Appalachian Bridge Scholar Program

The goal of the Kentucky Bridge to a Biomedical Doctorate for Appalachian Students (“Appalachian Bridge Scholar”) program is to provide students with training for success in doctoral programs and careers in biomedical research. This joint initiative between EKU and UK target students for funding from Appalachia and under-represented groups (e.g. Hispanic, African American, Native American, Native Alaskan, Pacific Islander).  This program assists these under-represented students in achieving advanced degrees (Masters and Doctorate) in biomedical science fields relating to biology, chemistry, and biochemistry.

Mentors at EKU and UK will work together to provide a research-intensive, rigorous master’s-level educational experience which will include graduate 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 be able to dedicate their attention to this program through the financial support provided for tuition, and a stipend. Upon successful completion of the masters degree program (biology or chemistry) at EKU, Kentucky Bridge students will transition to the UK Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBS) program where they will pursue doctoral studies in biomedical research.

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