Bridge To The Doctorate at UIC

Bridge to the Doctorate at UIC

Message from the Director


The University of Illinois at Chicago has been an active partner in the Louis Stokes Alliance since its inception. As such, we are honored to be the current Illinois LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate program site. Working to achieve the program’s goal of increasing the number of underserved and underrepresented students who obtain a Ph.D. in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines is a collaborative effort. At UIC, faculty, and staff from the Colleges of Medicine, Engineering, Liberal Arts & Sciences, and Pharmacy, the School of Public Health and Graduate College are engaged in this important endeavor. They work closely to provide students with academic preparation, mentoring, research experiences, and professional development opportunities necessary to prepare them for STEM careers in academia and in industry. Supporting UIC in our efforts to encourage and educate the next generation of researchers are colleagues from other LSAMP colleges and universities in Illinois and across the United States. These intra- and inter-campus relationships create wonderful opportunities for the scientific and academic communities, but especially for students – ones we hope will inspire them to think and function creatively and pursue their interests and ambitions.
We welcome your exploration of and application to our doctoral programs and the BD program at UIC.
Best wishes to you, now and in the future.

William E. Walden, PhD
Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs
Executive Director for the Office of Bridge to the Doctorate
University of Illinois at Chicago

About the Program

Bridge to the Doctorate fellow and 2nd Place Winner for ERN 2019 STEM Video contest

The Bridge to the Doctorate program was created as a response to the dearth of researchers from underrepresented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).

The Bridge to the Doctorate is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and is locally administered by the Illinois Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (IL-LSAMP), which is headquartered at Chicago State University.

This program is charged with enrolling, retaining, and graduating doctoral students from STEM disciplines at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

What we do

Through the Bridge to the Doctorate at UIC, fellows receive various forms of academic support and partake in professional development activities.

These opportunities are facilitated by the UIC College of Medicine Office of Graduate Diversity Programs and their respective academic departments.

These activities are designed to stimulate the continued development of research and academic skills, and to provide a venue for cultivating creativity and the exchange of ideas.

Bridge to the Doctorate fellow Deisy

Support Highlights

Fellows receive:

  • $32,000 stipend for the first 2 years of doctoral study
  • Full tuition and fee   support
  • Travel assistance for participation in regional and national research conferences
  • Participation in local skills workshops
  • Professional Development and Networking
  • Bridge to the Doctorate Summer Institute

National Science Foundation

Bridge to the Doctorate at the UIC Degree Status to Date

Bridge to Doctorate Outcomes Report

*Masters Completed include those for students who did NOT continue studies toward earning the PhD
**Fellows no longer enrolled: varied reasons for departure from UIC including: leave of absence (2), personal/family obligations (1), lack of academic progress after 1st year (1), lack of academic progress post BD funding (1). Only one occurrence of failed progress during active participation in the Bridge to the Doctorate program.
***total of 2 additional fellows preparing for completion of doctoral thesis defense by end of 2017-18 academic year.
Note: the 2015-17 cohort reduced by 2 this year due to change in admission and enrollment status of two fellows who are Now enrolled at other institutions.