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Open Mind: Telling our stories of diversity and hope

Jan. 13, 2020—In her latest "Open Mind" column, Interim Chancellor and Provost Susan R. Wente reflects on the words carved into the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.: “Out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.”

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Ph.D. bridge programs show success in fostering diversity and inclusion, according to new study

Dec. 6, 2019—A team of STEM researchers, including Vanderbilt astrophysicist Kelly Holley-Bockelmann, have published a new collaborative study on Ph.D. bridge programs as a mechanism to empower students, foster diversity and spur a more holistic approach to graduate education. 

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Vanderbilt astrophysicist and National Academies committee publish report on effective STEMM mentorship

Oct. 31, 2019—A National Academies committee, featuring Vanderbilt astrophysicist Keivan Stassun, published a report and resource guide on effective mentorship in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.

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Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. program developing and mentoring next generation of STEM leaders

Dec. 10, 2018—A lively group of students, faculty, staff and postdocs participating in the Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program recently gathered in the lobby of the Vanderbilt Engineering and Science Building for the program’s annual mentor mixer.

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Keivan Stassun named 2018 AAAS mentor of the year

Feb. 15, 2018—Astrophysicist Keivan Stassun has been named mentor of the year by AAAS for his efforts in increasing the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM Ph.D. programs.

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Stellar astrophysicist Keivan Stassun talks about total solar eclipse, scientific wonder on ‘The Zeppos Report’

Aug. 17, 2017—In prelude to the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos interviews astronomy expert Keivan Stassun on "The Zeppos Report."

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Enroll in Vanderbilt Osher spring 2017 classes

Feb. 24, 2017—The August total solar eclipse, digital humanities and moral intelligence are among the diverse topics covered during the spring term of Vanderbilt's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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Vanderbilt earns top rankings, including a No. 1, for successful minority recruitment in master’s and Ph.D. programs

Dec. 12, 2016—"Diverse: Issues In Higher Education" has ranked Vanderbilt University No. 1 in the country for the number of doctoral degrees awarded to African Americans in the biological and biomedical sciences.

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Expanding the Landscape: Graduate School refocuses on inclusion, more holistic approach

Oct. 5, 2016—When Vanderbilt’s Graduate School relocated to Alumni Hall earlier this year, it was more than just a routine move from one office space to another. In a broader sense, it also represented a shift in philosophy—away from the more traditional notion of graduate education and toward a more holistic approach that better equips students for today’s fast-changing and heavily interconnected world.

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Vanderbilt engineering and physics professors recipients of inaugual NSF INCLUDES award

Sep. 16, 2016—The National Science Foundation has issued its first-ever awards for the NSF INCLUDES program, a comprehensive initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in science and engineering by broadening participation in STEM fields. Principal investigator Maithilee Kunda and co-P.I. Kelly Holley-Bockelmann are among the recipients.

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Vanderbilt hosts multiple congressional visits

Sep. 8, 2016—An unusually long summer recess for Congress—totaling seven weeks—gave members of Congress the opportunity to return to their states and districts to meet with constituents. It also afforded Vanderbilt the unique opportunity to host numerous congressional staff on campus in August.

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Eight engineering graduate students receive NSF research fellowships

Aug. 12, 2016—Eight entering engineering graduate students have received research fellowships from the National Science Foundation, as did two Vanderbilt engineering undergraduate students who are pursuing their graduate studies elsewhere.

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