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Office of Postdoctoral Affairs: Events

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs sponsors many events on campus, including grant writing workshops, tips for applying for faculty positions, and other career development activities.  To discover some of the many resources available, select an event below to learn more.

 

 

Wednesdays in September, from noon to 1:00 PM
Alumni Hall Room 010, Conference Room

This workshop series, offered by the Psychological and Counseling Center, in conjunction with the Graduate School, is designed to promote expert performance by exploring common issues impacting graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars. During each session, we will briefly cover theory and research on the topic and provide a space for attendees to discuss their related experiences and to gain support and consultation. This is an open group, so no sign-up is necessary. Simply drop by to any session of interest to you.

For more information: e-mail David Sacks or call (615) 322-2571

Monday, September 25, from 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, 1114 19th Ave. South, 3rd Floor Classroom
Open to Graduate Students and Postdocs

The Center for Teaching will present a workshop addressing best practices for writing a teaching statement/philosophy for the academic job market. This workshop is open to Vanderbilt graduate students & Postdocs from across the disciplines who want to improve their teaching portfolio materials. All teaching experience levels are welcome.

Facilitators: Kylie Korsnack & Justin Hubbard, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellows

Register here

Thursday, Sept 28, 2017
, 350 Light Hall 3-4pm

Sponsored by the ASPIRE Program and the BRET Office of Career Development

Learn how Vanderbilt can help you write your grant: a focus on resources for writing career development or R grants.  We will cover the many grant writing resources available to Vanderbilt researchers to help produce strong grant applications.

Wednesdays in October, from noon to 1:00 PM
Alumni Hall Room 010, Conference Room

This workshop series, offered by the Psychological and Counseling Center, in conjunction with the Graduate School, is designed to promote expert performance by exploring common issues impacting graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars. During each session, we will briefly cover theory and research on the topic and provide a space for attendees to discuss their related experiences and to gain support and consultation. This is an open group, so no sign-up is necessary. Simply drop by to any session of interest to you.

October Schedule:

  • Oct 4:  Effective Goal Setting
  • Oct 11:  No session (Fall break)
  • Oct 18:  Fighting Procrastination/Increasing Efficiency
  • Oct 25:  Finding Work/Life Balance

For more information: e-mail David Sacks or call (615) 322-2571

Thursday, October 12, noon to 1:00 PM
Black Cultural Center, Room 118

Practice your elevator pitch and learn about postdoctoral research at Vanderbilt.  There will be pizza!

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 350 Light Hall  3-4pm

Sponsored by the ASPIRE Program and the BRET Office of Career Development

Join Josh Fessel, MD, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology, and Cancer Biology, as he shares his experience and observations upon joining the scientific social media world.  He will share tips on social media etiquette, explain why engaging in social media can help you promote your science, and share some of the social media pitfalls you want to avoid when presenting your professional persona.

Friday, October 13, from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM
Student Life Center

The Office of Clinical and Translational Scientist Development invites you to the 2017 Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum, featuring guest Speaker Jacob Corn, PhD Scientific Director, Innovative Genomics Institute at the University of California-Berkeley, that's synonymoous with the latest in gene editing.  Over lunch, he'll talk about his working bringing this technology from bench to bedside.

Also on deck for the day are plenary and breakout talks by more than 25 local investigators across the spectrum of translational research who have recently won major federal funding.  These faculty come from across the medical center, from emergency medicine, to pediatrics, to nursing, to surgery and beyond, and their work includes everything from cancer epidemiology to drug discovery, not to mention imaging, infectious diseases, and more.  Our poster sessions will feature work by students and new investigators. 

Full schedule and speakers available at our website.

RSVP requested by Friday, September 29

Sponsored by Master of Science in Clinical Investigation • Master of Public Health Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research

Thursday, October 19, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
Alumni Hall, Room 201

Led by Dr. Ruth Schemmer

Your CV is the story of your academic life—make sure it represents you well! CV formats have changed over the years, and it may no longer be enough to rely on your supervisor’s CV as a model. At this session, we’ll explore the purpose of the CV and go over samples from former students/postdocs who have successfully secured academic and other positions.

Registration is required and lunch will be provided.

Thursday, October 26, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, 1114 19th Ave. South, 3rd Floor Classroom
Open to Graduate Students & Postdocs

When teaching, it is almost guaranteed that microaggressions will take place. These seemingly small, ostensibly singular manifestations of oppression can deleteriously effect the teaching-learning environment, our students, and ourselves. As common as microaggressions are, it is equally common that educators are at times unsure of the best way to intervene, particularly in ways that maintain effective relationships with students and/or colleagues. Further, typical best practices for intervening assume the responder’s position as bystander, ignoring the ways that educators may also perpetrate or be targets of injustice. This session aims to create an active learning community wherein current and future educators can build their capacity to respond effectively to microaggressions in the classroom. After offering some guiding principles for effective interventions, the facilitators will lead participants through a skill-building sessions that draws from participants’ own experiences and questions.

Facilitator: Amie Thurber, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow

Register here

Thursday, October 26, 2017, 350 Light Hall 3-4pm
Sponsored by the ASPIRE Program and the BRET Office of Career Development

"Think like a reviewer" is advice commonly given to new grant writers.  But if you've never sat in on a peer review session, how do you do that?  In this session, Kim Petrie, Ph.D., BRET Dir. Career Development will present a video of a mock review of a real F32 NRSA application and discuss how F32 proposals are reviewed.  You, too, can learn to "think like a reviewer".

 

Monday, October 30
4:00 to 6:00 PM
Alumni Hall, Room 202

More details to follow, but start planning your costume now!

Thursday, November 16, 9:00 to 10:00 AM
Light Hall, Room 411

Seminar featuring David Sacks, PhD, HSP, and psychologist for Graduate and Professional Students and Postdocs at the Psychological & Counseling Center.

Breakfast will be provided.

Thursday, Nov 16, 2017, 407 Light Hall 3-4pm
Sponsored by the ASPIRE Program and the BRET Office of Career Development

Bring your questions and hear from a panel of faculty members: David Cortez, PhD, Todd Graham, PhD, and Andrea Page McCaw, PhD.

 

November 20-21; Alumni 201
8:30 am – 1:00 pm (light breakfast and lunch included)

To prepare highly competitive research proposals, scholars must understand how funding mechanisms work. The content of this two-part workshop (two consecutive morning sessions) for Vanderbilt postdocs will include an overview of federal and private funding options, characteristics of weak and strong proposals, funding trends in your discipline(s), a list of grant resources on campus, and grant-writing tips from a selection of grant-winning faculty across campus.

The workshop is limited to 18 participants and focus on STEM disciplines. Participants will be chosen on a first-come, first-served basis. Link to register will be posted soon

Sponsored by the VU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Questions? Please contact: opa@vanderbilt.edu.

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
, 411 Light Hall
 3-4 pm
Sponsored by the ASPIRE Program and the BRET Office of Career Development

Bring your questions and hear from a panel of faculty members: Anne Kenworthy, PhD, Chuck Sanders, PhD, and Chris Wright, D. Phil.

Student Life Center

More details coming...

While all postdocs are welcome to visit the Graduate School Career Development Office, two offices collaborate to provide career and professional development opportunities for postdocs. Postdocs in the natural sciences, engineering, nursing, business, education, social sciences, or humanities receive their primary career services from Dr. Ruth Schemmer  https://my.vanderbilt.edu/gradcareer/ . To make an appointment with Dr. Schemmer, call 615-343-0844 (Sheri Kimble, Administrative Assistant). Dr. Schemmer’s office is in 010 Alumni Hall of the Graduate School.

Postdocs in biomedical departments and programs** (see list below) should email Dr. Kim Petrie if you wish to make an appointment. Dr. Petrie’s office is in the BRET Office of Career Development, 340 Light Hall. Visit the career development page on the BRET website, and the BRET programs for postdocs.

**Allergy, Pulmonary, and Critical Care
Anesthesiology
Biochemistry
Biomedical Informatics
Biostatistics
Cardiovascular Medicine
Cancer Biology
Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery
Cell and Developmental Biology
Clinical Pharmacology
Dermatology
Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism
Endocrinology and Diabetes
Epidemiology
Gastroenterology
General Internal Medicine
Genetic Medicine
Health Policy
Hearing and Speech Sciences
Hematology/Oncology
Infectious Disease
Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Nephrology
Neurology
Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Otolaryngology
Pediatric Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, and Nephrology
Pharmacology
Psychiatry
Psychopharmacology
Radiation Oncology
Radiology & Radiological Sciences
Reproductive and Development Biology
Rheumatology & Immunology
Section of Surgical Sciences
Surgical Oncology