March 2015 Postdoc Newsletter


March 2015 Updates


Dear Postdocs:


The Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs is pleased to share several upcoming events and programs in the coming weeks. Don’t forget to register for the Annual Postdoc Research Symposium!





SBIR/STTR Lunch & Learn

March 4, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA -- Noon-1:30PM

These Lunch & Learns are for any Virginia based university researcher, postdoc, grad student or local small tech firm interested in learning the benefits of the SBIR and STTR programs. SBIR grants (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR grant program (Small Business Technology Transfer) provide $150K - $1.5M in early stage R&D funding for high risk, new technology development. 11 participating federal agencies use this program to fund early stage technology development that will help them meet their missions. Over $2.3 Billion is available each year in this program.  Each session will discuss the purpose of the programs, basic qualifications, participating agencies, funding amounts, and how to start to plan your approach to writing a winning proposal. We'll also provide a brief discussion on how university PosDocs and Graduate students can participate in these programs. Lunch will be provided. Details on how CIT supports Virginia based applicants will also be discussed. 

Location:              University of Virginia, MR 5 room 3005 (Medical Research Building), Charlottesville, VA

DATE:                    March 4

Time:                     Noon-1:30PM (Lunch provided)

Instructor:           Lisa Kurek, BBC Entrepreneurial Training & Consulting

Cost:                      Virginia based University Researchers/PostDocs/Grad Students FREE:  Virginia based small tech firms $15 per person; All others $50 per person. Advance registration requested. Space is limited.

QUESTIONS: 703-689-3080

REGISTER:           Click HERE or visit




Postdoc Orientation

March 12th from 10:00am – 11:00, New Cabell Hall 504


We encourage all new postdocs to attend our monthly New Postdoc Orientation where you will receive an overview of the services that will help get you started and connected to the community. Registration Requested.


Monthly Lunch and Learn Series:

March 12th  from 12:00-1:00, New Cabell Hall 504


Poster Presentations: Creating an engaging poster for general audiences

Attend this session to learn how to put together an engaging poster for all audiences.  The GPA office will pay for poster printing for the Annual Research Symposium poster sessions for Postdocs attending this event.


We provide the cookies and tea and you bring your bag lunch!


Registration Requested.


Compass Communicating Science Workshop

March 27th

Postdocs who can effectively share their research with journalists, decision-makers, and the public increase the impact of their work. Make plans to attend this plenary session and hands-on workshop that offers useful skills for upper-level graduate students and postdocs.


Plenary Session: Finding Your Message

Register Today!

Location: Nau 101

Friday, March 27, 2015 9am-10:30am


Students will explore the latest thinking on effective science communication and engagement;

learn tools for developing clear messages about complex research findings; and practice

talking about what their research is finding - and why it matters - in clear, lively terms.

Presented by Liz Neeley, Assistant Director of Science Outreach at COMPASS.


Hands-on Workshop: Finding Your Message (Maximum of 25 participants!)

Register Today!

Friday, March 27, 2015 1pm – 5pm

Location: Newcomb Hall


During the hands-on workshop, Participants will learn how to:

·         Identify key messages arising from their research and professional activities, with an emphasis on explaining “so what”;

·         Appreciate the day-to-day pressures, constraints, and needs of different audiences, and be able to refine and reframe their messages accordingly;

·         Recognize and refine their use of technical jargon;

·         Refine a raw idea for a blog post into an appealing concept and lede;

·         Become more familiar with opportunities for science communication in social media; and

·         Effectively use Twitter


Chalk Talk/Happy Hour Series

March 27th   from 5:00-6:30pm, OpenGrounds


Join your fellow postdocs and hear about the research happening all around grounds, network, and enjoy refreshments! This is a drop-in event. Chalks occur in between networking and mingling among postdocs.


Annual Postdoc Research Symposium

May 1, 2015, 9am – 6pm, Newcomb Hall


The annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium is a day-long event that provides postdocs the opportunity to share research, network, and attend professional development workshops. This year, attendees will have the opportunity to:

v  Attend conference-style workshops on various professional and career development topics.

v  Network with other postdocs, faculty, and staff during a coffee meet & greet, catered lunch, and awards reception.

v  Present research through talks and poster sessions.



v  8:30-9:00am: Registration and Coffee

v  9:00-9:15am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

v  9:15-10:45am: Oral Research Presentations

v  10:45-11:00am: Break

v  11:00-12:00pm: Concurrent Sessions I

v  12:00-1:00pm: Networking Lunch

v  1:15-2:45: Concurrent Sessions II

v  3:00-4:30: Poster Sessions and Resource Fair

v  4:30-6:00: Networking Reception and Awards Ceremony



CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium

Abstract proposals for talks and posters are now being accepted for the Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium.

8 platform talks and up to 50 posters will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Benefits of Participation:

·         Prizes for best talks and posters!

·         Develop skills to effectively communicate their research in a clear and succinct way for audiences in all disciplines!

·         Learn about the exciting research occurring across grounds!

Abstract Specifications:

1 page limit

1 figure attachment allowed

Abstract must include

v  Title

v  Authors

v  Introduction

v  Methods

v  Results

v  Conclusions

v  Broader Impacts (Why this research is important)

Abstracts should appeal to a general audience. The selection committee is made up of Postdocs from all disciplines.


Abstracts should be emailed to: Melissa Hurst






The L’Oreal USA for Women in Science Fellowship


The L’Oréal For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations.  More than 2,000 women scientists in over 100 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998. 


The L’Oréal USA For Women In Science fellowship program will award five post‐doctoral women scientists in the United States this year with grants of up to $60,000 each. Applicants are welcome from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.


Attached to this email, please find:

•              Digital Poster/Flyer (optimized for printing and email forwarding)

•              FAQ


The application and more information on the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program can be found at


UVA Postdoc Sabrina Stierwalt was the 2014 Fellow!

The next Fellow could be you!


Deadline March 20, 2015