Partnerships, Bridges, and Impact

The 8th annual Advancing Research and Impact in Society (ARIS) Summit highlighted the expanding nature of Broader Impacts, and featured a compilation of keynote speakers, lightning talks, and panelists of researchers across the nation who are challenging its boundaries. Elizabeth Dickey, Caesar Jackson, along with Gregory Goins of North Carolina A&T State University participated on a panel, MSI and R-1s: Successful Partnering for Broader Impact. During this discussion, Beth and Caesar discussed the successes and challenges with developing the NCCU- NCSU Bridge-to-Ph.D. program, which has existed since 2016. Inter-institutional partnerships between MSIs and R-1s have served as a mechanism to increase the pipeline of students from underrepresented backgrounds to STEM Ph.D. programs. Our program has achieved a 100% Ph.D. acceptance rate with students matriculating in mathematics Ph.D. programs at Howard University and North Carolina State University, and another graduate has secured employment as a Senior Data Tech at Duke University. We continue to improve our program as we learn from other inter-institutional bridge programs and our own unique challenges. If you would like to know more about the NCCU-NCSU bridge program, send an email to

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