Our Vanderbilt University Bridge Program Director, Dr. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, has been named the chair of the U.S. Laser Interferometer Space Antenna (LISA) Study Team. Not only will she lead a team of scientists here, she will also represent the US as part of the LISA International consortium.
Please see the article here.
Great article and interview with featuring Bridge Program Faculty Dr. Steve Damo. Check it out!!
Fisk and NPR
Dr. Isler was featured as part of a new podcast series entitled HBCU voices of STEM excellence. To listen to her interview, go to https://www.hbcudigest.com/norfolk-statefisk-alumna-history-making-astrophysicist-jedidah-isler-talks-black-holes-and-black-pride/.
From the Tennessee Tribune, Dr. Zeppos talks about the partnership between Fisk and Vanderbilt and his desire to see it developed further.
Vanderbilt’s Chancellor Zeppos Welcomes New Fisk “Partner”
Through the efforts of many dedicated individuals and groups on campus, we are seeing significant changes in the diversity of Vanderbilt students including the recognition that Vanderbilt University was No. 1 in the United States for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to African Americans in the biological and biomedical sciences for 2014-15.
Click the link below for more info about the impact of the IMSD and the Bridge!
Vanderbilt Student Diversity
Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program Alumna, Dr. Jedidah Isler, created the #VanguardSTEM web series and website to support and celebrate Women of Color in STEM. It has seen tremendous success in the past few years and has recently been honored as Dr. Isler and current Bridge student and #Vanguard STEM editor in chief Natasha Berryman have been invited to speak about #Vanguard STEM and its parent not-for-profit The SeRCH Foundation at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) International Symposium and Policy Forum “Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM” in Bangkok, Thailand, August 28-30. This is exciting and a well-deserved honor for their outstanding work and commitment!
You can catch up on the #VanguardSTEM series and read all the great content at http://vanguardstem.com/. You can also follow #VanguardSTEM on Twitter @VanguardSTEM.
This Friday, August 11th marks our 5th Annual Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s to PhD Bridge Research Day. This year will feature many more alumni, including an alumni career panel before the event begins. Our keynote speaker is alumna Melissa Harrison Fortuna, PhD who will be telling us about her academic path and her current work at Intel as a Managing Engineer.
Note that it is a research celebration- because the focus is on student research and accomplishments. This is a time to reflect on how far we have come as scientists and note our contributions to our field. Even more so, it is a chance to celebrate our community and come together to get to know our new students and rekindle the ties that help drive our success. Together, We are the Bridge.
In the last few months we have seen a number of articles mentioning the Bridge. Here is a links roundup of recent ones!
Here is an unexpected shout out from the Scholarly Hires website.
This is part of an incredible series in Vanity Fair.
This article includes a couple of our students talking about choosing a grad school.
Check out this excerpt of an Article in The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education: Building a Better ‘Bridge’ to the Ph.D.