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2023 Scholar Symposium

The 3rd annual VITA symposium in Biomedical Sciences is designed to introduce senior graduate students to the research and resources at Vanderbilt and to help them develop skills that will enhance their postdoctoral career.

Program elements:

  • Communication Training from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Through a layered series of applied improvisational and communication exercises, participants will explore and practice using communication strategies. Find out more here.
  • An introduction to ASPIRE, the BRET office of professional development
  • Opportunity to meet with current Vanderbilt postdocs
  • Individual meetings with Vanderbilt research faculty members
  • Learning about the Vanderbilt community and research resources

Deadline is Monday, March 6, 2023

Apply here:

See below for the complete program

March 31st, 2023
Virtual Via Zoom


9:00 am – 9:30 am: Welcome, introductions, and introduction to Biomedical Research at Vanderbilt

9:30 am – 10:15 am: Meet the programs

10:15 am – 10:30 am: Break

10:30 am – 11:10 am: Meet current Postdocs

11:10 am – 11:30 am: Introduction to the ASPIRE Program for professional and career development

11:30 am – 11:45 am: Break

11:45 am – 12:45 pm: Lunch zoom meetings with Research/Faculty Mentors

12:45 pm – 1:00 pm: Break

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Communication training from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science

4:10 pm: Closing remarks and networking


Questions? Email Mary Gray Lindstrom