2022 Postdoctoral Research Symposium

Win a Postdoc Travel Award

The 7th Annual UW–Madison Postdoctoral Research Symposium will be held Friday, September 23rd, at the Discovery Building. Organized during National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the symposium offers a venue for UW–Madison postdocs to share their work and connection with other local postdocs.

Poster and Blitz Talk Competition

The symposium’s Poster and a Blitz Talk competition will showcase postdoc research from all disciplines. The winners will receive substantive travel awards.

To participate, submit your ~300-word abstract by Monday, 8/22. Notification of acceptance will be sent in early September. Blitz Talk presenters will give a 5-minute research talk designed to engage a general audience. Poster presenters will bring a poster highlighting a recent research project (feel free to re-present a poster from another conference). This is a great opportunity to share your work and hone your research communication skills. 

Postdoc Art Exhibit

The symposium will also feature an art exhibit for multi-talented postdocs to share their artwork (any medium) with the postdoc community and have the opportunity to win a people’s choice prize!

Questions? Contact Kylee Morrison (kmmorrison@wisc.edu).


2022 Poster and Blitz Talk Guidelines

Register here

Please submit your abstracts for research presentations or descriptions of art you’d like to display in our exhibit here

Flyer for 2022 Postdoctoral Research Symposium

7th Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 23th

                                                                                                        10:00 am                    Mindfulness

10:30 am                   Registration, coffee

10:45 am                    Symposium welcome and opening remarks 

 11:00 am                    Career Panel – non-faculty / non-academic careers

(Panelists include:Rania Bashar, PhD, Environmental Engineering, Senior Consultant at Moonshot Missions;  Adityarup Chakravorty, PhD, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Senior Research Scientist, at Promega; Jonathan Lenz, PhD, Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Manager at Catalent Pharma Solutions ; Torsheika Maddox, PhD, Sociology, Senior Operations Officer and Chief of Staff, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, UW-Madison; Rebecca Paradiso de Sayu, PhD, Social Welfare, Co-Director, The institute for Collective Well-Being; President, ECE Partners, LLC; Founder, the Purposeful PhD )

12:00 pm                   Lunch and networking

 1:00 pm                    Faculty teaching panel 

(The list of panelists include:

Kassem Fawaz (Assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering)-Recipient of Emil Steiger Teaching Award

Stephen Meyers (Professor of geoscience)-Recipient of Chancellor’s Teaching Innovation Award

Asifa Quraishi-Landes (Professor of law)-Recipient of Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award

Rosemary Russ (Associate professor of curriculum and instruction)- Recipient of Van Hise Outreach Teaching Award

Moderator:  Jessica Maher (PhD)- Associate Director of Delta Program in Research, Teaching, and Learning of UW-Madison Graduate School)

2:00 pm                 Coffee break

2:30 pm                 Blitz talk competition

3:45 pm                 Poster session, art exhibit, reception, awards

     TBD                    Symposium ends

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2022 Postdoctoral Symposium Committee

Ligia Moreira – C0-Chair

Houqian Li – C0-Chair

Kylee Morrison – C0-Chair

Sushant Mehan

Julie Kirsch

Jamie Hibbert

Khadijeh Masumnia-Bisheh