A main priority of the Postdoc Office and the Postdoc Association is to ensure that our postdocs across campus feel connected and involved in the CWRU community. Our events are meant to bring together people across different disciplines and backgrounds to connect and learn from one another.

See the Postdoc Calendar on the main website of the Postdoc Affairs website or check your CWRU email for event additional details. Like and Follow the CWRU Postdocs on Facebook and LinkedIn to stay up to date with all the latest events. 

Monthly Postdoc Association Meeting and Committee Meetings(all postdocs are welcome)

Date: Monday, June 10th, July 8th

Time: 3:00 - 5:00pm

Location: Tomlinson Hall Library (second floor) or Zoom

Join the Zoom Meeting Here

Find the upcoming Committee Meetings on the calendar here; click the date to access the Zoom link. 

HCM Training Sessions (Time Tracking)

As of May 2024, Postdocs will now be able to record their time in HCM. A website with instructions has been created here. Additionally, the Postdoc Office will be hosting live training sessions via Zoom once a month to answer any questions. 

Training dates are as follows. No need to RSVP, just use the Zoom link below:

  • June 17th
  • July 15th
  • August 19th
  • September 16th
  • October 21st

Attend a Training Session

Campus Tour

Join the Office of Postdoc Affairs for a tour of campus! We'll also be stopping by Mitchell's ice cream along the way. 

Date: Rescheduled to Thursday, May 30th due to rain

Time: We start walking at noon, the tour should last a little over an hour

Location: Meet in front of Tomlinson Hall

* Wear comfortable walking shoes

RSVP here

campus tour flyer

Annual Postdoc Picnic

Postdocs and their families are invited to the annual Postdoc Picnic at Edgewater Park - Upper West Pavilion. We will have food, games, music, and prizes! There is a huge kid's playground right by the pavilion and access to the beach. Edgewater park is also home to one of the Cleveland signs - take your picture overlooking the beach and cityscape!

Date: Thursday, July 11th

Time: 6 - 8:30pm


Picnic flyer 2024

Volunteer at the Greater Cleveland Food Bank

We have assembled a volunteer opportunity with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank in their Community Resource Center! We are looking for 10-15 volunteers to assist with the duties outlined here

Date: Monday, July 22nd

Time: 2 - 4:30pm

Location: Community Resource Center, 15500 South Waterloo Road, Cleveland

If you want to volunteer, you MUST SIGN UP HERE (and please reply to this email letting us know you signed up)


THINK Suicide Prevention Training

T.H.I.N.K. (Talk. Help. Identify Signs. Navigate Resources. Kindly Refer.) is a suicide prevention training to help people recognize warning signs and assist others who may be having suicidal thoughts. There will be one training session per month this summer.

August 8th at noon

Sign up here

NPA Smart Skills Professional Development Seminars

SmartSkills is a free, virtual course for postdocs. Monthly classes are taught by experts and focus on building skills critical to career and personal success.

Time: 3:00pm


June 25 - Lab / Office Management

July 23 - The Negotiator's Edge: Empowering Communication & Collaboration

August 27 - Perfecting Negotiation Skills

September 24 - Advocating for Public Policy

October 22, Grant Writing

November 19 - Understanding Research Development Careers

December 17 - NIH Career Opportunities

Register Here

NIH Office of Training and Education

Thriving Thursdays

April 18 - Vision Board for My Future

April 25 - Sustaining our Self-care

May 9 - Rest as Key Component of Productivity and Wellbeing

May 23 - Dealing with Disappointment in Science

May 30 - Combatting the Epidemic of Loneliness

See all upcoming events here

Mental health and Well-being of Biomedical Researchers

April 24 - Healthy Rest as a Stepping Stone to Productivity and Well-being

May 22 - The Epidemic of Loneliness

June 26 - Supporting Each Other in Being Well

See the upcoming webinars here

Events offered through the CWRU Office of Research & Technology Management

View the list of Events and Register

Events offered through the CWRU University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE)

First Fridays - On the first Friday of every month, UCITE holds an informal get together for instructors, faculty, grad students, and postdocs to meet and chat about specific topics relating to teaching and learning. * Pizza and drinks provided.

Future Faculty Fridays - On the second Friday of every month, UCITE will host this event for postdocs and graduate students ONLY, and will revolve around teaching and learning topics that are important to them. * Pizza and drinks provided.

Time: 11:30 - 12:30pm

Location: Herrick Room in the Allen Memorial Medical Library


Spoken English Program Sessions

Spoken English Language Programs (SELP) in the School of Graduate Studies hosts programming for international graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff. 

For questions on the upcoming sessions available or how to register, contact Eric Moore, Director of Spoken English Language Programs (

Register Here (click Events at the top)

Impact Solutions Webinars (Employee Assistance Program)

Your Employee Assistance Program through Impact Solutions offers a variety of online free webinars. 

View and Register for Upcoming Webinars Here

Ohio Life Sciences

CWRU is a member of Ohio Life Sciences. The hold a variety of events throughout the year, see the events list here

OLS is Ohio’s life sciences industry trade association, representing an industry that includes more than 4,200 organizations statewide. Ohio Life Sciences convenes and advocates on behalf of biotech, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, labs, digital health, gene and cell therapy, agricultural biotechnology, and research and academic institutions throughout Ohio. OLS is the voice representing and advocating for the common interests of our life sciences community.


Recent Events

** View all of our previously recorded events here **
  • Monthly Orientation for all new postdocs
  • Weekly health benefits reviews for new postdocs
  • Monthly PDA meetings (all are welcome)
  • Monthly PDA committee meetings and Faculty Senate Committee meetings
  • 2024 Vendor Fair (200+ attendees, 32 vendors, raised $8,500)
  • Biophysics Day (Research Talk, Networking, Flash Talks) (speaker: Dr. Lydia Kisley)
  • Paint Night
  • Media Training (speaker: Patty Zamora, Senior Media Relations Specialist) 
  • Fall Potluck
  • Visa Webinar (speaker: Elizabeth Latimer from Green & Spiegel). 
  • 2023 National Postdoc Appreciation Week: tote bag/water bottle giveaway, campus tour, donuts/coffee, think[box] tour, Elevator Pitch session, trivia night, yoga, Diversity360, paint night
  • Resume Roundtable
  • Postdoc Volleyball League
  • CV/Resume Writing Workshop (speaker: Lisa Hebert). 
  • Panel on Work-Life Balance and Progression Into A Faculty Career (panelists: Gabriella Wolff, Divita Mathur, Joseph Luna, and Helen Miranda) 
  • 2023 Annual Picnic at Edgewater Park
  • Introduction to Grant Writing Session (hosted by Marvin Nieman, Vice Dean for Graduate Education). 
  • 2023 Vendor Fair (200+ attendees, 22 vendors, raised $5,000)
  • Self Defense Class with the CWRU Kung Fu Club
  • Various Spoken English Language workshops (in collaboration with the SELP office)
  • Postdoc Career Series
    • Dr. August Li, Patent Agent at Wilson-Sonsini Law Firm
    • Dr. Dibakar Sigdel, Principal Data Scientist at Truveta
    • Dr. Lauren Porter, Stadtman Tenure-track Investigator at the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    • Dr. Muna Aryal - Assistant Professor, Bioengineering at North Carolina A&T State University
    • Dr. Oliver Bogler - Director, Center for Cancer Training @ National Cancer Institute (NCI) 
    • Dr. Paule Joseph - Lasker Clinical Scholar and Investigator, National Institutes of Health (NIH) 
    • Dr. Sagar Shelake - Senior Scientist @ Janssen Research and Development 
    • Mallory Smith, PhD and Raechel McKinley, PhD - Science Policy Managers @ the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) 
    • Dr. Heather Calderone, Director of Research & Grants @ the American Brain Tumor Association 
    • Dr. Jenny Ro, Marketing Director @ Thermo Fisher Scientific
    • Dr. Ellen Palmer, Senior Data Scientist at Aetna
    • Dr. Jeffrey Pigott, Executive Director at the Swagelok Center for Surface Analysis of Materials as the Case School of Engineering
    • Dr. Samira Joussef-Pina, Biosafety Office at Columbia University
  • Ice Skating at Wade Oval
  • Mocktail Hour Networking Practice
  • 2022 Annual Holiday Party
  • Visa Webinar: Changing Status for H1B of Green Card
  • Professional Headshot Photos
  • Pumpkin Carving Party
  • Cleveland Institute of Orchestra night at Severance Hall
  • 2022 National Postdoc Appreciation Week: t-shirt giveaway, campus tour, Thanks A Latte coffee and donuts, Individual Development Plan Workshop
  • Innovation Week Poster Contest
  • Diversity Lecture (speaker: AVP for Faculty and Institutional Diversity, Heather Burton)
  • 2022 Annual Picnic
  • Reproductive Task Force meeting with the postdoc representative
  • Wade Oval Wednesday
  • Navigating the Postdoc: Balancing Life and Work in Early Career panel
  • Visa & Immigration webinar (speaker: Brendan Delaney, Immigration attorney)