2020 Postdoctoral Research Symposium

The 5TH ANNUAL POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM will be held virtually during Postdoc Appreciation week starting on September 21st, 2020. The symposium offers a venue for postdocs to share their work with others, foster new collaborations, and build strong social and professional networks. This year the symposium will include a keynote address by Dr. Mindi N. Thompson, Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling Psychology; a panel on non-academic career paths for postdocs; a poster session; and the 5-minute Blitz Talk Competition. The specific schedule will be released at a later time.

The meeting will be held via Webex, which is supplied free of charge to UW-Madison colleagues. Please go here for information on installing Webex and using the software. An email with further information on joining the event will be sent at a later date.

Register here for the 2020 Postdoc Symposium

Community Norms and Guidelines

Keynote Speaker

Mindi N. Thompson, PhD, HSP
Associate Professor
Department of Clinical Psychology

Dr. Thompson is an Associate Professor of Counseling Psychology at The University of Wisconsin-Madison and a licensed and registered Health Service Psychologist. Her research covers two main areas: (1) vocational and educational development, and (2) mental health and psychotherapy. She is the Director of Clinical Training for the PhD program in Counseling Psychology at UW-Madison and the Director of Faculty Programs for the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. She is also the Director of The Work and Wellness Lab, where they are interested in studying career development across the lifespan, how environmental factors impact experiences across life domains, and factors that promote wellness. For more information on Dr. Thompson and the work of the Work and Wellness Lab please click here.

Do you want to share your latest research achievements as a UW-Madison postdoc? Do you want to connect with other postdocs and know your peers’ achievements in other fields? Do you want to gain feedback on your research? Now is the time! 

The 5th Annual UW-Madison Postdoctoral Research Symposium Committee invites you to showcase your research. The symposium is a great opportunity to get exposure for your research, learn about exciting achievements in other research fields, and gain feedback from your peers. The symposium will provide attendees with a virtual space to present your work, connect with other postdocs, and learn what is going on in the UW-Madison postdoc world. We invite all postdocs from all disciplines to submit to either the 5-minute Blitz Talk Competition or the Virtual Poster Session (details below). This is an excellent opportunity to share your research and hone your communication skills!

The 5-minute Blitz Talk Competition

This year we are going to continue the tradition of the 5-minute Blitz Talk Competition with a slight modification. Due to the symposium being held online, we are asking you to record a 5-minute research video that is designed to engage a general audience. During the competition, we will play the video after which you will answer questions live. For the video, feel free to be creative and think outside the box. The talk can include videos, photos, and animations. The winner will receive an award to support their professional development (e.g., funds for travel, registration fees, and research supplies or services). To apply, please submit an abstract here by 6 pm on Monday, August 17th.

Contact Eishika Dissanayake(eishika.dissanayake@wisc.edu) with any questions regarding the Blitz Talk Competition.

Virtual Poster Session

New this year is the Virtual Poster Session. All symposium participants are welcome and encouraged to submit a poster. Posters may contain your latest work from UW-Madison or may be one that you presented previously (while at UW-Madison). Posters will be available to view on the Symposium’s website September 21-25. For security, a valid NetID will be required to view the posters. All presenters are also encouraged to attend the 1.5 hour live poster session on Thursday afternoon. To maintain as much as an in-person poster session experience as possible, presenters are also invited to schedule an additional live video conference at another time during the week to field further questions or discussion.

To participate in the virtual poster session, please submit a short abstract (limited to 200 words, excluding title, authors, and affiliations) here by Monday, August 31st. Posters (a one-page PDF file less than 50MB in size) should be submitted here by Monday, September 7th, along with additional information for joining your personal presenter video conference. Links to all scheduled presenter conferences will appear on your presentation page, along with your poster and abstract.

5th Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium

2020 Postdoc Appreciation Week

Virtual Webex Event

Schedule of Events

Wednesday 23rd, 12:30 – 5:30 pm

Blitz Talks

Poster Session

Thursday 24th, 1:30 – 5:50 pm

Keynote Talk

Career Panel

Diverse Career Panel

List will be updated here at a later time.

If you have suggestions for panelists, please email Alyssa Adams (amadams4@wisc.edu).

2020 Postdoctoral Symposium Committee

Alyssa Adams – C0-Chair

Ali Deatsch – C0-Chair

Cara Moravec – C0-Chair

Isabel Askenasy Flores

Jessica Kelliher

Raquel Carvalho

Shalini Lal

Kathleen Carroll

Hector L. Burgos

Adam Barnas

Anil Adhikari

Eishika Dissanayake

Jane Alice Evered

Sobhika Agarwala

Matthew F. Warren