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Bridge to the Doctorate KY-WV LSAMP has been awarded funding for the Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) program. National Science Foundation grant HRD 2004710 will support 12 students from underrepresented populations who are pursuing graduate degrees in STEM disciplines at the University of Kentucky. BD Fellows will receive $32,000/year stipend as well as support for cost of education for two years through the NSF grant. Fellows will receive continuing support from the university after the conclusion of the grant funding. Fellows will also receive coaching, academic and community support, professional development, and access to opportunities for research, writing, and presentation. Nine Fellows were selected and began receiving support Fall 2020. Three Fellows were selected and began receiving support Summer 2021. One Fellow will begin receiving support September 2021. The BD Fellows are: Edwina Barnett, Alyssa Donawa, Dave-Preston Esoe, Abelline Fionah, Xava Grooms, Julia Parker, Ariel Robinson, Alexis Smith, E-Lexus Thornton, Kayla Titialii-Torres, Andres Vindas Melendez, Aaron West, and JaMaya Wilson.
Four scholars presented at the Louisiana State University international Research Experience for Undergraduates (iREU) Translational Chemistry Workshop in Toulouse, France, June 28-30, 2018. Asare Nkansah (UK) conducted research during the summer in Bordeaux, France. Ky'Achia Atkins (WVSU), Lloyd Bartley (UofL), and Taylor Fisher (UofL) attended the workshop. Eduardo Santillan-Jimenez (UK mentor) and Fara Williams (KY-WV LSAMP Director) also attended the event.
Five scholars presented at the 32nd National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The April 2018 event was held at the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK. Sarah Hodges (UK), Asare Nkansah (UK), I. Khalil Appleton (UK), Nathan Crowdus (WKU), and Raisa Nunez (WVU) gave research presentations. Danielle Chavis (WKU graduate) served as a volunteer.
Two KY-WV LSAMP Scholars were selected for the Louisiana State University international Research Experience for Undergraduates (iREU) program for summer 2017. Sarah Hodges (UK) spent the summer in Grenoble, France. Danielle Chavis (WKU) spent the summer in Puerto Rico. Both scholars presented at the Pre-Trip Conference at the French Embassy in Washington, D. C. In addition, Eduardo Santillan-Jimenez (UK research mentor) received a faculty award and funds to create and enhance research collaborations with his lab and labs in France.
Four scholars were selected to present at the 31st National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). The April 2017 event was held at the University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. I. Khalil Appleton (UK), Danielle Chavis (WKU), Nathan Crowdus (WKU), and Karen Udoh (UofL) gave research presentations.