Dear Postdoctoral Fellow Community,
Thank you to our VPA Symposium Planning Committee on their hard work and dedication in making the 15th Annual VPA Symposium a success! Congratulations to the award winners listed below!
During the day’s symposium, we had the opportunity to learn about many of your research agendas through 27 posters and seven lightning round talks. I hope you were inspired by your colleagues’ work and were able to enjoy each others’ company during the networking hour.
Finally, as we look toward the holidays, I would like to invite you to a holiday luncheon for our postdoc community. Please save the date of Monday, December 6 from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. This will be held in the Student Life Center ballrooms. A formal announcement and link to RSVP will be forthcoming.
I look forward to seeing 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
Review of 15th Annual VPA Symposium and Awards
The 15th Annual VPA Symposium was held on Monday, November 1. The interdisciplinary one-day conference consisted of a keynote by Dr. Adia Harvey Wingfield, poster presentations, lightning talks, an advising session with Dr. Ashley Brady, and a lively reception to end the day. Congratulations to the following award recipients:
- Chitra Basu
- Hubaida Fuseini
- Clément Garin
- Harry Barbee
- Michael Kammer
English Language Center (ELC) Workshop for Postdocs
On December 10, 2021 from 10-11 a.m., the English Language Center (ELC) will provide a workshop for postdocs covering strategies for effectively communicating with your advisor or mentor, resources for balancing productivity and mental health while managing postdoc responsibilities, and general tips for making the most of your postdoc years. This workshop is available to all incoming international VU and VUMC postdocs. Register here to reserve your spot.
Upcoming Wellness Workshops
Holiday Stress: November 8, 2021 at 12 p.m.
Holidays are meant to be times of joy but often they are times of unfulfilled expectations. Learn to give compassion to ourselves and others during these unusual, divisive, and stressful times. Presenter: Ellen Clark, LCSW, CEAP, EAP Clinical Counselor of Work/Life Connections-EAP. Register here.
Chasing the Elusive Work/Life Balance: January 24, 2022 at 12 p.m.
Trying to create a healthy balance between your professional and personal life is complex. It changes depending upon your priorities, stage of life, and responsibilities. The trick is to consider a Life Allotment Plan that can help you budget your time so you fit in things that are important. Presenter: Jim Kendall, LCSW CEAP Register here.
International Postdoc Programming
Self-Petitioned Pathways to Permanent Residency: Immigration Attorney David Ware: November 16, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
International scholars – ISSS at Vanderbilt University hosts immigration attorney David Ware with Ware Immigration. He will present on building your CV to provide you with options/pathways to U.S. permanent residency which are self-petitioned, focusing on national interest waivers (NIW’s) and EB-1A’s for those of Extraordinary Ability. This workshop will not cover University-sponsored pathways to a green card. This session will not be recorded, so please make sure to attend if you are interested. The attorney does not provide legal advice, but rather general information to get you thinking about these topics. Register here.
For questions, please contact Julie Wilbers for more information.
Professional and Career Development Programming
Work-Life Workshops: Gaslighting in the Workplace: November 4 at 12 p.m.
Presented by Heather Kamper, LCSW, EAP Clinical Counselor and Coordinator of the VUMC SHARE Center. Register Here.
Career Connections: Alumni Perspective on Navigating the Job Search (Humanities and Social Sciences): November 5, 2021 at 12 p.m.
What’s next? Hear PhDs and postdocs share how they negotiated the twists and turns of their job search to enter the workforce successfully. Zoom Meeting ID: 988 1808 5292 & Passcode: 805552
AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows Panel: November 8, 2021 at 1 p.m.
This panel will include current and former AAAS STP Fellows to discuss their experiences as fellows and answer your questions. STEM graduate students and postdocs considering careers in public policy or applying for the AAAS STP Fellowship, this behind the scenes look will provide insights to potential career opportunities.
For more information including a list of panelists, visit the STEM Policy website or register here.
AAUW Start Smart Salary Negotiation Workshop: November 9, 2021 at 4-5:30 p.m.
Presented by Rory Dicker and Brianna Nesbitt of the Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center. Register Here.
ASPIRE Cafe: K Awards: Which One is Right For You?: November 11, 2021 at 11 a.m.
Join Abigail Brown Ph.D., BRET Director of Outcomes Research, to learn the basics about the different types of K awards, from institutional (K12) to K99 awards. Register here.
Career Connections: Alumni Perspective on Navigating the Job Search (STEM): November 12, 2021 at 12 p.m.
What’s next? Hear PhDs and postdocs share how they negotiated the twists and turns of their job search to enter the workforce successfully. Zoom Meeting ID: 970 7014 2638 & Passcode: 769814
Women in the Academy: A Conversation About Mentoring: November 17, 2021 at 12 p.m.
A panel discussion with Carcia Carson, Ph.D. student, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Maya Krause, Ph.D. student, Department of Anthropology, Dina Stroud, Executive Director, Fisk-Vanderbilt Master’s-to-Ph.D. Bridge Program, Tiffiny Tung, Professor, Department of Anthropology. Register here.
ASPIRE Job Search Series: Writing a Better Cover Letter: November 18, 2021 at 11 a.m.
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. Register here.
ASPIRE Cafe: How to Give a Chalk Talk: December 9, 2021 at 11 a.m.
A chalk talk is an informal presentation and discussion of your research program given during a faculty interview. Hear from a panel of faculty members who will share their tips on how to impress in this interview setting. Register here.
Latest Vanderbilt COVID-19 protocols and vaccine requirements
All Vanderbilt University-employed faculty, staff and postdoctoral fellows are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 for the 2021–22 academic school year. As a part of Vanderbilt’s COVID-19 response and in light of increasing case numbers in Nashville and the surrounding community, the university is implementing random asymptomatic testing—or “sentinel” testing—to detect and forecast possible infection trends and provide early warning signs of outbreak. Refer to the latest guidance and protocols, including mask mandates here.
All VUMC employees are required to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption from this requirement as a condition of employment. Additionally, VUMC has updated their masking requirements for all VUMC employees.