OPA events

OPA events

The following is a list of past events on which the OPA has hosted, organized or participated. Also included are events which OPA will host, organize or participate.

 

Regular Events:

 

 

2014

Candidates for the upcoming election of the 2015 OPA executive board will be present to give a brief statement. OPA will provide an overview of current activities, annual budget, and future directions, and there is time set aside to hear from attendees. We will also be providing PIZZA. Importantly, this is your opportunity as the postdoctoral community, whom OPA is committed to representing, to ask questions, give suggestions, and provide feedback to the OPA executive board.  We sincerely hope that you will choose to attend this event.

To ensure that we have enough pizza on hand, please RSVP here (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xsy6UiPOJVbBFT2COXDMKU6R9g0jftmG97bxF127-dE/viewform).

 

 This workshop aims to aid early-career researchers in navigating industry hiring processes and preparing for job applications and interviews. This workshop is organized by the OSU Postdoc Association through its Industry Exploration Program (IEP) and co-sponsored by Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) and the OSU Advantage.

At this workshop you will have the unique opportunity to learn from and interact with an HR representative and technical hiring managers from Hewlett-Packard Company (HP). You will learn about the role of HR in the hiring process, do’s and don’ts, and common mistakes. You will also learn about the interview process and how to efficiently present your skills and expertise. We encourage and welcome postdocs from all over campus to sign up for this workshop!

The workshop takes place 5:00 pm-7:15 pm on Thursday, October 23rd and is primarily open to OSU early-career researchers who are postdocs, research associates, or similar. Complimentary drinks and appetizers will be served. This event is limited to 24 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up, please click here.

***It may be possible to attend this event remotely via goto-meeting. Please contact Linnéa Andersson (linnea.andersson@oregonstate.edu) for more information about this possibility, and if you have any other questions about this workshop.***

 

The OPA is hosting a poster session on October 9th to showcase the research contributions of postdocs at OSU.  We seek participation from postdocs in all departments and levels of experience at OSU.  This event is free, includes a catered social event and vendor show, and contributors will be eligible to compete for a $100 ‘best poster’ prize. We are depending on you to make this event a success!!  Please contribute a poster to this event – it can be a poster representing current research or an old poster you have presented at a conference or meeting elsewhere. 

The link for submitting your abstract is here:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1kLm6maQX54wNXHzFgSGx_JjaZL52Q8CUYaNsBxAGfh4/viewform?usp=send_form There is no guarantee that posters submitted after September 26th can be judged.


The Graduate School and the OSU Postdoctoral Association have teamed up to offer a FREE viewing of the webinar “Permanent residence options for foreign researchers and postdocs coming to the US”.  Webinar details are in this link, but disregard the registration and fees information!  Instead, please use the link provided below to sign up to attend this webinar free of charge.  Your RSVP is requested so that we can ensure we have enough room and seating for attendees.  In addition, there is a possibility that we will have a recorded version of the webinar to distribute to interested parties who are unable to attend – this is not 100% certain yet, so please plan on coming if at all possible.

Here is the sign-up link to view the webinar at OSU:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ae_EQqUpMI8jqM2Urcve5q1Hog7KBuiFpECCJDJD0pA/viewform

And here is the associated pdf and MP4.

The OPA will provide lawn games, basics for the grill, and beverages.  Please bring a side or dessert to share.  This year, we will also be celebrating Barbara Bond’s contributions to our community over the past three years as the Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Programs.  At 4 PM we will take a few moments to express our thanks and shae some cake as Barb begins her retirement.  Hope to see you there!

Postdocs families and mentors are welcome. 

RSVP using this link and please note any dietary restrictions in your response. : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1S-djRNWflpZsdYOJxmy-6ficPRkuogrw8OPoUuFMJgk/viewform?usp=send_form 

If you are interested in a career in research at a federal agency this event is a must for you. Well established researchers and research leaders from USGS, USDA, EPA and the Forest Service are coming to campus to talk about their background and experience of working in a federal agency. You are invited to interact with and learn from these researchers in a panel discussion on “Research in Federal Agencies” co-organized by the OSU Postdoc Association through its Industry Exploration Program (IEP) and the OSU Graduate School.

The panel discussion is open to both graduate students and postdocs. Space is limited, so sign uphere to secure your spot now!

The Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, Pat Hawk, will share information and tips and answer your questions on how to prepare a research budget.  Pat runs the office that reviews all grant proposals that go out of OSU, and there is hardly anything she doesn’t know about the expectations for budgets both within the university and by various funding agencies and organizations.  If you want to know how institutional overhead is calculated, and why it changes every once in a while, or why OSU’s rate is different from other institutions, you can ask Pat.  If you want to know where to find the information you need to calculate employee overhead, Pat can tell you.  If you want advice on how to even get started in creating a budget, Pat can help.  In addition, she is an absolutely delightful person!!  Pizza provided.  Please use this link to sign up: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1q4aBmckfZ3-eCK-rETj2yp4-xPtXopFzv-RbX5FS-h4/viewform?usp=send_form

We will make this presentation available for remote participation via Polycom – you will need to call in to IP address: 128.193.184.38, and you should also sign up like everyone else using the link provided and note that you’ll be participating remotely.

As you are toiling away with your experiments and research, have you ever wondered what research in industry is like compared to academia? Or maybe how you can bridge that gap between academia and industry to land that R&D job or to initiate an industry collaboration? You are invited to explore these topics and many more in a panel discussion on “Research and Development in Industry” co-organized by the OSU Postdoc Association through its Industry Exploration Program (IEP) and the OSU Graduate School.

Local professionals with a background in research, both from academia and industry, will act on the panel to answer your questions on their experience of research and development in industry. Our panel members this time are a postdoc in chemistry with over 15 years of experience from Intel and a founder of his own company, an OSU head of department with close to 20 years of experience from Kraft Foods and Quaker Oats, and an HP R&D Engineering Manager who holds several patents and publications. The event is open for both graduate students and postdocs and will be limited to 54 attendees. Sign up here to secure your spot now!

 

Coffee and tea will be provided.   

Please use this link to sign up for coffee hour.

The OPA coffee hour provides a relaxed setting wherein postdocs can converse with a faculty member or administrator about their experiences and thoughts as a professional in their field and as an academic in general.  Join us for a hot cup of liquid pick-me-up and conversation! More about Dr. Ho can be found here:  http://health.oregonstate.edu/people/ho-emily.

Less than 25% of all PhD graduates will stay in academic research [1]. The number of permanent positions available in academia is limited and it is therefore natural for the majority of PhDs to eventually look for other options. You are invited to explore these options in a panel discussion on “Career Paths outside Academia” co-organized by the OSU Postdoc Association through its Industry Exploration Program (IEP) and the OSU Graduate School.

Local professionals with a background in research, both from academia and industry, will act on the panel to answer your questions on the paths they have taken to a career outside academia. The event, taking place 10-11 am on March 12th in the Joyce Powell Journey Room (MU), is open for both graduate students and postdocs and will be limited to 50 attendees. Sign up here to secure your spot now!

The OSU Postdoctoral Association (OPA) has partnered with the OSU Graduate School, Coalition of Graduate Employees, and ASOSU Graduate Affairs Task Force to bring you a much deserved entertainment break. Please join us for an upcoming showing of the comical and insightful film, the PhD Movie: Piled Higher & Deeper, based on the widely popular comic strip webseries by Jorge Cham.

Free admission and refreshments starting at 6:30pm!

Take a break from Winter quarter and join your fellow colleagues for a  good laugh, socializing, and community connections.

For more information or to request accommodations, please contact: Courtney Everson, Courtney.Everson@oregonstate.edu<mailto:Courtney.Everson@oregonstate.edu>

2013

OPA Spring Social 2013

postdocs at spring picnic

 

postdocs at spring picnic

 

postdocs at spring picnic

2012

OSU Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW)

 
PAW

 Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW)

The National Postdoc Appreciation Week being promoted by the National Postdoctoral Association was held from September 17 through 21 of 2012. OPP and OPA hosted the following activities for all OSU Postdocs.

1. Monday 9/17 (12:00-1:00pm @ RICH 313): Lunch/forum for postdocs.  This was a time for postdocs across campus to get together to meet each other and talk about subjects of mutual interest.

2. Wednesday 9/19 (12:00-1:00pm @ RICH 115): A workshop on financial planning for postdocs presented by a representative from the Clarity Wealth Development group.

3. Thursday 9/20 (4:30-7:00pm @ MU 109): Postdoc Poster Session (POPS). This event was meant for the postdocs to show case their research to the campus community and have an increased interaction among themselves. The event was attended by many administrators, faulty, postdocs and students. The Gazette Times ran an article on the event and the Postdoc Appreciation Week. 

 

Sponsors

OSU Graduate School

OSU Research Office

Linus Pauling Institute

Colege of Agricultural Sciences

College of Forestry

College of Engineering

Colege of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences

Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife

Dept. of Agricultural Resource Economics

Dept. of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology

Dept. of Botany & Plant Pathology

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 Click here for sponsorhip informaiton

OSU Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW) 2012

 
PAW

 Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW)

The National Postdoc Appreciation Week being promoted by the National Postdoctoral Association was held from September 17 through 21 of 2012. OPP and OPA hosted the following activities for all OSU Postdocs.

1. Monday 9/17 (12:00-1:00pm @ RICH 313): Lunch/forum for postdocs.  This was a time for postdocs across campus to get together to meet each other and talk about subjects of mutual interest.

2. Wednesday 9/19 (12:00-1:00pm @ RICH 115): A workshop on financial planning for postdocs presented by a representative from the Clarity Wealth Development group.

3. Thursday 9/20 (4:30-7:00pm @ MU 109): Postdoc Poster Session (POPS). This event was meant for the postdocs to show case their research to the campus community and have an increased interaction among themselves. The event was attended by many administrators, faulty, postdocs and students. The Gazette Times ran an article on the event and the Postdoc Appreciation Week. 

 

Sponsors

OSU Graduate School

OSU Research Office

Linus Pauling Institute

Colege of Agricultural Sciences

College of Forestry

College of Engineering

Colege of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences

Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife

Dept. of Agricultural Resource Economics

Dept. of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology

Dept. of Botany & Plant Pathology

logo    logologo

 Click here for sponsorhip informaiton

OSU Postdoc Appreciation Week (OPAW) 2013

OSU Postdoc Appreciation Week

October 28 - November 1, 2013

The OPP and OPA with support from the Graduate School will be hosting the following activities for all OSU Postdocs:

1. Monday 10/28 (5-9pm @ Laughing Planet): Fundraiser/social event for postdocs at Laughing Planet.  Everyone is welcome to join us at this downtown café Monday evening. 20% of the profits will go to the OPA to fund future events.

 

2. Tuesday 10/29 (12:00-2:00pm @ RICH 115): Tax seminar for postdocs and grad students sponsored by the OPP.

Postdocs and Graduate Students often face complex and confusing tax challenges – especially those who are international or in “trainee” employment categories.  Robert White from HR Block has generously offered to meet with Postdocs and Grad Students to help address some of these issues.  The workshop is free and lunch will be provided, but you must register in advance.  The presenter would appreciate it if you’d share two tax questions in advance so that he can be prepared to answer them. 

Use this link to register and share your questions:    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rT-ZcZ0UzKi_jRhyoU5VOFTncVdLQpKvl0rEB3DAGhA/viewform

3. Wednesday 10/30 (2:30-6:30pm @ MU Ballroom): Postdoc Poster Session and vendor show. OSU postdocs will show case their research to the campus community. Light refreshments provided (wine from 5pm). All welcome.

From Barbara Bond, OPP: This is the “REALLY SPECIAL” event of OPAW and will be 4:30-6:30 in the Memorial Union (MU) Ballroom.  Poster setup starts at 2:30.  Snacks and soft drinks will be available throughout the poster session, and bar service for beer and wine will open at 5:00.  This was a truly wonderful event last year and we have every expectation that it will be even better this year, but the success depends on YOU. As many of you as possible need to share posters that showcase your research.  It is fine to ‘recycle’ posters you’ve used previously, but remember that most people in the audience will not have expertise in your field so it is best either to choose a poster that is aimed at a broad audience or to be prepared to offer a lot of explanations!  Another important ingredient for success is to invite your supervisors, lab mates, and other faculty and administrators in your unit.  This is a FREE event and open to everyone who is interested in the research that postdocs are doing. 

Please use the link below to sign up to attend and bring a poster.  If you absolutely can’t bring a poster, please sign up and come anyway. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1--QAdD4cWB0vrlvKrrPZfw5jUQe8hEDbSXQ_9XE6Te0/viewform

 

4. Friday 11/1 (5-6pm @ Bomb's Away Café): Peers & Beers - wrap up the week by joining other postdocs for this regular event on Monroe Street Friday evening.  


Sponsors

OSU Graduate School


 Click here for sponsorship information