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, February 12th, March 11th, April 8th

Time: 3:00 - 5:00pm

Location: Tomlinson Hall Library (second floor) or Zoom

Join the Zoom Meeting Here

Safe Zone LGBTQ+ Allyship Training

The LGBT Center will host a Safe Zone allyship training session specifically for Case Western Reserve University faculty, staff, and postdocs.

This session will cover essential LGBTQ+ vocabulary, discuss the nuances of sexuality and gender as spectrums, and provide participants with practical tips for being an LGBTQ+ inclusive ally on campus.

Date: Wednesday, March 20th

Time: 2 - 4:30pm

Location: Tinkham Veale University Center (The Tink), first floor conference room

Register Here

Mocktail Hour and Networking Training

The Office of International Student Resources & Engagement will be organizing a Mocktail Hour & Networking Training event. They have opened it up to postdocs as well. This event provides a great opportunity for students and postdocs to learn and enhance their skills in the art of networking. The training will be conducted by a professional etiquette trainer. 

Tickets are available for purchase on CampusGroups at $15 per student or postdoc. There is limited space available. For inquiries, please direct them to reach out to us at

Date: Thursday, February 29th

Time: 5:20 - 7:30pm

Location: Tomlinson Hall Lobby

Register Here

Cleveland Biomedical Training Alliance (CBTA) Networking Day 

In collaboration with the CWRU School of Medicine Graduate Education Office and Ohio Life Sciences, the Lerner Trainee Association, BME Graduate Student Association, Biomedical Graduate Student Organization, Postdoc Association, and Association of Biomedical and Chemical Engineers (CSU) have joined together to develop this new networking opportunity for Graduate/Professional Students and Postdoctoral Fellows.

A follow up to the 2023 Professional Development Conference in October, the 2024 Networking Day will provide a space for trainees to utilize their networking skills learned in October to interact with a variety of industry representatives in the form of presentations, roundtables, and open meeting sessions.

Learn about career options, explore job opportunities, and meet experts from a variety of industry fields!

Date: Wednesday, March 6th

Time: 11am - 5pm

General Schedule:
11am-12pm: Lunch
12-2:30pm: Industry Presentations, Career Roundtables, One-on-One Networking (Concurrent)
2:40-3:40pm: Industry Career Panel
3:50-4:50pm: Partner Institution Leaders Panel


Graduate Career Consortium PhD & Master's Virtual Career Expo

Connecting PhD & Master’s students, Postdocs and Alumni from STEM, Humanities, and Social Sciences to employers for networking and recruitment.

Date: Wednesday March 6th, 2024

Register Here

GCC Expo

Postdoc Paint Night

Join the postdocs for a night of painting. The theme is Night Sky.  

  • Canvas and all paints are provided,  just bring your creativity!
  • The theme of the painting will be Night Sky, but it you don't like the theme and want to paint something of your own, or you've had an idea you've been waiting to paint, feel free to join us, we've got plenty of supplies and can help you execute your idea. 
  • Wear something you might get paint on (just in case).
  • Light snacks and drinks provided. 

* Due to limited space and supplies, the event is limited to the first 25 people who register.

Thursday, March 7th from 5:30 - 8:30pm (we will begin painting around 5:45) at Eldred Hall (on the main Quad), room 103. 


paint night 2024

Biophysics Day

  • 12:30pm : Light food and drinks served in the Wolstein Lobby
  • 1pm : Dr. Lydia Kisley, Assistant Professor in the departments of Physics and Chemistry, will give a research talk entitled "Super-resolution fluorescence imaging of extracellular environments" in the Wolstein Auditorium
  • 2pm : Networking event in the Wolstein Lobby
  • 3pm : Flash Talks
    • 3 minute flash talk, one slide, any discipline
    • Audience members will vote on their favorites
    • Top 3 presenters will receive a certificate and $100 prize!
  • 4pm : Raffle Drawing and Closing remarks from Dr. Walter Boron, Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics

** For every event you attend (Research Talk, Networking, and Flash Talk), you will receive an entry ticket for the raffle prize, which will be announced at the end of the event. 

Date: Wednesday, March 20th

Location: Wolstein Lobby and Auditorium

Time: 12:30 - 430pm

RSVP and/or Sign up for a Flash Talk Here

Biophysics Day 2024

Postdoc Career Series

The CWRU Postdoc Association has arranged for speakers via Zoom to share their journey as a postdoc, suggest specific professional development, discuss their current role, and offer advice for someone looking into that career path. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of each presentation.

Speaker: Dr. Dibakar Sigdel, Principal Data Scientist at Truveta

Date: Thursday, March 28th (originally January 25th but rescheduled)

Time: noon - 1pm via Zoom


Sigdel career series

2024 Vendor Fair

Sponsored by the CWRU PDA and Avantor

Date: Wednesday, April 3rd

Time: 10:00am - 1:30pm

Location: Wolstein Research Building Lobby

Bring your CWRU ID card to check in

Visit 8 vendors to receive free lunch and to enter into one of our many basket raffles!

Featured vendors: 

Sprintax Tax Filing Webinars

The VISA Office partners with Sprintax, an affordable tax site specializing in filing international tax returns. The Sprintax team will be hosting a series of free open tax webinars to provide helpful information about non-resident tax filing obligations.

You can find the details and registration links below for each:

Kelvin Smith Library

Navigating the Publishing Process: Authorship, Manuscript Submission, and Peer Review

Friday, February 16th @ 1-2pm / Register here

Author Rights & Copyright

Thursday, February 22nd @ 2-3pm / Register here

Open Scholarship and Open Access: Navigating the Open Landscape

Thussday, March 7th @2-3pm / Register here

Author Profiles & Improving Discoverability

Thursday, March 28th @ 3-4pm / Register here

Publishing Symposium

Friday, April 5th @ 9am - 4pm / Register 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


January 23 - The Hidden Curriculum

February 27 - The Industry Connection: Advancing Your Research & Career with Collaborative Partnerships

March 26 - Effective Interpersonal Communication: The Foundation for Career Success

April 23 - Giving an Receiving Feedback

May 28 - Presentation Skills

Register 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
  • 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
  • Self Defense Class with the CWRU Kung Fu Club
  • Various Spoken English Language workshops (in collaboration with the SELP office)
  • Postdoc Career Series
    • 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, 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)