Fisk, VU plan bridge program focused on science, math and computer science

Fisk University and Vanderbilt University are planning a bridge program focused on courses in natural science, mathematics or computer science.

The program would include a Fisk undergraduate degree — weighted toward courses in natural science, mathematics or computer science — obtained within three years. The degree would be followed by a master's degree in computer science from Fisk, bridging to a biomedical informatics Ph.D. from Vanderbilt.

The proposed program, which would begin enrolling students in fall 2015 at the earliest, would expand the Fisk-Vanderbilt Bridge Program established in 2004 and currently bridging Fisk masters programs to Vanderbilt doctoral programs in astronomy, biology, chemistry, physics and materials science.

“Perhaps because of the relative newness and interdisciplinary character of biomedical informatics, most entering undergraduates aren’t aware of the role that this field has in advancing health care and biomedical science, nor of this growing field’s tremendous need for experts and leaders,” said Dr. Lee Limbird, dean of the Fisk School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Business and interim dean for graduate studies.

“With this proposed training program, we want to begin addressing that deficit of awareness and help fill the pipeline with talented students of color,” Limbird added.

Paul Govern and vanderbilt.edu have more here.