Postdoctoral Professional Development and Calender


Postdoctoral scholars and fellows at Penn State are provided many  opportunities for professional and career development through out the year. 


 


January 2018


 

OPA SCIENCE OUTREACH GRANT: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JAN 14, 2018

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA), Office of Vice President for Research is announcing a call for Science Outreach Grants. These grants will be given to postdocs and research associates to create, develop and execute outreach programs for K-12 students, educators, general public. The goal of this grant call is to give postdocs and research associates an opportunity to write a grant, create programs for broader impact of science and research and improve the way research and science is perceived outside academia. There are two awards of up to $750 each and a third award may be possible depending on the applications and available funds. Contact  postdocaffairs@psu.edu for the application form and with questions related to the application process.

 

 

LUNCH N LEARN FOR JAN 2018

Lunch-n-Learn series for postdocs and research associates, where a small group of attendees get to discuss a topic/several topics with the invited guest.

 Jan 11th, from noon to 1:00 p.m. in 131 HUB with Dr. James DeLattre, Assistant Vice president for Research and Director of Office of Entrepreneurship & Commercialization.

Prior to joining Penn State’s Office of the Vice President for Research as Assistant Vice President for Research and Industrial Partnerships, Dr. James L. Delattre served as Vice President of Global Marketing at NanoHorizons, Inc., a nanomaterials manufacturing start-up company spun out of Penn State. He earned his PhD in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, with a focus on processes for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from semiconductor manufacturing and the development of new synthetic techniques for the solid state. He completed postdoctoral work investigating the plasma treatment of polymers at the Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche at the University of Bari, Italy. He is the author of over a dozen peer reviewed scientific articles and holds several patents. 

The topics for the lunch discussion can range from transitioning from an academic postdoc to start up companies, research administration,  commercializing research projects. There will be 15 spots for the luncheon on a first come basis. Interested individuals can register at https://goo.gl/forms/qk7a3s7IgLNzSBVi2

 

PANEL DISCUSSION ON INTERVIEW PROCESS AND NEGOTIATING THE OFFER FOR A FACULTY POSITION

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is pleased to organize a  panel discussion on the interview and negotiation process for faculty positions, specifically tenure track assistant professor. It is scheduled for January 18, 2018 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in 134 HUB.

The panelists are Dr. Darrell Cockburn, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Food Science; Dr. Melissa Gervais, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science; Dr. Donald Schneider, Head, Dept. of Astronomy and Astrophysics; Dr. Janis Terpenny, Head, Dept. of Industrial Engineering.

The goal of the panel is to provide information and insight from both sides of the process- those reviewing and evaluating the candidates and those who just went through the process successfully. Whether you are currently on the job market or are curious about the process, a discussion like this gives insight into what search committees are looking for and to learn from experiences of recently appointed assistant professors. Panelists will present their experiences and advice with sufficient time for Q and A. Please register at https://goo.gl/forms/PE9GoVehv1u12tfi1


 

 

 

 

 


Postdocs, Faculty members and administrators  interested in a postdoctoral educational plans, support letters, details of the workshops and seminars in the past years can contact the Director, Pallavi Eswara, pxe10@psu.edu