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Planning Your Scientific Journey


Three-week course

June 22nd – July 10th

Being successful as a scientist requires more than acquiring knowledge and developing experimental skills. It also requires: (1) asking a good scientific question, (2) establishing a clear plan of action, and (3) seeking advice along the way. These three topics are the focus of iBiology’s course, “Planning Your Scientific Journey.” Through customizing the iBiology content, we provide summer 2020 undergraduate students an opportunity to explore these topics during their virtual experience. The goal of this course is to have our Summer Undergraduate virtual research student explore research questions that interest them, define potential career goals, and to network with mentors and faculty that can support their scientific journey.

June 22th

9:45 AM – Pre-meeting chats

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM: Program virtual “huddle” with Kendra


RECORDING: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/rec/share/zJwpf4vz-2BOH6vjx0DbdoB_N4fCaaa8hClI-vZbmkp_qvNnMhgj9SjknbU372eV

OPTIONAL: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM SU – Pulmonary arterial hypertension

Dr. Joseph Wu – https://profiles.stanford.edu/joseph-wu

Register in advance for this webinar:
Password: CVI@Lokey

OPTIONAL: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM Virtual VSSA – Faculty Seminar

RECORDINGS:  https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/vssa/virtual-vssa-2020/

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Video Group Update: The Final Count Down


RECORDING: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/rec/share/5e5wFO_BzWdLHZXHsWGHAaNwMZbdaaa81nMWq6ZfzRm4qfJ-UWf1RDU6hzDytR9F

June 23th

OPTIONAL: 10:00 AM Gental Yoga Session

Description: Kaitlin Briana Oliver, Yoga Instructor in Bristol UK
Meeting ID: 2864883911 Password: ZenDen

OPTIONAL: 11:00 AM – 12:00 AM SU – Faculty Career Path Talks

Register in advance for this webinar: https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bVlDHFWjR8KF6_GwQTvTBA

Dr. Vivek Bhalla – https://profiles.stanford.edu/vivek-bhalla

Dr. Leah Backhus – https://profiles.stanford.edu/leah-backhus

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Survey Development Workshop

RECORDING: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/rec/share/ovJEKuD1z1pOWYGKzmXvWLFiRIvqeaa82ykY_fEEy0oBWnWp57o0o1VhsIfbjyFr

2:00 – 3:00 PM Cardiovascular Science Talk – Jerod Denton

June 24th

OPTIONAL 11:00-12:00PM : SU – Imaging surveillance following treatment for cancer and cancer survivorship

Dr. Leah Backhus – https://profiles.stanford.edu/leah-backhus

Register in advance for this webinar:
Password: CVI@Lokey

OPTIONAL: 12:00 PM-1:00 PM : Virtual VSSA – Faculty Seminar

RECORDINGS:  https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/vssa/virtual-vssa-2020/

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Bruce Inverso, American Health Association Senior Vice-President of Health Strategies

Bruce Inverso, American Health Association Senior Vice-President of Health Strategies, is speaking to the PAECER/SURE scholars on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 at 1 pm.  Below is a description of his discussion on “Health Strategies/Burdens and Needs.”

“The American Heart Association is committed to making an impact throughout the country with a focus on health equity. The AHA has created a 2030 Impact Goal to improve healthy life expectancy, and one of the key ways of doing that is the elimination of social influencers of health. The AHA continues to work in the community to give all Americans an equitable shot at good health. Bruce will discuss the AHA’s mission, priorities, and future direction.”


June 25th

First video due by the end of the day!

8:00 – 9:00AM VU-Grand Rounds: How Structural Racism Affects Health and Health Care

Tené Hamilton Franklin, MS., Vice President of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Health Leads.

The Honorable Harold M. Love, Jr., member of the Tennessee House of Representatives and Senior Pastor at Lee Chapel AME Church.

John S. Sergent, MD, MACP, MACR., Professor of Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Sergent served as Vice Chair for Education and Residency Program Director in the Department of Medicine from 2003-2013.

Consuelo H. Wilkins, MD, MSCI., Professor of Medicine and Vice President for Health Equity at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – Career Pathway Talk

Chris Williams MD PhD Director of the MSTP


1:00-2:00 PM – BU: Having a Successful Feedback Conversation

Facilitator : Emelia J Benjamin MD ScM (BUSM/BUSPH)

Register in advance for this meeting:

3:00-4:00 PM – Survey review with Dr. Amanda Clayton

RECORDING: https://vanderbilt.zoom.us/rec/share/18laAIjz1nlJbpGc9wLWSIQ5MMfOeaa8gXIX_PIKnxlXop_GgZGPwP0DclLbUCZj

June 26th

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Vanderbilt


OPTIONAL: 12:00 – 1:00 PM Virtual VSSA

RECORDINGS:  https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/vssa/virtual-vssa-2020/

1:00 -3:00 PM : VU-iewing party (watch videos created by VU students)


As we approach the halfway mark in the summer program, we will take a look at the videos that each group of students has produced so far. We will also pilot the surveys that they have created to measure the impact of their videos. Join us for the viewing party and provide constructive feedback!

To participate in the live watch party, please visit our summer program site ( https://www.facebook.com/VU-Summer-2020-111718180547357) at 1:00 PM CT we will be watching the videos together, posting comments, and piloting the surveys.

FACEBOOK WATCH PARTY: https://www.facebook.com/VU-Summer-2020-111718180547357

OPTIONAL: SU – Design Thinking Workshop

In preparation for this workshop, please review the d.school Starter Kit
Additionally, please make sure you have the following supplies:

  • Several sheets of paper (may need 20 sheets)
  • Tape (scotch and duct)
  • Stapler
  • Scissors
  • Pens and pencils ideally of different colors

Dr. Bryant Lin – https://profiles.stanford.edu/bryant-lin

Register in advance for this webinar: https://stanford.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_bVlDHFWjR8KF6_GwQTvTBA

Published by Kendra Oliver

I am an experienced scientist passionate about science communication, multi-disciplinary projects, and online learning and engagement approaches. It is critical that we find new strategies to communicate scientific finding and engage the public. Using online learning and visualization methods, I am exploring visual science communication to support online education and science marketing approaches. Although classically trained as a research scientist in pharmacology, I consider myself a science communication designer with skills ranging from project management, pedagogical approaches to online learning, video production, instructional design, and web design. With a foundation as a cross-disciplinary team member, I am interested in developing and utilizing these skills to produce science marketing, communication, and engagement strategies, particularly those at the intersection of art and science.

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