Postdoctoral Affairs E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

May 12, 2021

Dear Postdoctoral Fellow Community,

Whether you have celebrated the graduations of undergraduate or graduate students in your labs or classes, walked by the tents filling up the quads, or witnessed one of the new construction projects across campus, May has been a busy month at Vanderbilt. As with your research, these provide a constant reminder that things move forward and progress happens. What an exciting time to be part of Vanderbilt as we move into the summer months.

We are thrilled to announce that Vanderbilt International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) and Employee Immigration Services will provide a seminar offering VISA status support. Please see the seminar description below and submit your questions before the sessions.

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association rounds out the spring festivities with the Postdoc Award Ceremony on Monday, May 24 at 5PM. We look forward to celebrating your accomplishments and hope to see you there!


C. André Christie-Mizell, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Dean of the Graduate School
Centennial Professor of Sociology


Postdoc Awards Ceremony

Please join us on Monday, May 24 at 5PM to honor the recipients of our annual postdoc awards, Register here.

VISA Support for International Postdocs

Changing the VISA Status of the International Postdoc | June 8, 2021 at 11AM

Annette Burris, Associate Director of the Vanderbilt International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS), and Jennifer Rauch, Program Manager for Employee Immigration Services, will present on why and how to change your VISA status as an international postdoc. This seminar is pertinent to all VISA holders. Submit questions before the presentation using this Google Form. This event is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association and is open to the Vanderbilt community. Register here.

BioMedical Funding Opportunity

Internal Grant Opportunities for Biomedical Postdocs at Vanderbilt | June 22, 2021 at 11AM

Rebecca Helton, Senior Program Manager for Edge for Scholars, and Lesa Black, Research Services Consultant for Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (VICTR), will discuss internal funding opportunities available to Biomedical postdocs during their position at Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Submit questions before the presentation using this Google Form. This event is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association and is open to the Vanderbilt community. Register here.

ASPIRE Series: BRET Career Development

ASPIRE Cafe: Setting up and Running a New Lab | May 13, 2021 at 11AM

Hear from a panel of junior faculty about their experiences in getting their new labs up and running. Panelists will share about some of the greatest challenges, what they wish they had known before, and some tips to avoid some of the pitfalls they experienced. Register here.

ASPIRE Job Search Series: Resumes/Industry CVs | May 20, 2021 at 11AM

This session will discuss the differences between CVs and résumés, when to use one or the other, strategies for tailoring your résumé for a specific position, and tips for clearly and concisely presenting your professional skills and accomplishments. Register here.

Exploring and Preparing for Faculty Careers | May 27, 2021 at 11AM

Join Kathy Gould, Ph.D for a session exploring 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 to gauge their level of preparedness for different positions and to set professional development and research goals. Register here.


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Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA)

Events for Postdocs


Return to Campus/COVID-19 Updates

Postdoc Spotlight: Elizabeth Chamberlain

Elizabeth Chamberlain, a U.S. National Science Foundation postdoctoral research fellow in earth and environmental sciences, has been awarded the 2021 Dr. Richard Faas Research Prize by the International Association of Sedimentologists. The early-career award, conferred every other year, recognizes outstanding work in the field of marine sedimentology and particularly research dealing with fine-grained sediments in oceans and estuaries. Read more.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

The past year has been hard on our mental health. The Work/Life Connections-EAP Postdoc Wellness Program is an excellent resource for postdocs. They can provide free, short-term individual counseling and support, as well as connect you with community resources such as ongoing or specialized therapy, group support, medication management or inpatient treatment. Here is a link with more information.

Intellectual Nourishment

Learn why we all need time off by listening to this podcast on How to rest as hard as you work. On this episode, Deloitte chief well-being officer Jen Fisher talks with John Fitch and Max Frenzel, co-authors of the book Time off and luminaries in the art and science of why we all need to create a rest ethic that matches our work ethic.

BRET Career Development ASPIRE Program for Postdocs

The BRET Career Development ASPIRE Program provides career and professional development services and enrichment activities for postdoctoral fellows in the biomedical sciences at VU and VUMC.