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ASPIRE Module: Maximizing Your Potential- Leading and Managing People, Projects, and Your Career

Posted by on Wednesday, August 12, 2020 in Upcoming BRET Office of Career Development Events .

Description: Graduate school is challenging on multiple levels. For second– and third– year students, this module is designed to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to maximize your time, maintain your motivation, and minimize your frustration over the course of your training. This module will help you jumpstart your research training, with the topics and tools helping you understand yourself, your colleagues, how to work in diverse team situations, and make effective decisions. The module will present a unique distillation of the tools, skills and understanding needed to be successful as a strong leader of your graduate career and beyond.

Objectives: Students completing this module will be able to:

  • Identify their own strengths and develop strategies for personal growth.
  • Recognize contextual clues to enhance their effectiveness as individuals and team members.
  • Effectively manage projects and participate in problem identification and resolution.
  • Effectively participate in teams and projects toward better outcomes.
  • Be prepared to start mentorship and leadership roles.
  • Think critically and communicate persuasively toward the objective of implementing solutions and managing to better outcomes.


Instructors: Kathy Gould, PhD, Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences and Louise B. McGavock Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and Beth Bowman, PhD, Assistant Director, Graduate Programs in Biomedical Sciences, Co-Director, Vanderbilt Summer Science Academy

Time: 9 sessions: Tuesdays, September 29 through December 15, 2-3:30pm (No sessions on 10/13, 11/3, or 11/24)

Class size: 30 students

Registration requirement: 1-3 sentence statement of interest

Deadline: Monday, September 14, 2020


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