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Science talks, diversity workshop and social hour- UO and OSU Postdoc Associations' joint event

A special joint event between the UO and OSU Postdoc Associations. This event will combine a workshop on diversity, equity and inclusion with a research symposium of short lightning talks followed by a networking and social hour. Present at the symposium, participate at the diversity workshop to enhance your CV and relax and unwind at the social gathering!

Please mark your calendars and join us for a special joint event between the UO and OSU Postdoc Associations, funded by a UO Biology Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Grant!  This event will combine a workshop on DEI with a research symposium of short lightning talks followed by a networking and social hour. The workshop on May 31st will be led by Elly Vandegrift, Associate Director of the Science Literacy Program, who is an award winning teacher and national science education leader. It is guaranteed to be an interesting and engaging event! This is an opportunity to participate in formal diversity training (great for your CV and teaching/diversity statements!) and also to communicate your research and network with a broader postdoc audience. Attached is a flyer with further details; you can also sign-up to participate here. Please sign up by May 20th. Below is Elly's bio and information about the workshop.


News from the National Postdocs Association:

ASCB announces two professional and career development programs for the cell biology community in 2019: the Faculty Research and Education Development (FRED) grant funding program and a new Accomplishing Career Transitions (ACT) career transitions program. Both programs offer vital resources and training to senior postdoctoral students and junior faculty. These programs are aimed at those from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM as well as junior faculty at minority-serving institutions.

Learn to write grants with FRED

The FRED program is a structured mentorship program designed to boost the receipt of grant funding for its participants. The program pairs participants with a senior faculty mentor who aids in the preparation of a strong research or education grant proposal. 

Advance your career with ACT

The NIH-funded ACT program provides customized training for transition into faculty and research positions. It allows participants to acquire new skills and strategies to navigate career advancement. Participants also receive funding to create and execute a practicum plan that is reviewed by senior faculty and peers. 

Please consider or share this information. The application deadline for both programs is March 29, 2019. If you have any specific questions, please contact Ashanti Edwards at





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