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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 Event:

  • Peers & Beers - Get together with other OSU Postdocs! We meet on the third Thursday of each month @ 5pm at Bombs Away Cafe (2527 NW Monroe, Corvallis). Just look for the "Peers and Beers" sign at the table and come share a casual chat with us!


  • 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.
  • Da Vinci Days -

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