NSF Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship

Assisting Students Pursuing doctoral Studies

Colorado State University was the recipient of more than $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation to support The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship program in 2016.  The competitive LSAMP program assists students in continuing their educational path to Ph.D. programs. The award supports graduate students from domestic underrepresented minority backgrounds who are pursuing graduate studies in STEM — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

CSU does not have fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year.  

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

Individual Development Plan

The Individual Development Plan (IDP) is a process that helps identify professional development needs, refine career objectives, and promote personal growth. Importantly, the IDP functions as a communication tool to enhance dialogue between mentors and their mentees. 

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.