Tool Kit Download

The Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge Program was developed with the hope that the lessons learned, strategies, and tools we have developed would inspire and provide concrete guidance to other practitioners in the field seeking to develop similar programs. This page provides links to our tools and resources. These may be used freely with attribution as indicated below.

Please contact us with any questions regarding the use of these tools as well as just to let us know that you are using them. We would love to hear from you!

Tool/Resource Description
Bridge Program Toolkit

An online repository of materials essential to the operation of the Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program. Includes interview protocols and rubrics for use in admissions, rubrics for providing student feedback on research performance, a “dashboard” for monitoring student performance, a timeline of crucial mentoring interventions, examples of materials used in program orientation, and many others.

Any use of these materials should retain the Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program watermark.

Note, the link is to a publicly shared Dropbox folder and will automatically be updated as the included toolkit components are updated.

One-pager of tools and resources related to graduate admissions practice

A listing of Bridge Program tools and related articles/talks focused on the Fisk-Vanderbilt approach to admissions.

Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program research article

Published in the American Journal of Physics, 2011. Describes the program, its key precepts, mentoring strategies, and also includes the admissions interview protocol and rubric found in the Toolkit above.

Nature article on misuse of GRE scores in grad admissions

Published in Nature, 2014. Provides quantitative data from ETS demonstrating that GRE scores correlate strongly with gender and ethnicity, and argues that using GRE scores is therefore a major reason for the underrepresentation of women and minorities in STEM graduate programs.

Please use the following attribution when using and acknowledging use of these materials:

“This tool [or these tools] is/are used by permission of the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge Program, a joint graduate program in science and engineering at Fisk University and Vanderbilt University, as indicated by the Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program watermark. The use or repurposing of these tools does not necessarily represent the endorsement of the Fisk-Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge Program, its officers, or its participants.”