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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.



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. Register here.

Sponsored by the VU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Questions? Please contact:

Wednesday November 29, from nooon to 1:30 PM
Buttrick 123

Join Dana Nelson, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of Engish, for a discussion on negotiating your first academic job in this final installation of the semester for the Women in the Academy series presented by the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center.


Questions?  Please contact Rory Dicker.

November 30, 2017 at 10:00 AM
202 Light Hall

With Julie Field, PhD and Jana Shirey-Rice, PhD from Vanderbilt institute for Clinical and Translational Research.

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development; registration coming soon

Dr. Vivian Finch
Thursday Nov 30, 2017 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Alumni Hall, 201

Lunch provided (sign up required). For post-docs, investing in your teaching now just as you do with your scholarship can make all the difference in your career trajectory.  In this workshop, we’ll discuss what you can do now to hone your teaching, from teaching statements to course design to making the most out of guest lectures, as well as how the Center for Teaching can support you in all of these opportunities, from workshops to programs to individual consultations.

Register here.

December 7, 2017 10:45am
512 Light Hall

With Ines Macias-Perez, PhD of Cumberland Pharmaceuticals.

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development; registration coming soon

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.

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Student Life Center

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 . 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
Biomedical Informatics
Cardiovascular Medicine
Cancer Biology
Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery
Cell and Developmental Biology
Clinical Pharmacology
Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolism
Endocrinology and Diabetes
General Internal Medicine
Genetic Medicine
Health Policy
Hearing and Speech Sciences
Infectious Disease
Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Molecular Physiology and Biophysics
Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Pediatric Cardiology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Infectious Disease, and Nephrology
Radiation Oncology
Radiology & Radiological Sciences
Reproductive and Development Biology
Rheumatology & Immunology
Section of Surgical Sciences
Surgical Oncology

Thursdays from 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Fridays from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Sponsored by thed Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Much like our Dissertation Writers’ Retreats, writing groups for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows provide participants with loosely-structured time to work individually in a quiet, supportive atmosphere. A Writing Studio administrator will be present as a guide and a participant, facilitating brief check-ins at the beginning and end of each session. You may sign up for one of our 3-hour sessions on a weekly basis, every other week, or as needed based upon your project deadlines and goals. Light refreshments will be provided.

  • Thursday afternoon sessions begin on October 19th
  • Friday morning sessions begin on October 27th

To sign up, visit our website at, click on “Schedule an Appointment,” at the top of the right-hand sidebar, and look for a sign-up box labeled “Grad/Postdoc Writing Group.”

Space in each session is limited to 8 participants.

Questions? Contact Beth Estes at

Tuesdays, 8:30 to 10:30 AM
Alumni Hall, Room 202

You know that paper that won’t get finished?

You need Shut Up and Write (SUAW) to get dedicated writing time to finally do it. SUAW groups provide a time and place to show up, shut up, and write your grant or manuscript. Learn more here.


Upcoming dates are:

  • October 17, 31
  • November 14, 28
  • December 12
  • and many more in 2018

Let us know if you can be there so we can have your seat and coffee ready. RSVP to Aimee Edgeworth