Past and upcoming symposia

2020 SOPS Research and Career Symposium

Sponsored by The Graduate School, the Student Government Association, the Institute for the Study of Free Enterprise, and the Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship

Landing page | Official Program

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

2019 SOPS Research Symposium

Sponsored by Office of Vice President for Research, Graduate School, Student Government Association, College of Medicine, International Center, Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship through Gatton Business College

Official program booklet | Official abstract booklet

SOPS leaders at the 2019 symposium (left to right): James Castle, Lindsey Hammerslag, Cynthia Fuhrmann (keynote speaker), Ankita Punetha, Morris Grubbs, Joseph Lutz

2019 Symposium STD

2018 SOPS Research Symposium

Sponsored by the UK Office of the Vice President of Research, UK Student Government Association, UK Graduate School, UK International Center, and the UK College of Medicine

Official program booklet | Official abstract booklet

2018 Planning Committee

Planning committee, left to right: Ellen Crocker, Stephanie Davis, Cata Velez Ortega, Emily Hankosky, Lindsey Hammerslag. Not pictured: Nanda Kumar, Marina Fosso, Jeremy Van Cleve

2018 SOPS Research Symposium Highlights

Poster Award Recipients (J1/F1):

J1/F1 Poster Awardees

First Place: Nader El Seblani (left), Second Place: Namal Wanninayake (middle), Third Place: Yatta Boakari (right)

Poster Award Recipients:

Poster Award Winners

First Place: Naser Jafari (middle), Second Place: Erin Jackson (left), Third Place: Cagney Coomer (right)

Oral Presentation Award Winners:

Oral Award Winners

First Place: Megan Johnstone, First Place (J1/F1): Naser Pourakbar Sharifi

An overview of the 2017 SOPS Research Symposium can be found here.