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Biomedical Research and Media

Offered Spring semester

Topics for this module include writing stories for print journalism, media relations, social media, and media training in interviewing. Participants will complete three writing assignments during the module. At the conclusion of this module, participants will understand the process of interviewing one or more sources and writing a publishable news story on a biomedical research or health topic; understand the daily interactions between the local and national media and a medical center such as Vanderbilt that seeks to influence both public health and its national reputation via media relations; and understand the key role of social media in the modern media environment.

EQ+IQ=Career Success

(formally Fostering Relationships at Work)

Typically offered Spring semester

This module covers topics such as conflict resolution, understanding personal growth, cultural differences in workplace relationships, emotional intelligence, workplace communication, building professional relationships, and provides a Strengths Finder 2.0 Assessment.

Maximizing Your Potential: Leading and Managing People, Projects, and Your Career

Typically offered Fall semester

Graduate school is challenging on multiple levels. For second– and third– year students, this module is designed to develop the skills and knowledge necessary to maximize your time, maintain your motivation, and minimize your frustration over the course of your training. This module will help you jumpstart your research training, with the topics and tools helping you understand yourself, your colleagues, how to work in diverse team situations, and make effective decisions. The module will present a unique distillation of the tools, skills and understanding needed to be successful as a strong leader of your graduate career and beyond.

Networking Pacing

Offered Fall semester

The ASPIRE Networking Pacing Workshop is a series designed to prepare attendees to incorporate networking into their everyday activities. Sessions break down the process of networking into approachable steps, provide real-world examples, and peer feedback. The workshop covers networking basics, etiquette, elevator pitches, navigating conversations, event preparation, identification of key individuals, and follow-up. The workshop culminates in a real-world exercise in networking – group attendance at the annual Life Science Tennessee conference, LST|CON

Practical Strategies for Strong Writing

Offered Fall and Spring semesters

In this module, experts from the Vanderbilt Writing Studio teach scientists to become more effective writers. Sessions focus on understanding reader expectations, foundational principles of argumentative structure, and writing cohesive paragraphs and sentences. A third session is held that consists of a hands-on workshop, working with consultants at the writing studio to assist participants with a piece of their own work. The practical strategies taught in this module can be applied to all types of documents, from grant applications to peer-reviewed manuscripts.

SciComm for All

Offered Fall semester

Successful science communication is at the core of just about everything in science. This module—essentially an eight-part workshop—will give trainees in the sciences greater skill, ease, and confidence in formal and informal science communication scenarios. Through a series of practical exercises, participants will gain experience speaking to and writing for a variety of audiences and exposure to best practices for effective communication of complex topics to nonspecialists.