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2022 Scholar Symposium

(Denise Malone/Office of Postdoctoral Affairs)

The annual VITA Scholars Symposium brings biomedical PhD students to Vanderbilt to present their research, learn about the Vanderbilt community and resources, obtain training in scientific communication from the Alan Alda Center, and establish a durable, personal mentoring relationship with a Vanderbilt faculty member. This utterly unique opportunity in biomedical sciences training provides high value for students as they progress to the next stages in their scientific careers.


Why Apply?

  • Become a Vanderbilt VITA Scholar
  • Learn about the Vanderbilt community and resources
  • Network with other PhD students and Postdocs from around the country
  • Present your research
  • Obtain training in scientific communication from the Alan Alda Center.
  • Develop personal mentoring with relationship with Vanderbilt faculty member

Deadline is March 25th 2022.


Apply here:

See below for the complete 2-day program.

April 28-29, 2022
Virtual Via Zoom


Day 1 Morning:

.9:00-9:15 Welcome and Introductions

9:15-11:30 Research Presentations

11:30-12:15 Zoom Meetings with Research Mentors

12:15-1:00 Lunch

1:00-4:00  Scientific Communication Training from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
Information on Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Workshop:


Day 1 Evening:
4:00-6:00 Social Networking


Day 2 Morning:
9:00-10:00 Senior PhD Student Networking

10:00-11:00 Introduction to the ASPIRE program for professional and career development

11:15-12:15 Panel, “Why You Should Do a Postdoc”

Alumni: AJ BaucumSteven Townsend & Jessica Overstreet Current Postdoc: Chris Wilson

12:15-1:00 Lunch

1:00-2:00 Keynote address: Dr. Shandea Andersen

2:00-2:15 Break


Day 2 Afternoon:

2:15-3:00 Zoom Meeting with Research Mentor

3:00-3:15 Closing Remarks