Posts in "Path to Career" Resources

Learn Coding: courses and schools in Nashville

Kate Stuart
April 13, 2015

The BRET Office of Career Development does not endorse these opportunities, nor do we know the effectiveness of the programs. That said, here are a few options to learn more with your interest coding.    The Iron Yard (Nashville) The Iron Yard works directly with Launch Tennessee to bring tech education to the already-robust ecosystem they have built for startups.   Nashville Software School (Nashville)

2015 Vanderbilt Center for Teaching Fellowships Available

Kate Stuart
January 15, 2015

Deadline is Monday, February 16, the Center for Teaching (CFT) hires graduate student fellows as part of its efforts to mentor and train graduate students, including those serving as teaching assistants or instructors of record here at Vanderbilt as well as those interested in developing teaching skills for future faculty careers. The CFT has several types of positions available for graduate students for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Guest Blog Post: So you want to be a science writer?

Abby Olena
January 12, 2015

While moving away from the bench toward a science-writing career can feel daunting, it is possible (and as this collection of science writer origin stories shows, lots of folks have done it). When you’re interested in any career, whether it’s one at the bench or not, the best way to eventually get the job that you want is to demonstrate interest.

"Tips for a Winning Research Proposal," from Tomorrow's Professor

Kate Stuart
November 26, 2014

"Experts suggest ways to gain favor with funding agencies. The numbers look scary. Of the 48,999 research proposals it received in fiscal year 2013, the National Science Foundation funded just 10,829, or 22 percent. At the National Institutes of Health, the "success rate" was less than 17 percent. For new faculty members making their first try as a principal investigator (PI), things were more intimidating. At NSF, 17 percent of these proposals got funded; at NIH, fewer than 10 percent.

Use VersatilePhD to learn more about careers

Kate Stuart
November 19, 2014

Thanksgiving weekend, why not dedicate a couple hours to learn about nonacademic careers and open your mind to some new possibilities? The PhD Career Finder is an excellent tool for that. Everyone can read about a wide variety of good careers for PhDs. Those at subscribing institutions get to read the "How to Break In" materials on the right as well - SUPER helpful. They also get the Power Search feature which helps them connect with real post-academic contacts.

Fellowship Opportunities at the intersection of science and policy

Kate Stuart
October 9, 2014

Along with the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships, there are many other opportunities and resources available for those interested in learning about the intersection of science and policy, and applying and communicating scientific and technical information to support well-informed policies, programs, and practices.

Sample NRSA Fellowship application now available from NIAID

Kim Petrie
September 23, 2014

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) now has a sample NRSA fellowship application and accompanying summary statement available on their website. If you're writing an individual F30, F31, or F32 pre- or postdoctoral NRSA application, it's helpful to see examples of successful applications. Ideally, you would read a specific example of the type of grant you're applying for, whether its an F30 MD/PhD fellowship, an F31 predoctoral fellowship, or an F32 postdoctoral fellowship.

"The Afterbirth and the Academy," Vitae

Kate Stuart
August 6, 2014

"When people asked me what I expected from childbirth, I told them that I thought it would be bloody and painful. And it was. But what nobody tells you about having a baby is that the delivery may be the easiest part. Contrary to popular belief, what comes afterward isn’t instant bliss; the first weeks and months of parenthood are largely uncharted territory for many new parents. They’re often just as difficult and terrifying as labor and delivery themselves, if not more so."

A Postdoc's Guide to Pregnancy and Maternity Leave

Rachel Howell
July 8, 2014

The National Postdoc Association recently published A Postdoc's Guide to Pregnancy and Maternity Leave. Developed by Kathleen Flint Ehm and Amelia Linnemann as part of the NPA's ADVANCE project, this resource provides general information on pregnancy and maternity leave for postdocs, including tips for keeping your research going and talking with your supervisor.