Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee is on track this year to become the number one producer of minority Ph.D. recipients in physics, astronomy and materials science, areas where minorities are grossly underrepresented. One reason for this is a bridge program operated in conjunction with historically Black Fisk University, which is also located in Nashville
Students of any race or ethnic group with undergraduate majors in physics, chemistry, biology, or other science fields are eligible to apply to the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program. The bridge program typically takes two years. Students selected for the program study for a master’s degree in physics, biology, or chemistry at Fisk University, with full funding support. Students in the program are able to conduct research with faculty members at Vanderbilt, who also serve as mentors. Students who are successful in the program get fast-track admission to participating Ph.D. programs at Vanderbilt, again with full funding from the program.
More information on the program is available here.
Here is a video showing doctoral graduates from the Fisk-Vanderbilt-Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program discussing their educational journey.