SOPS is looking for a new executive officer!

We are currently looking for a volunteer to become an executive officer for SOPS. The executive officers plan social events and professional development workshops, and meet with our faculty advisors and the deans of the Graduate School. We ask that potential executive officers be available to volunteer through June. If you have ideas and suggestions for the future of SOPS and are interested in becoming an executive officer, please e-mail uk.sops@gmail.com.

'Career Fair Success' on Wednesday, 2/17, at 5:30 pm

When: Wednesday, February 17, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Where: Room 101, James W. Stuckert Career Center, 408 Rose Street or Building 494 on the UK campus map.
Description: The James W. Stuckert Career Center, College of Engineering Career Development, and the Graham Office of Career Management are hosting UK's Spring 2016 Career Fair featuring 100 employers from a variety of industries and fields including government, non-profit, technical, engineering, finance, education, and more! Make sure you're prepared with this seminar. Topics will include:

  • what happens at the Career Fair.
  • how to market yourself to future employers.
  • how to network.
  • how to conduct an informational interview.
  • what to do after the Career Fair and how to follow-up with company representatives.

Board game night @ West 6th Brewing on Monday, 2/15, at 6:30 pm!

When: Monday, February 15, 6:30 pm
Where: West Sixth Brewing, 501 West Sixth Street, Suite 100

Come join us for a night of board games at West Sixth Brewing, Monday, February 15 at 6:30pm! Whether you prefer Scrabble or Settlers, come relax and hang out with fellow UK postdocs. Even if you don't like playing games, stop by for a drink or some dinner from Smithtown Seafood next-door. West Sixth Brewing hosts a game night every other Monday so we won't be the only ones there but you can find us by looking for the SOPS sign.

Hope to see you there! RSVP on the Facebook event page.

(More) Pizza and Trivia on Wednesday, January 27, at 7:30 pm!

When: Wednesday, January 27, 7:30 pm
Where: Mellow Mushroom (503 S Upper St, Lexington, KY 40508)

Come join SOPS for another round of pizza and trivia at the Mellow Mushroom, just off campus! Last time, one of our teams won- Let's defend our title and spend our victory gift certificate!

Trivia starts at 8:30 pm, but, if you can, meet us at the Mellow Mushroom at 7:30 pm to grab dinner before. Just look for the SOPS sign on the table.

Hope to see you there! RSVP on the Facebook event page.

SOPS team wins at Pizza Trivia Night!

Nice job Pizza the Hut for winning trivia!

(and to everyone else for their stellar pizza eating skills ;) )

Pizza and Trivia at the Mellow Mushroom on Wednesday, 12/16, at 7:30 pm!

When: Wednesday, December 16, 7:30 pm
Where: Mellow Mushroom (503 S Upper St, Lexington, KY 40508)

Come join SOPS for pizza and trivia at the Mellow Mushroom, just off campus! Trivia starts at 8:30, but, if you can, meet us at the Mellow Mushroom at 7:30 to grab dinner before. Just look for the SOPS sign on the table. Hope to see you there! RSVP on the Facebook event page.

Backward Design: Aligning Outcomes, Assessments, and Activities

When: Tuesday, December 1, 5:30-6:30 pm
Where: Chemistry-Physics Building, Room 220 (505 Rose Street) or Building 55 on the UK campus map.
Description: CELT's William Burke will discuss aligning student learning outcomes, course assessments, and class activities. It’s called backward design... He'll touch on a variety of topics including how to write learning outcomes, how to create good exams, and strategies to use in the classroom.

SOPS Outing: Pizza at Pazzo's

When: Wednesday, November 18, 6:00 pm
Where: Pazzo's Pizza Pub (385 S Limestone, Lexington, Kentucky 40508)

Description: Join us for socializing and pizza, Wednesday, November 18th at Pazzo's!
Whether you are new to SOPS or a returning member, come stop by, say hi, and hang out with other postdocs. If you haven't been before, Pazzo's is just off-campus (at Limestone and Euclid) and a perfect place to stop in for some after-work relaxation. Hope to see you there!

What’s pivot™ and how do I use it to find funding?

When: Wednesday, November 4, 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Where: Multipurpose Room (B-108C) (Map) in W.T. Young Library, or Building 456 on the UK campus map.
Description: One of the greatest concerns for new faculty members is applying for funding. This workshop will focus on identifying funding opportunities beyond NIH and NSF for science researchers. Erik Davidshofer of University of Kentucky’s Proposal Development Office will demonstrate how to search the Pivot database for potential fellowships and grants and discuss several options that are relevant to a broad science audience.
Space is limited. Please register in advance here.

SOPS Keeneland Tailgating Potluck is this Saturday, October 24!


When: Saturday, October 24, 12:30 - 6:30 pm
Where: Keeneland Race Track, 4201 Versailles Rd Lexington KY 40510
Description: Like horses? Feeling lucky? Want to relax outside and have a few drinks with friends? Join us for at Keeneland for tailgating, Saturday Oct 24th! We will be outside socializing, snacking, and sipping starting around 12:30 pm. The first race of the day starts at 1:05 pm and those who want to watch/place some bets can do so from either the tailgating area (huge screens!) or by heading in to the racetrack. Feel free to bring food, drinks and, of course, friends! Meet-up early at Starbucks at 2320 Versailles Road at 11:30 am to head over with a group or find us on the field at "the Hill" at Gate 1. For those who are new to Kentucky, this is an area tradition not to miss- Hope to see you there!

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