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2021 Scholars 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, and establish a durable, personal mentoring relationship with a Vanderbilt junior 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.

See below for the complete 2-day program.


April 15-16, 2021
Virtual Via Zoom

Symposium Program

Day 1 Morning:
1. Welcoming remarks
2. Short 15-minute research talks by student participants

Day 1 Lunch: 
Lunch, on Zoom, with Faculty Mentors

Day 1 Afternoon:
1. Scientific Communication Training from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
Information on Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science Workshop:

Day 1 Evening:
Dinner Networking event, exclusively for student participants

Day 2 Morning:
1. Senior PhD student networking
2. Postdoc Panel
3. Introduction to the ASPIRE program for professional and career development

Day 2 Lunch:
Keynote address by Arion Kennedy, PhD, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University; Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Fellow (2014)

Lunch, on Zoom, with Dr. Kennedy

Day 2 Afternoon:
1. Two Zoom meetings with prospective research advisors
3. Concluding Remarks