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LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate
The National Science Foundation has funded the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate (LSAMP B D) in order to increase the number of underrepresented minority (UREP) students who enter and complete science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) doctoral degrees by adding LSAMP students to the graduate pool. Each BD project identifies a cohort of twelve students, who have graduated from NSF LSAMP programs across the country. These students get admitted into a STEM department at Stony Brook. Each BD student receives funding for their first two years of graduate study as either masters or doctoral students and will then complete doctoral programs.
The program provides students with a full NSF fellowship, health insurance, tuition and fees. The program offers a series of activities in partnership with SUNY AGEP and STEM graduate departments that help build a strong BD community and provide academic, professional and social support. BD also works with departments to make changes in culture and practice that will help not only BD students but all graduate students. To date, there have been three cohorts of BD students at Stony Brook. Each year, SUNY LSAMP will have the opportunity to apply for funding for a new cohort of BD students at one of the SUNY LSAMP doctoral institutions.