Fisk University Chair:
Dr. Arnold Burger


In 2009, Professor Burger accepted the position of Dr. Samuel P. Massie Chair of Excellence at Fisk University where he is a professor of physics and the co-director of the Fisk/Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge program. Professor Burger obtained the B.Sc. degree in Physics-Math (1976), M.A. in Materials Science (1981) and a Ph. D. in Materials Science (1985), all from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. In 1986 he joined the Department of Physics at Fisk University, where currently he is a Professor of Physics and the Director of the Materials Science and Applications Group operating the Radiation Detection Laboratories (RDL) and also serves as Vice Provost in charge of developing and monitoring Fisk's academic initiatives by the Office of the Provost. 

A Discussion with Dr. Burger on Program Goals

"The Massie Chair Program at Fisk University aims at improving the understanding of the material problems limiting the performance of semiconductor and scintillator radiation detectors. Our research interests are in crystal growth and uses of crystals in electronic and optical devices for national security, space research and medical applications.  We are extremely proud of our Fisk/Vanderbilt Masters-to-PhD Bridge program which was established in 2004. In just seven years, the Bridge program has attracted and mentored a total of 41 students, 38 of them underrepresented minority students.  With a retention rate of 93%, the program is placing Fisk and Vanderbilt as nation’s top producers of blacks earning advanced degrees in physics, astronomy, materials science, chemistry and biological sciences and becoming a national model for broadening the participation of underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines.”

Recent Publications in Refereed Journals

Professional Organizations/Accomplishments

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