Vanderbilt community invited to attend 14th Annual VPA Symposium Oct. 29

The Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association will host a virtual symposium on Thursday, Oct. 29, featuring poster sessions and talks by Vanderbilt University, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Oak Ridge Associated Universities consortium postdoctoral scholars. Chad Topaz, professor of mathematics at Williams College and co-founder and executive director of research for the Institute for the Quantitative Study of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, will give a keynote address titled “Quantitative Approaches to Social Justice.

The symposium is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the day’s events also will include a community networking session, a career advising session hosted by Vanderbilt’s Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training, and a panel discussion on science and research policy and advocacy featuring representatives from Vanderbilt’s Office of Federal Relations, which requires a separate registration.

All members of the university and Medical Center community are invited to attend, and the event will be held on the video platforms Gather and Zoom. Register to attend here, and visit the symposium website for more information.

Vanderbilt’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Office of Biomedical Research Education and Training are collaborating on this event, along with the Oak Ridge Associated Universities consortium.

About Vanderbilt’s postdoctoral scholars community

Vanderbilt postdoctoral scholars, commonly known as postdocs, are professionals who have earned doctoral degrees and are, in most cases, temporarily pursuing additional scholarly training, experience and research progress necessary for a wide range of career paths. Postdocs play an important role in Vanderbilt’s research enterprise and are integral to the discovery and learning mission of Vanderbilt University and Medical Center. At any given time, Vanderbilt has more than 500 postdocs across both VU and VUMC. To learn more, visit