Dissertation Writers' Retreat
This five-day retreat will afford 15 dissertating students the opportunity to work for an intensive period on their dissertation projects. Days will include significant individual writing time, one-to-one consultation with trained writing consultants, goal-setting sessions, and discussion of common obstacles. Lunch will be provided each day.
Publish or Perish
Each semester, the Writing Studio offers 12 graduate students the opportunity to participate in a 12 week writing group designed to provide practical experience revising and submitting articles to academic journals. The group utilizes Wendy Belcher’s workbook: Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing and Success.
On Writing is a series of conversations with faculty and other advanced writers at Vanderbilt about their writing practices. Conversations examine writers’ eccentricities and the ways in which a given writer generates ideas, cultivates a style, and responds to various writing situations.
Dissertation and Proposal Writing Workshop Series
Vanderbilt Ph.D. students are invited to register for any or all of three afternoon workshops designed to help students make effective and productive use of their writing time, work through writing blocks, and complete the writing project for either the proposal or dissertation. Topics will include: arguments and evidence, building coherence in literature reviews, and clarifying ideas.
Workshops at the Center for Teaching
Throughout the school year, the Center organizes workshops facilitated by CFT senior staff, Graduate Teaching Fellows, University administrators and faculty, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and invited guests.
- The Teaching Workshop features practical, applied sessions on basic teaching practice in a variety of disciplines. While Vanderbilt instructors of all levels are welcome, most sessions are designed for those with little teaching experience.
- Conversations on Teaching are occasional, informal, and topical. Sessions typically begin with a panel offering brief remarks, followed by open discussion with workshop participants.
GradSTEP, held in January each year, is a one-day exploration of teaching, learning and professional development issues across the disciplines. All graduate and professional students, as well as post-doctoral fellows, are invited to attend.
3MT® is a campus-wide competition in which PhD students see who can best present their dissertation research to a general audience. Any Vanderbilt student in the 2nd year of a graduate program or beyond is eligible to participate.
PhD Career Connections
Vanderbilt 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. The series is run by VUMC PhD students and postdoctoral fellows and sponsored by the BRET Office of Career Development. Advance registration is requested for all seminars.
Advanced Dissertation Revision Techniques
A free half-day workshop designed to help students make effective and productive use of their writing time, work through writing blocks, and complete their writing projects. Topics will include: effectively addressing complex organization problems, establishing clear links and transitions among ideas and between chapters, and negotiating recommendations from readers and committee members.
Graduate Student Funding Workshops
Graduate Student Funding Workshops are designed for graduate students who want to learn how to write competitive grant or fellowship proposals, where to locate external funding sources, how to make sense of grant and fellowship application guidelines, how to learn from their faculty mentors about finding and becoming more competitive for grant and fellowship support.
Science Writing Workshops: Reporting Primary Research
These workshops, designed for researchers in the natural and life sciences, will focus on assembling background, results, and implications into a logical narrative and emphasizing how one's research advances the field. The series is organized according to the sections of an article: abstract, introduction, results, and discussion, plus one on posters.