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ASPIRE Biomedical Scientist’s Toolkit

Explore topics specific to the professional development of PhD students and postdocs in the biomedical sciences.

The ASPIRE Biomedical Scientist’s Toolkit is a career development workshop series focused on equipping biomedical PhD students and postdoctoral fellows with the skills and insight to achieve their highest potential during their training period and beyond.

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Training Stage Key

Sessions are open to Postdoctoral Fellows and Graduate Students at any stage of their training and all are welcome to attend. However, many topics are most relevant at specific stages. Each session is designated as such. Please use this key as a guide to determine which would be most beneficial to you

Graduate studentsYear 1/2Year 3+All years
Postdoctoral fellowsFirst half of training periodSecond half of training periodAll years

All sessions are held on Thursdays from 11am – 12pm.

Fall 2022

DateTitleSpeakerLocationTraining Stage
August 17, 2022
4:00pm-5:00pm
Overview of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) (Workshop 1 of 2)Kim Petrie, PhD
Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development, Associate Professor of Medical Education and Administration
Light Hall 208
*PhD Students
September 1, 2022Efficiency of information transfer – how to present a poster for interest and understandingChris Wright, D. Phil.
Louise B. McGavock Chair
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Director, Vanderbilt University Program in Developmental Biology
Associate Director, Vanderbilt Center for Stem Cell Biology
Light Hall 214
September 6, 2022
4pm-5:30pm via Zoom
Writing the NSF GRFP Personal Statement and Graduate Research Plan
(Workshop 2 of 2)
Kim Petrie, PhD
Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development, Associate Professor of Medical Education and Administration
Zoom
*PhD Students
October 6, 2022Grant Resources at VanderbiltAbigail Brown Ph.D., BRET Director of Outcomes ResearchLight Hall 214
October 27, 2022A Next Step: Getting a PostdocKathy Gould, Ph.D.,
Louise B. McGavock Professor
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research,
Education and Career Development
Light Hall 214
*PhD students
November 3, 2022Building healthy writing habits/
combatting writing anxiety
Beth Estes, PhD, Academic Support Coordinator, Vanderbilt Writing StudioLight Hall 214

Spring 2023

DateTitleSpeakerLocationTraining Stage
January 5, 2023ASPIRE for Career PlanningASPIRE TeamTBD
February 2, 2023Applying for Fellowships & NRSAsKim Petrie, PhD
Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development, Associate Professor of Medical Education and Administration
TBD
February 23, 2023Preparing to MentorKathy Gould, Ph.D.,
Louise B. McGavock Professor
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research,
Education and Career Development
TBD
March 2, 2023A Fair Look-How to Review a PaperKathy Gould, Ph.D.,
Louise B. McGavock Professor
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research,
Education and Career Development
TBD
March 23, 2023Life Design Session 1Angela Zito, Assistant Director, BRET Office of Career Development ASPIRE ProgramTBD
April 6, 2023A Next Step: Getting a PostdocKathy Gould, Ph.D.,
Louise B. McGavock Professor
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research,
Education and Career Development
TBD
*PhD Students
April 27, 2023Life Design Session 2Angela Zito, Assistant Director, BRET Office of Career Development ASPIRE ProgramTBD
May 4, 2023Let's RumbleRC Stabile, Ed.D.
Associate Director of Trainee Well-being
TBD

 

 

Questions or suggestions for other topics?  Email Angela Zito at angela.zito@vanderbilt.edu

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