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The Second Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium program containing the talk and poster titles and a complete description of the day's events can be found here.

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.

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 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.

For more information, and if you wish to participate, please contact our organizers at
To submit an abstract for a talk or a poster, or to register to attend, please visit:
Talk abstract submission deadline is Friday, May 13, 2016.
Poster abstract submission deadline is Friday, May 27, 2016.

There is no charge to present at or attend 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.

2016 Symposium Schedule

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)
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Keynote Speaker: UK's Professor Hollie Swanson, Faculty in Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences

Dr. Swanson has been a faculty member at the University of Kentucky for 20 years and is currently a professor in the College of Medicine's Department of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences. She is the Director of the Women’s Executive Leadership Development (WELD) Program and has served as a member of the Women’s Leadership and Career Development Task Force. Dr. Swanson has most recently served as the Director of Undergraduate Research in the College of Medicine. In addition, she is a past-Senate Council Chair of the University of Kentucky Senate, has chaired numerous campus-and college-wide committees, and participated in leadership roles in several national professional societies and committees. She is currently a member of the Women and Science and Medicine Executive Committee in the College of Medicine. In addition to being a recent recipient of an eLearning “Innovation, Initiative, Innovation and Design Lab Award,” she has served as principal and co-principal investigator on numerous extramural grants, spanning research areas of drug metabolism, environmental toxicology, and phytoestrogens. She is currently a co-principal investigator on the UK Superfund project.

Adapted from GTL G. T. Lineberry, PhD, Associate Provost for Faculty Advancement.

For information about Dr. Swanson and to find links to her blogs, please visit: her research page.

Interviewing 101 Panel
When: Friday, June 3, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm
A panel discussion regarding the value and importance of interviewing, how it can help you land a job, and tips on preparing for the big event. Featured panelists include:

  • Edith "Phoebe" Glazer, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor in Chemistry at the University of Kentucky
  • Jeremy van Cleve, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor in Biology at the University of Kentucky
  • Azetta Williams Beatty
    Career Counselor, Senior Assistant Director at the University of Kentucky
    Liaison to the College of Communications and Information and the College of Arts & Sciences, Natural Science Majors
    James W. Stuckert Career Center
  • Mary Bosserman, Ph.D.
    Strain Engineer at Evolva, Inc

Post-Symposium Dinner

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!