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Graduate School Programming

The Graduate School continues to add new programming to meet the needs of graduate students and postdocs.  Offerings range from career development, to life coaching and personal skills building, social activities and new leadership training. 

Select a workshop or event from the list below to learn more and register, when available.

Russell G. Hamilton Graduate Leadership Institute

The Russell G. Hamilton Graduate Leadership Institute (GLI) provides graduate students with the tools to thrive in leadership roles and to identify and develop leadership skills in themselves and others.  GLI programming is the first step in leadership development, and is open to graduate students.  Learn more about available seminars and workshops on the GLI website.


Graduate and Postdoc Academic Success

The Graduate and Postdoc Academic Success Coach offers both the Peak Performance and Critical Conversation series each spring and fall semester for graduate students and postdocs.  Due to high demand, these workshops fill quickly.  Visit the Graduate and Postdoc Academic Success website for detailed information on each of the sessions offered.

More information will be available later in the fall semester regarding these spring 2020 programs:

  • Personal Finance for PhDs
  • Collaborative Communication Workshop


Graduate School

The Graduate School hosts multiple events each year to orient, form a sense of community with and to celebrate Vanderbilt's graduate students.

  • Fall orientation for new Graduate School students
  • Annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week in April
  • Commencement activities


Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) offers a variety of programming to VU and VUMC postdocs, and collaborates with the Vanderbilt Postdoc Association for activities, including social events.  More information can be found on the events page on the OPA website.

  • Annual Postdoc Appreciation Week
  • Monthly Lunch and Learn Seminars
  • Vanderbilt Postdoc Association Symposium
  • Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship Symposium