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Thanks to all who participated in the 2017 SOPS Research Symposium! The 2018 SOPS Research Symposium is tentatively scheduled for June 1 2018, more information to come closer to the event.




2017 Symposium information

The Society of Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Kentucky is hosting a symposium to feature the work of postdoctoral scholars and graduate students in Kentucky and surrounding areas. The event will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. James Gould from Harvard, oral presentations by postdocs from UK and surrounding universities, a poster session, and a panel discussion on career options for PhDs.

The symposium will allow for the exchange of ideas across a broad range of fields, and abstract submissions are welcome from any discipline. Postdocs from Kentucky and Ohio are especially encouraged to submit abstracts. Graduate students are also welcome to participate.
The objective of this symposium is to share research across many different fields. Talks should be general and accessible to an audience outside of the speaker's area of specialization. Each talk is allotted 15 minutes, which includes time for questions. There is an option to present digital posters, or short films about your research on a laptop.

To submit an abstract for a talk or a poster, or to register to attend, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/SOPS2017
Abstract submission deadline is Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

There is no charge to attend or present at the symposium. Food at lunch and coffee breaks will be provided. Expenses for the symposium are funded by the UK Office of Vice President of Research, UK Student Government Association, UK Graduate School, and UK College of Medicine.

2017 Symposium Schedule



8:30am Registration
9:00am Opening Remarks by Dr. Marina Fosso, Committee Chair
9:05am Keynote Address by Dr. James Gould, Harvard University
10:00am Talks
11:00am Panel Discussion
12:00pm Poster Session/Networking Lunch
2:15pm Talks
4:15pm Closing Remarks and Awards Ceremony

Location

Talks will be held in the William T. Young Library/UKAA auditorium (Room 1-62, South Wing).
The poster presentation will be held in the Multipurpose Room 108C.
Map of William T. Young Library First Floor (where talks are held)
Map of William T. Young Library Basement (where poster session is held)
UK Campus Visitor Parking Information
UK Campus Summer Parking Map

Keynote Speaker: Dr. James Gould, Director of Office of Postdoctoral Fellows at Harvard Medical School




Dr. Gould is the director of the HMS/HSDM Office for Postdoctoral Fellows at Harvard Medical School where he’s built programs and policies for research, career, and professional development for the last six plus years. Jim has spoken and published on career and professional development topics in a variety of forums, locally and nationally, including articles in Nature Immunology covering CV to resume conversion, interviewing strategies, and manuscript writing. He is involved with Naturejobs as a guest blogger, Career Community expert, and Career Expo Boston steering committee member as well as being a guest speaker on Cheeky Scientist webinars and an invited career consultant on numerous occasions. Prior to HMS, Jim completed two postdoc fellowships at the National Cancer Institute of the NIH where he also developed an internship with the NCI’s Office of Training and Education. He chaired the NCI’s postdoc association and is a member of the National Postdoctoral Association, Graduate Career Consortium, and AAAS. Jim received his BS at Clarion University of Pennsylvania in Biotechnology/Molecular Biology and his PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Louisville.

Panel: What comes next? Career options post-postdoc

When: Friday, June 02, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
A panel discussion on the diversity of career paths available to postdocs and PhDs.

  • Kristen Brennan, Ph.D.
    Research Project Manager at Alltech's
    Center for Animal Nutrigenomics and Applied Animal Nutrition
  • Tanya Floyd
    Leasing and Operations Manager at the University of Kentucky's
    Advanced Science and Technology Commercialization Center (ASTeCC)
  • James Gould, Ph.D.
    Director, Office of Postdoctoral Fellows
    Harvard Medical School
  • Warren Nash
    Executive Director at the University of Kentucky's
    Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship (VACE)
  • Ashley Sorrell, Ph.D.
    Faculty Instructional Consultant at the University of Kentucky's
    Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT)

Post-Symposium Dinner


When: Friday, June 2, 2017 5:00 pm
Where: Pazzo's Pizza Pub (385 S Limestone, Lexington, Kentucky 40508)

Description: After the Third Annual Research Symposium, network and socialize with the presenters and attendees over dinner at Pazzo's! We'll meet at the UKAA Auditorium at 4:45 pm to walk over, or meet us there. Look for the SOPS sign!

SOPS business meeting & elections, pizza night

Game night 9-10-16

When: Monday, Sept 10, 7pm
Where: West Sixth Brewing, 501 West Sixth Street, Suite 100

Join us for a night of board games to celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week! Bring your own games, join in games that others bring, or just hang out and enjoy the beverages and food from neighboring Smithton Seafood.

Panel discussion: Preparing successful faculty applications. 9-21-16

When: Sept 21, 12:15-1pm
Where: Chem-Phys 114A
Get tips on preparing faculty application packages from a panel of faculty in a wide range of departments who have extensive experience with assessing faculty applications. Panelists include:

Postdoctoral Research Symposium Dinner at Pazzo's!

When: Friday, June 3, 5:30 pm
Where: Pazzo's Pizza Pub (385 S Limestone, Lexington, Kentucky 40508)

Description:
After the Second Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium, network and socialize with the presenters and attendees over dinner at Pazzo's!

We'll meet at the UKAA Auditorium at 5:15 pm to walk over, or meet us there. Look for the SOPS sign!

POSTER ABSTRACT DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MAY 27!

To submit an abstract for a poster or to register to attend, please visit: tiny.cc/SOPS2016
Poster abstract submission deadline is Friday, May 27, 2016.
For more information, and if you wish to participate, please contact our organizers at uk.sops@gmail.com

TALK ABSTRACT DEADLINE IS FRIDAY, MAY 13!

The Society of Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Kentucky is hosting a symposium to feature the work of postdoctoral scholars in Kentucky and surrounding areas. The event will feature a keynote presentation by UK’s Dr. Hollie Swanson, oral presentations by Kentucky postdocs, a poster session, and a panel discussion on interviewing techniques.

To submit an abstract for a talk or a poster, or to register to attend, please visit: tiny.cc/SOPS2016
Talk abstract submission deadline is Friday, May 13, 2016.
For more information, and if you wish to participate, please contact our organizers at uk.sops@gmail.com

"Academic Careers at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions - Faculty Perspectives from Sciences and Liberal Arts"


Transylvania University in Lexington, KY

When: Tuesday, April 5, 5:00-6:30 pm
Where: Chemistry-Physics Building, Room 114B, (505 Rose Street) or Building 55 on the UK campus map.
Description: Professors from local liberal arts institutions will speak about their experiences in this panel discussion. Faculty speakers include:

* Prof. Jennifer Muzyka, Professor of Chemistry at Centre College
* Prof. Sarah Bray, Associate Professor of Biology at Transylvania University
* Prof. Saori Hanaki, Assistant Professor of Exercise Science; Pre-Health Committee Advisor at Transylvania University

Moderators: Prof. Susan Odom (UK chemistry) and Dr. Ellen Crocker (UK forestry)

SOPS lunch @ the 90 on Tuesday, March 22, at 11:30 am!


When: Tuesday, March 22, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Where: The 90, Fresh Food Company "all you care to eat" UK dinning hall, across from the WT Young library, or Building 139 on the UK campus map.
Description: Come join your fellow postdocs for lunch at the 90 Fresh Food Company, the new "all you care to eat" dinning hall across from the WT Young Library. Lunch prices are a bit steep ($9) if you don't have a meal plan, but with one they are very reasonable ($6). I know several of us have meal plans (click here for more info) and are happy to trade swipes into the dinning hall if you want to save $3. We've reserved the back room but let's meet in the front atrium of the dinning hall at 11:45 to coordinate. Feel free to bring friends/coworkers/labmates, there's plenty of space!

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