Posts tagged Professional Skills

"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"

Data Management/REDCap Free Online Training

Kate Stuart
June 6, 2014
Posted in Announcements

A new online course offering free online training in Data Management and REDCap starts June 2, 2014. The course is available to anyone at no cost (regardless of location or institution affiliation) and will run approximately 5-weeks. This course is designed to teach important concepts related to research data planning, collection, storage and dissemination.

Science in the Classroom

Kate Stuart
May 5, 2014
Posted in Announcements

Become a contributing editor for Science in the Classroom (, an initiative by Science Magazine to get K-12 and undergrads involved in reading their magazine and learning more about science in general. Briefly, Science gets postdocs to summarize manuscripts in lay language, come up with glossaries for scientific language used in the article, and then they allow the content to be accessed for free as a teaching tool to anyone.

ASPIRE to Connect: Building Professional Relationships

ASPIRE to Connect: Building Professional RelationshipsTuesday, March 181:00-5:30pm, Student Life Center Gain practical tips and learn techniques to meet new people and cultivate authentic professional connections. ***REGISTER TODAY!***

NIH Offers online SBIR Phase I Program for first-time applicants

Kate Stuart
January 31, 2014
Posted in Announcements

NIH offers online SBIR Phase I Program for first-time applicants The NIH SBIR Phase I Program for First-Time Applicants will be offered February 5 and 6, from 7 - 9pm, CST. The four-hour online program is designed to teach researchers, faculty members, graduate students, post-docs, and entrepreneurs how to create an SBIR company and apply to the NIH SBIR program. To learn more, click here.

ASCB offering a biotech course for PhD students and postdocs

Kim Petrie
December 19, 2013

The American Society of Cell Biology will be offering a 2014 course for PhD students and postdocs called Managing Science in the Biotech Industry: An Intensive Course for Students and Postdocs. The course will be held June 16-27 at the Keck Graduate Institute in California. The course will introduce PhD scientists to the culture and infrastructure of life sciences companies and to the competencies needed to thrive in industry.

ASM Kadner Institute for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scientists in Preparation for Careers in Microbiology

Kim Petrie
December 16, 2013

The goal of the ASM Kadner Institute is to give senior graduate students and early-career postdoctoral fellows hands-on training to develop the skills needed for a successful career in microbiology, and to introduce them to the broad range of careers in the field. The Institute takes place as an intensive, five-day workshop that mixes formal presentations, small group activities, informal discussions, and networking. Each Institute trains up to 36 participants.

Registration now open for (free!) annual GradSTEP conference sponsored by the VU Center for Teaching

Kim Petrie
December 4, 2013

Registration is now open for the annual GradSTEP conference sponsored by the VU Center for Teaching. Held in January each year, GradSTEP provides several workshops and discussions on teaching, learning, and professional development issues across the disciplines. All Vanderbilt graduate and professional students, as well as post-doctoral fellows, are invited to attend.

New Beyond the Lab video series interviews VU PhD alumni about their career path

Kim Petrie
November 11, 2013

Check out our new Beyond the Lab video series showcasing the careers of our PhD and postdoctoral alumni! In Beyond the Lab, the BRET Office of Career Development interviews Vanderbilt PhD and postdoctoral alumni about their career path since leaving VU. Each 10-20 minute video features a different alumnus describing his or her job and providing advice for conducting a job search in that field. We will add new videos each month as they are produced. The first two videos feature alumni Dr.

Ten Take-Aways from the Career Symposium

Kim Petrie
August 7, 2013

Your professional journey will be unpredictable and unforgettable. Begin your journey by understanding your strengths. Strengths Finder 2.0 is a great place to start. (Linda Distlerath) Have a good dose of humility. In your first job, find a buddy who can help guide you through the unwritten protocols and etiquette of your workplace environment. (Linda Distlerath)

An Introvert's Guide to Getting the Most from a Conference

June 26, 2013

"An Introvert's Guide to Getting the Most From A Conference" by Dharmesh Shah Ideas fly around the room. Informal teams form and mutate and re-form. Decisions are quickly made and un-made and refined. Plans are drawn and re-drawn and perfected. Three hours later, you and a room full of incredibly talented people have used your collective knowledge, experience, expertise, and enthusiasm to create something amazing. Many of those people are pumped. They want to go celebrate. They want to keep the “party” going.

Responding to emotion-charged emails

Kim Petrie
May 23, 2013

Instead of responding via email, Allison Vaillancourt recommends avoiding these email "drone strikes" in favor of face-to-face discussions or phone conversations. It may be uncomfortable, but honing your communication and conflict resolution skills will pay off in your professional career.