Application overview

2023 ASPIRE on the Road: San Francisco
May 1-3, 2023
San Francisco, CA
Hosted by the BRET Office of Career Development, Vanderbilt University

Application deadline: Tuesday, January 24th at noon

This event will provide Vanderbilt University biomedical PhD students and postdocs the opportunity to spend time with area biotechnology and pharma companies learning about career paths, hearing from key leadership, touring the facilities, and meeting with San Francisco area alumni.

A maximum of 12 trainees will be selected to participate. Airfare and hotel accommodations will be covered by the ASPIRE Program for those selected.

Eligibility requirements
1. Applicants must be a current Vanderbilt University or VUMC PhD student or postdoctoral fellow in the biomedical sciences 

2. PhD students must have passed their qualifying exams before the application deadline.

3. Applicants must be able to attend the full site visit in San Francisco, May 1-3; this will require departure from Nashville early on Monday May 1, 2023.

4. Selected participants must be able to provide proof of vaccination and bring their vaccination card on the trip. This may be required to gain access to industry facilities as well as restaurants. 

To complete your application:
After finishing this online form, you will need to email the following items to
1) a current CV or resume highlighting academic accomplishments and other experiences relevant to this event,
2) a cover letter (1 page max.) describing your interest in a research and development career in the biotechnology or pharma industry, what types of relevant career development activities you have participated in prior to this (ASPIRE or otherwise), and what you hope to gain from such an experience.

Your application is not complete until you email these items. The deadline to finish this online form and email the supporting documents is Monday, February 21st, 2022, at noon.

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* 1. Are you able to provide proof of vaccination if needed to gain entry to industry facilities and the restaurant in which the alumni happy hour will take place.

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* 2. I understand that my application is not complete until I email my cover letter and CV to