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Postdoctoral Research Symposium 2018

Postdoc Research Symposium
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in the Graduate School at the University of Maryland will be hosting a day long research symposium on September 17, 2018, in conjunction with National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week. This day long event will feature two sessions led by a variety of speakers who will offer their insights on what it takes to be a successful researcher in today's job environment.


The symposium has four primary goals:

  1. to recognize and showcase the research postdocs are performing at the University of Maryland
  2. to provide four separate workshops to help identify and build techniques needed for researchers including effective teaching and communication, identifying and applying for grants, and grant management. 
  3. to provide an opportunity for postdocs to interact and network with one another, as well as staff and faculty from across campus. 
  4. to discuss the transition from postdoctoral researcher to independent researcher/faculty member

The Postdoctoral Research Symposium will be held in the Stamp Student Union. Registration will open at 8:30am and the event will end at approximately 3:30pm.


Event Schedule 

8:30 am - Registration and Breakfast
9:00 am - Opening Remarks
    • Steve Fetter, Dean of the Graduate School
    • Blessing Enekwe, Program Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA)
    • Gregory Ball, Dean of the College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

9:30 am - Session 1 (2 workshops)

    • Session A - Tips for Successful Grant Writing
      • Jeff Lucas, Associate Dean for Research, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

    • Session B - Communicating Your Research to Broader Audiences
      • Linda C. Macri, Director of Academic and Professional Development, The Graduate School

10:45 am - Break

11:00 am - Session 2 (2 workshops)

    • Session A - Managing Your Grant
      • Kaci Thompson, Assistant Dean for Science Education Initiatives, College of Computer, Mathematical, & Natural Sciences
    • Session B - Creating Effective Course Designs
      • Marissa Stewart, Assistant Director for Graduate Programs, Teaching & Learning Transofrmation Center

12:15 - Break

12:30 pm - Lunch/Poster Presentations

2:00 -3:15 pm - Transitions to Faculty Positions (Panel Session)
      • Phillip P.A. Staniczenko, Moderator, Postdoctoral Representative for the University Senate, National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center
      • John Dickerson, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, College of Computer, Mathematical, & Natural Sciences
      • Marie Thoma, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Science, School of Public Health
      • La Marr Jurelle Bruce, Assistant Professor, American Studies, College of Arts & Humanities
      • Zakiya Whatley, Program Manager of the Biological Sciences Graduate Program
*registration will include a $15 deposit that will be refunded after the event