Vanderbilt Making Strides in Student Diversity

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

Bridge Alumna Jedidah Isler and Current Student Natasha Berryman to Speak at the UNESCO Symposium.

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 You can also follow #VanguardSTEM on Twitter @VanguardSTEM.

Bridge Research Celebration Day!

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.

Bridge Program in the News

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.