About SoTxDoctoral Bridge
The South Texas Doctoral Bridge program prepares selected master's students at Texas State University to be competitive for admission to top-tier biomedical doctoral programs.
What do bridge scholars get from the program?
Bridge scholars get both financial support and professional support to help them be more competitive for admission into doctoral programs
Tuition reimbursement for up to 2 years of the master's program
Wages for graduate research assistantship, currently valued at $19,065 annually for school-year and summer research activities
Travel funds to present research at state or national meetings (up to $1,500)
Access to career-development activities that will increase strength of candidacy
Individualized career mentoring and guidance
Increased time for research activities because there are no teaching requirements
Who is eligible for the South Texas Doctoral Bridge program?
Bridge scholars must meet all of the following eligibility criteria:
US Citizen or permanent resident, or non-Citizen national (U.S. non-citizen nationals are persons born in lands that are not states but are under U.S. sovereignty, jurisdiction, or administration, e.g., American Samoa.)
Applying to or enrolled in an eligible master's program at Texas State University (MS Biochemistry, MS Biology-thesis, MS Applied Mathematics). Note: acceptance to the MS program will be required for acceptance to the Bridge program. Apply to an MS program through ApplyTexas
Identify as a member of one or more groups specifically identified by the NIH as underrepresented in biomedicine. Racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in biomedical research include: American Indians or Alaska Natives; Blacks or African Americans; Hispanics or Latinos; and Native Hawaiians or Other Pacific Islanders.
Minimum GPA of 3.0 (undergraduate or graduate)
What will Bridge Scholars need to do to participate in the program?
Enroll and maintain status as a full-time student in an eligible MS program at Texas State University (see eligibility details above)
Join a research group at Texas State University doing biomedically-relevant research (note: not all researchers in eligible departments are doing biomedical research)
Maintain 3.4 GPA or higher
(This is not comprehensive; Scholars must meet all Bridge program requirements as detailed in individualized contracts)
If I participate in this program, will I have to go to UT-Health San Antonio for my doctoral studies?
No, Bridge Scholars are not required to go to UT Health SA for their doctoral studies. However, since many of the Bridge activities will be taking place in coordination with students and faculty from UT Health SA and/or on campus there, Bridge Scholars will be more familiar with UT Health SA, and may be more likely to apply there.
Why is this program important?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognizes that there are too few minority doctors and researchers, and this contributes to more health disparities between minority and non-minority populations and actually hurts patient care in minority and underserved communities (discussed here and here). So, the NIH sponsors programs like ours that encourage biomedical Master's students from groups underrepresented in biomedicine to continue their education and complete a doctoral degree.