Each Fall the OPA hosts a Research Symposium to highlight postdoctoral achievement with a keynote speaker geared toward supporting postdoc success. The event involves members of the OSU community that are welcome to attend an all postdoc poster session. The Research Symposium is a great networking and scientific communication opportunity please contact the OPA if you are interested in helping plan the symposium or have keynote speaker suggestions.

Previous event: The 7th Annual Research Symposium organized by the OSU Postdoctoral Association (OPA) has expanded its success from previous years.

(Postdocs listening to the presentation of Dr. Michelle James)

The research symposium began with a keynote speech from Dr. Michelle James of Stanford University who tailored her presentation to the postdoc community by providing career tips for postdocs transitioning to faculty positions. Following the informative presentation from Dr. James, there was a reception and poster session. There was a record number of judges this year with the inclusion of graduate and undergraduate students. The addition of student judges encouraged science communication for all postdoc presenters.


(Student judges focusing on one of the posters)

This event, where the Postdoc community along with faculty and students, is the most important event of the year celebrating Postdoctoral Research across all disciplines at OSU and “hearing the feedback from the participants and visitors, from faculty and students, everyone was fascinated by the organization and management of this event. That feeling is priceless!”,says Fadi, the Vice-president of the board for the 2018-2019 term.


The event, sponsored and supported by the companies Swagelok Northwest US and Laboratory Equipment Co. and many other vendors, is a collaborative effort of a small group of postdoc volunteers that make up the OPA Board of Directors, including Li Cheng (President), Fadi El-Rami (Vice-President), Courtney Roper (Social Events Coordinator), Priyadarshini Chakrabarti-Basu (Membership Coordinator), James Fox (Professional Development Coordinator) and Daniel Montezano (Treasurer). 

The event provides an opportunity for postdocs to showcase their work in a competitive poster session and interact directly with vendors and suppliers while enjoying a reception provided by OSU Catering services. The winners of the poster session this year were: Dr. Cleo L Davie-Martin (middle), Dr. Sara Marie Galbraith (left) and Dr. Kathryn Verlinden (right) receiving cash prizes for the first prize, second and third best poster presentations, respectively.

The OPA is actively engaged in organizing events of interest for the almost 300 hundred post-docs currently working at OSU, including professional development activities, social events, and opportunities to showcase their work, interact with fellow postdocs from other universities and established faculty members.



The next Annual Postdoc Research Symposium and Vendor show will take place in Fall 2019! Looking forward to seeing you there.


Previous Symposia  

October 4, 2017

October 6, 2016

October 20, 2015

October 6, 2014.

October 30, 2013.