• Postdocs and their mentors can find potential funding opportunities on the OSU Research Office website.
  • Postdoctoral Excellence Award  The Office of Postdoctoral Programs (OPP) and the Graduate School has just established a new Postdoctoral Excellence Award (PEA) for Postdocs. The PEA is granted to two exceptional postdoctoral scholars, fellows or research associates for their exceptional contributions and excellence in scientific research, innovation, leadership, outreach and service to OSU and the greater postdoctoral community. The award includes a $1,000 cash award and a plaque of recognition given to the postdoc, typically on University Day. For the inaugural year, the nomination deadline is Friday, April 3, 2020. You may learn more about this award at https://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/postdocs/postdoctoral-excellence-award.

Priyadarshini Chakrabarti Basu and Susanna Kerio receive the Postdoctoral Excellent Award from President Ed Ray at the award ceremony, University day, September 9th, 2019

  • Phi Kappa Phi Membership Award – Each year the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi honors two postdocs for being the society members. Nomination is usually during February and March each year. Ask your mentor to nominate you! More details about the OSU Chapter of the society can be found at http://phikappaphi.oregonstate.edu/.  

OPA Professional Development Award

Due to COVID-19 pandemic the professional development awards for Fall 2020 are modified, please see below for further details.

Professional Development Awards – Fall 2020 

The OSU Postdoctoral Association (OPA) is pleased to invite applications for professional development awards of up to $150 each for virtual conference attendance. Applications are due Monday September 21st at 5pm. Awards recipients will be announced at our annual Postdocs Research Symposium. 

Background 

The OPA will grant up to twelve virtual conference awards. This decision was based on many upcoming national conferences switching to an online format. Applicants must prepare a description of a proposed professional development experience and explanation of need and submit it by Monday September 21st at 5pm by email to [email protected]. Professional development is intended to be used for presenting at online conferences and the applicants must have an accepted abstract to use the award (acceptance is not necessary for applying). The funds must be used within one calendar year of the award. 

Eligibility 

Applications are restricted to postdoctoral researchers as defined by OSU (see http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/postdocs/definition

Application Materials and Selection Process 

1. Explanation of professional development experience and need (max. 1 page) 

a. Explanation should address how the virtual conference aids in your professional development, and the need for supplemental funding from OPA 

No CV is necessary. The document should be double-spaced, contain 12-point font, and have 1” margins. Please submit materials as a PDF via email to Dorukhan Ardağ ([email protected]) with “Postdoc professional development award” in the subject line. 

Application materials will be evaluated by a Professional Development Award Committee comprised of current postdocs. The Committee provides recommendations for awardees to the Associate Dean of the Graduate School. Applications will be evaluated based on merit and need of the proposed activity. 

The following is the original structure of professional development awards and we will return to it once the pandemic is over.

The OPA is pleased to grant multiple postdoc professional development and travel awards per year, split between the spring and fall. Applicants must prepare a description of a proposed professional development experience along with a budget, demonstration of need and letter of reference. Professional development may include support to travel to a professional conference or workshop, support to mentor an undergraduate or graduate student, or support for other training in another location, etc. Preference will be given to applicants wishing to extend their training beyond simply presenting a poster or short talk at a professional meeting. The expenses described must be incurred within one calendar year of the award.

Eligibility

Applications are restricted to postdoctoral researchers as defined by OSU (see http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/postdocs/definition)

Application Materials and Selection Process

  1. Explanation of professional development experience and need (max. 1 page)
    1. An explanation should address the project, how the experience aids in your professional development, and the need for supplemental funding from OPA
  2. Line-item budget and budget justification (max. 1 page)
    1. A budget should be specific including travel, hotel, and materials costs (even if they exceed the award amount). Please do not use estimates. Look into costs to put together an appropriate budget.
    2. All items should be justified in a written-out budget justification. If the amount of the professional development experience exceeds the award amount, please address where remaining funding will come from.
  3. One professional letter of reference (max. 1 page)

No CV is necessary. All documents should be double-spaced, contain 12-point font, and have 1” margins. Please submit materials as a single PDF via email to Dorukhan Ardağ [email protected] with “postdoc professional development award” in the subject line.

Application materials will be evaluated by a Professional Development Award Committee comprised of current postdocs. The Committee provides recommendations for awardees to the Associate Dean of the Graduate School. Applications will be evaluated based on:

  1. Merit and need of the proposed activity
  2. Appropriateness and completeness of the  budget and justification
  3. Strength of reference letter

 

Previous Awardees

Fall 2019

The OPA granted two professional development awards to:

Dr. Armando Alcazar, OSU Mass Spectrometry Center

Dr. Jenny Urbina, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

And three travel awards to:

Dr. Sarah A. Gravem, Department of Integrative Biology 

Dr. Sara Galbraith, College of Forestry

Dr. Alexandra Nancarrow, College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Spring 2019

Dr. Leanne Giordono, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

FALL 2018

Dr. Susanna Keriö, Deprtment of Botany and Plant Pathology

Dr. Rachele Nieri, Department of Horticulture

Spring 2018

Dr. Fadi El-Rami, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Rakesh Awale, Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center

Fall 2016

Dr. Puerta will use her award to attend the prestigious ICES-PICES conference on the multidisciplinary study of the marine environment.

Dr. Sato will use her award to attend a conference and give a seminar at a research institution in Korea on biological-physical interactions in marine ecosystems.

Dr. Bezerra Da Silva will use his award to conduct research on the mechanisms of insecticide resistance of two major pests of US berries and grapes.

Spring 2016

Carla Schubiger(Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine) - Carla's award will fund travel to Hawaii to research the efficacy of a marine probiotic to preserve coral reefs from bleaching.

Erin E. Gorsich(Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine) - Erin's award will fund travel to a conference ad grant-writing workshop on modeling infection patterns of the foot-and-mouth disease of the African buffalo.

Fall 2015

Christopher Gaulke (Dept. of Microbiology) – Chris's award funded his mentorship of an undergraduate in a microbiome bioinformatics project.

Matthew Jones (Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society) – Matt's award funded travel as invited speaker to a national geophysical meeting and attend several workshops for networking.

Cleo Davie-Martin (Depts. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology/ Dept. of Microbiology) – Cleo's award funded travel and special training to become an expert in PTR-MS (proton transfer reaction mass spectrometer) instruments.

OPA Professional Awards: Requests for Proposals

Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015.