NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship

NSF Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Fellowship Program

Colorado State University most recently became the recipient of The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Fellowship program with generous funding from the National Science Foundation in 2016. CSU was first awarded the fellowships in 2006 in partnership with the Colorado Alliance for Minority Participation (CO-AMP) Bridge to the Doctorate Program.

The Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship program aims to increase the quality and quantity of underrepresented students successfully completing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs, and increase the number of underrepresented students interested in, academically qualified for and matriculated into programs of graduate study.

To date, three cohorts of fellows have completed Bridge to the Doctorate.

The Graduate School does not currently have funding for new fellows in 2019-2020.

2016 BD Fellows

Colorado State University was the recipient of funding from the National Science Foundation in 2016 to support the LSAMP BD Fellowship program. The award supports 12 dedicated graduate students from domestic underrepresented minority backgrounds who are pursuing graduate studies in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs at CSU.

  • Sydney Turner

    Program of Study: Master of Science (MS) In Civil Engineering

    Interest: Water and international development

  • Robert Williams

    Program of Study: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) In Biochemistry

    Interest: Biochemistry and molecular biology – epigenetics, chromatin biology and gene expression

  • Matthew Cackovic

    Program of Study: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) In Chemical Engineering

    Interest: Chemical and Biological Engineering – Wettability and Adhesion on surfaces

  • Marina Rodriguez

    Program of Study: Master of Science (MS) in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology

    Interest: Focusing on telomere dynamics and disease in avian species at high elevation

  • Jonathan Martinez

    Program of Study: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) In Atmospheric Science

    Interest: Tropical cyclones

  • Jasmin Hicks

    Program of Study: Molecular, Cellular & Integrative Neurosciences PhD Program

    Interest in neuronal communication

  • Gerardo Narez

    Program of Study: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Bioengineering

    Interest: Soft tissue mechanics

  • Eric Lopez

    Program of Study: Chemistry PhD Program

    Interest: Nanoscopic chemical detection

  • Diane Aceveda

    Program of Study: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) In Chemistry

    Interest: Chemical biology

  • Ashley Budde

    Program of Study: Master Of Science (MS) in Animal Sciences

    Interest in ruminant nutrition, specializing in feedlot cattle nutrition

  • Arielle Howell

    Program of Study: Master of Science (MS) In Zoology

    Interest: Zoology with a focus on feline muscle metabolism

  • Dominique Montano

    Program of Study: Master of Science (MS) In Zoology

    Interest: Comparative and exercise physiology in large mammals

The BD Fellowship consists of the following awardee benefits:

  • $32,000 stipend per year during the two years of the program
  • $12,000 cost-of-education allowance for tuition, fees, etc. for each of the two years
  • $1,000 professional development travel award
  • BD Fellows meetings and workshops
  • Assistantship support after the two years of the BD Fellowship program for up to four years as long as the student remains enrolled in the degree program and maintains good academic standing (maintains a 3.00 GPA, makes satisfactory progress in the graduate degree program, etc.)

Greg Florant, professor of biology, serves as the director of the Graduate Center for Inclusive Mentoring.  In that capacity, he provides leadership for the Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship Program.

Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows pictured with Dr. Greg Florant

Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows pictured with Dr. Greg Florant

Individual Development Plan

An IDP is a tool to identify professional goals through a self-assessment and provides a communication tool between scholars and their mentors. An IDP is a living document to be revised and updated to provide focus and clarity in your scholarly and professional pursuits. Use an IDP to:

  • Identify long-term career options and the necessary tools to meet these
  • Identify short-term needs for improving current performance
  • Reflect on past accomplishments
  • Assess skills relative to career goals, and plan actions for academic progress to achieve goals
  • Facilitate communication with mentors

While there are many IDP templates, the Graduate School suggests the following for BD Fellows:

  • myIDP: http://myidp.sciencecareers.org/
    • The most interactive tool with a variety of additional resources
    • Some sections are applicable regardless of discipline while others may not be as applicable to all scholars

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

CSU promotes outstanding research and scholarly activity performed in a manner that models ethical professional behavior.  The university has a number of course listings that focus on Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) and meet federal standards for providing trainees with formal ethics training.  All students are encouraged to complete the online Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) modules  and a RCR face-to-face course.   According to the CSU policy, PIs must require RCR instruction for all undergraduates, graduates and postdoctoral fellows who are paid salary on the NSF/NIH, USDA, NIFA grants.  All Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows must complete both the online RCR modules and a face-to-face RCR training course.

Professional Development

The graduate school hosts a variety of professional development opportunities on campus. Visit the Professional Development page for offerings.