Appalachian Bridge Scholar Program for Appalachian and Other Underrepresented Students

The goal of the Kentucky Bridge to a Biomedical Doctorate for Appalachian  (& other underrepresented) Students (“Appalachian & Minority Bridge Scholar”) program is to provide students with the necessary training and a M.S. degree to prepare them for future success in Ph.D. degree programs and careers in biomedical research.

This joint initiative between Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) and University of Kentucky (UK) targets students for funding from Appalachia and under-represented groups (e.g. Hispanic, African American, Native American, Native Alaskan, Pacific Islander, disabled, low income).  This program assists these under-represented students to achieve a M.S. degree at EKU in biomedical science fields relating to biology, chemistry, and biochemistry. Upon successful completion of the M.S. degree program (M.S. in Biology or M.S. in Chemistry) at EKU, the Bridge students will be prepared to transition to a Ph.D. program in biomedical sciences at UK or another research-intensive university. Please note that this M.S. program does not aim to prepare students toward professional schools or clinical professions nor involve working with patients.

Mentors at EKU and UK will work together to provide a research-intensive, rigorous master’s-level educational experience which will include graduate biomedical sciences courses, training in grantsmanship, oral/written presentation skills, ethical conduct of research, seminars, and opportunities for students to present their research at regional and national meetings. Students will also enroll in a graduate level course at UK during their second year in the Bridge program and also conduct summer research in a UK laboratory in their second year. Students will be able to dedicate their attention to this program through the financial support provided for tuition, and a salary/stipend. 

If you are interested in becoming a Bridge Scholar, click here to begin the application process.

Click here to download recruitment flyer for 2016 Fall admissions.