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Office of Postdoctoral Affairs: Previous 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.

Refer to the list of our previous activities below to see the types of events and opportunities offered by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

ASPIRE Café for Postdoctoral Fellows "Mastering the Art of Being Interviewed"

Wednesday, April 3 9:00 AM
407 AB Light Hall

 

Join us as we use Story Mason(TM), an interactive tool developed to help you prepare for interviewing. Learn through peer-to-peer feedback how to instantly connect and develop rapport, handle unexpected disruptions, decode questions, and distinguish yourself with memorable answers. Find out how to turn intimidating one-way interviews into interesting two-way conversations, and how to close with purpose

 

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


From Cloning Insulin to Engineering for Cell Therapy

Monday April 8, 6 - 7 PM
Wond'ry Room 044

Join the Wond'ry to welcome guest lecturer Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff, a pioneering scientist who helped discover how to synthesize insulin in the 1970s... and that was just the beginning.

Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff is a molecular biologist, executive, and diversity advocate. She is a consultant and speaker, founder of Intersections, SBD and founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Her storied career will be a message for all to see!

RSVP

Sponsored by the Wond'ry


TEDxVanderbiltUniversity Speaker Application Open

Wednesday April 10

 

TEDxVanderbiltUniversity will celebrate its 5th year on Sunday, November 10th! Speaker Application. Questions? Contact Krystal Clark, Director of Student Leadership Development

Follow @tedxvandy on Twitter, @vandyleads on Instagram and @vuleads on Facebook for more information.

 

Sponsored by the Dean of Students


Prevention Procession and Survivor Speak Out

Thursday April 11, 8 PM
Student Life Center Board of Trust Room

 

The Prevention Procession is a time to bring awareness to sexual assault, as well as a chance to show solidarity with survivors of sexual violence. All survivors, as well as any supporters are welcome to join. After the procession portion, survivors will have the opportunity to share their experiences and the impact violence has had on their lives. This is intended to be a safe space for all and Project Safe Staff will be on hand to support anyone who may need it. Please consider bringing your friends and members of your organization to hold a sign, show support, and bring awareness to Sexual Assault Survivors. 

 

RSVP

 

Sponsored by Project Safe


PhD Career Connections: Bioinformatics

Friday April 12, 10:00am
Light Hall 214

 

Featuring Akshata Udyavar, MS, PhD Senior Scientist Bioinformatics Arcus Biosciences, Inc.

 

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


ASPIRE Café for Postdoctoral Fellows Securing and Maintaining Collaborations

Wednesday April 17th, 9 – 10 AM
Light Hall 411CD

 

A necessary skill for postdocs to have for career advancement is learning how to collaborate. In this session, a panel of faculty members will discuss ways to secure and maintain collaborations.

 

Co-sponsored by BRET Career Development Office and ASPIRE Café for Postdoctoral Fellows.


Parenting Group: End of Year Lunch

Thursday April 18, Noon
Buttrick 123

 

End of the Year lunch for the Women’s Center Parenting Group.

 RSVP here

Sponsored by Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center


Survival Guide for International Postdocs

Wednesday April 24, 12 - 1 PM
Alumni 206

 

Are you new to the US? Want to learn some tips on how to understand and work in the US university system? Need to work on your academic writing in English? This event will discuss some basics of the US university system and how things may differ from your home country. Carrie Cargile, a Language Teaching Specialist at the English Language Center, will also talk with you about some things that you may need to know about communicating in English but do not currently know to ask. And for further help, we will discuss how to utilize the programs and resources at the Vanderbilt University English Language Center.

 

RSVP by April 19

 

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


IMPACT Leadership Development Workshop

Friday April 26, 10 –  Noon
Kissam 216

 

IMPACT Faculty (and Postdoc!) Leadership Development Workshop: “Building Professional Relationships: Cultivating your Network of Mentors, Sponsors, Collaborators”

The mentoring relationship requires participation by both those mentoring and those needing mentorship. This session will focus on giving guidance to those seeking skills and strategies for engaging mentorship. Do you have a reliable and strong network of mentors? Are you struggling to cultivate mentoring relationships? Do you know the difference between a mentor and a sponsor? Are you moving to a new stage of your career and wondering how to find new mentors and sponsors that are appropriate to the next level? In this workshop, participants will examine their current mentoring network and engage in tangible strategies and skills for enhancing networking skills.

 

RSVP by April 17th

 

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence

Dissertation Writers' Retreat

March 4 through 5
1801 Edgehill

Over Spring Break, the Writing Studio will host a two-day dissertation writers’ retreat, which will provide dissertating graduate students with loosely-structured time to work individually in a quiet, collegial atmosphere. We will couple ample writing time with optional, one-on-one consultations and daily workshops. Lunch will be provided each day.

A link to the application can be found here. Please complete the application by February 17.

Space in the retreat is limited. We use your answers to these questions to select those applicants who seem most ready to benefit from the retreat’s format of loosely structured writing time. Those selected to participate will be invited by February 22 and asked to confirm their attendance by March 1.

The Writing Studio will also host a summer retreat. Summer Retreat: June 3-7. Applications Submitted by May 5, Notification of Acceptance by May 10, Confirmation of Attendance by May 17

Questions? Please contact Simone McCarter.

Sponsored by the Writing Studio



ASPIRE to CONNECT: Building Professional Relationships

Friday March 8, 2019, 8 - Noon
Located in Featheringill Hall

We are excited to welcome keynote speaker Jean-luc Doumont, PhD founding partner of Principiae. Breakout sessions will provide insight on informational interviewing, networking etiquette, and LinkedIn. Register at link above!

Co-sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development and the Graduate School 


Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Orientation

Wednesday Mar 13, 9-10:30 AM
Alumni Hall 010

 

Monthly Postdoc Orientation: Are you a new postdoc or a recent postdoc and having trouble navigating your first few weeks? Have you transitioned from to/from a postdoc trainee? Plan to attend the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs monthly orientation. Here you’ll learn all about what resources are available to you from the OPA and representatives from the VPA will also be there to distribute specific information about the VPA. 2nd Wednesday of each month, 9 – 10:30AM, 010 Alumni Hall.

 

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Teaching 101 Part II Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshop

Wednesday Mar 13, 10:30 – Noon
Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, 1114 19th Ave. South, 3rd Floor Classroom


Do you want students to view your class within the framework of their lives or communities? Have you considered strategies for connecting class materials to social realities? This interdisciplinary workshop will introduce basic strategies for incorporating active and collaborative learning, community engagement, and social outreach activities into a variety of classroom environments. We will also discuss tools for designing and developing projects and assignments, facilitating discussion, and effectively organizing student groups. By the end of session, participants will be able to:
 

  • Intentionally organize content for a class period 
  • Effectively facilitate discussion and equitably distribute group work
  • Develop students’ sense of agency through service outreach or community engaged teaching

Facilitator: Greg Smith and Alex Oxner, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellows
Open to Vanderbilt Graduate Students & Postdocs

REGISTER HERE

 

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching


Looking for Kate Lupton, Vanderbilt’s First Female Grad: Women and Lost History

Wednesday Mar 13, Noon
Buttrick 123

            Presentation by Patricia A. Ward, Professor Emerita of French and Comparative Literature

            Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center


How to Give a Lightning Round Talk: Tips for the Annual Symposium

March 14, 12:00 – 1 PM
Light Hall 419

The Lightning Round Talk at the Annual Postdoctoral Symposium is designed to be an introduction to your research and poster to generate interest in all the great things we do as postdocs. Think of it as a 5- 10 min elevator speech. During this session, we’ll answer all your questions about how to deliver a Lightning Round talk and you’ll hear from the winners of last year’s talks. Lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by the VPA


Parenting Group: Single Parenthood

Thursday Mar 14, Noon
Buttrick 123

 

            Lunch is provided on a first-come basis

            Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center


Deadline to Submit Abstracts and Register for VPA Symposium

March 15

General Audience Lecture April 8th, 6pm, Wondr'y

Symposium April 9th, 9:30am - 5pm, Student Life Center

Special Keynote Address by Lydia Villa-Komaroff, a molecular biologist, executive, and diversity advocate. Dr. Villa-Komaroff is a consultant and speaker, founder of Intersections, SBD and founding member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Previously serving as CEO and CSO of Cytonome/ST, LLC, she now sits on its board, along with the boards of ATCC, the Keck Graduate Institute, and the Boston-based Biomedical Careers Program.

  Register here

Sponsored by the VPA and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


VPA Symposium Planning Committee Meeting

Tuesday Mar 19, 12-1 PM
Alumni Hall 010

 

Volunteers are still needed for the Symposium Planning Committee. Please make an effort to attend.

 

Sponsored by the VPA


ASPIRE Café for Postdoctoral Fellows “Orientation to BRET Career Development Resources for Postdocs”

Wednesday Mar 20, 9:00 am
407AB Light Hall

 

Explore an overview of the Career Development ASPIRE programs and helps postdoctoral fellows find out how to become involved in our activities. This session should only be attended once, as the content will be repeated each time.

 

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


Writing From Your Authentic Self

Wednesday Mar 20, Noon
Margaret Cuniniggim Women’s Center

 

A writing workshop with Lisa Dordal, author of Mosaic of the Dark. RSVP here.

 

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center


AAAS Workshop: Science Communication & Engagement with Religious Publics

Wednesday Mar 20, 9:00 AM - Noon
Student Life Center, Board of Trust (Room 104)

As part of a two day campus event focused on Science Communication, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will be directing a workshop for scientists seeking to expand or improve their science engagement with diverse publics, particularly with individuals who hold religious perspectives and faith-informed worldviews. Representatives from the AAAS Center for Public Engagement with Science and Technology and the AAAS Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DOSER) program will guide discussion and offer tool and strategies for constructive and inclusive science dialogue. The workshop will include moderated discussions and a small-group exercise to respond to a challenging question or scenario with peers. While the focus of the workshop is on dialogue with religious publics, the content is relevant and applicable to effective science education and communication with a broad range of audiences. Register Here For more information

           

Sponsored by the Graduate School Career Development Center


PhD Career Connections: Leveraging Data to Change the Business of Healthcare

March 22, 10 AM
Light Hall 214

 

Featuring Peter Wiebe, PhD. Manager, Data Analytics at Abbott Diagnostics

 

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


Recognizing and Overcoming the Imposter Syndrome

Tuesday Mar 26, 4 PM
Community Room Central Library

 

Imposter syndrome - a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a "fraud," while all evidence of such does not exist.

Maureen Gannon, Professor of Medicine at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine, will speak on the timely issue of imposter syndrome - something that affects women in their daily lives, especially at work and in their careers. The Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center Annual Award recipients will be announced at the start of this event. Reception to follow.

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center


Women in the Workplace: Leading from Strengths
Thursday Mar 28, Noon
Sarratt 216/220

A lecture-based lunchtime program for faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows the Work-Life Workshops cover a blend of self-care and professional development topics such as navigating organizational politics, salary negotiation strategies, stress management, mindfulness and more. 

Did you know? You don’t have to become a different person to be successful.

Join us as we explore your Strengths and what it means to lead from your Strengths as a woman in the workplace. Benefits of working in the Strengths Zone include being a person who looks forward to going to work, achieves more on a daily basis, and experiences more positive, creative, and innovative moments.

Your Strengths do not exist apart from your identity as a woman or any of your social identities. Let’s take a deeper look and examine how being a woman might impact your ability and/or desire to develop and practice your Strengths in the workplace.

You can learn to be more of who you already are and how to be a better version of who you are.

***The first 15 graduate students and 15 faculty/staff members will receive a FREE code to take a StrengthsQuest Assessment. This assessment is not required to attend, but it is strongly encouraged to bring your results if you have taken the assessment. 

RSVP

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center


Careers in Science Policy: Q&A with Kei Koizumi

Thursday March 28, 4:00 – 5:30 pm
Featheringill Hall, Rm 138

 

Kei Koizumi is a Senior Advisor in Science Policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He joined AAAS in February 2017 after 8 years as Assistant Director for Federal Research and Development and Senior Advisor for the National Science and Technology Council at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).  There, he was responsible for leading OSTP engagement on the U.S. Federal R&D budgets, appropriations, and policies and for S&T policy coordination through the National Science and Technology Council. 

Before joining OSTP in February 2009, he served as the Director of the R&D Budget and Policy Program at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

He received his M.A. from the Center for International Science, Technology, and Public Policy program at the George Washington University (where he is currently an instructor), and received his B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Boston University. He is from Columbus, Ohio. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

RSVP

Sponsored by the Graduate School Career Center


Developing and Sustaining a Mentoring Relationship


Friday Mar 29, 12 – 1 PM
Sarratt 216/220

Women in the Academy is coordinated by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center and sponsored by the Graduate School and the Vice Provost for Academic and Strategic Affairs offers Ph.D. students a chance to reflect on the ways that gender affects their experience as they begin their professional journey in the academy.

Panelists:

Jessica Fletcher, Ph.D. candidate, Department of History
Jane Landers, Gertrude Conaway Vanderbilt Professor of History
Janet Macdonald, Assistant Professor Chemistry
Vanessa Beasley, Associate Provost and Dean of Residential Faculty
Beverly Moran, Professor of Law
Lucius Outlaw, Professor of Philosophy

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center

Teaching 101: A Graduate Student and Postdoc Workshop

Tuesday Feb 5, 9:30 – 11 AM
Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, 3rd Floor Classroom

 

Have you been thrust into an instructional role for which you feel unprepared? Are you a multi-semester teacher who wants a refresher on some of the basics? Regardless of your teaching experience, this workshop will provide practical, concrete guidance on the mechanics of teaching and classroom presence, with an eye towards small tweaks and adjustments that can have large impacts on classroom dynamics, student learning, and instructor confidence. By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • organize and structure class sessions to maximize student understanding.
  • describe and implement techniques to speak more confidently and present more effectively for student engagement.
  • design and put into practice classroom activities that increase authentic participation and meaningful conversations.

Reserve your spot!

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching


ASPIRE Café for Postdoctoral Fellows: From CV to Resume

Wednesday Feb 6, 9:00 AM
411 CD Light Hall

More information at link above

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


Sex Ed and Healthy Relationships Week

Feb 11-15

           

Events through the week:

Monday – Flowers and Foreplay 6 pm, Morgan Reading Room

Tuesday – Unhappily Ever After Bingo: Hollywood’s Suggesstion that Single is Scary, 11 AM, Sarratt 216/220

Tuesday - The 2019 Cuninggim Lecture: 5 (Dirty, Little) Secrets: The Mind-Blowing Science of Sexual Response, 5 PM Sarratt Cinema

Wednesday – Sensual Expression: Activating the Senses to Achieve Non-Sexual Pleasure, Noon, Sarratt 216/220

Wednesday – Involuntary Celibacy and the Perceived Social Stigma of “Not Getting Any” 5 PM Sarratt 216/220

Thursday – Love in the Making: Valentine Crafts and Cookies, Noon, MLC Lounge

Thursday – Living and Loving on Campus: Healthy Relationships at Vanderbilt, 5 PM, Rand 308

Friday – Sex Ed and Healthy Relationships Week’s 5th Birthday Bash, Noon, The Women’s Center

 

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center


VPA Symposium Planning Committee Meeting

Tuesday, February 12, 12 – 1 PM

Light Hall 350

 

Volunteers still needed for symposium planning committee. Next meeting this Thursday. Save the date: Annual Symposium April 9th in Student Life Center


The Hate Within: A townhall on homophobia and transphobia in the black community

Tuesday Feb 12, 6 PM
Black Cultural Center

          

Join us as we discuss homophobia and transphobia in the black community. RSVP.

 

Sponsored by the Bishop Joseph Black Cultural Center, the Office of LGBTQi Life, and Lambda Association


Project and Time Management for Postdocs

Thursday, February 14th, 12:00 – 1 PM
Light Hall 419

 

Ever felt like you couldn’t get a handle on your research or projects? Have you felt that you needed more hours in the day? Well, this seminar is for you. As PhDs, we pride ourselves in being good project managers but how do we continue to be effective to make sure we progress in our careers? Come and learn strategies from Dr. David Calkins, the Vice Chair and Director of Research in the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, on project and time management suitable for postdoctoral fellows and trainees. Lunch will be provided. Kindly RSVP here.

 

Sponsored by the VPA


Parenting Group: Making Time for You

Thursday Feb 14, Noon
Buttrick 123

           

Talk by Jessica Turner, Author of Stretched Too Thin and The Fringe Hours. Please RSVP. Lunch provided on a first-come basis

 

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center


PhD Career Connections, Featuring Margaret Read, PhD, Alliance Manager for Ancora Innovation

Friday, Feb 15, 10:00am
Light Hall 214

Margaret is the Alliance Manager for Ancora Innovation which is part of the Vanderbilt Center for Technology Transfer and Commercialization. Prior to joining Ancora Innovation, she was an independent consultant in the oncology sector for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies.

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


Postdoc and Graduate Students of Color Mixer

Friday Feb 15, 3 – 5 PM
Alumni 100 Lounge

 

Come have some pizza and drinks and meet some of the graduate students of color at Vanderbilt! Please RSVP!

 

Sponsored by VU-EDGE, GSOC, and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


ASPIRE Café for Postdoctoral Fellows "A Fair Look: How to Review A Paper"

Wednesday Feb 20, 9:00 AM
415 CD Light Hall

 

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


Green Dot Bystander Training

Wednesday Feb 20, 5 – 9 PM
Moore A117

           

The Green Dot bystander intervention curriculum is a comprehensive approach to violence prevention that capitalizes on the power of peer and cultural influence across all levels of the socio-ecological model. Informed by social change theory, the model targets all community members as potential bystanders, and seeks to engage them, through awareness, education, and skills-practice, in proactive behaviors that establish intolerance of violence as the norm, as well as reactive interventions in high-risk situations—resulting in the ultimate reduction of violence. Please RSVP.

 

Sponsored by Project Safe


Feminism and Faith

Thursday Feb 21, 6 PM
The Women’s Center

 

Join the Women’s Center for conversation about feminism and faith. Consistent attendance not required. A light dinner will be provided.

 

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center


Academic Pathways Fellowship Symposium

Friday Feb. 22, 8:30 AM – 12:45 PM
E. Bronson Ingram College MPR 1003

               

Finalists for the 2019 Academic Pathways Postdoctoral Fellowship Program will be on campus Feb. 18-22 to explore research directions with Vanderbilt faculty members and learn more about the opportunities that would be available to them at Vanderbilt. The finalists will present on their current research and share some of their new project ideas during the Academic Pathways Fellowship Symposium on Feb 22. The Symposium, which is open to the Vanderbilt community, will be held in the E. Bronson Ingram College Multi-Purpose Room (1003) from 8:30 AM to 1 PM. A complete schedule of the presentations can be found here.

 

This program is administered by the Graduate School’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and is sponsored by the Office of the Provost with additional funding from the Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate of the National Science Foundation.


Queer People of Color Mixer

Tuesday Feb 26, 5 PM
BCC Auditorium

 

An opportunity for students, staff, and faculty to meet LGBTQIA+ people across a wide variety of departments and disciplines. This will be a casual get together to create community. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP

 

Sponsored by the Bishop Joesph Johnson Black Cultural Center and LGBTQi Life


Making the IDP Work for You

Wednesday Feb. 27, 12 – 1 PM
Alumni 201

 

Make your IDP not just another form to fill out, but a useful document for your professional development! Come to this presentation by Roger Chalkley, the Senior Associate Dean for Biomedical Research and Training (BRET), and learn about how to maximize the usefulness of your IDP. Lunch provided, please RSVP by Feb. 22. 

 

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.


Mindfulness for Stress Reduction


Wednesday Feb 27, Noon
Sarratt 216/220

Presentation by Michelle Foote Pearce, Director of Mindfulness Programs and Outreach Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Coordinated by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center and sponsored by the Graduate School and the Vice Provost for Academic and Strategic Affairs


PSC Book Club

Wednesday Feb 27, 3 - 5 PM
Project Safe Center

Project Safe offers a monthly Book Club gathering for graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars.  Book selections vary.  Topics will pertain to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and interpersonal violence.  Sessions occur on the last Wednesday of each month from 3-5 PM at the Project Safe Center.  Contact Project Safe to learn more.  RSVP

Sponsored by Project Safe


Summer Camp Fair

Thursday Feb 28, 11:30 – 2 PM
North Lobby of Light Hall

 

The Summer Camp Fair is a free event for the community featuring representatives from 15+ day camps, overnight camps, Vanderbilt-sponsored camps, and a veriety of programs from all over the region. Stop by Light Hall Lobby to gather information, ask questions, plus have face-to-face interaction with many of our exhibitors.

 

Sponsored by the Vanderbilt Child and Family Center


Work-Life Workshops: Navigating Organizational Politics

Thursday Feb 28, Noon
Sarratt 216/220

A lecture-based lunchtime program for faculty, staff, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows the Work-Life Workshops cover a blend of self-care and professional development topics such as navigating organizational politics, salary negotiation strategies, stress management, mindfulness and more. 

While some workplaces are more political than other, it can be useful to have political skills. This may be particularly true in workplaces where positions of power are held by men. In this workshop, we will define political skills and discuss strategies to navigate these challenges. RSVP and more information

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center


Happy Hour Social Mixer

Thursday, February 28th, 5 – 7 PM
Double Dogs Hillsboro Village

Thanks to all those who RSVP’d and/or attended the themed happy hour last month. It was a great turnout! This month, we will be back to our regular schedule programming. Come and join your colleagues over some free food/drinks this time at Double Dogs in Hillsboro Village (1807 21st Ave. S, Nashville, TN 37212).

Sponsored by the VPA


 

From Try to Triumph: The Journey of a Nonverbal Young Adult

Monday Jan 14, 12 - 1 PM
VUSN Nursing Annex Rm 161

           

A nonverbal motivational speaker and her mother, an advocate for family involvement in health care, will present the January 2019 VUSN Dean’s Diversity Lecture on Monday, Jan. 14, noon-1 p.m. in VUSN’s Nursing Annex room 161.

“From Try to Triumph: The Journey of a Nonverbal Young Adult” given by Holly Forlenza and Eileen Forlenza is open to the Vanderbilt community, but space is limited. Attendees may order a box lunch at Jan 14, 2019 lunch RSVP.

The event will also be lived streamed starting at noon CST Jan. 14 at http://vanderbi.lt/hollyspeaks.

Sponsored by Vanderbilt School of Nursing


ASPIRE Café for Postdoctoral Fellows: Negotiating Your Faculty Compensation and Start-Up Package

Wednesday Jan 16, 9:00 AM

415 CD Light Hall

           More information at the link above.

            Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement: Creating Your Draft Grad Student and Postdoc Workshop

Wednesday Jan 16, 2:30 – 4 PM
Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, 3rd Floor Classroom
    

In this workshop, we will address 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. This workshop is especially helpful for those who do not have a draft of their teaching philosophy statement prepared. Reserve your spot!

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching


Happy Hour Social Mixer: Faculty Careers

Thursday Jan 17, 4:30 – 7 PM
Kung Fu Saloon

 

In January, the VPA is introducing a themed happy hour. We have invited a few early career faculty members to our informal happy hour to mingle with us and be open answer questions, especially for those interested potential faculty careers. Even if not interested in faculty careers, come and get some free food/drinks. RSVP.

Sponsored by the VPA


PhD Career Connections: The tenure track at teaching (PUI) and minority institutions (MSI, HBCU, HSI)

Friday, Jan 18, 2:00 PM
Light Hall 202

 

Featuring Steven Damo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Fisk University. RSVP via the link above.

 

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


Demystifying Taxes for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Tuesday Jan 22, 6 – 7:30 PM
Wilson Hall 103

Preparing a tax return can be daunting for a trainee, especially when fellowships and scholarships are involved, and it’s difficult to find resources that address this special situation. This presentation introduces how ordinary income is taxed and addresses how to calculate and report trainee income specifically.

Speaker: Emily Roberts, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University (2014) - Personal Finance for PhDs (pfforphds.com)

RSVP required due to space restrictions - link on website will open January 3 and close January 21

Sponsored by the Graduate Life Coach


The Graduate Student and Postdoc’s Guide to Personal Finance

Thursday Jan 24, 6 – 7:30 PM
Alumni 201

This comprehensive presentation or workshop teaches stipend-receiving graduate students the basics of personal finance and how they can set and reach financial goals during grad school. This talk is appropriate for grad students of all years. It is well-suited as a stand-alone event or part of an orientation or personal/professional development series.

Speaker: Emily Roberts, PhD, Biomedical Engineering, Duke University (2014) - Personal Finance for PhDs (pfforphds.com)

RSVP required due to space restrictions - link on website will open January 3 and close January 21

Sponsored by the Graduate Life Coach


Critical Conversations: Conflict Management in the Academy

Thursday Jan 24, Noon
Sarratt 216/220

Presentation by Stacey Satchell, Graduate Life Coach, Graduate School

Coordinated by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center and sponsored by the Graduate School and the Vice Provost for Academic and Strategic Affairs


Feminism and Faith

Thursday Jan 24, 6 PM
The Women’s Center

Join the Women’s Center for conversation about feminism and faith. Consistent attendance not required. A light dinner will be provided.

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center


Postdoc Town Hall Meeting

Thursday Jan 28, 4 – 5 PM
201 Alumni Hall

Dean Wallace will be hosting a Town Hall Meeting to discuss the mental health and well-being resources available to postdocs, with an emphasis on the Work/Life Connections-Employee Assistance Program. Joining Dean Wallace will be Dean McCabe, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs; Dean Black, Associate Dean of the Office of the Dean of Students; Jim Kendall, Manager of the Work/Life Connections Program and Stacey Satchell, Graduate Life Coach. You will have an opportunity to hear about services available to postdocs, how to access them as well as address your questions.  

Please register here for the event.

 

Sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Work-Life Balance through Mindfulness

Tuesday Jan 29, Noon
Sarratt 216/220

           

Join Samantha York from the Center for Student Wellbeing for an overview of mindfulness – and the opportunity to practice! A mindfulness practice helps to quiet the mind, build resiliency, reduce stress, and enhance attention - all of which contribute to wellbeing.

 

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center


PSC Book Club

Wednesday Jan 30, 3 - 5 PM
Project Safe Center

Project Safe offers a monthly Book Club gathering for graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars.  Book selections vary.  Topics will pertain to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and interpersonal violence.  Sessions occur on the last Wednesday of each month from 3-5 PM at the Project Safe Center.  Contact Project Safe to learn more. RSVP

Sponsored by Project Safe


CV, Resume, and Cover Letter Workshop
 

Wednesday Jan 30, 12:00 - 2:00 PM
Alumni 201

Bring your laptops for a workshop on CVs, Resumes, and Cover Letters. Ruth Schemmer, Assistant Dean for Career Development in the Graduate School, will briefly discuss each document, and then have time to work on your documents with one-on-one help available. Lunch will be provided, rsvp here.

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.


Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement: Revising Your Draft Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshop

Thursday Jan 31, 9:30 – 11 AM
Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, 3rd Floor Classroom

 

After attending the Creating Your Draft workshop, this Revising Your Draft workshop will allow participants to get feedback on their teaching philosophy statement. This session will include a quick review of best practices for writing a teaching statement/philosophy for the academic job market, however most of the time will be spent peer reviewing each other’s drafts. 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. Those who do not have a draft of their teaching statement completed may still attend this session. The session facilitator will conduct a shortened version of the Creating Your Draft workshop while the other participants are engaging in the peer review process. Reserve your spot!

 

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching


The Hate U Give Book Discussion

Thursday Jan 31, 12 - 1 PM
E. Bronson Ingram College Great Room

Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer James Page will be hosting a book reading of The Hate U Give written by Angie Thomas. This Black Lives Matter-inspired YA novel has been described as “the best – and most important – book of the year,” by Entertainment Weekly and is now a major motion picture. This book discussion will be facilitated by students and is in advance of Angie Thomas’s visit to campus in February.

Sponsored by the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center; Human Resources D&I Committee; The Provost’s Office for Inclusive Excellence; and the Margaret Cuniniggim Women’s Center.


Case Study in Difficult Work Relationships

Thursday Jan 31, 2 - 5 PM
2525 West End, Room 1561

Take a deep dive into effective ways of navigating relationships with challenging mentors, staff, lab mates, and other co-workers. Join us for a Case Study in Dealing with Difficult People with Jody J. Foster, MD, MBA, Executive Clinical Director of the Professionalism Program at the University Pennsylvania and author of The Schmuck in My Office: How to Deal Effectively with Difficult People at Work.

Attendance is limited to 20. RSVP required.

Sponsored by VICTR

 

VPA Book Discussion

Tuesday, December 4th, 12 – 1PM
Wyatt Center 223

Are you interested in having critical and thoughtful discussions? Come break out of your Silo! The VPA Diversity Committee is facilitating a book discussion open to all postdocs. We will read the book, “Racism Without Racists” 5th edition by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva prior to discussion. It will be an open discussion-based forum. Please see attached flyer for more information on how to download/read the book and register here.

Sponsored by VPA


Faculty Writing Session

Friday, Dec 7, 8:30-11:00 AM
Kissam 210

The Office for Inclusive Excellence is hosting a series of Faculty Writing Sessions. The sessions are part of a community building initiative targeted towards female faculty to open up a space where colleagues can enter into freely, dedicate personal time towards scholarship, and build a peer network across campus that can have a great impact on faculty engagement over time. Faculty are invited to use this time to as motivation to work on personal projects that may be at any phase.  

The format includes time for light breakfast / networking and a short welcoming message before dedicated writing time (the main focus of these sessions).

Registration not required but appreciated. Register here.

Sponsored by the Office for Inclusive Excellence.


Publishing for Postdocs

Tuesday Dec 11, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Alumni 201

Want to learn about writing a book proposal? Hear from the Vanderbilt University Press about modifying your thesis to a book, writing the book proposal, and navigating the publishing world. Please RSVP, lunch provided.

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Lab to Lunch: Business Savvy for Scientists

Thursday Dec 13, 11:30-1:00PM (please arrive no later than 11:25)
Student Life Center

 “May we take you out to lunch?”

 Interviews for professional, faculty, and postdoctoral positions often take place over a meal. Would you be ready for the meal interview? 

 Well, let us be the first one to ask you that question… Practice with us!

The BRET Office of Career Development invites you to dine with us on Thursday, December 13, over lunch. While enjoying a 3-course meal, you — along with a small group of biomedical science PhD students and postdocs — will hear from business-savvy expert Malika Williams, founder of Excuse Me, Please Etiquette. Ms. Williams will give tips on professional dining situations like meals and networking receptions. Additionally, Ashley Brady and Kate Stuart from the BRET office will briefly add in some additional networking tips for a dining setting.

This is a program is for a small group of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows… only 60 to be exact! So spots are very limited. 

To reserve your spot, email Kate Stuart to verify your interest, confirm your availability, and hear more about how to hold your spot.

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


VPA Holiday Luncheon

Thursday Dec 13, 12:00 – 2 PM
Student Life Center Board of Trust Room

‘Tis the season of festivity. Join us for VPA Holiday Luncheon. Please RSVP so we can accommodate any dietary restrictions and make sure there’s enough food.

Sponsored by the VPA


ASPIRE Cafe for Postdoctoral Fellows: How to Give a Chalk Talk
 

Thursday, December 13 3:00pm
Light Hall 419

Bring your questions and hear from a panel of faculty members: Ron Emeson, Ph.D., Ann Richmond, Ph.D., and Chris Wright, D. Phil.

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


Parenting Group: Navigating School Choice

Thursday Dec 13, 12 - 1 PM
Sarratt 112

Representatives from the Office of School Options at Metro Nashville Public Schools will talk about the school choice application process for the 2019-2020 school year. Lunch served on a first-come basis.

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.


Lunch and Learn: Science Education

Wednesday Dec 19 12-1 PM
Wyatt 264

The Center for Science Outreach and Monica Ridgeway, a Peabody postdoc, is hosting a bring your own brown bag lunch and learn where a recent publication, “Grappling with Racism as Foundational Practice of Science Teaching”(Sheth, 2016) will be disucussed. The CSO is interested in exploring their own science teaching as people with STEM Ph.D.s who are teaching in K-12 school in Nashville. The group will discuss the structure of the paper, such as the literature review and methods as well as examine the work and how it connects to their teaching. Potentially this will evolve into a series where the group will get together to read papers and develop their teaching and scholarship.


Whether you’re having trouble breaking out of the block or want a few colleagues to run alongside, now is the time to join a Manuscript Sprint, coordinated by the Office of Clinical and Translational Scientist Development. Sprint Teams of 3 to 5 authors who have at least one previously published paper form small groups of investigators from across public health, psychosocial, clinical, translational and basic sciences.

Sign up  September 5 to start writing in September 2018. Sprints will run until early November.

  •  Fall Sprint #1, Tuesday afternoons from 1:00-2:30 PM in Light Hall 419A, beginning September 18
  •  Fall Sprint #2, Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11:00 AM in Light Hall 415A beginning September 19

If you can't make either of these times but still want to sprint, let us know.  If there is enough demand, we will organize a third sprint at another time and day of the week.

Email Rebecca Helton to sign up for a Sprint. In your email, please let us know:

  1. Your general area of research and
  2. Draft title of your manuscript

Sponsored by the Office of Clinical and Translational Scientist Development

40th Birthday Party for the Women’s Center

Thursday Nov 1, 12:00 – 2:00 PM
The Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center

Please join us as we celebrate the Women's Center's 40th Birthday with punch, cake, music, prizes, and more!

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.


AAUW Work Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

Nov 13, 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Buttrick Hall 306

AAUW Work Smart is designed to help you negotiate for a new job, raise, or promotion. In every two-hour workshop you’ll gain confidence in your negotiation style through facilitated discussion and role-play and learn

  • How to identify and articulate your personal value
  • How to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies, including how to get a raise or promotion
  • How to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits
  • About the wage gap, including its long-term consequences

Why is negotiation so important? AAUW’s research on the gender pay gap shows that, one year out of college, women are already paid significantly less than men. Women who work full time take home 80 cents for every dollar a full-time male worker is paid. And over a lifetime, those lost potential earnings add up.

Women who negotiate increase their potential to earn higher salaries and better benefits. By negotiating fair and equitable salaries, you’ll be better able to pay off loans, buy the things you want and need, and even save for retirement. Register here.

A free workshop led by Rory Dicker, Director, Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center. If you have any questions, please email.

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.


Proposals 101

Tuesday Nov 13, 12:30-1:30 PM
NOTE ROOM CHANGE:  E. BRONSON INGRAM COLLEGE, Room 1003


Presentation by the Vanderbilt University Office of Research Development & Support. This session will discuss the basics of developing research proposals at VU. The 1-hour workshop will cover finding funding opportunities, building relationships with sponsors, university resources, and best practices for writing grant and contract proposals.

Please register (lunch provided)

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


VPA Symposium Planning Committee Meeting

Tuesday Nov 13, 2-3 PM
Eskind Biomedical Library Training Room

Please join us for the next symposium planning committee meeting on Tuesday, November 13th at 2 – 3pm in Eskind Biomedical Library Training Room (conference room on lower level)


The Academic Interview: What Do Search Committees Want?

Wednesday, Nov. 14; 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Alumni Hall Rooms 100 (HSSE) & 201 (STEM)

Who better to learn from than faculty members who have been on the other side of the interview? We’ll have 2 panels—one for STEM disciplines (Room 201), and one for Humanities/Social Science/Education (Room 100). The wisdom you’ll gain comes straight from those who have been where you are and now evaluate applications themselves. Don’t miss this one if you’re applying for academic positions!

HSSE Panel:

Ellen Armour, Carpenter Associate Professor of Feminist Theology, Graduate Department of Religion
Brenton Kenkel, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Sonya Sterba, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology & Human Development

 STEM Panel:

Steve Townsend, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Maithilee Kunda, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Computer Engineering
Seth Bordenstein, Associate Professor, Departments of Biological Sciences and Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology

RSVP

Sponsored by the Graduate School Career Counseling Center


Critical Conversations

Thursday, November 15, 2018, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Alumni Hall 201

Good communication is a must – but no one said it was always easy! We will discuss how to articulate your needs while still expressing commitment to your work and the ambition to meet your supervisor's (advisor/mentor/PI) expectations.

This can be a foundational talk with a new advisor or an opportunity for a reset with a current advisor.

Sponsored by the Graduate School Life Coach


Introduction to Research Funding and Writing Grant Proposals for Postdocs

Monday and Tuesday Nov 19-20, 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Kissam C216

The competition for research funding is heated, and it is unclear whether funding sources and amounts will continue to be sustained at current levels. It is thus becoming increasingly important for scholars to understand how federal and other funding mechanisms work and how to prepare highly competitive proposals. The content of this two-part workshop (two consecutive morning sessions) for postdocs will include an overview of federal and private funding options, funding trends in your discipline(s), an overview of grant resources on campus, characteristics of weak and strong proposals, hands-on evaluation of a proposal, and a discussion with grant-winning faculty across campus.

The workshop is limited to fifteen participants, this workshop will focus on STEM and Quantitative Social Sciences grants. A second workshop to be offered in January will focus on Humanites and Humanistic Social Sciences. First-come, first-served until the maximum number in each group is reached; we will maintain a waiting list for later iterations of the workshop.

Lunch and a light breakfast will be provided. Workshop will start promptly at 8:30 AM.

To register please RSVP here.

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.


Briefing on the NAS Study Report on Sexual Harassment of Women in Academic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine

Monday, Nov 26 4-5 PM
Light Hall 208

Frazier Benya and Vicki Magley will be visiting Vanderbilt to provide briefings on the NAS Study Report on Sexual Harassment of Women in Academic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Frazier, as you may know, is the study director for this report at NAS. Vicki Magley served on the study committee and is a Professor of Psychology at UConn and an expert on incivility in the workplace. There will be a briefing on Monday, November 26th in Light Hall 208 (overflow viewing in 214) from 4-5pm for graduate students and postdocs—no RSVP necessary.

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, and the deans of Basic Sciences, A&S, and School of Engineering.


Work-Life Workshop: Work-Life Balance from a Womanist Perspective

Wednesday Nov. 27 11:30 AM
Sarrat 216/220

A presentation by Dr. Stacey Floyd-Thomas the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair in Ethics and Society, and an Associate Professor of Ethics and Society in the Vanderbilt Divinity School.

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.


Women in the Academy: Negotiating an Academic Job

Thursday Nov. 28 12 – 1:30 PM
Sarratt 216/220

            Presentation by Melissa Thomas-Hunt, the Vice-Provost for Inclusive Excellence

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.


PSC Book Club

Wednesday, November 28, 3-5 PM
Project Safe Center
    

Project Safe offers a monthly Book Club gathering for graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars.  Book selections vary.  Topics will pertain to sexual harassment, sexual assault, and interpersonal violence.  Sessions occur on the last Wednesday of each month from 3-5 PM at the Project Safe Center.  Contact Project Safe to learn more. RSVP

Sponsored by Project Safe


Grad/Prof/Post-doc Lunch & Learn Series

Thursday, November 29, 12-1 PM
Project Safe Center

Project Safe offers a monthly Lunch & Learn program designed for graduate and professional students, postdoctoral scholars, faculty and staff. Topics vary. Sessions occur on the last Thursday of each month from 12-1 PM. Various locations. Contact Project Safe to learn more. RSVP

Sponsored by Project Safe


PhD Career Connections: Technical Sales and Support

Friday, November 30, 11:30am
Light Hall 202

Featuring Juliana Lewis, PhD, Technical Sales Consultant at Miltenyi Botec, Inc.

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


Peak Performance Workshop Series

Starting Friday, October 5, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
Center for Student Wellbeing

This workshop series is designed to promote expert performance by exploring common issues impacting graduate and professional students and postdocs. 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.  Sign up required (http://j.mp/2NLqlj8), space is limited to 20 people/session

Schedule:

Oct. 5: Session 1: Perfectionism and “Imposter Syndrome”
Oct. 12: Session 2: Motivation and Mindset
Oct. 26: Session 3: Performing under Pressure
Nov. 2: Session 4: Managing Conflict and Relationships
Nov. 9: Session 5: Effective Goal Setting
Nov. 16: Session 6: Fighting Procrastination/Increasing Efficiency
Nov. 30: Session 7: Finding Work/Life Balance

Sponsored by the University Counseling Center and the Graduate School.

LinkedIn is Your Friend

Wed, Oct. 3; 5:00 – 6:00 PM
Alumni Hall 201
Register here

LinkedIn is a powerful tool for doing research on careers, ONCE you know all the tips for using it.  We’ll look at elements of good profiles, talk about how to respond to requests to connect, see examples of “notes to total strangers,” and learn how to find people with interesting stories! Using LinkedIn may sound like as much fun as a root canal to you—but I promise it is better than that.

Sponsored by Graduate School Career Development


Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement Graduate Student/Postdoc Workshop

Thursday, October 4th, 2:30-4:00 PM
Vanderbilt Center for Teaching, 1114 19th Ave. South, 3rd Floor Classroom

In this workshop, we will address 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. Facilitated by Gregory Smith, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow. Open to Vanderbilt Graduate Students & Postdocs
REGISTER HERE

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching


Non-Tenure Track Careers Panel

Oct 9, 12:30-1:30 PM
Alumni 201

Learn about non-tenured academic careers from a panel of successful non-tenured academics here at Vanderbilt. Panelists include: Susan Verberne-Sutton, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry; John Bradley, Director of Writing Studio and Tutoring Services, Senior Lecturer in English; Rosevelt Noble, Assistant Dean and Director of the Black Cultural Center, and Dr. Ashley Brady Director of Career Engagement and Strategic Partnerships, BRET.

Lunch will be provided.

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Register


More on Cultivating Your Network of Mentors, Sponsors, and Collaborators

Thursday, October 11, 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m.
Faculty/Postdoc viewing in Rand 306

Webinar by NCFDD

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence


Women at Vanderbilt: A Walking Tour

Friday Oct 12, 3 – 4 PM
The Women’s Center

Learn about women at Vanderbilt while going on a walking tour around campus.

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.


2nd Annual March for Black Women in STEM

Saturday Oct 13, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Wyatt Center Lawn

This march brings together the Vanderbilt and Nashville communities to raise awareness and disrupt gendered racism in STEM. We walk in solidarity to actively dismantle the structural oppression in the workforce and academia and celebrate the ways black women resist, speak up and out, and embody agency. RSVP here.

Sponsored by the Office for Inclusive Excellence


ASPIRE Café for Postdoctoral Fellows: Orientation to BRET Career Development Resources for Postdocs

Thursday, October 18 3:00 – 4:00 PM
306 Light Hall

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


Oct 18-19 - Vanderbilt STEM Policy in Washington

Oct 18-19, 2018, Washington, D.C.

Open to all Vanderbilt STEM + Social Science graduate students and postdocs.

Would you like to learn more about how federal STEM policy is made, the role of advocacy groups in achieving policy goals, and career opportunities for STEM and Social Science PhDs in science policy, advocacy, and government? Then this free workshop exclusively for Vanderbilt students and postdocs is for you! Airfare and shared hotel accommodations will be fully paid for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who are selected to attend.

Applications are due Tuesday, August 21 at midnight.

This opportunity is offered every other year. You can see the 2016 agenda on the here.

Questions may be directed to either Kim Petrie (biomedical sciences students and postdocs) or Ruth Schemmer (all other STEM disciplines).

Hosted by the Vanderbilt University Office of Federal Relations in partnership with the Graduate School, the BRET Office of Career Development, the School of Engineering, and the Vanderbilt Career Center


Holistic Wellness in the Workplace

Monday Oct 22 12-1 PM
Sarratt 216/220

A lecture-based lunchtime program for faculty, staff, and graduate students, the Work-Life Workshops cover a blend of self-care and professional development topics such as navigating organizational politics, salary negotiation strategies, stress management, mindfulness and more. This month's workshop will cover holistic wellness in the workplace and will be facilitated by JaNiene Peoples, Student Wellbeing Coordinator in the Center for Student Wellbeing. Lunch will be provided on a first-come basis.

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.


An Evening with Anastasia Higginbotham

Tuesday, Oct 23 6:00 PM
Great Room, Warren and Moore Colleges

Join us for an evening with Anastasia Higginbotham, author of Not My Idea: A Book About Whiteness. She will be doing a reading for her book as well as discussing her creative process. Dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m., and discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Co-sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, the Office of Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence, the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy, the Dean of the Residential Faculty, the Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries, the Creative Writing Program, the Office of Inclusive Excellence, and the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center.


SPIN+ Workshop Sessions

Wed, Oct. 24, 2018
Kissam C216

11:00–12:00 STEM & Quantitative Social Sciences: SPIN background and overview (RSVP)

12:00–12:45 LUNCH for both groups

1:00–2:00 Humanities & Humanistic Social Sciences: SPIN and other funding identification strategies (RSVP)

The Graduate School is offering workshops on SPIN, Vanderbilt’s new sponsored research searchable database of funding opportunities. Two workshop sessions will be offered back-to-back, the first focusing on STEM and quantitative social sciences, and the second on the humanities and humanistic social sciences, with lunch offered in between for participants of both sessions. Because SPIN does not focus on opportunities for the humanities and humanistic social sciences, alternate methods of finding funding will be covered more comprehensively in the second session. Lunch will be provided.

Before you attend the session, we strongly advise you to set up your SPIN account and explore the features. Feel free to bring your laptops to continue to test the platform during parts of the workshop.

Directions for setting up a SPIN account:

  1. Go to www.infoedglobal.com and click on the “SPIN” link
  2. Click the “Sign In” link
  3. Click “Need to create a new profile”
  4. Fill out the boxes and click “Save.” After you click “Save” the Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations will approve your account manually, which may take 1–2 business days
  5. You will receive an email from spinsupport@infoedglobal.com with a prompt to set your password
  6. After you have set your password, you can log in to your account

Sponsored by the Graduate School Career Development Office and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


SIEMENS Information Session

Wed, Oct. 24, 2018; 4:30 – 6:30 pm
ESB 048 (Engineering & Science Building)
RSVP

 Degree Levels:

  • Master’s, PhD, Postdocs

 Academic majors:

  • Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Computer Science, Computer Engineering), Physics, Math

Areas of Focus:

  • Autonomous Systems, Artificial Intelligence & Big Data, Advance Manufacturing, Generative Design & Simulation, Computer Vision, Internet of Things & Cyber Physical Systems and Cyber Security

 Siemens is a fully integrated technology company that drives innovation in energy, healthcare, industry, cities, and infrastructure.  Join us for pizza, meet our recruiting representatives, and learn more about current Siemens Corporate Technology internship and fulltime opportunities for graduate level hires.

At Siemens, we dare to ask ourselves how we can make a difference. Ours is a team of creative thinkers with a restless curiosity. To foster continuous global innovation, Siemens is dedicated to offering development and technical training opportunities to students and recent graduates at the college level, ensuring a bright, sustainable future for generations to come. Through a career at Siemens, students and recent graduates will receive top of the line training, develop professional skills, and will be at the forefront of engineering innovation. Here, the opportunities are limitless.

Siemens in the U.S. employs approximately 60,000 people in all 50 states. Siemens AG has a 160-year heritage of innovation and employs approximately 360,000 people in 190 regions. To learn more, visit: www.usa.siemens.com and http://www.siemens.com/businesses/us/en/

Pizza will be provided; please RSVP to help us with planning!


Anita: Speaking Truth to Power documentary screening

Wednesday, October 24, 5:30 PM
Black Cultural Center

Come watch the documentary about Anita Hill before seeing her keynote speech on October 28th.

Sponsored by the Project Safe Center and the Black Cultural Center


Interviewing 101: What Nobody Tells You About the Academic Job Interview

Thursday Oct. 25, 12:00-1:30 pm
Sarrat 216/220

Panel: Nicole Creanza, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences; Teresa Dunleavy, Assistant Professor of Teaching and Learning; Joni Hersch, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Law and Economics; Alexis S. Wells-Oghoghomeh, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies.

Coordinated by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center and sponsored by the Graduate School and Vice Provost for Academic and Strategic Affairs.


VPA Happy Hour

Thursday, October 25, 5 – 7PM
Location TBD

Join your colleagues for our monthly Happy Hour on October 25 this time in Midtown. There will be appetizers and 1 drink ticket for attendees. More information to follow soon.

Sponsored by the VPA


Oct 26 - 2018 Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum

Friday, October 26, 8:00 AM
Vanderbilt Student Life Center

The 2018 Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum will feature more than 25 nationally recognized Vanderbilt researchers presenting their translational science, as well as special guest speaker Patricia M. Griffin, MD, Chief of Enteric Diseases Epidemiology Branch, Centers for Disease Control. Everyone is welcome! You are free to attend talks without an RSVP, but having them does help us plan.

Count me in!
Maybe, maybe not

Sponsored by VICTR


PhD Career Connections: Defense and Intelligence

Friday, October 26, 9:00 -10:00 AM
Light Hall 214

Join us for an event with alumnus Efrain Garcia, PhD, who is currently a Senior Health Scientist with the Division of CBRN Countermeasures, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Registration is requested

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


Research Presentation: Strategies that Stick: Memorable Moments that Enhance Student Motivation

Friday, October 26, 10:30-11:30
CFT Classroom

Meet the newest assistant director at the CFT, Dr. Heather Fedesco! Prior to Vanderbilt, Heather served as the Mellon Pedagogy Researcher at Colorado College where she spent two years conducting research on student motivation. Please join us as Heather shares some of her research exploring the teaching strategies that students find memorable and motivating in their courses. RSVP

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching


No Longer Silent: Underrepresented Narratives of Sexual Violence- Conference

Sunday Oct 28 2:00-5:00 PM
Engineering Science Building

Join the Vanderbilt Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention committee for its annual conference on underrepresented narratives of sexual violence. This year's theme is "No Longer Silent" to reflect the current political moment and the #metoo movement in which people from all communities, backgrounds, identities and lived experiences are coming out to speak their truth about the impact of power-based personal violence. This year's conference leads up to a Keynote by Anita Hill, famous lawyer and activist, who is well-known for her role in the nomination process of current SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas.

The conference will feature breakout sessions led by various student organizations including Association of Latin American Students (ALAS), Hidden Dores, HeForShe, and the Muslim Students Association, and it will also feature a session from a representative from Student Health. Registration will begin at 2 pm and Opening Remarks and our 2 sets of breakout sessions will go from 2:30-5pm. Following the breakout sessions, we will have our keynote address by Anita Hill in Langford Auditorium. If you commit to the entire afternoon conference you will be guaranteed a ticket to the keynote, which we will provide you at registration. Please register for the conference using this form.

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, Co-sponsored by the Project Safe Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response, Vanderbilt Student Government, Owen Graduate School of Management, Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies, the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence, the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Vanderbilt Law School, Women Law Students Association.


No Longer Silent: Underrepresented Narratives of Sexual Violence- Keynote

Sunday Oct 28 6:00 PM
Langford Auditorium

Keynote address by Anita Hill, a University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Brandeis University. Free and open to the public. Tickets available at the Sarratt Box Office.

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, Co-sponsored by the Project Safe Center for Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response, Vanderbilt Student Government, Owen Graduate School of Management, Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, the Program in African American and Diaspora Studies, the Center for Medicine, Health, and Society, Inclusion Initiatives and Cultural Competence, the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, Vanderbilt Law School, Women Law Students Association.


Halloween Family Social

Monday, October 29, 4 – 6 pm
Alumni Hall 202

Ghouls and guys, enjoy a Halloween trick or treat with the VPA. We’ll have food, games, trick or treating for the kids, and, back by popular demand, Magic Wayne who will be performing some magic tricks. RSVP here.

Sponsored by the VPA. 


Big Help for Small Talk

Tuesday, Oct. 30; 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Alumni Hall 206
Register here

Even more terrifying than an interview may be an informal reception with other professionals! In this seminar, participants will learn the ins and outs of carrying on social conversations with professional contacts and potential employers outside the formal interview setting. We’ll cover some tips on business etiquette, and on making a good impression on people you encounter. Coffee, tea, and pastries provided.

Sponsored by Graduate School Career Development

The Graduate Life Coach is Here to Help

Tuesday, September 11, 12:30 to 1:30 PM
201 Alumni Hall

The Graduate Life Coach Stacey Satchell assists Graduate School students and postdoctoral scholars in their academic and professional development during their time at Vanderbilt. This position was created to support students and scholars through individual coaching and group programming around effective time and stress management, resilience, conflict resolution, navigating academic relationships, and juggling work/life responsibilities. The Graduate Life Coach provides a starting point for students and scholars who have questions about resources and processes available to them on campus to support their academic, physical and psychological well-being, in addition to serving as an advocate for their needs within the university’s organizational structures.

Register here.

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Graduate School


Sept 14- Impact Leadership Development Series:  Collaborating with Colleagues/Building Team Dynamics

Friday, September 14, 10:00 - 12:00,
Kissam Classroom 216

This session will focus on team building and working within interdisciplinary dynamics to achieve different academic outcomes. This will be an interactive session that includes exercises to demonstrate the inherent conflict and cooperation among groups and teams and explores effective strategies for maximizing team outcomes.

Registration is not required but appreciated. Register here.

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence


Sept 17- VPA Diversity Committee Meeting

Monday, September 17, from noon-1pm
Wyatt Center Atrium

Join us for the first meet-n-greet for anyone that is interested in being a part of this committee. Bring your lunch and connect. We will have open dialog about how we would like to shape our efforts for this academic year! Email Monica Ridgeway if you have any questions.


POSTDOC APPRECIATION WEEK, SEPT 18 - Open House & Happy Hour

Tuesday, September 18, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM
202 & 206 Alumni Hall

17 information tables representing VU and VUMC programs and services for postdocs will be joining us. This is a great opportunity to socialize with your peers and learn about resources available for postdocs.

Click here to RSVP


2018 Crawford Lecture: The ABCs of Effective Leadership

Thursday, September 20, at 4:00 PM
Sarratt Cinema

Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum President Emerita, Spelman College, and author of Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center, Martha Rivers Ingram Commons, The Panhellenic Council, the National PAN-HELLENIC Council, the Office of Student Leadership Development


POSTDOC APPRECIATION WEEK, SEPT 18 - Annual Picnic/Barbecue

Thursday, September 20, from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Fannie Mae Dees Park, Picnic Shelter #1
(Rain location: Board of Trust Room, Student Life Center)

In recognition of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA), Graduate School, and the Vanderbilt Postdoc Association (VPA) are hosting several events to honor the significant contributions you make as part of our research community. All postdocs are invited to attend as many events as you can. Family members, including children, are invited to attend the picnic/barbecue.

This year's event will include balloon twisting for children! 

Click here to RSVP


Women and Academic Leadership: Opportunities and Challenges

Friday, September 21,12:00–1:30
Black Cultural Center


Panel: Elizabeth Langland, Interim Dean of Humanities, Arizona State University; Menah Pratt-Clarke, Vice President, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Beverly Daniel Tatum, President Emerita, Spelman College; Moderated by Melissa Thomas-Hunt, Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence

Coordinated by the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center and sponsored by the Graduate School, and the Vice-Provost for Academic and Strategic Affairs


Getting Women in Vanderbilt’s Game: The Trailblazing Career of Stella Vaughn

Tuesday, September 25, 12:15 p.m.
Robert Penn Warren Center


Mona Frederick, the Executive Director of the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities, will be giving a talk on Stella Vaughn's influential career and its implications for women at Vanderbilt.

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.


 


Applying for Academic Jobs

Wednesday, Sept. 26; 4:00 – 5:30 PM
Alumni Hall 201
Register here

This workshop will cover the application process and timeline, including what documents you’ll need to prepare. You’ll be better prepared and know what to expect when applying for assistant professorships, postdocs, lectureships, and other teaching/research positions in higher education.

Sponsored by Graduate School Career Development


Does Vanderbilt Still Need Feminism?

Wednesday, September 26, 5:00 PM
Kissam C210

At an institution like Vanderbilt where women are thriving in many facets of campus, is feminism still needed, or are we living on a post-feminism campus? Join students from various parts of Vandy campus life to hear their perspectives and decide for yourself! Food will be provided.

Sponsored by the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center.


Sept 27- Translational Bridge Seminar Series:  Getting Your First Job in Academia

September 27, 2018, at 12:00 PM
202 Light Hall

Featuring Dr. William Cooper

Lunch will be provided

Sponsored by VICTR


ASPIRE Cafe for Postdoctoral Fellows: Preparing a Teaching Demo

Thursday, September 27, 3-4 PM
306 Light Hall

How do you put together an effective teaching demonstration for a job interview? How is it different from a research seminar--and how can you link the two? Come learn about key considerations for developing this important piece of your interview portfolio. Featuring Cynthia Brame, PhD, Assistant Director, Vanderbilt Center for Teaching.  

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development

 

 

Summer Workshop - Making the Moves that Matter in Science: Paragraphs and Sentences

August 8, 2018, 11:30-1:00
201 Alumni Hall

In this hands-on workshop, we will explore several tools scientists can use to clearly and concisely convey their ideas at both the sentence and paragraph level. After working through several examples of how to make a piece of writing better, participants will turn to their own work and begin implementing some of the tips discussed. Participants will walk away with concrete ways to improve their writing, one sentence and paragraph at a time.

Lunch provided, registration required.

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs 


ASPIRE Cafe for Postdoctoral Fellows - Preparing for a Faculty Application Package

Thursday, August 9, at 3:00pm
Light Hall 419

Featuring John Karijolich, PhD, and Chris Wright, PhD

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


VU Postdoctoral Trainee Health Insurance Information Session

August 20, 2018, 1:30-2:30
Alumni Hall 201

The OPA will host an information session on the 2018-2019 VU postdoctoral trainee insurance plan facilitated by Michele Bergonzi, Sr. Vice Presidend, Account Manager at Gallagher. This session is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the plan and get answers to your questions. Open to VU Postdoctoral Scholars, Trainee and VU administrative staff

Please register here

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


Translational Bridge Seminar Series

August 23, 2018, 12:00 pm
MCN C2209

Expert Performance and Imposter Syndrome, featuring Dr. David Sacks.

Sponsored by VICTR

Summer Workshop:  Developing Your Teaching Philosophy

July 16, 10:00 am - 11:30 am 
Alumni Hall, 201


This interactive workshop is designed to assist participants in considering how to enhance their teaching competency over the course of their post-doc. Participants will assess their current skills and create a tailored professional development plan to achieve their goals. The session will also address how to reflect teaching competence as a job candidate, in application materials, interview questions, and on-campus visits.

Led by Cynthia Brame, Vanderbilt Center for Teaching.

Lunch will be provided at 11:30. Register here.

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


VPA Happy Hour

Tuesday, July 31st, 5 - 7 PM
306 Light Hall

Beer, wine, and light snacks will be provided

Sponsored by the OPA and the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association


Summer Manuscript Sprints

Whether you’re having trouble breaking out of the block or want a few colleagues to run alongside, now is the time to join a Manuscript Sprint, coordinated by the Office of Clinical and Translational Scientist Development. Sprint Teams of 3 to 5 authors who have at least one previously published paper form small groups of investigators from across public health, psychosocial, clinical, translational and basic sciences.

Sign up now for summer Sprint #2 which will meet virtually Wednesdays from 4:00p-5:30p via conference call beginning June 27.

Email Aimee Edgeworth to sign up for a sprint. Please include your general area of research and a draft title or your manuscript.

Sponsored by the Office of Clinical and Translational Scientist Development

2018 BRET Annual Career Symposium

R3: Research and Research-Related Careers in Academia, Government, & Nonprofits
Friday, June 1, 2018, 9:00am-5:00pm
Student Life Center

Registration now open!

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development and the Training Grants in the Biomedical Sciences


 

4th Annual SPOS Research Symposium

Friday, June 1
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

The Society of Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Kentucky is organizing its fourth annual Research Symposium. They are inviting our graduate students and postdocs to present their work in posters (both) or oral presentations (postdocs only), with cash prizes for best poster and presentation! For more information visit their website.

If you have registered to attend, please let us know at postdoc@vanderbilt.edu, we can try to organize some carpooling with other postdocs!


 

ASPIRE Cafe for Postdoctoral Fellows:  How to Give an Effective Scientific Talk

Thursday, June 14, 2018
306 Light Hall

Oral presentations are a critical part of the scientific enterprise. The ability to deliver an effective and clear scientific talk is thus a critical career skill, yet many people struggle with preparing and delivering an on-point and engaging presentation. In this session, William Tansey, Ph.D., Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology will present a five-step method for preparing a scientific talk. I will discuss how to structure a presentation, how to design clear and compelling slides, how to avoid common mistakes, and how to capture—and keep—the attention of an audience. 

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


 

Intersectionality Mini-Workshop

June 21st 2:00 – 4:00 pm
Wyatt Center 223

This interactive mini workshop focuses on exploring the benefits and barriers to intersectionality as a theoretical and analytical framework in education research. Through critical dialog participants can expect an environment to discuss race, gender, and socio-economic among other identities and how these identities can be marginalized by power structures.

Register here.


 

Summer Workshop.  Negotiations:  Tools and Framework for Success

June 25th 9:00 am - 11:30 am
Alumni 201

Facilitator, Allison Elias, Owen School of Management.

You are a negotiator, whether or not you want to be.  Negotiations occur during formal meetings, but also they happen each day when building relationships or engaging in informal conversations.  Becoming a better negotiator is a useful skill to have regardless of job, industry, or life circumstances.  This session is designed to provide you with the tactics and strategies needed to approach negotiations with confidence.  You will leave this session with practical advice about preparing and conducting job negotiations as well as with greater insight into your own negotiation tendencies.

*Strict registration policy.  Deadline for registration: Monday, June 18th. Register here.

**Please note that if you sign up for this session, it is mandatory that you attend.  Please arrive on time.  We will be running a job offer simulation and each person will be assigned to a different role.  If you sign up and do not attend, you will negatively impact the learning of others.  Everyone else in the session will be aware of your absence.

About the facilitator: Dr. Allison Elias is a postdoctoral research scholar at the Owen Graduate School of Management.  Before attending graduate school, she worked to resolve interpersonal and community conflicts as a court-certified mediator, completing training as outlined by the Supreme Court of Virginia.  Her forthcoming book explores workplace conflict, the employment relationship, and social mobility.  She is currently conducting experimental research about negotiation outcomes and perceptions of negotiators.

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


 

Boston Consulting Group Employer Informational Session

Tuesday, June 26, 4:00pm
202 Light Hall

Join the Vanderbilt University Advanced Degree Consulting Club and the BRET Office of Career Development for an Employer Informational Session featuring management consulting company BCG (Boston Consulting Group).

Registration strongly recommended.

BCG will provide an info session/Q&A specifically for postdocs and advanced degree candidates, then leave the rest of the evening for any interested students or postdocs to network to discuss careers, open opportunities, and beyond. The info session will feature BCG current consultants Peter Dewey and Glenn Newman as well as provide info on the BCG Summer Internship Program and their recruiting processes.

For more information, please contact Kate Stuart, Siwei He, or Aparna Shekar.

Co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt University Advanced Degree Consulting Club and the BRET Office of Career Development


 

June 2018 VPA Happy Hour

Tuesday, June 26th, 5 to 7 PM, in 350 Light Hall.  Join your peers and ask the current executive board any questions you may have about VPA leadership.


The Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association Executive Board Elections call for nominations is now open!!

If you or someone you know is interested in a position on the Executive Board or you have questions about the available positions, email us at postdoc@vanderbilt.edu. You can also find more information on the elected positions in the VPA bylaws or by contacting the current officers. The current board will also be present at the VPA Happy Hour on Tuesday, June 26th.

Elected positions are:

  • Senior co-Chair
  • Junior co-Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

Email your nominations (for yourself or others and the position(s) you are interested in) and a short bio and written statement on why you want to serve on the VPA Executive Board to postdoc@vanderbilt.edu. Nominations will be accepted through the end of June, VPA elections will take place in July. Please consider getting involved with the VPA as we grow in our mission to provide support for postdoctoral trainees and researchers across all of Vanderbilt's Schools and Departments.


 

ASPIRE Cafe for Postdoctoral Fellows.  Finding Funding and an Intro to SPIN

Thursday, June 28th, 3-4pm
350 Light Hall

Join Vanderbilt's Corporate and Foundation Relations team from the Development and Alumni Relations office to learn how use a Vanderbilt resource, SPIN, to find funding for your endeavors. Learn how to establish your personal profile, do funding searches, set up saved searches to receive weekly updates, and use SPIN to manage your applications.  We will also (1) share other online resources available to you to identify and maximize your funding searches for federal, non-profit and corporate mechanisms, and (2) discuss best practices for private grant applications.

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


Have you ever heard of an informational interview?  Come learn about one the most powerful, yet underutilized, networking tools available to you.  Find out what an informational interview entails, how to set one up, what questions you should be asking, and how this type of activity can help you explore career options while also growing your professional network.  (Led by Ashley Brady)

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


Creating Opportunities out of Differences

Monday, May 21, 2018
KISSAM C216

An interactive workshop featuring: PowerPlay Interactive Development from the University of New Hampshire. PowerPlay will employ a unique interactive theater model focused on issues of creating inclusive classrooms and positive student interactions. The Powerplay model involves actor improvisation and dialogue with participants that concludes with actors’ experimentation with strategies to achieve more desirable scenario outcomes.

Two different times offered: 

  • Morning session—breakfast at 8:30 am, workshop from 9:00–11:00 am
  • Afternoon session—lunch at 12:30 pm, workshop from 1:00–3:00 pm

Register on the Faculty Insights website.

Sponsored by the Office for Inclusive Excellence


Leadership Lunch Series: Negotiating a Job Offer

May 23rd 2018, 11.30 am - 12.30 pm
201 Alumni Hall

As you anticipate leaving the world of post-docs to take a faculty or industry position, how should you negotiate?  In this session we will look at best approaches to job negotiations, some common pitfalls and risks, and how to assess the strategies and positions of the university or company hiring you. This session is especially relevant to those about to enter the job market.  Speaker is Ray Friedman, Brownlee O. Currey Professor of Management

Register here. (lunch provided)

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


ASPIRE Cafe for Postdoctoral Fellows: Recognizing and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Thursday, May 24, 3:00-4:00pm,
Light Hall 350

Featuring Maureen Gannon, PhD, Professor, Depts. of Medicine, MPB, and CDB

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


ASPIRE Module: Summer Intensive for Entrepreneurship and Commercialization

This summer, the BRET Office of Career Development is offering a short course for biomedical sciences (including biomedical engineering) and chemistry PhD students and postdoctoral fellows interested in learning fundamental business principles of commercializing a scientific innovation. The 2018 Summer Intensive for Entrepreneurship and Commercialization is limited to 20 participants who will break into teams and develop a technology commercialization proposal and investment pitch. The course is ideal for trainees who want an introduction to the "language" of business, and trainees who are interested in entrepreneurship or a career in start-ups, technology transfer, business, or consulting.

The deadline for applications has been extended to May 28. 

Apply here.

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


VPA Happy Hour

Tuesday, May 29, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Alumni Hall

Join us for Happy Hour on the last Tuesday of the month. We will be in Alumni Hall, with the exact location to follow. We hope to see you there!

Sponsored by the VPA and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop

Monday, April 9th at 4:00 to 6:00 PM
Sarratt 216/220

Rory Dicker, PhD, of the Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center will lead this salary negotiation workshop to teach you how to confidentially and successfully negotiate your salary and benefits packages. Learn about more events in this Gender, Work, and Money series April 9-11. Register here for the Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop.


Work, Family and Life: Implication for Faculty Careers

Wednesday, April 11th at 4:00 PM
Buttrick 102

The Office of Inclusive Excellence presents Kelly Ward, Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Recognition at Washington State University. This event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. Co-sponsored by The Margaret Cuninggim Women's Center.


Writing A Diversity Statement Workshop

Thursday, April 12, from 3:00 to 4:30 PM
Alumni Hall 206

Open to Graduate Students & Postdocs. The Vanderbilt Center for Teaching has partnered with The Office of Inclusive Excellence and The Office for Career Development at The Graduate School to provide an introductory workshop on developing a written diversity statement. Increasingly, universities and colleges are requesting that faculty job applicants provide a statement addressing how they plan to contribute to inclusive excellence in their professional lives. This session will introduce several approaches to developing and writing a diversity statement and give participants an opportunity to begin generating ideas on their own and in small groups. Learn more about the session through Career Development and register here.


The VPA Symposium is April 12 - register by March 15!

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Student Life Center

Register here.


NIAID Research Funding Workshop

Tuesday, April 17th and Wednesday, April 18th, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Meharry Medical College, Cal turner Center for Student Education
1005 Dr. DB Todd Jr. Blvd, Nashville, 37208

Learn full details here.


Postdoc Headshot Day

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has contracted VU Creative Services to provide headshots to the first 36 Postdocs that sign-up at no cost to the postdoc on April 17th.

Signup required and will be posted early April.


Leadership Lunch Series - Mentee and Mentor:  Getting the most out of your professional relationships

Wednesday, April 18th, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
201 Alumni Hall

Join the discussion with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Alyssa Hasty, the Associate Dean for Faculty Development in the Basic Sciences in the School of Medicine.  The Leadership Lunch Series is open to all postdocs.

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Register Here


ASPIRE Cafe for Postdoctoral Fellows: Writing a Better Cover Letter

Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM
350 Light Hall

Learn cover letter basics such as general cover letter structure, what should be/should not be included, & what it means to tailor your letter to the position.  We will explore tips for polishing your cover letter, look at some examples of good and not-so-good cover letters, and discuss strategies for making your cover letter stand out.  If you dare (!), feel free to bring along your own cover letter, and accompanying job description, to share with the group.

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development

March 1 -  Life on the Tenure Track:  Lessons from the First Year

Thursday, March 1, from 4:10 to 5:30 PM
201 Alumni Hall

Guest Speaker:  Dr. James M. Lang

Dr. Lang is a professor of English and the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA.  The author of five books and more than a hundred reviews or essays, on topics ranging from higher education to British literature, Lang writes a monthly column for The Chronicle of Higher Education, as well as contributing regularly to America and Notre Dame Magazine.  He edits a series of books on teaching and learning in higher education for the University of West Virginia Press.

Register here.


March 8 - ASPIRE Cafe for Postdoctoral Fellows:  Leveraging LinkedIN

Thursday, March 8, 2018  
350 Light Hall 

You DO have a LinkedIN profile, right?  Come discover why LinkedIn is the social media tool of choice for over 250 million professionals around the world! In this session, you'll learn how LinkedIn can help you create a professional online presence, build your professional network, explore career paths, research companies and industries, and find job opportunities.  Bring your computer and we can update your profile as we go.

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


March 12 - 5th Annual ASPIRE to Connect:  Building Professional Relationships

Monday, March 12, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Student Life Center

Register Here

Join us for the 5th Annual ASPIRE to Connect. This half day workshop is aimed at building professional  relationships. Gain practical tips and learn techniques to meet new people and cultivate authentic professional connections. Practice Networking Reception to follow with wine, cheese, and many raffle prizes! We are also excited to welcome keynote speaker Dan Beaudry, Vanderbilt alumnus and author of Power Ties.


March 16 - PhD Career Connections:  Medical Science Liaisons

Friday, March 16, from 2:00 to 3:00 PM
Light Hall 214

PhD Career Connections is a monthly seminar series about career options for PhD Scientists. Speakers from a diverse range of exciting scientific careers present their career path and share insights from their professional experiences.  This session, speakers include

  • Molly Seale, PhD, Medical Science Liaison Manager, Abbvie
  • Josh Neuman, PhD, Pediatric Endocrinology and Growth Hormone Disorder Medical Liaison at Novo Nordisk
  • Tom Plucinak, PhD,Medical Science Liaison at GlaxoSmithKline

Sponsored by the BRET office of Career Development


March 21 -  Leadership Lunch Series with Melissa Thomas Hunt

Wednesday, March 21st from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
201 Alumni Hall

Invited speaker is Melissa Thomas-Hunt, Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence, discusses Leveraging Expertise in Teams: What Gets in the Way?

Increasingly the most challenging research questions must be tackled by leveraging the skills and expertise of multiple individuals in groups and teams.  Often the full potential of teams is unrealized because not all expertise is recognized and integrated.  In our session, we’ll chat about the factors that contribute to teams’ suboptimal performance and identify strategies for circumventing these pitfalls.

Register for the luncheon.


March 21 - Manuscript Sprints

Whether you’re having trouble breaking out of the block or want a few colleagues to run alongside, now is the time to join a Manuscript Sprint, coordinated by the Office of Clinical and Translational Scientist Development.

Manuscript Sprint Teams are small groups of researchers, each ready to press to completion a manuscript over the span of 6 to 8 weeks. Investigators from across public health, psychosocial, clinical, translational and basic sciences are welcome, but you must have been an author on at least one previously published paper.

Upcoming start dates:

  • March 21 (meeting Wednesdays 9:30-11:00am in Light Hall).

If you are interested in joining a Manuscript Sprint, email Aimee Edgeworth or visit their website for more info.

Sponsored by the Office of Clinical and Translational Science Development


March 22 - ASPIRE Cafe for Postdoctoral Fellows:  Exploring and Preparing for Faculty Careers

Thursday, March 22, 2018  
407A-C Light Hall 

Do you know the different types of academic faculty positions that are available in the U.S.? What skills do you need for each type? What type of faculty position is right for you?  Join Kathy Gould, Ph.D., Louise B. McGavock Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences for a session in which we will explore the different types of faculty positions available to life scientists and the variable skills a competitive applicant needs to demonstrate for each type.  Participants will use the Academic Career Readiness Assessment (ACRA) Framework, developed by the UCSF Office of Career & Professional Development, to assess their level of preparedness for different positions and to set professional development and research goals that are aligned with the hiring criteria used to assess job candidates.  

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


March 22 - Microaggressions in the Classroom

Thursday, March 22, from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Center for Teaching

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.

Description and registration.

Sponsored by the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching


March 23 -  Postdoc volunteers needed for 3 Minute Thesis (3MT)

Friday, March 23, from 8:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Student Life Center

The organizing committee is looking for postdoc volunteers to serve as judges and emcees. Shifts are 9:15 – 10:30 AM and 10:40 – 1:.15 AM. If you would like to volunteer at 3MT for one or both shifts, or would like to learn more about other volunteer opportunities at 3MT, contact Chris Smith.


March 29 - Translational Bridge Seminars:  Authorship

Thursday, March 29th, at noon
202 Light Hall

Monthly Transational Bridge seminar series for MD and PhD investigators completing training and establishing their careers.  The March seminar features Dr. BethAnn McLaughlin.

Lunch will be served.

Sponsored by Edge for Scholars


March 29 - LinkedIn is Your Friend

Thursday, March 29th, from 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Alumni Hall 201

Learn how to effectively use LinkedIn for your job search, even for those with advanced degrees. There are many good tools that LinkedIn can provide that makes connecting with other professionals easier. We will demystify the process and highlight its best uses for graduate students and postdocs.

Register for LinkedIn is Your Friend.

Sponsored by the Graduate School Career Development Office

 

 

Postdoctoral ASPIRE Cafe - Mastering the Art of Being Interviewed

Thursday, February 8th, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM
419 Light Hall

Join us as we use Story Mason™, an interactive tool developed to help you prepare for interviewing.  Learn through peer-to-peer feedback how to instantly connect and develop rapport, handle unexpected disruptions, decode questions, and distinguish yourself with memorable answers. Find out how to turn intimidating one-way interviews into interesting two-way conversations, and how to close with purpose.

And save the date for these upcoming sessions (more details here):

  • Thursday, Feb 22: A Fair Look: How to Review a Paper, 3-4pm 306 Light Hall
  • Thursday, Mar 8: Leveraging LinkedIN, 3-4pm 350 Light Hall
  • Thursday, Mar 22: Exploring and Preparing for Faculty Careers, 407A-C Light Hall
  • Thursday, Apr 19: Writing a Better Cover Letter, 3-4pm 350 Light Hall
  • Thursday, Apr 26: Orientation to BRET Career Development Resources for Postdocs, 3-4pm 350 Light Hall

More info and slide sets can be found here.

Sponsored by the Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training


Leadership Lunch Series - Conflict Resolution:  Crafting a Crucial Conversation

Wednesday, February 21st from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
201 Alumni  Hall

Tammy Key | HR Learning & Organizational Development Consultant
Adriana Kipper-Smith | Interim Director, Psychological and Counseling Center

Have you ever avoided a difficult conversation because you were afraid there would be a negative outcome?  Have you ever started a difficult conversation only to have a bad situation get worse? If you would like to increase your conflict management skills, this presentation introduces you to a model that will help you effectively approach an awkward conversation for a mutually beneficial outcome.  The emphasis is on learning how to speak and be heard while encouraging others to do the same. 
 
At the end of this presentation, you will be able to:
·        Identify a crucial conversations you need to have. 
·        Decide what you really want before having a difficult conversation. 
·        Differentiate between facts and stories.  
·        Plan how you will approach your next difficult conversation.  

Please register here. Lunch provided.


February 22 - ASPIRE Cafe for Postdoctoral Fellows:  A Fair Look:  How to Review a Paper

Thursday, February 22, 2018  
306 Light Hall 

Reviewing scientific manuscripts is an important skill to develop during your training, is a critical service to the scientific community that will be expected of you as you progress in your training, and it helps you to write better papers. Kathy Gould, Ph.D., Louise B. McGavock Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences  will lead this session in which you will take a look at how to approach reviewing a paper and what goes in to writing a helpful review.  Tips will be shared that detail the step-by-step process to ensure that you have evaluated a manuscript critically and fairly to provide the feedback necessary to help the editor make a sound decision about publishing the work.  

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development and the Graduate School


Feb 23 - Academic Pathways Symposium

The second Academic Pathways Symposium will be held in Kissam C210 on Friday from 8.30 am - 12.30 pm. Please come by and hear the 2018 candidates speak.

Specific details about the schedule and the invited speakers can be found in the Symposium Program.


February 27 - Women in the Academy:  Speak Up for Yourself: Self-Advocacy in the Academy

Tuesday, February 27, from noon to 1:30 PM
Buttrick 123

Speakers are:

  • Clare McCabe, Associate Dean, The Graduate School
  • Phillis Sheppard, Associate Professor of Religion, Psychology, and Culture
  • Tiffany Tung, Associate Professor of Anthropology

Lunch is provided on a first-come basis.

Learn more about the Women in the Academy Series, or contact Rory Dicker with questions.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY - L'Oréal USA for Women in Science Fellowships

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. The program is the U.S. component of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowships program. Celebrating its fourteenth year in the U.S., the For Women in Science program has awarded 70 postdoctoral women scientists over $3.5 million in grants.

L’Oréal USA partners with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to manage the program’s application and peer-review process. Each year, the program attracts talented applicants from diverse STEM fields, representing some of the nation’s leading academic institutions and laboratories.

APPLICATION

The 2018 L'Oréal USA for Women in Science application period will open December 4th, 2017 and will close on February 2nd, 2018. The application and more information can be found HERE.

FAQ regarding this fellowship program are available HERE.

 

Jan 17 - April 18 - ASPIRE Management and Business Principles Module

In spring semester 2018, the BRET Office of Career Development is offering the module Business and Management Principles for Scientists. It is ideal for trainees interested in:

1.       independent research careers in industry or academia (running a research lab in academia is often compared to owning a small business).

2.       scientific or management careers in academic core facilities or contract research organizations.

3.       any career outside the lab which requires business acumen!

The module will run Wednesdays from 8:00-10:00 a.m., January 17-April 18, 2018. The first few weeks of the module is interactive and didactic. In the second part of the module, participants will break into small teams to consult with the director of a VU Core Facility and develop a solution to a business or management challenge faced by the core. This project-based approach will give participants the opportunity to put course principles into practice.

Applications are open now! The deadline is December 4th. See the module website for more information.

Questions? Please contact Angela Zito.


Jan 18 -  PhD Career Connections:  Scientific Communications and Marketing

Thursday, January 18, at 2:30 PM
214 Light Hall

The topic is Scientific Communications and Marketing, featuring Melissa Vaught, PhD, Science Editor at Medical Science & Computing, LLC, (MSC), contracted to the National Institutes of Health. Register here.

These events are sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development.


Jan 18-  Paying Uncle Sam:  Understanding Taxes for Stipends, Grants and Fellowships

Thursday, January 18, 6:00 to 7:30 PM
Wilson Hall, 103

Are you a graduate student or postdoc with tax questions? Unsure of how your fellowship is taxed? Wondering about which tax credits and deductions should you can take advantage of this tax season? This event is for you!

Come and have your tax questions answered by CPAs Briana Mullenax and Cindy Anderson, senior managers of Lattimore, Black, Morgan, & Cain. They will address common tax filing issues for both domestic and international students. Sponsored by the Graduate School Career Development Office .

Please register here.


Jan 19- BRET Office of Career Development Presents:  Social Media for Scientists

Friday, January 19th at 9:00 AM
419 Light Hall

Dr. Vaught will talk about social media as a resource for scientists in The Long Game: Finding meaning of social media in scientists’ lives.  You can register for this event here.

Event  sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development.


Jan 24- Leadership Lunch Series

Wednesday, January 24, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM
201 Alumni Hall

The office of postdoctoral affairs will offer a leadership-based lunchtime series this spring that will be kicked off by Dean Mark Wallace on Jan 24th. The session will focus on academic leadership roles, and the opportunities and challenges that accompany such roles. The session will be part biographical, describing lessons learned during one academic journey, and will also focus on strategies for leading effective academic teams. 

Other sessions will be held Feb 21st, March 21st and April 24th and will cover conflict resolution, leading by example - fostering an inclusive environment, and strategies for effective mentoring.

Please register here for the Jan 24th event.  Lunch provided.


Jan 25 -  Meet IMAGINE PHD

Thursday, January 25, 2018 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Alumni Hall, 2nd floor.

Are you a humanist or social scientist in need of some career direction? Have you reflected on the skills you have? Or what values are meaningful to you in a workplace?Come learn about this new career planning & exploration tool for the Humanities & Social Sciences.

ImaginePhD is a free and confidential career exploration and planning tool for humanities and social science PhD students and postdocs designed to help bridge the knowledge gap between doctoral education and the realm of career possibilities. 

ImaginePhD provides a unique opportunity for you to:

  • Explore the many career paths available to PhD students and postdoctoral scholars in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
  • Assess your skills, interests & values, and map those onto various career paths
  • Create an individual development plan (IDP): setting specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based goals that will help you advance in your graduate program and your career.
  • Define and measure your progress while preparing for a wide range of careers.
  • Contextualize your research and its intrinsic value beyond the academic realm.

Sponsored by the Graduate School Career Development Office.

To assist us in planning we request that you RSVP for this event.


Jan 25- ASPIRE Cafe for Postdoctoral Fellows:  Negotiating Your Faculty Compensation and Start-Up Package

Thursday, January 25th, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM
419 Light Hall

Join Kathy Gould, Ph.D., Louise B. McGavock Professor, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology and Associate Dean for Biomedical Sciences as she shares tips and strategies for how to negotiate.

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development


Jan 29 - Celebration of Learning

Monday, January 29th, from 2:00 to 5:00 PM
Alumni Hall

The Celebration of learning will be an exhibition of students as producers featuring posters, presentations, and performances by students from all over campus, sharing what they have learned, created, designed, and discovered. This event will serve as a picture of immersive student learning across the colleges and schools at Vanderbilt.

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching


Jan 30 -  VPA Happy Hour

Tuesday, January 30 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Sportsman's Grille

Come eat, drink, and socialize with your fellow postdocs!

Sponsored by the VPA and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Dec 5 - Navigating the School Choice Application in MNPS

 


Dec 5 - BioVU MEGA Project Fall 2017 Update

Join us as Dr. Nancy Cox presents a progress update on the MEGA (Multi-Ethnic Genotyping Array) project, an institutional initiative to genotype 80,000 Vanderbilt patients.

Visit the BioVU website to learn more about BioVU and the MEGA project. (Note:  VUNet ID and password required to view)

 

 

 

 

 


Dec 7 - PhD Career Connections:  Pre-clinical and Clincal Development in the Pharmaceutical Industry

December 7, 2017 10:45am
512 Light Hall

Featuring Ines Macias-Perez, PhD, Senior Scientist of Product Development at Cumberland Pharmaceuticals.

Registration is requested.

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development.


 Dec 7 - VPA Holiday Luncheon

Thursday, December 7 from noon to 2:00 PM
202 Alumni Hall

To celebrate the holiday season, the Vanderbilt Postdoc Association is hosting a holiday luncheon!  Please let us know if you are attending by RSVP'ing here.

 


Dec 14 -  Making the Individual Development Plan (IDP) Work for You

Thursday, December 14, from 11:30 to 12:30
Alumni Hall, Room 201

IDP Session with Dr. Roger Chalkley, Associate Dean of the BRET Office. 

An Individual Development Plan can be very useful to any postdoc.  It can also be a total waste of time.  We will analyze why this is definitely so, and how to make sure that for you it is a win every time. We will discuss how to shift the debate from tedious to informative, and how to get your advisor to be fully on board with this process.  If you do this right you will get a major boost in your ability to identify the right career for you, as well using the IDP to prepare for the ever important job interview.

Lunch will be provided.  Register here.

Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and BRET Office of Career Development. Questions? Please contact: opa@vanderbilt.edu


Dec 14 - ASPIRE Café for Postdoctoral Fellows:  How to Give a Chalk Talk

Thursday, Dec 14, 2017
, 
 3-4 pm
411 Light Hall

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

Sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development

Nov 6-  STEM Policy & Advocacy:  Making Your Voice Heard

Monday, November 6, 2017, 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Vanderbilt University
Register here.
Deadline for registration is Monday, October 16
Questions? Contact kate.stuart@vanderbilt.edu

  • Keynote address by Tobin (Toby Smith), Vice President for Policy at the Association of American Universities
  • "Engaging Policymakers" workshop facilitated by the American Advancement for the Association of Science (AAAS)
  • “Engaging the Public with Social Media” seminar facilitated by AAAS

Co-sponsored by the Vanderbilt Graduate School, BRET Office of Career Development, the Vanderbilt University Office of Federal Relations, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Vanderbilt Science Policy Group

This three-part workshop for Vanderbilt graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in STEM disciplines is designed to help researchers understand the history of federal funding for university research, develop practical communication strategies to engage policymakers about STEM research, and learn the do's and don'ts of engaging the public with social media. 

Applications are now being accepted to attend the full day program, including the AAAS workshop on Strategic Engagement of Policymakers, which is limited to 50 participants. Apply for the full day program online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017-VU-STEM-policy. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 16 at 12 pm. Applicants will be notified by Wednesday, October 18, whether they are accepted to attend the full program. Applicants for the full program are expected to attend the keynote, workshop and seminar.

Please note: If you are unable to attend the full day program, but wish to attend only the keynote and/or seminar on social media, a separate stand-alone registration for those events will open on October 16.

AGENDA

11:00 am Keynote by Tobin Smith, Vice President for Policy, Association of American Universities
 

Mr. Smith will describe the history of federal funding for STEM basic research and speak to current events affecting the outlook for federally funded university research.

Lunch Included for AAAS workshop participants
1:00 pm Workshop on Strategic Engagement of Policymakers, facilitated by AAAS (limited to 50 people)
 

The 3-hour Strategic Engagement of Policymakers workshop provides guidance in navigating engagements with key decision makers. Participants will discuss successful methods within an ever-changing landscape. Topics include:

  • overview of science policy landscape
  • strategies for effective targeting of policymakers
  • discussion of the role of the scientist in the policy process
  • participating in mock briefings, including giving a talk and fielding questions
4:30 pm Seminar on Engaging the Public with Social Media, presented by AAAS
 

This 1- hour seminar will provide guidance to scientists who wish to engage publics via social media. It is designed to build skills for public engagement via social media, confidence in social media as a way to engage public audiences, and appreciation for public engagement approaches. The seminar includes:

  • analysis of Americans’ social media use
  • best practices and strategies for communicating scientific information via social media
  • evaluation/measuring impacts

 

About the workshop speakers and facilitators

Tobin Smith is Vice President for Policy at the Association of American Universities, where he oversees and coordinates policy and policy analysis activities for the organization. Among his specific areas of responsibility are issues relating to science and innovation policy; academic research; regulation, compliance and research costs; technology transfer; and openness and security. Toby also oversees AAU’s Undergraduate STEM Education Initiative. Prior to joining AAU in 2003, Toby worked as a federal relations representative for the University of Michigan and MIT. He began his Washington career on Capitol Hill as a legislative assistant to Congressman Bob Traxler (D-Michigan). Toby has written and spoken widely on science policy and funding issues. He is the co-author a book on national science policy titled Beyond Sputnik – U.S. Science Policy in the 21st Century. Toby holds an MS in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University, and a BGS degree from University of Michigan.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world's largest multidisciplinary scientific society whose mission is to "advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people."  AAAS has developed and maintains a successful communication-skills training programs for researchers. The first AAAS “Communicating Science" program was launched at the 2008 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston and has since provided more than 150 workshops for over 4,700 scientist and engineer attendees at universities, science society meetings, and government agency labs in the US and internationally. The workshops are designed to develop effective scientist-communicators who foster information-sharing and respect between science and the public are essential for true public communication of and engagement with science. Each interactive workshop targets scientists specifically and addresses message development, defining audience, identifying opportunities for engaging the public, and practice with public presentations and cameras. The workshop format allows for collaborative learning through small-group discussion, resource sharing, and participation in critique of other participants’ presentations.

Questions? Email kate.stuart@vanderbilt.edu.


Nov 8-  LinkedIn is Your Friend (seriously, it is!)

Wednesday, Nov 8, 4:30 – 6:00 PM
201 Alumni Hall

Learn how to effectively use LinkedIn for your job search, even for those with advanced degrees. There are many good tools that LinkedIn can provide that makes connecting with other professionals easier. We will demystify the process and highlight its best uses for graduate students and postdocs.

Register here.

Sponsored by the VU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Graduate School. Questions? Please contact Ruth Schemmer.


Nov 16-  VPA Seminar - David Sacks

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.


 Nov 16 - What to Expect from a Faculty Position Interview

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.


Nov 20-21 - Introduction to Research Funding and Writing Grant Proposals

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: opa@vanderbilt.edu.


Nov 29 - Women in the Academy:  Negotiating Your First Academic Job

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.


Nov 30 - PhD Career Connections: Project Management and Research Administration

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


Nov 30 - Boosting  Your Career:  How the Center for Teaching Can Support Your Professional Development

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.


Nov 30 - Dean's Reading with Melissa Thomas-Hunt

Oct 4, 18, and 25 - The Psychology of Peak Performance: A workshop series for all Graduate & Professional Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

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


Oct 12 - VPA Seminar - Postdoc Speed Dating

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!


Oct 12 - Science and Social Media

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.


Oct 13 - 2017 Vanderbilt Translational Research Forum

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


Oct 19 -Updating your CV

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.


Oct 26 -Microaggressions in the Classroom

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


Oct 26 - Behind the Curtain: An inside look at Peer Review of F32 NRSAs

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".


Oct 30 -Halloween Party

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

Families, kids and costumes are welcome!  There will be games, a costume contest, prizes and spooooky music!  Pizza, beer, wine, soda and treats will be provided.

This event is hosted by the Vanderbilt Postdoc Association.

RSVP here.

Sept 6, 13, 20, 27 -The Psychology of Peak Performance: A workshop series for all Graduate & Professional Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

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


Sept 7 - Intellectual Property for Graduate Student and Postdocs: What You Need to Know and What You Might Later Wish You Knew

Thursday, September 7, 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Stevenson Center 5-211

This seminar is open to all Vanderbilt University graduate students and postdocs. Faculty members in the sciences and engineering will offer advice and answer questions about managing and developing intellectual property (such as patents) as an academic researcher.  We will also share information with attendees about the upcoming ASPIRE module on Technology Commercialization.  


Sept 9  - VU-CIRTL and VU-WISE Tiered Mentoring Program

VU-CIRTL is teaming up with VU-WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) to expand the TMP in 2017.  The TMP was developed in conjunction with the Evidence Based Teaching Workshop to find new ways to provide support for our current and future STEM faculty. TMP creates a safe and structured environment to mentor and be mentored at all levels.

The TMP will focus on helping participants navigate issues of identity and authority in a variety of teaching contexts, including classroom instruction and one-on-one mentoring in the lab or office, in addition to balancing life in academia. Each TMP cohort will be comprised of senior faculty members, junior faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students from differing academic departments.  

Each cohort will meet monthly over the course of a year to discuss and learn about various topics pertaining to success in teaching within a faculty career. Topics addressed will include self-presentation in the classroom, documenting teaching effectiveness, establishing relationships with undergraduate and graduate student mentees, time management, and self-advocacy. Additionally, there will be several peer to peer meetings for the faculty group and grad student/post doc group which will allow for discussion of specific topics.

Registration is open now and ends on September 8.  The registration form is available here, and please contact Andrea Gardiner with any questions.


Sept 11-12 -  Introduction to Research Funding and Writing Grant Proposals

September 11-12, 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Student Life Center, Meeting Room 1 & 2, on lower level
(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, 6 from each of these 3 main disciplinary groups: Bioscience and Biomedical; Natural Science and Engineering; and Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education. 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.


Sept 14 -  Preparing a Faculty Position Application Package

Thursday, Sept 14, 2017, 419 A-D Light Hall, 3-4pm
Sponsored by the ASPIRE Program and the BRET Office of Career Development

Please join us as we welcome James Dewar, Ph.D., Asst Professor of Biochemistry, and Chris Wright, D. Phil, Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Louise B. McGavock Chair, to share their tips and strategies for preparing a faculty position application package that will make you stand out in a positive way. They will share their perspective as a newly hired faculty member (Dr. Dewar) who has recently been on the job search and a full professor (Dr. Wright) who has served on multiple search committees and has reviewed many application packages over his tenure at Vanderbilt. 

Please come with your questions! If you plan to attend, please take a few minutes to review the example application packages which have been provided to you from several new Vanderbilt faculty members for the discussion. Please do not copy or distribute these materials which have been graciously donated to you for this exercise.Handouts to review prior to attending:


Dewar_Complete
Dewar_V2
Olivares_Complete
Ren_Complete

More info and slide sets can be found here.


POSTDOC APPRECIATION WEEK, SEPT 19 - Barbecue and Picnic for the whole family!

Tuesday, September 19 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Fannie Mae Dees Park, Shelter #1
2400 Blakemore Avenue

In recognition of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA), Graduate School, and the Vanderbilt Postdoc Association (VPA) are hosting several events to honor the significant contributions you make as part of our research community. All postdocs are invited to attend as many events as you can. Family members, including children, are invited to attend the picnic/barbecue.

RSVP for the barbecue and other Postdoc Appreciation Week events here.    Note:  you only need to complete the RSVP survey once (it covers all Postdoc Appreciation Week events)


Sept 21 -Writing Studio Services for Postdocs

Thursday, September 21, 2017, 11:30 to 12:30 with lunch provided
Alumni Hall, Room 201
Registration Required

Come learn how Writing Studio staff can assist you with a variety of writing projects and help direct our efforts to expand services for postdocs at Vanderbilt. We will discus what services are currently offered by the Writing Studio and guage interest in new programming, such as ongoing writing groups.

Register for this workshop here.


POSTDOC APPRECIATION WEEK, SEPT 21 - Pizza Party Social

Thursday, September 21
4:00 to 6:00 PM
202 Alumni Hall

In recognition of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA), Graduate School, and the Vanderbilt Postdoc Association (VPA) are hosting several events to honor the significant contributions you make as part of our research community. All postdocs are invited to attend as many events as you can.

RSVP for the pizza social and other Postdoc Appreciation Week events here.     Note:  you only need to complete the RSVP survey once (it covers all Postdoc Appreciation Week events)


POSTDOC APPRECIATION WEEK, SEPT 22 - Postdoc Open House

Friday, September 22
8:30 to 11:30 AM, followed by lunch until 1:00 PM
2nd Floor, Alumni Hall

Coffee and bagels will be served during the event. The program will begin with a Dean's welcome and overview of the Office for Postdoctoral Affairs, followed by several information sessions covering a variety of programs and services available for postdocs.  Lunch and a social hour will follow the sessions.

RSVP for the Open House and other Postdoc Appreciation Week events here.     Note:  you only need to complete the RSVP survey once (it covers all Postdoc Appreciation Week events)


Sept 25- Crafting an Effective Teaching Statement

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


Sept 28 - Grant Resources at Vanderbilt

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.