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Honor the work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the MLK Day of Service.  Join hands with your Carolina community to honor Dr. King's life and work together to help others.  The opening ceremony will begin Saturday, January 16, at  8:30 a.m. on the Russell House Patio.  Afterwards, students will serve as volunteers at various non-profit organizations throughout the city.

Register to participate 

Learn more about the MLK Day of Service 


The SHARPGrads, Skills, Habits, and Research Program is a workshop series for  UofSC Columbia graduate students and is sponsored by University Libraries and the Graduate School.

The program, virtual for the Spring 2021 semester,  offers graduate students the opportunity to earn a certificate of achievement for a variety of subjects including  digital scholarship, data management and visualization,  library research skills and more.

Learn more about the program and register to attend a workshop.


Students and early-career professionals are invited to attend the National Science Foundation professional development Zoom  webinar to be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 4:00 p.m..  

The webinar will specifically focus on research and professional development opportunities for students and early career professionals. NSF Program Officers and a AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow will share the criteria and processes required to receive NSF-supported fellowships and internships through programs such as the Graduate Research Fellow Program, NSF EPSCoR, NSF INTERN and AAAS. 

Registration is required. Register to attend the webinar here.


Do you experience significant symptoms of ADD/ADHD?  Would you like to learn new skills and be part of a group of college/graduate students facing similar challenges?  

The UofSC Department of Psychology invites you to participate in the Organization and Time Management Training for College/Graduate Students with ADHD program where you will learn:

  • How to prioritize
  • How to get organized
  • How to motivate yourself
  • Study skills and strategies
  • More about ADHD

The group will meet virtually from 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning February 9th, 2021.  The groups will be led by doctoral student therapists who are supervised by Dr. Kate Flory.  Each participant will also have some individual meetings with a therapist


Students from any university in South Carolina are eligible to join.  The total cost of the program is $35.00.

Application Instructions

For more information, or to enroll, please contact Elizabeth Bodalski by e-mail at or call 803-258-0245.  The program will be limited to 12 participants.


The Boren Graduate Fellowship's campus deadline for application is January 27, 2021. It provides U.S. graduate students the opportunity to add an important international and language component to their graduate education through specialization in area study, language study, or increased language proficiency.

The Fellowship  awards up to $24,000 for overseas study. Some funding available for domestic language study to supplement overseas component, for a maximum overseas and domestic program value of $30,000.

Learn more about the Boren Graduate Fellowship. 


The party is just getting started when the dreaded question comes: “So, what’s your Ph.D. research about?” You launch into the explanation, trying to judge the level of interest as you go deeper. It takes about a minute before someone changes the subject.

At times like this, don’t you wish you lived in a world where you could just ask people to pull out their phones to watch an online video explaining your Ph.D. research through interpretive dance?

You do live in that world! Not only can you have such a video, you can win vast sums of money (OK, modest amounts), achieve geek fame on the internet, and be recognized by Science for your effort. This is the 13th year of the “Dance Your Ph.D.” contest run by AAAS and Science, and now sponsored by the artificial intelligence company Primer.


Normal category winners receive $750; the newly created COVID-19 category has a $500 award. The overall winner receives an extra $2000

  1. For the normal categories, you must have a Ph.D., or be working on one as a Ph.D. student.
  2. Your Ph.D. must be in a science-related field (see FAQ).
  3. You must be part of the dance (see FAQ).
  4. You must adhere to all local COVID-19 guidelines, including mask mandates and size restrictions on gatherings. Judging will favor solo dances or dances in which participants are clearly separated at all times. Safety before salsa!
  5. The complete and official rules apply and can be found here.

Submission deadline: 29 January 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Learn more about the contest and access the submission link at the Dance Your Ph.D. website.


The Big Data Case Competition is intended to provide enthusiastic teams of graduate and senior undergraduate students with the opportunity to apply their knowledge to the analysis of big datasets in healthcare.

This year’s challenge will focus on solving the inappropriate use of healthcare using a data analytics approach. Each participating team will analyze the case and datasets. During this period, the teams must identify the most prominent issues and develop a strategy to address key issues to help healthcare organizations achieve their goals of reducing inappropriate care utilization. Team members will work together to present their methods, analyses, and results at the Big Data Health Science Center Case Competition virtually. A panel of industry and academic experts will judge the presentations based on each team’s use of full analytics tools/processes, from framing the problem to data use, model building, innovation and communicating the solutions to decision-makers.


The 2nd Annual Big Data Health Science Case Competition will be held virtually between January 29– 31, 2021 before the University of South Carolina’s National Big Data Health Science Conference, scheduled for February 5– 6, 2021.  Team registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until January 22, 2021 or until 30 teams have registered (the maximum number of teams we can accommodate).

Learn more and access the registration link at the Big Data Health website.


Graduate Instructional Assistant (GIA) positions are available in the College of Nursing for the Spring 2021 semester.  This position will qualify the GA for in-state tuition.


Assisting with Adobe Connect broadcast to distance campuses during class time, proctoring exams, editing and copying exams, grade entry, general assistance with Blackboard course setup and maintenance, tracking of student attendance and grades.  Other administrative or academic support duties as they arise.  May occasionally provide some research support such as database searches to find needed articles, and development of annotated bibliographies. 

Time Commitment

10-20 hours/week, varies by faculty member. Some individual hours are set based on the faculty member’s teaching schedule. Remainder of weekly hours are flexible based on the GIA’s schedule.  Period of employment matches the academic calendar.  GIA will need to be available through the end of each semester’s exam period.


Must have already attended or be able to attend the required TA/IA workshops hosted by the Center for Teaching Excellence and register for GRAD 701, a seminar course on TA development. These are one-time required trainings for all GTA and GIA assistantship positions..  Information is available on the Graduate School’s website.

Application Instructions

Graduate assistants will be considered from outside the College of Nursing.  Interested graduate students should send a copy of their CV and some available times for interviews to:  Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies,  Karen Worthy at


The Swipe Out Hunger program was created  by the UofSC Student Government in partnership with Aramark to assist undergraduate and graduate students dealing with food insecurity.

If selected to be a part of this program, participants will receive a block of 16 additional meal swipes for the spring 2021 semester, donated by UofSC students, which can be used throughout the semester. These 16 meal swipes can be used at all campus dining locations and will work like every other meal swipe! Participation in this program will not impact financial aid or scholarships.

In order to be considered please fill out the application at the Swipe-Out Hunger web page.  Your application will be anonymously reviewed to determine your selection in the program. If you are selected, you will be notified via email. 

The spring 2021 application deadline is Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Learn more about the program and access the application here.  


Teaching Online for Graduate Students is a four-week online course designed to introduce you to online teaching and develop your knowledge and ability to implement and teach online courses at the University of South Carolina and throughout your career as an educator.

The goal of this course is to support and develop a community of graduate students prepared to develop and teach high-quality online courses. You may apply for this course if you:

  • Are an experienced graduate student at the University of South Carolina, and
  • Have at least one semester of face-to-face or online teaching experience as the instructor of record or primary teacher.

Priority will be given to graduate students who teach as instructor of record or primary teacher who are scheduled to teach online for USC in an upcoming semester. This course is offered fully online and does not have any scheduled meeting times. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. There are no fees associated with this course. The Spring 2021 course will take place Monday, February 3, 2021 - Monday, March 2, 2021.

To Apply

Admission to this course is competitive and spaces are limited, so apply early.  Applicants will be expected to complete 100 percent of the course activities on the appointed schedule in order to receive the certificate of completion.

You must submit both the Online Application and the Signature Page [pdf] to be considered.

Visit the Teaching Online for Graduate Students web page for more information about the course and application procedure. The application deadline is Wednesday, January 20, 2021 by 5 p.m..


To safely re-open the University of South Carolina Columbia campus, Student Health Services is seeking student workers for the COVID-19 outbreak response during the Spring 2021 semester. Under the general supervision of Student Health Services professional staff, the COVID-19 outbreak response student worker will participate in regular briefings, complete structured contact tracing interviews, execute tracing and monitoring activities including data analytics, and respond to inquiries through our COVID-19 Phone Bank. The nature of this position will require the student worker to adhere to HIPAA, FERPA and other confidentiality regulations. Basic FERPA and HIPAA trainings will be provided. Some additional opportunities will include:

  • Applied public health and data analytics experience during a novel pathogen pandemic
  • Learning and applying contact tracing, case management, crisis management techniques, such as effective interviewing, clear and concise communication, motivational interviewing and customer services
  • Provide valuable services to the Carolina Community through prompt case isolation and prevention of excessive transmission, effective communication of campus updates to faculty, staff, students, parents and visitors
Skill Requirements
  • Ability to work with confidential/sensitive information
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to work cooperatively with team members
  • Initiative and drive to occasionally work independently
  • Experience with Excel and/or other statistical software and medical records preferred but not required

Preference will be given to MPH and MSPH students or advanced undergraduates in Arnold School of Public Health or other disciplines such as Epidemiology, Nursing or Social Work. However, qualified students in other disciplines will also be strongly considered. Extensive training and education will be provided to the COVID-19 Outbreak Response Student Worker. All positions will be cross-trained within the different areas of COVID-19 outbreak response. Roles will be assigned based on students’ strengths and training will be provided for areas of opportunity.

To Apply

To apply for this position, please submit a letter of interest and your current resume/CV to Emily Cato, Associate Director of Healthy Carolina Initiatives, at The priority deadline for applications is November 27, 2020.

For more information about this position, contact Emily Cato, Associate Director of Healthy Carolina Initiatives, at or 803-777-3164.


University Libraries is pleased to invite UofSC Columbia-affiliated researchers and instructors to apply to a Research Dataset Procurement Pilot program that will provide library-hosted access to data needed for research or teaching.

This program aims to fund small requests ($1,000 - $5,000) for existing data to be used in research or teaching. The total number of funded proposals will reflect the number of qualified applications received and the potential that requested datasets have to positively impact research or teaching at the University of South Carolina.

Evaluation Criteria
  • Data that are restricted to a single researcher or instructor, department, school, or college within the university are not eligible. Licensing must allow for campus-wide access, which will be managed by University Libraries. Sensitive data are not eligible for this program.
  • Preference will be given to applications that demonstrate possible use cases beyond the researcher or instructor making the request. Applicants are encouraged to consider the potential value of data to others by identifying other researchers, centers, departments, schools, or courses that have an interest in the data. Collaborative proposals across units are welcome.
  • If access is limited to licensing (option to purchase is not available), University Libraries will license the data for one year with the aim to continue funding after that time. However, it cannot be guaranteed.
  • Participation in this program is not limited to faculty. Graduate student and staff researchers are also encouraged to apply.
Dataset Purchase Timeline

Applications are due January 31, 2021 with purchase/license happening before June 30, 2021, depending on availability and researcher needs.

Acknowledgement of Support

Publications resulting from the use of data purchased through this pilot program must contain the following acknowledgement: “The author wishes to acknowledge the University of South Carolina Libraries, which provided funding for the data used in this research.”

Learn more and access the application link here.

Contact Stacy Winchester, Research Data Librarian, at or questions about this program.


The Office of Sustainability is hiring one​ ​dynamic Graduate Assistant for Sustainable Carolina, a student leadership program in the Office of Sustainability. Candidates do not need to have sustainability knowledge or experience whatsoever—just a willingness to learn!

In this role, you will coach (think: motivate, empower, guide, advise, cheer on) 10-15 undergraduate students on skills related to leadership, employability, integrative learning, and project development. You will also supervise two student-led project teams who work to advance sustainability on campus and in the community.

This is a 20-hour per week commitment for the Spring 2021 semester with the possibility to extend to the 2021-2022 academic year.  For more information about the Office of Sustainability and Sustainable Carolina, visit

Essential Functions
  1. Under supervision from the Assistant Director, manage the Sustainable Carolina Leadership Program and plan personal and professional development activities for 50 undergraduate peer leaders.
  2. Serve as a leadership coach for potential and current students in the Sustainable Carolina Leadership Program. Coach 10-15 students on their employability skills and progress toward Graduation with Leadership Distinction. (lLearn about GLD here)
  3.  Mentor 2-3 student-led project teams in their execution of major, campus-wide/community events or programs.
  4. Coordinate events for 50 undergraduate peer leaders including: Sustainable Carolina’s fall and spring orientation, professional development workshops, community building events, and end of-semester recognition events.
  5. Collaborate with campus partners such as Green Quad, USC Connect, Student Government, and the Leadership and Service Center to create opportunities for Sustainable Carolina students.
  6. Track and support student progress in coaching sessions, USC Connect orientation, workshop participation, mentorship development, applying for grants, and presenting/publishing their work.
  7. Assist staff in the assessment and evaluation of Sustainable Carolina students, events, and programs.
  8. Lead recruitment efforts for new students to join Sustainable Carolina and the Sustainable Carolina Leadership Program, including interviewing new peer leaders.
  9. Perform other duties as assigned.
Other Expectations
  • Attend a three-day training with at the beginning of each semester to provide you with necessary skills related to coaching, team project supervision, student development theory, and sustainability.
  • Work with other Sustainable Carolina graduate assistants, Office of Sustainability, and Green Quad staff to create a sustainable education facility and work environment.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately with students, faculty, staff, and community members.
  • Find opportunities to collaborate with new and continued community and campus partners.
  • ​ Attend weekly staff meetings, weekly project team meetings, and other regular meetings as communicated.
  • Develop a basic knowledge of sustainability and environmental principles throughout your assistantship (no prior sustainability knowledge is necessary).
  • Bachelor’s degree and relevant experience working with students. Knowledge related to sustainability is not required.
  • Candidate should be pursuing an advanced degree in a related field such as Higher Education and Student Affairs, Counseling, or other related field.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills; including strong public speaking, group facilitation, and presentation skills.
  • Ability to remain organized and balance multiple, competing demands.
  • Ability to work both independently and on a team in a diverse environment.
  • Willingness and eagerness to learn about sustainability and student development.
Commitment, Compensation, and Benefits


  • 20 hours per week, mostly between 8AM-5PM. Some weekly evening and occasional weekend hours required.
  • Start date: January 2021
  •  ​End date: May 2021, with opportunity to extend to the 2021-2022 academic year.


  • $4,750 stipend per semester ($9,500 per academic year)
  • Graduate students will qualify for in-state tuition waiver.
  • Additional tuition assistance of $2,100 per semester ($4,200 per academic year) based on 9 credit hours of enrollment per semester.

Professional Development:

  •  ​Project management experience including building programs, collaborating with campus and community partners, supervising students, and assessment of programs and events.
  • Mentorship from higher education and sustainability professionals (including HESA alumni!)
  • Opportunities for conference presentation.

 To apply, email a cover letter and resume to Grace Kazmierski at Application materials will be accepted on a rolling basis. 


The Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program was created in 1997 to address the underrepresentation of minorities in the professoriate.  Open to prospective and current doctoral and MFA students, the GJMPP  prepares underrepresented minority students to become professors. Scholars are provided $24,000 in additional funding over 4 years and receive training specifically designed to help them diversify the professoriate.

Eligibility and Requirements

Who is eligible?

Underrepresented students who will be entering their first or second year in a doctoral or MFA degree program and are interested in being college professors.

Preference will be given to students in degree programs in disciplines in which there are current shortages of underrepresented professors.  

Required Materials

  • Personal Statement
  • 2 Reference Letters (including nomination from a USC academic program)
  • Formal Notification of Admission from Graduate School
  • Financial Support from USC Academic Programs
  • 3.4 GPA or Higher

Program Requirements

  • Remain in Good Academic Standing
  • No Bursar Holds or Outstanding Fees
  • Participate in Preparing Future Faculty Program (PFF)
  • Have a Faculty Mentor
  • Publish 2 Articles in our Monograph Series Publication
  • Participate in at Least 1 Community Service Project per Year
  • Complete Program of Study in 3 Years (5 years in special situations)
  • Attend Professional Development Seminars and Workshops Each Semester

 For details and more information visit the Grace Jordan McFadden Professors Program web page here.

To Apply

The application deadline for the Fall 2021 cohort is February 1, 2021.  Visit the program web page for a link to the GJMPP Application and a full list of program details and benefits.


The University of South Carolina-Columbia is seeking to create the best learning environment and workplace while providing for your safety during COVID-19. The Mental Health and Emotional Wellness Sub-Group has been tasked with assessing the health and overall wellbeing of our students and employees during this time and tracking changes throughout the semester. That is why we are asking for your participation in the Carolina Health and Wellness Survey. We are committed to using the results to make improvements and provide the best resources available to our Carolina community. The survey is voluntary and completely anonymous. We encourage everyone's participation and hope you will take this opportunity to share your input.

Your experience matters. Thank you for your participation.

If you are having IT issues accessing the survey please call: 803-777-1800.  If you have accessibility concerns, please reach out to the Disability Resource Center at 803-777-6142.  If you have any questions or concerns about this survey please contact one of the chairs of the Mental Health and Emotional Wellness Sub-Group, April Scott (

This survey is for USC-Columbia campus only.

Access the survey here.



Students who live on campus have constant opportunities to strengthen their academics, start friendships, take advantage of unique opportunities and become part of the vibrant Carolina community. As graduate students, you will be in the heart of campus and be able to take advantage of all campus and the city of Columbia have to offer.

You will be able to enjoy the freedom of flexible leasing and avoid having to sign a year-long binding contract. YoPro (Young Professional) Housing features apartment living with top notch amenities and community areas paired with the solidarity of a private bedroom. Your utilities and internet will be included with the apartment, so there is no need to worry about which service providers you need to source.

To apply for Spring 2021 on-campus housing, please visit your Housing Portal via For more information, please visit or contact the University Housing Office at 803-777-4283. You may also reach University of South Carolina  Housing via email at or LiveChat on the website.


Individuals can now register to take the TOEFL iBT ®  and the GRE® General Test at home.  ETS  will answer questions about at home testing virtually,  and on demand. Learn more here.


This position will serve as support staff to the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC) under the supervision of the Test
Proctor. This student will assist with providing test proctoring
accommodations to registered SDRC students.

Time Commitment

Maximum of 12 hours per week

Pay Rate

Up to $10.00 per hour, depending on experience.

To Apply

Interested graduate students should send a cover letter, resume and unofficial academic transcript to: 
Lys Wright

For any questions  please contact Lys Wright at 803-777-6967 or


Spectrum Scholars share in the prestige and opportunities that become available when they are selected. Each scholar receives $5,000 from ALA to combat the rising cost of graduate education as well as $1,500 to attend the Spectrum Leadership Institute held during the ALA Annual Conference. In addition to financial support, recipients benefit from peer mentoring and a large alumni network. Critical for long-term impact, the program offers continuing education and professional development opportunities foundational to obtaining leadership positions within the profession.


To be eligible for a Spectrum Scholarship, you should:

  • be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada
  • identify as American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, Middle Eastern/North African, and/or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • attend an ALA-accredited graduate program in library and information studies or an AASL-recognized School Library Media Program
  • be enrolled in an accredited program and begin no later than September 1st or Fall Semester
  • have full or part-time status
  • plan to maintain a minimum course load of two classes per semester while receiving your scholarship funds
Applying for ALA Scholarships

Applications for the Spectrum Scholarships are accepted through the ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse which allows applicants to apply to multiple scholarships offered through the American Library Association. Applications for all ALA Scholarships are accepted annually from September to March 1. To submit an application for a Spectrum Scholarship, the following items are required:

  • Completed online application (which includes a personal statement).
  • Three professional references (only references on the official online form will be accepted). You will be prompted to indicate your professional references within the online application.
  • Official academic transcripts from the institution where you received your bachelor’s degree. If you are currently enrolled in an MLIS program or an AASL-recognized School Library Media Program, you will need to send a transcript from your current institution, as well. Only official (sealed) copies will be accepted. ​

The ALA Scholarship Clearinghouse (50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611) must receive the completed online application, personal statement, three references, and transcripts by March 1, 2021 to be considered. Recipients will be contacted by phone after June 1st. All other applicants will be notified by email after July 1st.

To Apply

Visit the ALA Spectrum Scholarship webpage for more information about the scholarship and the process to apply.


The  Integrative and Experiential Learning Certificate (IEL) is an initiative of The Center for Teaching Excellence and the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning. The program is designed to bring together faculty, instructors, and graduate students interested in exploring ways to help students reflect on and connect what they do within and beyond their curriculum, embrace multiple perspectives, and synthesize and transfer their knowledge to new, complex situations. 

Key outcomes for participants include obtaining a deeper understanding of the ideals of integrative and experiential learning as well as developing a toolbox of simple techniques to engage students in reflection on their within and beyond the classroom experiences.


Faculty, instructors and graduate assistants who participate in six or more Integrative and Experiential Learning workshops approved by the Center for Teaching Excellence will receive a certificate of completion, a letter of commendation, recognition on the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning website, and will be eligible to apply for a grant to incorporate integrative learning strategies into a class, develop a new experiential learning opportunity for a course, or develop a team-taught interdisciplinary course. Participants will be required to attend the Introduction to Integrative and Experiential Learning and Small Changes, High Impacts workshops and four (4) electives. Participants  will have 2 academic semesters (and the summer) to complete the certificate.

Visit the program website for a schedule of upcoming required and elective workshops.


The Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion is an initiative of The Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. The TTIE program is designed to provide an opportunity for faculty, instructors and teaching graduate students to strengthen their strategic diversity leadership capacities both within and outside their classroom and to support USC’s commitment to inclusive excellence.

Program Description

Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence addresses teaching philosophies and practices by integrating pedagogical principles aligned with inclusive excellence into the classroom environment, course design and assignments that increase awareness of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion, as well as cultural competence, civic engagement and civil discourse. Key outcomes for participants include obtaining a deeper understanding of the people, practices and initiatives that support and foster diversity at USC, as well as obtaining ideas, strategies and resources that instructors can use to both build their diversity competencies and identify areas of diversity partnership across the institution.


Faculty, instructors and teaching graduate assistants who participate in eight or more Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence approved Center for Teaching Excellence workshops will receive a certificate of completion, a letter of commendation and recognition on the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s website. Participants will be required to attend the Inclusive Excellence at UofSC workshop and seven (7) electives. Participants will have 3 academic semesters (not including summer semesters) to complete the certificate.

Visit the program website for a schedule of upcoming required and elective workshops.

About the Program

The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. 

Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome.

Application Deadline
The next application deadline is February 12, 2021.

Visit the program website for more information:
The Data Incubator

Job Summary

Looking for Python developer responsible for developing a chatbot for healthcare applications in a team environment.


Must be expert in Python, with knowledge of at least one Python web framework ({such as Django, Flask, Bottle})
• Familiarity with Python data processing packages (such as Pandas)
• Familiarity with REST web services and APIs.
• Able to parse and handle JSON data.
• Experience with Relational Database (SQL) Systems. Familiarity with NoSQL is a plus.
• Good understanding of client-server architecture.
• Basis understanding of frontend technologies such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript
• Understanding of design principle behind the scalable system.
• Basic understanding of NLP techniques.
• Familiarity with Android is needed, iOS application development is a big plus.

Time Commitment

Up to 20 hours per week.  Schedule coordinated with AI Institute Director around student class schedule.

Pay Rate

$10/hour-$15/hour depending on experience

Application Instructions

Visit  UofSC Jobs to Apply

About the Program

The Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Fellowship Program is committed to engaging students from underrepresented populations in graduate study within science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields of study in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) or College of Engineering & Computing (CEC).

Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) fellows are committed, mindful learners who are actively engaged in the process to become leaders within the scientific community at the national and global level.

The BD program is awarded by the National Science Foundation Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program, which assists universities and colleges in diversifying the STEM workforce through the recruitment and development of highly competitive students from groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines: African-Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

The goal of the LSAMP BD activity is to increase the quantity and quality of STEM graduate students from underrepresented populations, with emphasis on Ph.D. matriculation and completion.

This fellowship is designed to establish a bridge to the terminal degree — the PhD — by providing 12 underrepresented minority science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) doctoral students with:

  • Tuition and fees paid and enrollment in a health insurance benefit program
  • Student stipends of $34,000 annually for two years
  • Individualized faculty mentoring and coaching
  • Participation in professional conferences and meetings
  • Links to research and professional opportunities
  • Enriched academic services and support by staff dedicated to the promotion of future leadership in the scientific enterprise
Learn more about the program and application process here.

View the Bridge to the Doctorate Flyer
Job Description

The Graduate Assistant experience will include direct responsibilities and active involvement in the development, delivery, and support of programs and services within the OSP program. This assistantship opportunity will offer graduate students outstanding, hands-on experience in staff supervision and advisement, program planning and training implementation, student development, as well as administrative skills.

Time Commitment

20 hours a week (flexible office hours)

Pay Rate

Providing a stipend of $10,200

  • Staff Supervision and Advisement
  • Program Planning and Training Implementation
  • Student Development
  • Administrative Duties
  • Additional Responsibilities and other duties as assigned (see full job description  for details)
Application Instructions

Please fill out the application via Handshake
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Job Description
Become a Program Director

Embark on a service-based adventure that will build your strengths and passions, test your determination and reward you with a variety of new personal and professional achievements!

For 3 to 13 months, you will experience life and work alongside other young leaders and community members. At our site in Ecuador, you will direct a variety of impactful programs designed to meet the specific needs and opportunities of the community. These include long-standing and established programs, such as teaching English classes or working at a health clinic. You will also have the flexibility to create new programs where the community’s vision intersect with your own education, passions and interests.

Learn More About Manna Project International

Details, Requirements and Cost


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.