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Think about your training as a grad student and postdoc – you spend countless hours at the bench, running experiments and reading papers to finish your personal research project.
Now think about your PI or faculty advisor.
Does she spend time at the bench? Or are you more likely to find her in her office, writing grants, attending departmental meetings, and managing people, projects, and money?
If you’re noticing a mismatch between academic training and the actual work of a faculty member, you’re not alone. The skills and traits that make us successful students may not translate into making us successful professors and PIs.
That’s where a unique postdoctoral fellowship steps in to bridge the gap: it’s the Academic Pathways program at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Their goal is to prepare postdocs for entry-level faculty jobs, with a special focus on increasing diversity at the highest levels of academia.