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Bridge to the Doctorate (BTD)

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Cohorts:  BTD I | BTD II | BTD III | BTD IV | BTD V | BTD VI | BTD VII | BTD VIII | BTD IX 

Program Overview

This Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program is aimed at increasing the quality and quantity of underrepresented students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increasing the number of underrepresented students interested in, academically qualified for and matriculated into programs of graduate study. The Texas A&M University System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (TAMUS LSAMP) Bridge-to-the Doctorate (BTD) program is designed to (1) retain BTD fellows into doctoral programs with funding after completion of the NSF BTD program ( Masterís degree), (2) prepare fellows to meet the challenges of completing doctoral programs of study and for possible academic careers in higher education, and (3) develop the leadership skills necessary for them to succeed as young underrepresented minority professionals upon completion of doctoral program of study .
TAMUS LSAMP BTD Brochure - NSF Jam Session 2009

Program Requirements

In order to apply to participate in the Bridge to the Doctorate Program students must complete the 2011 TAMUS LSAMP Bridge to Doctorate Program Application. The online application will be required for selection of BTD students, for recognition of students' official status as TAMUS LSAMP BTD program participants for program funding, and for referrals to other opportunities.

In order to ensure that students' participation is educationally meaningful, students are required to:
  • Intend to pursue a Masterís Degree (thesis option) or Ph.D.
  • Attend periodic academic, personal and professional development workshops.
  • Attend the annual NSF Joint Annual Meeting (JAM) and alliance-wide TAMUS LSAMP Mini-Symposium to present their work as a TAMUS LSAMP BTD program participant.
  • Interact regularly and frequently with their faculty research mentors and/or advisors.
  • Report research progress on a semester basis.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment as a graduate student (9 credit hours in fall and spring semesters).
  • Maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher at the end of each semester and 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Contribute personal and academic stories, photos, and advice for younger students.

Program Eligibility

  • U.S citizen or permanent resident.
  • Currently preparing for acceptance to a Masterís (thesis option) or Doctorate degree in science, math, computer science or engineering.
  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Possess an interest in research.
  • Complete the 2011 TAMUS LSAMP Bridge To Doctorate Program Application.
  • Have completed an undergraduate degree at an LSAMP institution.

Program Benefits

  • An annual stipend in the amount of $ 30,000 (prorated over 9 or 12 months) each of two years.
  • An allotment of 9,000 distributed in fall and spring semesters for the cost of education expenses (e.g., tuition and required fees, student health insurance, research supplies, educational travel, and fees for publication and conferences) for each of two years.
  • Networking opportunities with other students within the Texas A&M University System.
  • Opportunities to improve research and presentation skills.


Choose from one of our BTD cohorts to find out more information . . .


BTD 1 - Texas A&M university

Biographies
2003-2005

BTD 2 - Texas A&M university

Biographies
2004-2006

BTD 3 - Prairie View A&M university

Biographies
2005-2007

BTD 4 - Texas A&M university
| Biographies
2006-2008

BTD 5 - Texas A&M university
| Biographies
2008-2010

BTD 6 - Texas A&M university
| Biographies
2010-2012