The ASPIRE Program

The Vanderbilt ASPIRE Program was launched in 2013 as a means to meet the needs of the 21st century scientist.  Through participation in the ASPIRE program, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will be introduced to broad strategies intended to best prepare them for a wide range of future careers.    

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Required of first-year PhD students in the basic biomedical sciences.  IMPACT sessions expose trainees to various topics on professionalism in the sciences to give them the necessary tools to begin establishing their scientific careers.  

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Targets PhD students in years 2-3 of training and postdoctoral fellows.  EXPLORE sessions jumpstart career management through self-assessment, career exploration, and networking. 

In the EXPLORE phase, we also encourage students to attend our Annual Career Symposium and monthly PhD Career Connections.

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Intended for post-qualifying PhD students and postdoctoral fellows.  ENHANCE sessions include didactic modules in business and entrepreneurship, scientific communication and clinical research, as well as opportunities for hands-on-experience through externships and internships.

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