The Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) activity at the University of South Florida (USF) is funded by the Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP) through a grant from the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program’s within the National Science Foundation. It provides graduate fellowships for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) doctoral students from underrepresented minority populations. LSAMP BD fellows receive 5-year funding to complete doctoral degrees in the College of Engineering, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Marine Science, and Morsani College of Medicine.
In addition to full funding from fellowships, research assistantships, and teaching assistantships, fellows are supported with mentored research, professional development activities (e.g., grant writing and research writing seminars, conference presentations, communication, teambuilding and conflict resolution workshops, etc. ), social interactions with mentors, and internships (national labs, international, industry) to foster student success,
Since 2004, USF has received funding for seven cohorts (2004-2006, 2005-2007, 2006-2008, 2009-2011, 2011-2013, 2014-2016, and 2016-2008) to support former LSAMP alumni. USF FGLSAMP BD graduates have won predoctoral fellowships (NSF GRFP, NASA, Ford, GEM, McKnight, etc.), postdoctoral awards (NIH, National Research Council, U.S. Department of Energy), and gained employment within academia, national labs, government, and industry.
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