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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

 

ASPIRE Cafe 2020-21

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, 2020
How to Give a Chalk TalkFaculty Panel
December 10, 2020
K Awards: Which One is Right for You?Abby Brown, Ph.D., BRET, Director, Outcomes Research
January 14, 2021
Negotiating Your Faculty Compensation and Start-Up PackageKathy Gould, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences and
Louise B. McGavock Professor,
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
January 28, 2021
Orientation 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, 2021
Nontenure Faculty TrackFaculty Panel
February 25, 2021
A Fair Look: How to Review A PaperKathy Gould, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences and
Louise B. McGavock Professor,
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
March 11, 2021
Developing Your Mentoring StyleKathy Gould, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences and
Louise B. McGavock Professor,
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
March 25, 2021
Fellowships and F32 NRSAsKim Petrie, PhD
Assistant Dean for Biomedical Career Development, Assistant Professor of Medical Education and Administration
April 15, 2021
Exploring and Preparing for Faculty CareersKathy Gould, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences and
Louise B. McGavock Professor,
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
April 29, 2021
TBDTBD
May 13, 2021
Setting up and Running a New LabFaculty Panel

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