ASPIRE to Plan

ASPIRE to Plan will empower biomedical sciences PhD students and postdoctoral fellows to make effective career decisions and identify specific training opportunities related to their career goals. It consists of four interactive seminars emphasizing self-assessment, career options for scientists, and career planning. ASPIRE to Plan will highlight Vanderbilt resources available to aid PhD students and postdocs in their career exploration and professional development. As part of ASPIRE to Plan, participants will set concrete goals for taking the next steps in their professional development.

ASPIRE to Plan is ideal for second or third year graduate students and early-stage postdoctoral fellows, but we welcome students and postdocs to participate at any stage of their training. Please note that ASPIRE to Plan will NOT address job search strategies or topics like interviewing and negotiation.

ASPIRE to Plan will be offered twice each year, and is limited to 20 participants per session.  Please check back later for more details on upcoming sessions.  ASPIRE to Plan Sessions will also be advertised in the Office of Career development e-newsletter and blog. 

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Note:  The ASPIRE to Plan series is required for all trainees who want to apply for the ASPIRE externship or internship programs, which will begin in 2015.

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ASPIRE to Plan will be held over the course of 4 weeks, from 11:00-12:30, on the following Tuesdays:

  • November 4, 2014
  • November 11,2014
  • December 2, 2014
  • December 9, 2014

Space is limited. Apply online by September 15, 2014. Deadline Extended to September 30th!  Applicants will be notified on a rolling basis of their acceptance to the fall 2014 session.


The next ASPIRE to Plan Session will be offered in Spring 2015.  Stay tuned for more details!