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ASPIRE Teaching Internship: General Biology Lab, Fisk University

Posted by on Friday, August 9, 2019 in Announcements .

ASPIRE Internship Opportunity:

Teaching Internship: General Biology Lab

Class Lecture/Discussion: MWF 11AM-12 noon  

Course-associated laboratory: Monday 2:20 PM- 5:20 PM


Fisk University

1000 17th Avenue North

Nashville, TN 37208


Fisk University is a small, historically black liberal arts university with a history of excellence in academics through teaching, research, and service.  It is Nashville’s oldest institution of higher education and conveniently located less than two miles from Vanderbilt.


This teaching internship will provide experience in teaching a lab course within a liberal arts environment with small class size.  The participant will be hosted by Dr. Saumya Ramanathan, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. The intern will also gain some exposure and insight into the day-to-day activities of life as a tenure-track professor with a blend of teaching, research, and mentoring responsibilities at a small liberal arts college.


General Biology is an introductory Biology course that all Biology, Biochemistry and Chemistry students take. We will perform experiments so students can understand the scientific method and get used to math in the lab.


The participant will:

  • Help to design one lab module, preferably related to an area of their own scientific expertise.
  • Mentor/teach undergraduate students once a week during lab class along with Dr. Ramanathan.
  • Give 1-2 guest lectures and receive feedback
  • Support teaching activities within a laboratory course
  • Meet and learn from other STEM faculty at Fisk



  • Internship would be for the spring semester, August –December 2019
  • Part-time, un-paid opportunity (approximately 5-8 hours per week)


Applications due by noon, August 16th, 2018

 To Apply:

  • Fill out the following ASPIRE Internship Application found here: (
  • Submit a CV and letter of interest describing your background and career goals and interest in teaching to Ashley Brady at .  Please submit documents as pdfs with your last name_ Ramanathan _FISK Fa 2019 in the file name and with subject line: ASPIRE Teaching Internship_ Ramanathan _FISK Fa 2019.
  • Schedule a meeting with Ashley Brady prior to the application deadline

Your information will then be passed along to the host who will contact you directly to schedule an interview.

For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (

Please review ASPIRE Internship FAQs: Found here
​For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be a current Vanderbilt University PhD student or a current postdoctoral fellow.
  • All PhD students must have completed all coursework for their degree prior to the start of the internship.
  • Biomedical PhD students must also have passed their qualifying exams before the application deadline.
  • Students and postdocs may not participate in more than one internship at a time.  More than one application may be submitted at a single time, but only one position can be accepted.
  • If you are not in a department supported by the BRET office, we will also require that you complete a form guaranteeing PI approval to participate in this program.  Please contact Ashley Brady at for more information.
  • If you are an international student or postdoctoral fellow, your visa status may affect your work eligibility. Please contact Ashley Brady ( to discuss this further.

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