Bridge to Doctorate Programs (NSF)

Bridge to Doctorate programs are two-year projects that focus on providing post-baccalaureate fellowship support to a cohort of 12 LSAMP students for the first two years of their STEM graduate studies and provides the necessary academic and research skills that will enable them to successfully earn STEM doctoral degrees and transition into the STEM workforce. 

Since 2004, the WAESO LSAMP has been awarded 12 Bridge to Doctorate Cohorts, for a total of 144 participants.

Success Stories

David Murillo, Ph.D.David Murillo

Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship Recipient, 2004-2006, Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) LSAMP (Arizona State University)

Dr. Murillo is currently a director of risk management at American Express where he has been working for the past 10 years.  He has had a variety of roles in his career across charge card, lending card, and installment lending risk management and underwriting.  His job entails statistical and data driven analytics to find business solutions to meet the lending needs of consumers.  He is an active member and advocate of the Latino society within American Express and continues to mentor colleagues and students both inside and outside of the company.

He earned his BS in Mechanical and Aerospace engineering at Cornell University and his PhD in Applied Mathematics for the Life and Social Sciences in the School for Human Evolution and Social Change at Arizona State University.  His doctoral thesis was on modeling urban growth and the spread of diseases.  



Liliana Rincon-Gonzalez, Ph.D.Liliana Rincon-Gonzalez

Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship Recipient, 2007-2009, Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) LSAMP (Arizona State University)

Dr. Rincon-Gonzalez leads the Science of Patient Input Program at the Medical Device Innovation Consortium Initiative (MDIC) where she creates and manages strategic partnerships to advance regulatory science of medical devices. Prior to joining MDIC, Liliana worked as a Research Assistant Professor and as a Clinical Research Coordinator in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Florida International University (FIU). Here she provided scientific and regulatory support to Investigators and staff on clinical and research projects. 

In addition, Liliana has over 10 years’ experience designing, managing and running biomedical and neuroscience research with human participants as well as experience with human subject protections and IRB submissions. She has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles related to understanding how individuals process body-posture and tactile signals with the purpose of designing neurostimulators to provide sensory feedback to patients.

Liliana earned her BA in Psychology, BSE in Bioengineering, MS in Biomedical Engineering and PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. She is currently a primary IRB Member at the Health Sciences Panel at Florida International University.



Anarina Murillo, Ph.D.,Anarina Murillo

Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship Recipient, 2010-2012, Western Alliance to Expand Student Opportunities (WAESO) LSAMP (Arizona State University)

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Warren Alpert Medical School, and Senior Biostatistician in the Center for Statistical Sciences, School of Public Health, at Brown University. [MPS] and [BIO]

Accomplishments:  NIH T32 Postdoctoral Fellowship; Sloan Scholars Mentoring Network Career Development Award, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Program Award; WAESO LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship; MGE@MSA AGEP Participant; and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Minority PhD Program.  Has ten original publications in peer-reviewed journals and two book chapters.