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