Program Overview The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate Program at Prairie View A&M University  aims to increase the pool of PhDs from groups historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and create a cohesive community of graduate students across STEM disciplines within PVAMU. Through collaborations between the Marvin D. and June Samuel Brailsford College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS) and the Roy G. Perry College of Engineering (RGPCOE) at PVAMU, twelve first-time graduate students in five RGPCOE departments and one BCAS department will be nurtured for two years as a cohort community. The Fellows will benefit from a program of academic and personal development activities and social support, to sustain their commitment and success in their degree programs and advancement toward doctoral programs by August 2026. Also, fellows will be assisted in applying and securing funding for PhD studies at one of our partner institutions (e.g. Texas A&M University, John Hopkins University, etc.) after completing MS degree at PVAMU.



Eligible STEM MS Programs at PVAMU Note: students must pursue a MS degree program with thesis option

Potential Faculty Research Advisors Below is a list of potential faculty research advisors for each eligible STEM MS program. BTD applicants are encouraged to contact the faculty to discuss potential research topics, opportunities to work with the faculty, and specific MS degree program requirements.

MS in Chemistry Program

MS in Computer Science Program

MS in Computer Information Systems Program

MS in Engineering Program

MS in Electrical Engineering Program

Application Process Bridge to the Doctorate applicants must complete a PVAMU graduate admissions application to an eligible STEM MS program with thesis option through our Graduate Admissions system and be admitted for Fall 2024. Waivers for the PVAMU graduate admissions application fee will be provided to the first 30 applicants for the PVAMU Bridge to Doctorate Application program. If you are interested in applying for a graduate admissions application fee waiver, please answer yes to this question on the  Bridge to Doctorate  Application form. You will receive an email with instructions on the process for securing the waiver. Additionally, applicants must complete an online Bridge to the Doctorate Application Form by March 31, 2024 .The application form requires the following items in PDF format:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Personal Statement (up to 2 pages), focused on relevant academic background, research interests/plans, and future goals
  3. Statement (at least 2 paragraphs) discussing interest in pursuing PhD degree after completion of MS at PVAMU
  4. Unofficial copy of transcript
  5. One letter of recommendation (academic recommenders are strongly preferred) for the BTD fellowship program

Questions may be sent to tamuslsamp@gmail.com