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August 28, 2017



Celebrate National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week Sept. 18-22

By Sarah Hancock

Postdoctoral researchers play an integral role in K-State's research, scholarly, and creative activity and discovery. Postdocs help researchers complete projects, author publications, secure external funding, and incubate innovative ideas.

The K-State Postdoctoral Association was established in October 2014 to support the more than 120 postdocs engaged in research at K-State and to help make our institution a great place to work. The Office of the Vice President for Research is pleased to support the K-State Postdoctoral Association, provide a sustaining membership in the National Postdoctoral Association, and sponsor National Postdoc Appreciation Week events during the week of Sept. 18-22.

Find out more about K-State Postdoctoral Association officers, how to access resources for postdocs through the national association, and more on the K-State Postdoctoral Association website. Postdocs can join a K-State Postdoctoral Association listserv by emailing ksupostdocs@k-state.edu.

Please register for all events.

  • Monday, Sept. 18: Postdoc Appreciation Week Kickoff and Networking Lunch
    • 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., International Student Center
    • K-State postdocs and mentors are invited to enjoy lunch and conversation. Peter Dorhout, vice president for research and professor of chemistry, will attend. Sandwich lunch and drinks provided.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 19: Professional Development
    • 3-5 p.m., Union Wildcat Chamber (formerly Little Theatre)
    • Guest speakers Jana Fallin, director of the Teaching and Learning Center and professor of music education; David Poole, professor of exercise physiology; and Zelia Wiley, interim associate provost for diversity, will lead a faculty application package workshop highlighting how to write a teaching philosophy, research statement, and diversity statement. Refreshments provided. Thanks to the Graduate Student Council for co-sponsoring this event.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 20: Science Communication Workshop
    • 10 a.m. to noon, NICKS/ICCM Conference Room P223 Mosier Hall
    • Learn why researchers should engage with non-expert audiences, explore strategies to ensure effective communication, and practice delivering messages in large and small groups. Sarah Hancock, communications coordinator with the Office of the Vice President for Research, will help participants build science communication skills.
  • Thursday, Sept. 21: Poster and Research Presentation
    • 3-5 p.m., K-State Alumni Center Banquet Room
    • Network with postdocs, graduate students, and faculty and showcase your current research as a poster. Practice your presentation skills by signing up to be one of four to five speakers who will deliver 10-minute oral presentations.
  • Friday, Sept. 22: Ice Cream Social
    • 3-5 p.m., Alumni Center, Johnson Terrace (outside)
    • Celebrate the end of the week with a delicious ice cream social open to postdocs and their families. We will have party favors for children, plus a special surprise guest will be in attendance. (Hint: he has a large, furry head, and he loves K-State!)