Vanderbilt University Partners With the University of Cape Town to Increase the Number of Black Astronomers

Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, has formed a partnership with its crosstown counterpart, historically black Fisk University, in a program to increase the number of black students pursuing Ph.D.s in the physical sciences.

Now Vanderbilt has agreed to a similar program with the University of Cape Town to bring more blacks from South Africa into the field of astronomy.

Under the program Vanderbilt will partner with the University of Cape Town in research projects, faculty exchanges, and opportunities for students from both countries to study abroad at the partner institution.

Vanderbilt hopes to establish similar relationships with as many as 10 universities worldwide over the next several years.