Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation

Graduate School

Apply to Graduate School at U.Va.:

VA-NC Alliance (LSAMP) students applying to graduate school at the University of Virginia may submit an application to the Office of Graduate Student Diversity Programs for a fee waiver. APPLY ONLINE.

The Dean's Scholar Fellowship provides five years of funding to cover tuition, fees, a stipend, and health care for incoming Ph.D. students that are US citizens and permanent residents. Self-nominations for this opportunity are available online at https://engineering.virginia.edu/deans-scholar-fellowship-program-page.

Bridge to the Doctorate Funding Opportunity:

Alliance students are eligible to apply for Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) programs which provide up to two years of funding for graduate school. Check the following links periodically for updated information on application procedures and deadlines and conduct regular internet searches to identify new BD sites funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Typically, past BD programs that are not currently funded may receive funding again in the future. **Many of the BD programs have rolling admissions and will accept applications until the positions are filled. Students are encouraged to contact the program directors even after the listed deadline has passed.** Please browse through the resources listed below.

Bridge to the Doctorate Program, University of California, Santa Barbara
The University of California is seeking applications for the Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) program at UC Santa Barbara sponsored by the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) (pending funding). We seek applications from talented LSAMP graduates to pursue a Ph.D. at UC Santa Barbara in Science, Engineering and Mathematics.  Our BD program will be integrated into this research community, and will offer a comprehensive suite of professional development and career preparation activities, academic support, and a mentoring network to propel BD Scholars to success in their desired careers.  The fellowship includes a $32,000 annual stipend plus full tuition, fees, and health insurance for the first two years.  More information about the program and eligibility information can be found at http://bd-csep.cnsi.ucsb.edu/.  In addition to applying for the BD program, applicants must first apply directly to their PhD program of interest (deadlines vary, Dec-Jan). For more information on graduate admissions and department research, please visit www.graddiv.ucsb.edu.

Bridge to Doctorate Program, Oklahoma State University
Oklahoma State University is seeking applications for the Bridge to Doctorate (BD) program at Oklahoma State University funded by the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP).  The BD encourages and supports students from underrepresented groups (African American, Hispanic American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and Native Pacific Islander) to pursue and complete a Ph.D. degree in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) field.  The fellowship includes a $32,000 annual stipend, tuition, fees, and student health insurance for two years.  Participants will receive individualized mentoring and coaching and have the opportunity to participate in professional conferences.  Eligibility information can be found at http://ok-lsamp.okstate.edu/bridge-doctorate.  The application can be found at http://ok-lsamp.okstate.edu/sites/default/files/Okstate%20BD%20Application%20Cohort%208.pdf

Bridge to Doctorate Program, The University of Oklahoma
The University of Oklahoma is recruiting LSAMP Scholars for Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowships for academic years 2018-2020.  Some of the benefits of the program include tuition, fees, and student health insurance waiver for first two years, an annual stipend of $32,000 for first two years, and personalized mentoring.  Students must participate in a LSAMP program during their undergraduate education and have a Bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline.  More information about the program and application requirements can be found online. Please contact Dr. Anthony Natale or Dr. Susan Walden with any questions.

Bridge to Doctorate Program, University of Alabama
The University of Alabama LSAMP program is actively seeking applicants for the Bridge to Doctorate program.  The objective of this program is to train students in a Master of Science program in preparation for continued graduate study and research at the Doctoral level.  Undergraduate students who are seniors at one of the schools in the LSAMP Alliance are eligible to apply.  Students who are selected will receive an annual stipend of $32,000 and remission of tuition and fees during their first two years in graduate study.  Upon completion of their M.S. degrees, students will continue their graduate education, supported through a Research Assistantship and/or Graduate Teaching Assistantship for three or more years.  In addition to the LSAMP application form, students must also submit the University of Alabama graduate school application

Bridge to Doctorate Program, University of Connecticut
The University of Connecticut (UConn) is looking for applicants for the Bridge to Doctorate program who would like to pursue a MS/PhD in STEM majors.  The program supports doctoral students from African American, Hispanic, and/or Native American populations during the first two years of study in STEM subjects at UConn.  The two year fellowship includes stipends up to $32,000 annually, tuition and fee supplement up to $12,000 annually, health insurance, and opportunities to research and intern at companies and national labs.  Eligibility requirements include admittance to the University of Conneticut Graduate School, U.S. citizenship or permanent residency, and LSAMP participation at the undergraduate level.  The application can be found at http://www.b2d.uconn.edu/

Bridge to the Doctorate Program, UAlbany
UAlbany’s Office of Graduate Education and lead institution, Stony Brook University, submitted and were approved for a National Science Foundation (NSF), Bridge to the Doctorate program. Bridge to the Doctorate is a graduate fellowship and support program for former LSAMP participants who plan to matriculate in a graduate program in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM). The program offers 12 two-year graduate fellowships of $30,000. Students will also receive full tuition, health insurance, support services, and opportunities to attend academic and professional workshops.

Partial List of current and past BD Programs
Map of current BD programs
Search for LSAMP and BD programs

Applying to Graduate School:

Check out these grad school “how-to” YouTube videos published by UC Berkeley. Topics include: personal statement writing, financing graduate school, engineering Ph.D. student panel, etc.

 

Graduate School Preparation Retreats:

Held annually at VA-NC Alliance's partner institutions, workshop topics include:
completing the graduate application, writing a personal statement, securing letters of recommendation, exploring funding opportunities, etc.

By participating in these workshops, students develop a better understanding of the graduate school application process and have the opportunity to complete at least one graduate school application.

Please contact your home institution for information related to upcoming retreats.

Additional Graduate Funding Opportunities:

Getting You into Indiana University (GU2IU) Spring 2018
Getting You into Indiana University (GU2IU), a campus recruitment program for prospective underrepresented and minority students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.F.A. at Indiana University (IUB) Bloomington. The three-day event (April 8 – 10, 2018) will be conducted on the IUB campus. This is an all-expense paid trip for selected highly qualified applicants including air fare, lodging, and meals. Participants will learn more about IU’s Ph.D. and M.F.A. programs, research opportunities and funding options. Additionally, participants will meet with faculty, staff and current graduate students, attend sessions on preparing competitive applications for graduate admission, explore campus cultural centers, and take a campus tour. Watch this video "Getting You Into IU".  The application deadline is February 16, 2018.

University at Albany Waives the Graduate School Application Fees for LSAMP Scholars
The University at Albany is dedicated to diversifying graduate education, as such we provide application fee exemptions to LSAMP students. Ranked among the top universities in Forbes’ “America’s Best Public Colleges,” UAlbany is the premier public research university in New York’s Capital Region, offering 83 master’s, 38 doctoral and 35 certificate graduate programs. U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks many of our graduate programs among the top 50 in the United States, including clinical psychology, criminal justice, library and information studies, public affairs, public health, sociology, and social work. UAlbany also offers assistantships, fellowships, and tuition scholarships. To learn more, please complete the UAlbany Graduate Inquiry Form and we'll be in touch!.

Stony Brook University Graduate School Application Fee Waivers for LSAMP Scholars
We currently offer graduate programs in forty-eight fields across the Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Business, Journalism, Health and Medicine, as well as the Graduate Arts Campus in Southampton. As a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and with our partnerships with Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, we offer a unique opportunity to become involved in cutting edge research and scholarship.  Stony Brook is also recruiting for the LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship, which offers a $32,000 annual stipend for two years, a full tuition scholarship, fee coverage, and health insurance. Bridge to the Doctorate Fellows are also given specialized academic support in the way of tutoring and writing and exam workshops.  If you are interested in applying, please contact Angel Gonzalez.

Pathways to Science Graduate School Opportunities: Use this website to find programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, and graduate fellowships, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring. 

Presidential Management Fellows in STEM Program: A Federal-wide, flagship leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. The PMF-STEM track seeks to place graduate students from STEM disciplines in entry-level positions in Federal agencies around the country. Learn about the application process here.

STEMGradStudents.science.gov: Use this search tool to find federally funded graduate opportunities.

2018-19 STEM Bridge Scholarship Program
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) Graduate Research STEM Fellowship Program provides fellowships of $6,000 in add-on support to graduate students to supplement and enhance basic research support. Applicants must be enrolled full-time in a program of study in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) and have a specific faculty-mentored research project that has NASA or aerospace relevance. For questions please contact: Joyce Kuberek, 757/766-5210 or jkuberek@odu.edu. The application deadline is February 5, 2018.

 

Postdoc Funding Opportunities:

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund - Postdoctoral Enrichment Program
Postdoctoral Enrichment Program (PDEP) provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution (an institution includes its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals and research institutions) in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research. The application deadline is January 16, 2018 and the award begins September 1, 2018.

Pathways to Science Postdoc Opportunities: Use this website to find postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring. https://graddiversity.virginia.edu/application-fee-waiver

The NASA Postdoctoral Program
The NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP) provides early-career and more senior scientists the opportunity to share in NASA's mission, to reach for new heights and reveal the unknown so that what we do and learn will benefit all humankind. NASA Postdoctoral Fellows work on 1 to 3 year assignments with NASA scientists and engineers at NASA centers and institutes to advance NASA's missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology, and science management. The application deadline is March 1, 2018.

Caspar Wistar Fellows Program
The Caspar Wistar Fellows Program (Program) will recruit two exceptional post-doctoral fellows as independent investigators, creating a springboard for the Caspar Wistar Fellows (Fellows) to facilitate a subsequent faculty appointment and join the next generation of scientific leaders. The Wistar Institute Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center and The Wistar Institute Cancer Center comprise a group of 35 exceptional faculty dedicated to fundamental and translational research in cancer biology, immunology, virology and genetics. Fellows will be provided their own research space, resources and support needed to run their own labs and pursue their own independent research agenda. Fellows will be appointed for a three-year term with the possibility of extending an additional one to two years. Two Fellows will be recruited in 2018: one Fellow with a cancer focus that will join Wistar’s NCI-designated Cancer Center and one with a vaccine/immunology focus that will join Wistar’s Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center. Program candidates must demonstrate intellectual drive and superior research credentials, a particularly creative and innovative research plan, strong communication skills, and the motivation and demonstrated capacity to conduct research with minimal supervision. Candidates whose work is based on biological principles, but incorporates concepts from diverse fields, are encouraged to apply. Candidates must hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree. Candidates are expected to have a strong publication record. The search committees will be led by Wistar program leaders who are ideally suited to recognize how well a prospective candidate fits within the overall Wistar mission, and its specific programs. Interested candidates should electronically submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a description of previous research (one page), a concise statement of research plans (up to two pages), reprints of four publications and the names of three references to the attention of Maria Colelli, Search Coordinator Caspar Wistar Fellows Program (colelli@wistar.org). Please see our ads online in Nature and Science magazines. Applications will be evaluated by January 29, 2018. Interviews will be held beginning in April 2018.

UC Davis Postdoctoral Scientist
The Dixon Lab in the Department of Physiology and Membrane Biology is seeking innovative, energetic and motivated postdoctoral scientists to join our research group. Our lab is interested in excitation contraction (EC)-coupling in cardiac muscle. Recent and ongoing projects in the lab have focused on the function and physiology of L-type calcium ion channels in EC-coupling in health, stressed, aging, and disease states (such as LQT syndrome). To study the function and distribution of these channels and others, we use patch clamp electrophysiology, and multiple advanced imaging modalities including Ca2+ imaging and state-of-the-art super-resolution technologies. In parallel studies, we use molecular biology and biochemical approaches including cloning, cell culture, Western blot, protein purification, and mass spectrometry. Ideal candidates for these positions should place importance on quantitative approaches and have experience in some of the aforementioned techniques. Previous experience in the isolation of primary ventricular myocytes is desirable but not essential. Successful applicants will be expected to stay abreast of the current literature in the field, design and execute experiments, assist in the collection of data for grant applications, and to prepare their results for presentation at national and international scientific conferences and for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Minimum Requirements:
• Ph.D. in Physiology, Pharmacology, Biophysics, Biochemistry or related field.
• Demonstrated ability to work independently in at least one of the following areas: patch clamp electrophysiology, biochemistry
• Ability and willingness to learn new software for data acquisition and analysis
• Team player and problem-solver who can communicate effectively and work both independently and in collaboration with the PI and other lab members
• To Apply: Interested candidates should send their CV/biosketch to the PI, Rose Dixon, via email redickson@ucdavis.edu.

Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Illinois Wesleyan University
The Department of Computer Science at Illinois Wesleyan University (IWU) invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor starting August 1, 2018. IWU is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce, and the department is committed to supporting a culturally and academically diverse professoriate; we encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups and from practicing computer scientists with doctorates in other fields (this position requires a PhD completed by August, 2018). Please submit materials via email to cssearch@iwu.edu. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions can be directed to Mark Liffiton, chair of Computer Science, also at cssearch@iwu.edu. Download a full position description and application description.