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ASPIRE Teaching Internship: Biochemistry II, Fisk University

Posted by on Monday, December 16, 2019 in Announcements .

ASPIRE Teaching Internship Opportunity:

Biochemistry II

Lecture: T/TH 11:00am-12:30pm
Lab: Thursdays 3;30-6:30pm

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.

The participant will:

  • Observe teaching at the undergraduate level
  • Meet and interact with undergraduate students
  • Give 1-2 guest lectures and receive feedback
  • Additional lecture opportunities would be available
  • Support teaching activities within a laboratory course
  • Meet and learn from other STEM faculty at Fisk


  • Internship would be for the spring semester, January-April 2020.
  • Part-time, un-paid opportunity (5-8 hours per week)

Applications due by noon, January 6, 2020

To apply:

  • Fill out the following ASPIRE Internship Application found here:
  • Submit a CV and Statement of Teaching Philosophy as to Ashley Brady at (Please submit documents as pdfs with your last name_FISK_Biochem_Sp 2020 in the file name and with subject line: ASPIRE Teaching Internship_FISK_Biochem_Sp 2020)
  • Schedule a meeting with Ashley Brady prior to the application deadline

Your information will then be passed along to the organization and they will contact you directly to schedule an interview.


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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