SOPS February Newsletter

Dear Fellow Postdocs,

Welcome to another Spring term! As we settle into our routines, there is a big event on the horizon for Postdocs: The 6th Annual SOPS Symposium will be here on February 5th! Please attend if you are able. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Bradly Alicea ( for more information. We could always use expertise in a number of areas, including picture-taking, live-tweeting/social media, and in general helping things run smoothly.

So join us at the Beckman Institute on February 5th for a day of research talks and posters. If you have not already registered, you still are welcome to watch the talks and attend the poster session (meals and reception not included).

This year’s symposium is sponsored by the Graduate College and the Provost’s Office, and will be hosted at the Beckman Institute. Our keynote speaker is Dr. Adam Kruse from the School of Music. He will be presenting a keynote lecture entitled “Bring the Noise: Challenging the Relationships Between Hip-Hop and School Music”.

The program can be found here:

For more information, please visit our website:

We look forward to seeing you there!


Our inaugural practice job talk (held on January 14th) went very well. Our presenter was Ilaria Berteletti, and she discussed her work in the area of developmental cognition. The timing of the event was fortuitous, as she had a job interview the next week. Her experience at the practice job talk helped her make improvements to her presentation at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

We are interested in organizing additional sessions for Postdocs to practice their job talk or more generally gain exposure to public speaking. If you would like to present at future events in this series, please contact either Bradly Alicea (, Maryam Shakiba (, or Ilaria Berteletti (


Here are a few upcoming events to pay attention to:

1) 4th Annual LGBT Research Symposium. May 19-20, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Submission Deadline: February 15

Proposals are now being accepted online for the 4nd Annual LGBT Research Symposium. The theme is “Recentering LGBTQ Studies: Emerging Conversations in the Field.” Proposals for paper presentations, panel discussions, and posters will all be considered. For more information visit the symposium website.

2) Future Faculty Workshop NextProfScience at the University of Michigan. Deadline: February 21, 2016. URL:

NextProf Science is aimed at future faculty—advanced doctoral students or postdoctoral fellows who are interested in an academic career in science at an exceptional academic research institution and who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity. The science and mathematics departments of the U-M College of Literature, Science, and Arts will host 48 future faculty participants on the U-M campus to show them the rewards of an academic career, help them understand the faculty search process, and connect them with faculty in their research area, as well as academic leaders, and other participants.

The NextProf Science 2016 workshop is free to participants, who must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Underrepresented minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply. Travel, lodging, and meals will be covered by the program. Applicants may nominate themselves or be nominated by a faculty mentor. Find additional information about the workshop and application materials on the NextProf Science website.

3) the Graduate College Career Development office will offer more than 20 workshops on a range of topics during Spring 2016. Their interactive workshops offer information and practice to help you get from where you are to where you want to be.

Workshops of interest:

Introduction to Data Management. February 16, 10am-11am. 314 Main Library (registration, direction).

How to Navigate a Virtual Career Fair with Jenny Kim. February 9, 12pm-1pm. Online (link to live stream).

Negotiation Strategies with Derek Attig. February 8, 4pm-5pm. 407 Illini Union (registration, directions).


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