August 31, 2017

Simple Beginnings ceremony set for tomorrow

Lab coats

Lab coats

On Sept. 1, the BRET Office will hold its seventh annual Simple Beginnings ceremony at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. This event welcomes new Ph.D. students in the biomedical sciences to the Vanderbilt community and commemorates the start of their research at Vanderbilt. Last year more than 200 family members and friends attended to learn about the research and professional development opportunities students will have at Vanderbilt. The reception that follows the day’s activities provides a time of camaraderie and celebration for students and their families and friends. 

Because of the generous support of faculty, staff, previous attendees and alumni, we have been able to organize this ceremony and provide each student with a personalized lab coat signifying recognition as a new member of our scientific research community. A $100 contribution provides not only a lab coat but also funds for student programming throughout the year. 

Those who want to make a donation in support of this meaningful event in the life of a new Ph.D. student and to ensure that this tradition will continue for many years to come, may do so by going to Simple Beginnings Fund by Aug. 31.