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
National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2023 (NPAW) - Sept 18-22
Celebrate our postdocs and their outstanding contributions during NPAW!
For each event attended, postdocs will receive one raffle ticket to be entered to win an iPad (sponsored by Proteintech)!
* Postdocs can stop by the Postdoc Office in Tomlinson Hall room 215 all throughout the week to pick up a free water bottle or tote bag!
RSVP to each event using the links below:
Monday, September 18th
- Donuts/Coffee/Cookies (sponsored by Proteintech) @ Tomlinson Hall @ 7:30 - 9am
- Yoga Night @ Veale Gym, Multipurpose Room @ 5:30 - 6:15pm
Tuesday, September 19th
- Trivia Night @ the Jolly Scholar @ 7:30 - 9:30pm
Wednesday, September 20th
- Elevator Pitch Workshop via Zoom @ 9 - 10am
- Walking Tour of Campus (meet in front of Tomlinson Hall) @ noon - 1pm
- Tour of think[box] @ think[box] (Veale Convocation Center) @ 4-5pm
Thursday, September 21st
- Diversity 360 for Postdocs @ the Toepfer Room, Adelbert Hall @ 1 - 3:30pm
Friday, September 22nd
- Paint Night @ The Spot (basement of Leutner Commons) @ 5:30 - 8pm
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: https://cglink.me/2cS/r2211211
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: https://cglink.me/2cS/r2211255
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: https://cglink.me/2cS/r2211258
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
- More dates to be added
* Wear or bring gym clothes and shoes and some water.
* Be sure to bring your CWRU to scan at the front desk.
Postdoc Career Series
Speaker: Dr. Paule Joseph, Lasker Clinical Scholar & Investigator, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Date: Wednesday, September 27th, 2023
Time: noon - 1:00pm
CWRU Innovation Week - Sept 26-29
View the full schedule here. Some of the featured events include the following:
September 26th @ 10-11am : Preparing for the Poster Pitch Contest
September 27th @ 8:30 - 10:30am : Entrepreneurship Series: Leveraging Data Science to Build A Successful Startup
September 27th @ 2 - 3:50pm : Sears thinkbox: More than a Makerspace
September 29th @ noon - 3pm : Poster Pitch Contest
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.
- September 22nd @ 2pm - Data Management
- October 5th @ 2pm - Mastering Effective Searches in Library Research
- November 7th @ 1pm - Digital Scholarship
- November 8th @ 4pm - Efficient Research: Reference Management and Organizing Source
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.
Events offered through the CWRU Office of Research & Technology Management
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
September 20th: Ethics and Research Integrity
October 11th: Copyright, Permissions, and Author Reuse
November 15th: How to Write A Literature Review -
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Impact Solutions Webinars (Employee Assistance Program)
Your Employee Assistance Program through Impact Solutions offers a variety of online free webinars.
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.
September 26th - Transitioning Out of Your Postdoc
October 24th - Obtaining A Faculty Position
November 28th - Science Writing: The Craft and Career Pathways
December 19th - Leadership and Management in Scholarly Research
- 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
- Dr. Sagar Shelake - Senior Scientist @ Janssen Research and Development Download then view the presentation here
- Mallory Smith, PhD and Raechel McKinley, PhD - Science Policy Managers @ the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Download then view the presentation recording here.
- Dr. Heather Calderone, Director of Research & Grants @ the American Brain Tumor Association. Download then view the presentation recording here.
- 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)