Posts tagged Communication Skills

BOLD Fellows Program accepting applications

Kate Stuart
November 6, 2014

The Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching is recruiting graduate students to participate in the BOLD Fellows program beginning in January 2015.

The BOLD Fellows program is designed to help graduate student/faculty teams build expertise in developing online instructional modules grounded in good course design principles and our understanding of how people learn. STEM faculty members partner with graduate students or postdocs to design and develop on

2015 Lindau Meeting, Nominations accepted for 5 VU students

Kate Stuart
October 1, 2014
Posted in Announcements

Vanderbilt is again invited to nominate students to participate in the 2015 Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates (June 28-July 3, 2015, in Lindau, Germany).  Next year’s meeting is focused on Physics, Physiology or Medicine, and Chemistry.  We may nominate a total of 5 graduate students; details are available at the website. 

Online Webinar: "Freelance Medical Writing: How to Use Your Scientific Background to Make a 6-Figure, Work-At-Home"

Kate Stuart
September 26, 2014
Posted in Announcements

This webinar will describe some of the basics you need to know to get your freelance medical writing business up and running, and will answer some general questions, including the following:  • What is the scope of medical writing? • How do I get work if I have no samples or experience?• How feasible/realistic is it to make money as a freelance medical writer? • How do I transition from a scientific/academic career—what kind of time frame will it take? • What preparation do I need and how do I get my first clients?

5 Steps to Becoming a More Active Listener

Rachel Howell
June 26, 2014

Listen up! Active listening isn’t just helpful for personal relationships and learning… it’s also great for interviews. Especially important is hearing the actual interview question… not the one you think the hiring manager is asking you. This article from BioSpace elaborates ways to become a more active and better listener during a job interview.

How to Get the Most out of a Scientific Conference

Rachel Howell
June 24, 2014

During your scientific conference or the BRET Career Symposium you wrote a bunch of notes in the program, heard some interesting advice, and maybe even made some connections. But now what? This is a great time to make some plans! Write out four different goals that you hope to achieve and when you hope to achieve them. Then, put them in your calendar for future referral so you don’t forget about your ideas. Some ideas include:

"Conference Commando," 15 Tips from Keith Ferrazzi

Kate Stuart
June 18, 2014

A conference is a huge opportunity to build a relationship with extraordinary people, people who might have significant impact on your professional or personal success. To make sure that you maximize the return on your (and your organization's) investment of time and money to attend, you can't afford to be a conference commoner. You have to be a Conference Commando.  - "15 Tip from Keith Ferrazzi: Conference Commando"

AAAS Webinar: "Building Your First Lab"

Kate Stuart
April 27, 2014
Posted in Announcements

Running a lab is the ultimate goal for many early-career scientists, but building a lab that will eventually produce research is often a difficult process. Laboratories come with a host of financial needs and responsibilities. While lab apprenticeships provide training, and mentors offer invaluable advice, there are likely to remain gaps in your lab startup knowledge. 

How do I tell my PI?

Kim Petrie
April 21, 2014

Grad students and postdocs are often apprehensive about talking to their faculty adviser about their career interests, especially if their interests lie outside the "traditional" career path of becoming a tenure-track professor at a university. But did you know that only ~15% of biomedical sciences PhDs go on to become tenure-track professors? That's right... 85% of biomedical sciences PhDs ultimately pursue a non-tenure-track faculty career! 

Vanderbilt Center for Teaching: Certificate in College Teaching

Kate Stuart
April 17, 2014
Posted in Announcements

The purpose of the Certificate in College Teaching, co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching and the Graduate School, is to assist graduate students and post doctoral fellows who wish to gain a clearer, deeper, more active approach to teaching and learning in higher education. The certificate focuses on the research on how people learn and best teaching practices, and supports the university’s pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning.

Vanderbilt Center for Teaching: SoTL Scholars Program

Kate Stuart
April 17, 2014
Posted in Announcements

The SoTL Scholars Program introduces participants to the principles and practices of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, an international, multidisciplinary field of disciplinary specialists studying student learning. SoTL is a synthesis of teaching, learning, and research in higher education that aims to bring a scholarly lens—the curiosity, the inquiry, the rigor, the disciplinary variety—to what happens in the classroom. SoTL asks expert disciplinary researchers to apply and extend those skills into the classroom.

Vanderbilt Center for Teaching: Blended & Online Learning Design (BOLD) Fellows

Kate Stuart
April 17, 2014
Posted in Announcements

The BOLD Fellows program is designed to help graduate student/faculty teams build expertise in developing online instructional modules grounded in good course design principles and our understanding of how people learn. STEM faculty members partner with graduate students or postdocs to design and develop online modules for integration into a course, either as a tool to promote flipping the classroom, a module for a blended course, or a unit within a MOOC.

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