Information Sessions about Vanderbilt Program in Molecular Medicine

Kate Stuart
April 28, 2015
Posted in Announcements

The Vanderbilt Program in Molecular Medicine from 1st-3rd year postdoctoral fellows and 1st-2nd year PhD students. Please check out our website for more information about the program (  The application process is outlined in the enclosed pdf. Application deadline is July 1st, 2015, decisions will be made by August 1st for the fall semester class, staring in September 2015.

We will be  holding informational sessions about the program, our plans moving forward, and the application process. 

The first two information sessions are: (1)Tuesday April 28th at 12 noon in 306 Light Hall, and (2) Wednesday May 13th at 9am in 412 Light Hall.  Additional information sessions will be announced at a later date.


VPMM Application Guidelines

Email the following documents as a single pdf file to Dr. Abby Brown ( and Dr. Mark de Caestecker (Director of the VPMM, before July 1st 2015. Please number and head each of the pages. Decisions will be made by the VPMM leadership by August 1st 2015 for the fall semester class.


Make sure to include each of the following items:


Page 1:

  • Your name
  • Your current status: graduate student or postdoc
  • What year you are in
  • Your current department or graduate program
  • whether you are (or will be) on a training grant (personal or institutional)
  • Your research mentor
  • Suggestions of three 3 potential clinical mentors that you might choose if you are accepted onto the program (these do not have to be contacted in advance, but if you have already made contact, please indicate this in the application).


Page 2: Your personal statement. This should include your reasons for wanting to join the VPMM, your goals for graduate or post-doctoral studies, and your future professional plans after completing this phase of your studies. < 500 words.


Pages 3-4: Your proposed (or current) research plans, and how these might integrate with the goals of the VPMM to enhance medical knowledge and help individual students or postdoctoral fellows to develop some aspect of their research plans in human-based, or translational research. <1000 words.


A copy of your CV


A letter of support from your research mentor: This must outlinine his/her support for your participating in the VPMM including all of its required activities, and also his/her commitment to support you trying to develop (nothing is guaranteed or required) some aspect of your research to involve human-based, or translational research with VPMM support.