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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:

  • Peers & Beers - Get together with other OSU Postdocs! We meet once each month @ 5:00pm. Venue changes each month! Just look for the "Peers and Beers" sign at the table and come share a casual chat with us! Next - Thursday, December 11th at Nearly Normals (109 NW 15th Street).


  • Lunch Hour -  a brownbag lunch event for postdocs.  This is a purely social event that may be more convenient for postdocs with evening commitments.  The next event is 12 noon Thursday, November 13th.


  • NEW! Coffee Talk- a monthly coffee hour with a faculty member.  This is an opportunity to connect informally with faculty across campus and discuss a variety of topics.  The OPA will provide coffee.  The first event was Wednesday, May 7 with Dr. Emily Ho.  Watch the OPP newsletter for details on how to sign up for the next Coffee Talk!


  • Annual OSU Postdoctoral Association membership/town hall meeting: November 13th, 12:00 to 1:00pm, 103 Bexell Hall.

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).


  • The OSU Industry Exploration Program presents: "Navigating the Hiring Process outside Academia – a Workshop for Early-Career Researchers"
    5:00 pm-7:15 pm on Thursday, October 23rd

 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.***


  • 3rd Annual Postdoc Resaerch Symposium and Vendor Show: Thursday October 9 MU

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.

  • Permanent Residence Options for Foreign Researchers and Postdocs Coming to the US: Tuesday, July 15th at 11 a.m. PST in Gilbert Hall room 312 (The CSMS conference room).

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.

  • Spring Picnic: Saturday, June 7, 2:00-4:30, Maple Grove Shelter, Avery Park.

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 

  • OSU Industry Exploration Program presents:  A panel discussion on “Research in Federal Agencies”  Tuesday, June 3rd, 10-11am in the Joyce Powell Journey Room (MU)

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!

  • How To Prepare A Research Budget:  Wednesday, May 21, from 12-2, in PHAR 213

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: 


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

  • OSU Industry Exploration Program presents: A panel discussion on "Research and Development in Industry", 10-11am May 8th, Joyce Powell Journey Room (MU),

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 Hour with Emily Ho, Professor, College of Public Health & Human Sciences Wednesday, May 7th, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Kelley Engineering Center, Room 1007

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.

  • Teaching as Postdocs at OSU: WEDNESDAY, April 2, 12:00-2:00, Milam 215

    Several of your postdoc peers have already had successful teaching experiences at OSU, and you can too!  Or maybe you already have and can share some of your own experiences with others?  Join us for a Postdoc Pizza lunch and discussions with postdocs who have successfully taught courses at OSU or through OSU Extension.  Robin Pappas will moderate the discussion. A panel of postdocs who have taught courses in a wide variety of situations will share experiences and answer questions to help answer your questions, from pedagogy to red tape.  Several people are already lined up to serve on the panel, but we would also love to have others who have teaching experience available to share their own perspectives.  Pizza provided.  Signup link: (coming)

  • OSU Industry Exploration Program presents: A panel discussion on "Career Paths outside Academia".  WEDNESDAY 10-11 am on March 12th in the Joyce Powell Journey Room (MU)

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 PHD MOVIE: Piled Higher & Deeper. Thursday, February 13th at 7:00pm, Milam Auditorium, OSU Main Campus

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>

  • VISIT TO THE Microproducts Breakthrough Institute (MBI). Thursday, February 27, 12:00-3:00, Hewlett-Packard Campus.

    Instead of a postdoc pizza lunch for the month of February we’re arranging an exciting tour of the MBI facilities on the Hewlett Packard campus in Corvallis.  The Microproducts Breakthrough Institute (MBI) is collaboratively managed by Oregon State University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.  It houses laboratories for research and development, fabrication facilities, and office space.  It serves as an incubator to help develop ideas from micro- and nano- research into commercializable concepts and products.  Core competencies include microchannel heat and mass transfer processes, energy systems, microreactor technologies, nanoparticle synthesis and fabrication of microchannel components.  Faculty and postdocs from OSU and elsewhere participate and collaborate in these R&D projects.  Details and a signup link will be provided in next week’s postdoctoral newsletter – we urge you to sign up quickly if you’re interested because the group size will be limited to 25 people.  For now, be sure to get this on your calendar if you’re interested.  This is the first of what we hope will be many opportunities for postdocs to explore opportunities in commercialization and industry as part of the new IEP (Industry Exploration program, co-organized by the OPP and the OPA).
  • INTELLECTUAL POTLUCK. Wednesday, January 22, 12:00-2:00, Kearney 205.

    Collectively, OSU’s postdocs represent an astonishing depth and breadth of intelligence and creativity.  What if we could harness some of that intellectual capacity across disciplines?  Based on suggestions by some of your colleagues, we’re going to try something new for the January postdoc pizza lunch that we hope you’ll find both fun and stimulating.  To go along with our pizza, we’re going to have an “intellectual potluck”.  A “potluck” means everyone has to bring something – in this case everyone who attends needs to bring an idea.  The theme of our discussion will be “Climate Change”, and we want everyone to share an idea about how YOUR area of expertise could contribute to a grand, hypothetical research project that relates in some way to climate change.  For example, if you are a sociologist you might focus on understanding how resilient different social systems are to change.  If you are a chemist you might think in terms of new ideas for removing greenhouse gases from the atmosphere.  Your ideas could relate to adaptation to climate change, fundamental understanding of climate change, prediction of future climate change, ideas for reducing the potential for climate change, etc.  Depending on how many people participate, each person will only get 2 to 5 minutes to share ideas, so you’ll have to think in advance about how to be clear and concise.  Who knows – maybe we can establish some new research connections among all of you!!   Pizza provided for those who sign up in advance. Hosted by the Office of Postdoctoral Programs.

    Sign up here:  https://docs.google.com/a/onid.oregonstate.edu/forms/d/18x0gX9VR0EHIf-0uCk0aB30elXd21T1nBVzIvpFXCBY/viewform


  • IDEAS TO INNOVATION.  Wednesday, December 4, 12:00-2:00, Richardson 115.  Dr. Mary Foley Phillips of the OSU Research Office (and soon to be the new Director of Research Development at OSU) will lead this session.  As a community, postdocs are among the most creative groups on campus, but most of you have little knowledge or experience about how to utilize your ideas outside of academic research.  Mary will talk about transforming ideas into innovations that might be a basis for a business or patent or other commercial endeavor.  (This is also one of the first efforts of the Industry-Experience subcommittee of the OPA to help OSU’s postdocs learn more about opportunities for PhDs outside of academia).  Pizza provided for those who register in advance.  When you register you’ll be asked to share any questions or interests you have in how to transform your ideas into innovations – this will help Dr. Phillips tailor her presentation to your interests. 
    Use this link to register:https://docs.google.com/a/onid.oregonstate.edu/forms/d/1jjO4PgvAIgrCRO4eJyb6V6PaS6HfZRsHSkYE921htww/viewform
  • CREATING YOUR OWN TEACHING PHILOSOPHY.  Wednesday, November 13, 12:00-2:00, Milam 215.  Back by popular demand, this hands-on workshop will be offered for the second time by Dr. Robin Pappas.  If you are applying for academic appointments involving teaching, you know that you are often asked to provide a statement of your teaching philosophy.  This workshop will help you create a statement that is uniquely yours and stands out among the myriad others.
  • TAX SEMINAR FOR POSTDOCS AND GRAD STUDENTS.  Tuesday, October 29, 12:00-2:00, Richardson Hall room 115.  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:
  • Panel discussion: “A student-based guide to obtaining research funding.” This event is co-sponsored by the OSU Postdoctoral Association and the Graduate School and will include a discussion of steps students can take to maximize their success in obtaining funding for their research. This event is for graduate students and advanced undergraduates and will be held from 10-11am on 9 October in room 206 of the Memorial Union. More details about the panel and a registration link can be found at http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/event/367; enrollment will be limited to the first 50 students who register.
  • OPA Fall Picnic - Join OSU postdocs, their partners, families and supervisors to celebrate the start of the new academic year  and meet new members of the postdoctoral community. When? Saturday Sept 21st (1 thru 5 pm); where? Avery Park Lions Shelter; what to bring? Side dish or desert to share (not mandatory); OPA will provide an assortment of beverages and grillables, vegetarian and carnivorous.
    RSVP for the Fall Picnic here (http://oregonstate.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6X4URamcSxBQdRb)
    Please forward this invitation to interested faculty members, like your supervisor!
  • Da Vinci Days booth - in the Discover OSU section July 20 and 21.
  • OPA Spring Social & Picnic - Join the OPA celebrate the successful conclusion of its first year of activities (and overall existence!!), introduce the new OPA Board, and simply enjoy company, food and sunshine (hopefully!). Invite your supervisor, bring the family... let's have fun!! When? June 8th (1 thru 5 pm); where? Avery Park Lions Shelter; what to bring? Side dish or desert to share (not mandatory); OPA will provide an assortment of beverages and grillables, vegetarian and carnivorous. (OPA thanks Ninkasi for their generous donation providing beer for this event)

OPA Spring Social 2013

postdocs at spring picnic


postdocs at spring picnic


postdocs at spring picnic


  • National Postdoc Appreciation Week - During the week of Septeber 17-21, OPP & OPA jointly organized a series of social/academic events for all OSU postdocs as part of the National Postdoc Appreciation Week. To read an article published by the Corvallis Gazette-Times on September 20th please click here.
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