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

Info for Current Students

Here you will find links to information for students currently enrolled in the Bridge program. This includes access to course catalogs, course schedules, financial aid information, and other useful information. Check this page regularly for updates.

Click here to downolad an informational brochure in PDF format.

Overview of the Bridge Program:
Here are the basic requirements of the Masters-to-PhD Bridge program. See below for detailed guidelines and requirements.

  • Complete all requirements for the M.A. degree
    • Be sure to take at least one core course at Vanderbilt
    • Be mindful of the various deadlines and forms to be completed (see below)
    • Meet at least once per semester with your Fisk and Vanderbilt advisers
  • Take the GRE (including the subject exam, depending on which Vanderbilt PhD program you intend to join)
  • Apply to the relevant Vanderbilt PhD program by the January deadline

Bridge Faculty and Postdoc office hours for Spring 2015:

Descriptions of Bridge postdoc specialities

  • Natalie Arnett: Monday/Wednesday 2:30 - 5 pm
  • Jillian Bellovary (Fisk): Wednesday 1 pm - 3 pm
  • Arnold Burger (Fisk): Tuesday/Thursday, 8 am - 11 am
  • Dave Cliffel (Vanderbilt): Tuesday 10 am - 10:30 am / Thursday 10 am - 10:50 am
  • Dave Ernst (Vanderbilt): Tuesday/Thursday 1 pm – 2 pm
  • Kelly Holley-Bockelmann (Fisk): Wednesday, 1 pm -2 pm
  • Lee Limbird (Fisk): Monday-Thursday 12 noon
  • Rudy Montez (Vanderbilt): by appointment or drop-in
  • Steve Morgan (Fisk): Tuesday/Thursday 9-11am
  • Brian Nelms (Fisk): Tuesday 10:30 am - 12 noon; Thursday 9 am - 12:30 pm
  • Emmanuel Rowe (Fisk): Monday, 1:00-2:30 pm
  • Keivan Stassun (Vanderbilt): Monday 9 am – 10 am; Friday 3 pm – 4 pm
  • Dina Stroud: by appointment
  • Donna Webb (Vanderbilt): Friday 2 pm – 3 pm
  • Steven Namo: Monday/Wednesday/Friday 9 am – 10 am; Monday 3 pm – 4 pm; Thursday 1:50 pm - 2:50 pm

Important dates:
Note: these dates are approximate, and are intended only as a guide. Check the academic calendar (see links below) for up-to-date information.

  • Spring semester 2015
    • Jan 20 - Last Day to Add/Drop classes at Fisk
    • Feb 13 - Last Day to Drop Fisk Class with a Withdrawal
    • Feb 16-20 - Mid Semester Evaluations
    • Mar 2-6 - Spring Break
    • Mar 16 - Apr 24 - Registration for Spring (Fisk)
    • Apr 22 - Term Ends
    • May 4 - Commencement at Fisk
    • May 9 - Commencement at Vanderbilt

Information and forms:

  • Online tutoring:
    • Khan Academy
      The Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2006 by Bengali-American educator Salman Khan, a graduate of MIT andHarvard Business School. With the stated mission of "providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere", the website supplies a free online collection of more than 3,400 micro lectures via video tutorials stored on YouTube teaching mathematics, history, healthcare and medicine, finance,physics, chemistry, biology, astronomy, economics, cosmology, organic chemistry, American civics, art history, macroeconomics, microeconomics, and computer science. If there is something that's just not clicking for you, try watching a Khan Academy video! Excellent way to look at something from a different perspective that might really help.
  • Qualifying exam info:
    • UCSD physics qualifying exam bank
      Each exam has an "undergrad" portion and a "grad" portion. The undergrad portion has 10 problems with two each from Mechanics, E&M, Stat Mech, Quantum, and Miscellaneous.More than 40 exams with solutions are posted, and some study materials are also on the website.

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