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, 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 is below.

The meeting will be held via Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, which is supplied free of charge to UW-Madison colleagues. Please go here for information on 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

Registration will remain open throughout the symposium

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Poster Session

Posters are available to view all week in the poster database linked below and all presenters will be online to chat through Blackboard’s breakout rooms during our virtual poster session on Wednesday. We encourage all attendees to join the session, ask questions, and vote (link below) for your favorite poster.

Many poster presenters also scheduled individual video conferences (on the platform of their choice) for extra discussion in addition to Wednesday’s poster session. Anyone is welcome to join at the listed times to ask the presenter questions and connect about their research.

Poster Database


Keynote Talk

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

Cultivating wellness in the midst of uncertainty: Strategies to protect your health, prioritize the work that matters most, and contribute to change

Dr. Thompson is a 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.

Diverse Career Panel

Melissa Boone, PhD

Dr. Boone earned a PhD in Sociomedical Sciences and Social Psychology from Columbia University in 2014. She was a postdoc at Pennsylvania State University for a year after and has since been at Microsoft’s Xbox team, where she is the senior research manager for many of Xbox’s first-party games. She also works to ensure Xbox Game Studios remains accessible for everyone. LinkedIn profile.

Kathryn Edwards, PhD

Dr. Edwards earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. She has since worked for RAND Corporation where she is an economist and professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. LinkedIn profile.

Shyama Majumdar, PhD, MBA

Dr. Majumdar earned a joint PhD (Biological Sciences) and an MBA from the University of Delaware in 2011. She was a postdoc at the University of Illinois at Chicago until 2018 and is currently the Science Venture Lead at Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago, Illinois. LinkedIn profile.

Ali Chesney, PhD

Dr. Chesney earned a PhD in Molecular and Environmental Toxicology from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. Currently, Dr. Chesney is a Scientist III at ToxStrategies, Inc. in Madison, WI. LinkedIn profile.

Nicholas Rossi, PhD

Dr. Rossi earned his PhD in polymer chemistry from University of Kent in 2002. He was a postdoc at UW-Madison for 2 years and is currently the Director of Chemistry at Mirus Bio LLC in Madison, WI. LinkedIn profile.