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The Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship Program at UAB is a funding option from the National Science Foundation (NSF) created in response to the shortage of researchers nationwide from underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The program is administered at UAB through the ALSAMP program which is headquartered at The University of Alabama. The ultimate goal of the BD Program is to prepare historically underrepresented minority students to persist and complete STEM doctoral degree programs.

The BD Program is directed by Dr. Louis Dale, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, Dr. Paulette Patterson Dilworth, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Dr. Carolyn Braswell, ALSAMP Program Director and Dr. Marius Nkashama, Professor of Mathematics.

Selected BD Fellowship Recipients must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals or permanent residents of the United States, earned their STEM baccalaureate degrees and been active participants in LSAMP activities as undergraduate students.

Program Support includes:

  • $32,000 stipend per year for the first two years of doctoral study in a STEM discipline for each student,
  • Cost of Education allowance to the institution for tuition, health insurance and other normal fees up to $12,000 per year for two years for each student,
  • Travel assistance for participation in regional and national research conferences,
  • Participation in local skills workshops and seminars and
  • Professional development, networking, and a diverse and interactive community.

    2018 bridge to the doctorate students


               2018- 2019 BD Fellows at UAB

                  Major and Undergraduate Institution

L to R: Candace Parker - Chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University; Adrienne Samani - Cancer Biology, Florida International University: Kelsey Maclin- Biomedical Science, UAB; Sara Stoner - Microbiology, UAB;  Amber Jones - Cell, Molecular Developmental Biology, Hampton University; Zoya Anderson - Cancer Biology, Stillman College; Jasmine Benjamin - Cell, Molecular Developmental Biology, University of South Carolina; Isaac Campos - Cell, Molecular Developmental Biology, University of California, Merced; Randall Walden – Computer Engineering, UAB; Rick Watkins - Physics, UAB; Jose Medina – Engineering, UAB.


Activities designed to stimulate the continued development of research and academic skills, and to provide a venue for cultivating creativity and the exchange of ideas are facilitated by the UAB Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and respective STEM academic departments.

For further information or an application contact Dr. Louis Dale This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dr. Carolyn Braswell This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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