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ASPIRE on the Road is headed to Boston, Spring 2024 application now open!

Posted by on Wednesday, January 24, 2024 in Announcements .

We will spend time with area biotechnology and pharma companies learning about career paths, hearing from key leadership, touring the facilities, and meeting with alumni. Read more about past trips here:

A maximum of 12 trainees will be selected to participate. Airfare and hotel accommodations will be covered by the ASPIRE Program for those selected to participate.

Co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt University Basic Science’s Dean’s Office and Vanderbilt University Development and Alumni Relations.

ASPIRE On the Road is an initiative of the Vanderbilt ASPIRE Program aimed at broadening the training experiences of biomedical PhD graduate students and postdocs by organizing site visits to companies and organizations to help our trainees make well-informed career decisions. 

We will be working to build out the agenda over the coming months, but it will look similar to those of past trips and include site visits to about 5 biopharma companies focused on R&D initiatives at those organizations and representing large, midsize and start-ups, a visit with Mass Bio, the state’s BIO affiliate, and a tour of a local incubator.  In addition there will be an alumni happy hour that will take place at a local restaurant on the evening of Tues, April 30 and will include alumni in all types of careers who are located in the Boston area.

Eligibility Requirements:

1. Applicants must be a current Vanderbilt University or VUMC PhD student or postdoctoral fellow in the biomedical sciences.

2. PhD students must have passed their qualifying exams before the application deadline.

3. Applicants must be able to attend the full site visit in Boston, April 29-May 1, 2024; this will require departure from Nashville early on Monday, April 29.

4. Selected participants must be able to provide proof of vaccination and bring their vaccination card on the trip. This may be required to gain access to industry facilities as well as restaurants in the area.

DEADLINE to APPLY: Tuesday, February 13th, 2024 at noon

To submit your application:

  • Complete the online form found at this link:
  • You will be asked to upload your current resume as a word document highlighting academic accomplishments and other experiences relevant to this event (File name: Last_First_AOTR2024_resume)
  • You will be asked to upload a cover letter (1 page max) as a word document describing your interest in a research and development career in the biotechnology or pharma industry, what types of relevant career development activities you have participated in prior to this, and what you hope to gain from such an experience. ( File name: Last_First_AOTR2024_cover letter)

For more information about the agenda and alumni happy hour, please visit our website (we are still building the program so watch for updates):

Questions? please contact Ashley Brady (

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