – for the first 2 years and Guaranteed support for the years 3-5 through Teaching or research assistantships
- Tuition waiver
- Health insurance
- Faculty mentoring and advising
- Mentoring community
- Active support and links to research and internship opportunities
- Opportunities to participate in national and professional conferences
- Enriched academic & professional development services and support
- Must be admitted to the University of Connecticut Graduate School in one of the following schools or colleges: School of Engineering, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Pharmacy or College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Provide evidence of participation in LSAMP programs from the LSAMP Director or Faculty at the undergraduate institution
Northeast Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
The Bridge to the Doctorate program is supported by the Northeast Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NELSAMP). The NELSAMP initiative is designed to implement and enhance programs that encourage and support students in the STEM fields. Support is offered in the form of research opportunities, pre-college and college academic preparation, and graduate school programs.
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
The Bridge to the Doctorate program is supported by the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP). The LSAMP initiative supports historically underrepresented students in STEM. This program is limited to a select and highly committed group of students with a declared major in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the pre-health professions.