Bridge to the Doctorate

Bridge To The Doctorate Program

Beginning Fall 2015

Philadelphia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is in search of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) students to pursue graduate degrees.

Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Bridge to the Doctorate (BTD) program promotes the participation of underrepresented minority students in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The BTD program provides financial, academic and professional support while ensuring scholars build the connections and skills needed to excel in a chosen STEM career.

Selected students will be provided with fellowships for 2 years**

Eligible applicants

All interested candidates must:

  • Have participated in an LSAMP Program as an undergraduate
  • Have obtained a degree in a STEM discipline from an LSAMP institution by May 2015
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Have at least a 3.0 GPA
  • Have not yet begun graduate studies
  • Pursue a Master’s Degree in a STEM discipline at DSU and continue into PhD studies
  • Simultaneously apply to...
    • Delaware State Graduate Studies
      • (GRE is required before DSU Graduate School acceptance)

      • Delaware State University Bridge to the Doctorate (BTD) Program 

  • Apply and be accepted into a DSU STEM Graduate Program. The STEM Graduate Programs are...

College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & Technology (CMNST)

Masters Programs

Biological Sciences (M.S.)

Applied Chemistry (M.S.)               Physics (M.S.)             Computer Science (M.S.)    

Applied Mathematics (M.S.)      Applied Optics (M.S.)        Pure Mathematics (M.S.)

                               Molecular & Cellular Neuroscience (M.S.)    

Doctoral Programs

Applied Chemistry (Ph.D.)               Optics (Ph.D.)                   Neuroscience (Ph.D.)

            Interdisciplinary Applied Mathematics and Mathematical Physics (Ph.D.)


College of Agriculture and Related Sciences

Masters Programs

Animal Science (M.S.)                                                    Natural Resources (M.S.)         

Plant Science (M.S.)                                                       Food Science (M.S.)


Program Benefits

  • Student Stipends of $30,000** annually
  • Tuition and Fees Paid and Enrollment in a Health Insurance Benefit Program
  • Individualized faculty mentoring and coaching
  • Participation in professional conferences and meetings
  • Links to research and professional opportunities
  • Enriched academic services and support

** Pending NSF Funding and satisfactory academic progress

Application Deadline: March 15, 2015

All applications must be scanned and emailed to Dr. Mazen Shahin at, or mailed to:

Dr. Mazen Shahin, Program Director
Bridge to the Doctorate Program
Delaware State University
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

Download Application Process

Download Bridge to the Doctorate Application

Download Flier

Bridge to the Doctorate Program Leadership

Dr. Alton Thompson, BTD Principal Investigator
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Mazen Shahin, BTD Program Director
Phone: 302.857.7055

Ms. LaToya L. Stephens, BTD Program Administrator
Phone: 302.857.7869