Funded through the National Science Foundation’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), this program assists universities and colleges in diversifying the STEM workforce through the development of highly competitive students from historically underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines: African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

The goal of the LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) program is to increase the quantity and quality of STEM graduate students from underrepresented populations, with emphasis on PhD matriculation and completion. This program will offer 12 current or former LSAMP students the opportunity to pursue doctoral degrees in either physics or engineering. BD Fellows will work alongside esteemed STEM faculty in computer science, engineering and physics, leading to a doctoral degree and, ultimately, careers in research and teaching, thus contributing to our nation’s STEM enterprise. BD Fellows will discover and conduct state-of-the-art research that they are passionate about sharing with the STEM enterprise at large.