Application overview

2023 ASPIRE on the Road: St. Louis
October 18-20, 2023
St. Louis, MO
Hosted by the BRET Office of Career Development, Vanderbilt University

Application deadline: Monday, August 21, 2023 at noon.

This event will provide Vanderbilt University biomedical PhD students and postdocs the opportunity to spend time with area biotechnology and pharma companies, primarily Pfizer, learning about career paths, hearing from key leadership, touring the facilities, and meeting with St. Louis 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.  Please note, in order to be equitable in providing opportunities to all of our trainees, if you have already participated in a past ASPIRE on the Road trip such as to Boston or San Francisco, your application will not be considered for this program.

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 St. Louis, Oct 18- 20; this will require departure from Nashville early on Wednesday, Oct 18, 2023 and return late afternoon/evening on Friday, Oct 20.  

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. 

To complete your application:
You will need to submit the following items to complete your application:
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 unless you upload these items. The deadline to finish this online form and upload the supporting documents is Monday, August 21, 2023, 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 upload my cover letter and CV to the applicaiton