Fisk-Vanderbilt
Masters-to-PhD Bridge Program
a joint program in astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics, and materials science

Areas of Study

All students in the Masters-to-PhD Bridge program begin by working toward a Masters degree in physics or biology or chemistry. Thus all students complete a core set of graduate-level courses in phyiscs or biology or chemistry (see the program requirements for more details). In addition, electives are chosen in consultation with the student's Fisk and Vanderbilt advisors based upon the intended area of PhD study. The areas of PhD study currently available to Bridge program students are listed here, along with the Vanderbilt department or program corresponding to each:

Vanderbilt Department or Program
Area of PhD Study
  • Astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology
  • Biological physics
  • Condensed matter physics
  • Nuclear and particle physics
  • Medical and health physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Developmental Biology
  • Ecology and Evolution
  • Genetics
  • Neurobiology
  • Structural Biology
  • Carbon nanostructures
  • Cellular-nanostructure interface
  • Nanoscale devices and nanocrystals
  • Spintronics in nano-structured materials
  • Linear and non-linear optical properties of nanoparticles
  • Organic chemistry
  • Polymer chemistry
  • Cancer and cardiovascular imaging
  • Cellular and molecular imaging
  • Functional and structural neuro-imaging
  • Image processing and analysis
  • Physics of imaging and spectroscopy

Bridge Student PhD Theses

Student Thesis


Steven Babalola (2009)

SURFACE AND BULK DEFECTS IN CADMIUM ZINC TELLURIDE AND CADMIUM MANGANESE TELLURIDE CRYSTALS


John Lucien Rigueur (2012)
OPTIMIZATION OF MULTI-WALLED CARBON NANOTUBE PHOTON ABSORBERS FOR MID- AND FAR-INFRARED STRAY LIGHT SUPPRESSION IN SPACE INSTRUMENTATION

Ebonee Alexis Walker (2012)
INFLUENCE OF PHONON MODES ON THE THERMAL CONDUCTIVITY OF SINGLE-WALL, DOUBLE-WALL, AND FUNCTIONALIZED  CARBON NANOTUBES
Thompson LeBlanc (2012) THE ROLE OF DISKS IN THE ANGULAR MOMENTUM EVOLUTION OF YOUNG, LOW-MASS STARS
Melissa A. Harrison (2012) HETEROGENEOUSLY ALLOYED SEMICONDUCTOR NANOCRYSTALS WITH INDUCED CHEMICAL COMPOSITION GRADIENTS
Julia G. Bodnarik (2013) USING IN SITU NEUTRON AND GAMMA RAY SPECTROSCOPY TO CHARACTERIZE AND DIFFERENTIATE ASTEROIDS

Deatrick Foster (2013)
Examining very-long-term variability in X-ray binaries: are ultraluminous X-ray sources intermediate mass black holes?
Jedidah Isler (2013, Yale) In Like a Lamb, Out Like a Lion: Probing the Disk-Jet Connection in Fermi Bright Blazars

Fabienne Bastien (2014)
Empirically Interrelating Stellar Chromospheric Activity, Photometric Variability and Radial Velocity Variations to Enhance Planet Discovery
Helen Jackson (2014, AFIT) Effect of the Variation of Si3N4 Passivation on 1 MeV Electron Irradiated AlGaN/GaN Heterostructure Field Effect Transistors (HEMTs)

 



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