Basic Sciences winter showcase gets researchers out of the lab, into the spotlight

Singing, painting, strumming, baking, crocheting and even gymnastic tumbling filled a virtual stage as graduate students, faculty and staff in the School of Medicine Basic Sciences held their third annual winter showcase.

“It’s kind of like ‘America’s Got Talent,’ but for scientists,” said event organizer Beth Bowman, assistant director of biomedical sciences graduate programs.

This year’s showcase was online, which allowed about 30 people to share their talents and many of the student performers served as co-hosts. Student Jeff Jian played an integral role in organizing the show and Kendra Oliver, assistant professor in the department of pharmacology and senior lecturer in communication of science and technology, created a unique online portal for people to watch the show.

“Our community is very diverse in who they are as people outside of the lab, and they were excited to show that side of themselves,” Bowman said.

Building community

The talent show is a fun way to reaffirm Vanderbilt’s strong focus on community.

“We do really have a strong passion for building community, building connections between people. To me, this is just an added layer on top of that,” Bowman said.

View the full 2020 Vanderbilt Winter Showcase. >>