2020 SOPS Research and Career Symposium

This event is over. 

Symposium in numbers: 

  • 29 speakers (including 19 postdocs)
  • 274 attendees 
  • 67 institutions represented
  • 8 countries represented (Belgium, Brazil, India, Nigeria, Sweden, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States)

Sessions catered to a variety of foundational postdoc training topics including wellness, career exploration, science communication, and presenting your research. Recordings of individual sessions are hosted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and can be accessed below: 





Postdoc Lightning Talk Competition



Science Communication: Increase the Impact of Your Work

Alexandra Colon-Rodriguez, PhD


Postdoc Short Research Talks



Non-academic Career Panel Discussion

Various professionals


Academic Career Panel Discussion

Various professionals


What a Painful (and Important) Learning Experience

Sharon Milgram, PhD


The Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SOPS) at the University of Kentucky is hosting their annual Research & Career Symposium to feature the work of postdoctoral scholars in Kentucky and surrounding areas, promote networking among regional institutions, and encourage discussions on career paths for PhDs.

The symposium features:

The objective of the symposium is to give UK and regional postdocs an opportunity to share their research, network with regional peers, and learn about career options for PhDs. 

  • SOPS mission is to promote the exchange of ideas across the region and across disciplines. As such, UK and regional postdocs from all fields of research are invited to participate!

  • SOPS aims to foster cross-generational conversations with up and coming PhDs. As such, graduate students are welcome and encouraged to participate!

  • Given how broad and diverse audience will be, lightning talks, posters, and short talks should be general and accessible to an audience outside of your area of expertise.

There is no charge to attend or present at the symposium – SOPS conducts an annual fundraising campaign to ensure access to these critical conversations to all junior scientists and scholars and the symposium is made possible by the generous support of our sponsors

Symposium details:

   When: September 21st-25th, 2020 every day at 12pm EST

   Where: Online



Important dates

   August 21st, 2020: Registration opens

   September 14th, 2020: Abstract submission for short talks and lightning talks closes

   September 21st, 2020: Start of the symposium. Registration closes

Organizing committee

   Lindsey Hammerslag, PhD, Psychology

   Sophia Kaska, PhD, Pharmaceutical Sciences

   Erome Hankore, PhD, Pharmaceutical Sciences

   Steven McBride, PhD, Pland & Soil Siences

   Danielle Herrig, PhD, Biology

   Joseph Lutz, PhD, Postdoctoral Affairs