ASPIRE Café for Postdoctoral Fellows

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Postdoctoral Fellows,

If you have not already had the chance to attend, please come for coffee and pastries to a Postdoctoral ASPIRE Café for Career Planning session to learn more about the Vanderbilt ASPIRE Program and to explore topics in career development and professionalism. 

ASPIRE Café sessions are led by Ashley Brady, PhD., ASPIRE Program Manager,(unless otherwise noted).  The schedule can be seen below and at the following link. 

Orientation to BRET Resources for Postdocs provides an overview of the ASPIRE and Career Development programs and helps postdoctoral fellows find out how to become involved in our activities.  This session should only be attended once, as the content will be repeated each time.

All other sessions will feature specific career development or professionalism topics, such as converting your CV into a powerful résumé, networking strategies, writing a winning cover letter, informational interviewing, finding funding for your research, Leveraging LinkedIN, Preparing for a teaching demo, and grant resources at Vanderbilt.  This will be an informal session where conversation and questions are encouraged.  Since this topic will change each meeting, feel free to attend as often as you wish.  

Topics for 2017:
(Detailed Session Summaries and Slide Sets)

Date Topic              Location
  ***NOTE new DAY, TIME and Venue starting in July!***  
July 27 Lean Lab Management: Increasing Productivity and Reducing Costs LH 350
Aug 10 Orientation to BRET Career Development Resources for Postdocs LH 350
Aug 24 K Awards- Which One is Right For You? LH 350
Sept 14 Preparing a Faculty Position Application Package LH 419
Sept 28 Grant Resources at VU LH 350
Oct 12 Science and Social Media LH 350
Oct 26 Behind the Curtain: An inside look at Peer Review of F32 NRSAs LH 350
Nov 9 No Session Scheduled -
Nov 16 What to Expect from a Faculty Position Interview LH 407
Nov 23 No Session - Thanksgiving Holiday -
Dec 14 How to Give A Chalk Talk LH 411


Archived: ASPIRE Cafe 2015 Schedule
Archived ASPIRE Cafe 2016 Schedule

Please join us for our next meeting:

2nd and 4th Thursday of each month  
Location varies


Questions or suggestions for other topics?  Email Ashley Brady at