MEMORANDUM Date: September 7, 2017 To: Graduate Associate Deans, School Directors, Graduate Faculty, Coordinators and Staff From: Tyisha Hathorn, PhD Director, Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives Division of Graduate Student Affairs UF Graduate School RE: Enrolling for Fall 2018 Bridge to the Doctorate at the University of Florida It is with great pleasure and excitement to announce that the University of Florida has been awarded the Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Grant. The Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Grant is awarded by the National Science Foundation through the Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FG-LSAMP) to enhance recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The BD program at UF provides up to a $32,000-per-year stipend for the first two years of doctoral studies to former LSAMP students who are entering a STEM PhD program after completing a baccalaureate degree. Along with this stipend, the grant also provides two years of support for tuition, fees and health insurance. To date, UF has completed three cohorts of BD fellows, with the first cohort starting in 2008. The BD grant is awarded through a competitive process to institutions for a period of two years. Scholars are selected via an application process and applications are submitted to the Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives. As the host school, we will be enrolling students into the BD program starting Fall 2018. The application cycle will open Spring 2018. For more information regarding the Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) program, please visit the Florida Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation website at http://www.fglsamp.com/bridge-to-doctorate .