Published: Sept. 28, 2023 By

CU Boulder’s Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate program, funded by the National Science Foundation, welcomed its first cohort of 12 students to campus this fall. The program's goal is to increase the quantity and quality of STEM graduate students from underrepresented populations, with emphasis on PhD matriculation and completion. 

The fellows are pursuing doctorates in the College of Engineering and Applied Science across multiple departments and programs: aerospace, environmental engineering, biological engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science and biomedical engineering. There are also students in the program pursuing degrees in physics through the College of Arts and Sciences. 

The program includes a fellowship stipend of at least $32,000 per year, plus tuition and fees; mentoring; professional development; and social programs. This fall, the program is holding four networking dinners focusing on advocacy, leadership and resiliency and three graduate student success workshops with CU Boulder Director of Graduate Community and Professional Development Leslie Blood. 

The program also provides five faculty and five peer mentors who meet with fellows, guiding students through the graduate school process and supporting them in their holistic success.

If you identify as a BIPOC underrepresented first-year PhD student in engineering or physics and you would like to engage with the program's networking dinners, please contact Terri Wright for more information and a calendar of events.