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"PhD Career Finder" tool on Versatile PhD

Kim Petrie
July 31, 2015

The Versatile PhD (VPhD, for short, in this blog post) is an online resource and community for PhDs considering careers outside the "traditional" academic faculty route. The Vanderbilt Graduate School is an institutional subscriber to VPhD, so Vanderbilt students and postdocs have access to all of VPhD's premium content. This includes real-life examples of PhDs and ABDs who went into each of the careers portrayed: their stories, advice, inside information about their fields, even the actual resumes and cover letters they used to get their first post-academic jobs. 

Postdoctoral recruitment event at University of Michigan

Kim Petrie
July 30, 2015

The University of Michigan Medical School is gearing up for its second postdoctoral recruiting event, to be held October 15-16, 2015. This event introduces upper-level graduate students to the extensive research and training opportunities at Michigan. During this two-day, fully-funded visit, recruits will interview with prospective mentors and network with current postdocs. Applicants must expect to complete their thesis research in 2015 and be U.S. citizens or permanent residents or be currently enrolled in a U.S.

Apply by August 20 for ASM's 2-day entrepreneurship workshop

Kim Petrie
July 30, 2015
Posted in Announcements

The American Society for Microbiology is seeking applications from advanced graduate students, postdoctoral scientists and early career scientists for the 2015 ASM Turning Your Science into a Company. The workshop will be held at ASM Headquarters in Washington, DC October 1-3, 2015. This two and a half day entrepreneurship workshop provides basic information on establishing start-up businesses and utilizes examples from companies involved in biotechnology industries.

Attend Health: Further Conference in Nashville, Aug 19-20, Free tickets for Vanderbilt trainees

Ashley Brady
July 29, 2015
Posted in Announcements

Vanderbilt students and postdocs have been invited by the Vanderbilt Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization to attend, at no cost, the Health: Further Conference ( to be held in Nashville on August 19-20. This is a premier event organized by JumpStart Foundry (JSF,, the go-to venture accelerator for healthcare startups. JSF has been gracious to offer a block of tickets free of charge to Vanderbilt students, postdocs and faculty.

So You Want to be a Patent Professional?

Explore the role and career of a patent professional with Hilary Dorr Lang, Ph.D. , Associate and Registered Patent Attorney at Patterson Intellectual Property Law. Patterson is a 20 lawyer intellectual property law firm in Nashville, TN, where Hilary focuses her practice on patent prosecution and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

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Apply now for the 2016 Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program

Kim Petrie
July 21, 2015
Posted in Announcements

The Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2016 season to spend 12 weeks at the Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that scientists and engineers play in advising the nation.  Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed graduate studies within the last five years may apply. The application deadline is September 9, 2015

2016 Applications for management consulting firm BCG

Kate Stuart
July 17, 2015
Posted in Announcements

To learn more about BCG and the application process, please visit This page is geared toward advanced degree candidates pursuing PhD, MD, and JD degrees and post-doctoral studies.

Applications are due July 26 for full time consultant positions with 2016 start dates. Apply here.

Please reach out to me at with any questions. Thank you for your interest in BCG.