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Raising the BARS: Becoming A Resilient Scientist offered this Fall

Posted by on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 in Announcements .

Raising the BARS: Becoming A Resilient Scientist

A program modeled from the NIH OITE Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series, sponsored by the BRET Office and UCC-BRET Liaison

Vanderbilt Course Facilitators: Beth Bowman, PhD (BRET) and Tamaki Silver, Psy.D. HSP (UCC-BRET Liaison)

Dates: Mondays, 2:00-3:00pm: September 20, October 11, November 1, November 22, and December 13

Audience: Available for Graduate Students, 2nd year and beyond.

Application Deadline: noon, Monday August 30 2021

Apply here!


The BRET Office and UCC-BRET Liaison will be offering a program developed from the NIH OITE Becoming a Resilient Scientist Series for biomedical graduate students to learn and implement strategies for building resiliency into their professional lives.  A small group (12-15) of graduate students will meet 5 times during fall, 2021 with the facilitators to discuss a webinar viewed on their own time prior to the meeting.

The 5 discussion group meetings will cover the following topics: (1) Intro to wellness and resilience (2) understanding cognitive distortions, imposter fears and stereotype threat (3) self-advocacy and assertiveness for scientists, (4) developing feedback resilience, and (5) maximizing mentoring relationships.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Provide strategies and tools to help trainees
    • increase their resilience with a specific focus on academic and research environments
    • develop interpersonal and emotional intelligence skills needed for success
  • Provide a place for trainees to come together to discuss
    • resilience strategies learned in the previous lectures
    • work toward integrating strategies learned into school, work and life
    • life, career, research, school, and pandemic stress in a facilitated setting


  • Required viewing of 5 webinars, made available a week before each meeting
  • Required attendance at 5, 1 hr group meetings according to the dates provided above.
  • Complete evaluation surveys to evaluation this curriculum.

Note: If you have already participated in the ASPIRE Modules:  EQ + IQ, Maximizing Your Potential, or the BARS Pilot program, some of this material may be redundant or overlapping.

Questions? Contact Beth Bowman (

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