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ASPIRE Cafe for Postdoctoral Fellows

Explore topics in career development and professionalism.

Orientation to BRET Resources for Postdocs (offered once each semester) provides an overview of the Office of Career Development ASPIRE programs and helps postdoctoral fellows find out how to become involved in our activities.  This session should only be attended once, as the content will be repeated each time.

All other sessions will feature specific career development or professionalism topics, such as converting your CV into a powerful résumé, networking strategies, writing a winning cover letter, informational interviewing, finding funding for your research, Leveraging LinkedIN, Preparing for a teaching demo, and grant resources at Vanderbilt.  This will be an informal session where conversation and questions are encouraged.  Since this topic will change each meeting, feel free to attend as often as you wish.

All past session handouts can be found via the special Vanderbilt Box ASPIRE Cafe folder

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All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom.Please register at the link in each post to receive the Zoom login information for the scheduled event. 

Training Stage Key

Sessions are open to Postdoctoral Fellows  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

Spring 2021

DateTitleSpeakerTraining Stage
January 14, 2021Negotiating Your Faculty Compensation and Start-Up PackageKathy Gould, Ph.D.,
Louise B. McGavock Professor
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research,
Education and Career Development
January 28, 2021Orientation to ASPIRE Resources for PostdocsAshley Brady, PhD
Assistant Dean of Biomedical Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships
Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration
February 11, 2021Nontenure Faculty TrackKimberly Dahlman, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Dept of Medicine
Director and Project Management Officer, Innovative Translational Research Shared Resource

Lourdes Estrada, PhD
Associate Professor Department of Biochemistry
Associate Director, Academic Programs & Operations
Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)
Co-Director Immersion Phase Curriculum 2.0

Mark A. Woelfle, PhD
Director of Undergraduate Studies in Biological Sciences
Principal Senior Lecturer, Department of Biological Sciences
February 25, 2021
A 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
March 11, 2021Developing Your Mentoring StyleKathy Gould, Ph.D.,
Louise B. McGavock Professor
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research,
Education and Career Development
March 25, 2021Fellowships and F32 NRSAsKim Petrie, PhD
Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development, Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration
April 29, 2021Special Session for graduate students and postdocs!

Capitalizing on Opportunities: Making the Most of the 2021 ASPIRE Virtual Career Symposium
Ashley Brady, PhD
Assistant Dean of Biomedical Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships
Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration
May 13, 2021Setting up and Running a New LabKristopher Burkewitz, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology

William Wan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry

Qiangjun Zhou, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
May 27, 2021Exploring and Preparing for Faculty CareersKathy Gould, Ph.D.,
Louise B. McGavock Professor
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research,
Education and Career Development

Fall 2020

DateTitleSpeakerTraining Stage
August 27, 2020
Orientation to ASPIRE Resources for PostdocsAshley Brady, PhD
Assistant Dean of Biomedical Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships
Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration
September 10, 2020
Preparing a Faculty Position Application PackageRafael Arrojo e Drigo, PhD, Assistant Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Nancy Carrasco, MD, Professor and Chair, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Kathleen DelGiorno, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology
SPECIAL SESSION
September 22, 2020
10:00AM-2:30 PM
Difficult conversations and interactions in the research workplace: Fundamentals of negotiationCarl M. Cohen, PhD
President of Science Management Associates, author of "Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists"
*admittance to event is limited and determined by application
SPECIAL SESSION
October 1, 2020
10:00AM-2:30 PM
“Leading scientific team and project meetings”Carl M. Cohen, PhD
President of Science Management Associates, author of "Lab Dynamics: Management and Leadership Skills for Scientists"
*admittance to event is limited and determined by application
October 15, 2020
What to Expect from a Faculty InterviewNancy Carasco,  MD, Professor and Chair, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Walter Chazin, PhD,  Chancellor’s Chair in Medicine, Professor of Biochemistry and Chemistry

Dr. Kathy Friedman, PhD, Vice Chair and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences
October 29, 2020
Grant Resources at VanderbiltAbby Brown, Ph.D., BRET, Director, Outcomes Research
November 12, 2020How to Give a Chalk TalkBorden Lacy, PhD
Edward and Nancy Fody Chair in Pathology
Professor of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Professor of Biochemistry

Chris Wright, D Phil
Louise B. McGavock Chair
Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Elma Zaganjor, PhD
Assistant Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
December 10, 2020K Awards: Which One is Right for You?Abby Brown, Ph.D., BRET, Director, Outcomes Research

Questions or suggestions for other topics?  Email Ashley Brady at ashley.brady@vanderbilt.edu

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