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 (all postdocs are welcome)

Date: Monday,  October 9th

Time: 3:00 - 5:00pm

Location: Tomlinson Hall Library (second floor) or Zoom

Join the Zoom Meeting Here

Mentoring & Teaching Workshops

Join the grad student Diekhoff committee & faculty winners and nominees to learn skills, gain resources, and participate in discussions about excellence in graduate mentoring and teaching. The topics for the breakout sessions will be generated by you (the attendees) through an evidence-based community building activity. We are inviting graduate students, postdocs, faculty, staff - or anyone interested in excellence in mentoring and teaching. 

We are offering 2 workshops - content will be the same, but some of the faculty and student participants will be different, so discussions may be different at each. Feel free to participate in one or both. FREE LUNCH provided at both workshops!

Tuesday, October 10
Tinkham Veale University, Ballroom A
12:30 Lunch and Networking
1:00–2:15pm Workshop

Wednesday, October 11
Nord Hall, Room 356
12:15 Lunch and Networking
12:45–2:00pm Workshop

LGBTQ+ Faculty, Staff, and Postdoc mixer

Date: Wednesday, October 11th

Time: 5 - 7pm

* Event location will be shared with registrants

Register Here

3-part Grant Writing Workshop

Hosted by Dr. Jessica Slentz, President and CEO of lake Effect Grant Solutions

Workshop 1: Proposal Vs. Publication: How to Think and Write About Your Work in a Grant-Seeking Context

Thursday, September 21, 2:30 - 3:45pm, Nord hall, room 356

This workshop will introduce participants to the world of academic grant writing, explore the differences between academic writing for research publication vs. grant writing, identify key habits that impact strong and successful grant writing, and identify strategies to make one’s grant and proposal writing stronger. Will include a conversation on addressing Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts in NSF proposals. Register here:

Workshop 2: Grant Writing 101: How to Find and Pursue Funding for your Work

Thursday, October 26, 2:30 - 3:45pm, Nord Hall, room 356

This workshop will provide a broad overview to grant seeking, including ways to identify appropriate funding sources for your work, interpreting and responding to funder guidelines, how the review and funding process works at federal funding agencies and foundations, and how to craft a strong and compelling proposal. Register here:

Workshop 3: Translating Your Work Into Dollars: How to Navigate Budget and Compliance in Grant Writing

Thursday, November 16, 2:30 - 3:45pm, Nord Hall, room 356

This workshop will tackle the less glamorous aspects of grant writing, including creation of budgets and budget justifications, identifying allowable and unallowable costs, and making sure you are complying with funding agency guidelines. As budget problems and non-compliance are some of the most common reasons even innovative and exciting proposals are not funded, this workshop will provide an important overview on how to tackle common questions to ensure your proposal receives the review it deserves. Register here:

Visa Webinar

Date: Wednesday, October 25th

Time: 1 - 2pm

Location: Zoom

We will be discussing some of the following topics:

  • Green card application (J-1 or H-1B visa to Green card)
  • Nonimmigrant intent issues with J-1s
  • Eligibility criteria and time frame for EB1 and EB2-NIW or any other suitable process
  • O-1 visas, especially for those who are waiting for or cannot get a 212(e) waiver
  • H1B Visa (After the completion of J-1 visa)
  • J-1 waiver process
  • Application process for I-485, as well as I-765 and I-131, and time frame (including summary of the visa retrogression issues)
  • Use of EAD based on I-485
  • Use of advance parole based on I-485
  • Risks associated with the use of EAD and AP


Visa webinar flyer 2023

Postdoc Volleyball

As a social and wellness activity, we have started a postdoc volleyball league. This will be an informal weekly match (postdocs vs postdocs) throughout the fall semester. No equipment needed, just show up in tennis shoes and ready to play or come to cheer on your colleagues! This is a great way to get in a good workout and continue with our mission to build camaraderie across campus and connect with your fellow postdocs. 

  • Wednesday, September 20th @ 5:15 - 6:45pm
  • Wednesday, October 4th @ 5:15 - 6:45pm
  • Wednesday, October 18th @ 5:15 - 6:45pm
  • Wednesday, October 25th @ 5:15 - 6:45pm (final game)

* Wear or bring gym clothes and shoes and some water. 

* Be sure to bring your CWRU to scan at the front desk.

Kelvin Smith Library - Early Career Research, Visibility, and Publishing Series

The series is for all graduate and PhD students and postdocs to provide insights into successfully navigating the publication process. Library experts and campus guest speakers will present on best practices for planning research, finding and managing resources, digital tools for analysis, leveraging author rights, open science benefits and expectations, and building scholarly brand. 

  • October 5th @ 2pm - Mastering Effective Searches in Library Research
  • November 7th @ 1pm - Digital Scholarship
  • November 8th @ 4pm -  Efficient Research: Reference Management and Organizing Source

RSVP for the sessions

Postdoc Career Series

Speaker: Dr. Oliver Bogler, Director of the Center for Cancer Training at the National Cancer Institute (NCI)

Date: Thursday, October 19th

Time: noon - 1:00pm

Educated in England, Oliver came to the US for postdoc, and has held faculty positions most recently at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. His research focused on EGFR signaling and novel platinum compounds in glioblastoma. At MD Anderson he served as Vice President for Global Academic Programs and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and stewarded MD Anderson’s education mission for 1,700 faculty and more than 2,000 trainees. After a stint at the ECHO Institute at the University of New Mexico, he joined the NCI as Director of the Center for Cancer Training in 2020.

Check out Oliver's podcast, Inside Cancer Careers, which explores and illustrates the exciting world of cancer research training to bring a new generation of investigators into the field. Using a human-interest angle, trainees share their personal experiences throughout their journey, including when they take the leap to an independent position. 


Career Series - Bogler

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


Sage Publishing: How To Get Published Webinars

How do I select the right journal for my manuscript? How does peer review work? How can I acquire more citations for my published article? In this new monthly webinar series, we aim to answer all your questions about the publishing process. Featuring SAGE and external speakers from various disciplines, this series will address the stumbling blocks every researcher encounters in the beginning of their careers and provide practical and in-depth guidance to help you get published.

* All webinars take place at 11am Eastern Standard Time


October 11th: Copyright, Permissions, and Author Reuse

November 15th: How to Write A Literature Review - 

Register Here

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

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


October 24th - Obtaining A Faculty Position

November 28th - Science Writing: The Craft and Career Pathways

December 19th - Leadership and Management in Scholarly Research

Register Here

Recent Events

  • 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
  • 2023 National Postdoc Appreciation Week: tote bag/water bottle giveaway, campus tour, donuts/coffee, think[box] tour, Elevator Pitch session (download the recording here), trivia night, yoga, Diversity360, paint night
  • Resume Roundtable
  • Postdoc Volleyball League
  • CV/Resume Writing Workshop (speaker: Lisa Hebert). Download then view the presentation recording here
  • Panel on Work-Life Balance and Progression Into A Faculty Career (panelists: Gabriella Wolff, Divita Mathur, Joseph Luna, and Helen Miranda) Download then view the presentation recording here.
  • 2023 Annual Picnic at Edgewater Park
  • Introduction to Grant Writing Session (hosted by Marvin Nieman, Vice Dean for Graduate Education). Download then view the presentation recording here.
  • 2023 Vendor Fair
  • Self Defense Class with the CWRU Kung Fu Club
  • Various Spoken English Language workshops (in collaboration with the SELP office)
  • Postdoc Career Series
  • 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)