Give to the ASPIRE Program on 4/4/19 VU Giving Day!
Make a difference for the ASPIRE Program on April 4. Save the date for Vanderbilt Giving Day to support current and future grad students and postdocs through the endowed ASPIRE Scholar Fund.
Click here on April 4 to be part of the action!
The ASPIRE (Augmenting Scholar Preparation and Integration with Research-Related Endeavors) Program was created to expand graduate and postdoctoral training opportunities to reflect the wide range of career options available to the 21st century scientist.
The next generation of biomedical scientists face challenges like no other generation before them. Only an estimated 20% of current trainees will go on to hold tenured or tenure-track faculty positions in academic research. Nevertheless, their graduate education has imparted them with broad skills in critical-thinking and problem solving that are invaluable assets in a wide variety of fields such as science policy, law, business, journalism, and education. As such, it is imperative that we prepare trainees by informing them about these viable career paths and providing them with clear pathways for entry. No doubt, students and postdoctoral fellows who receive this enhanced professional skills exposure, in conjunction with their formal scientific training, will emerge empowered to improve our world through their research, leadership and innovation.
Generous philanthropic support from our alumni and community can make a tremendous impact on the training opportunities afforded our PhD students and postdoctoral fellows. With your help, they will have increased access to the skills training, real-life experiences and important networking opportunities that directly help them transition to a fulfilling and rewarding career path.