Postdoc Events


USC Center for Excellence in Research Events:

Developing a Successful Mission Agency Grant
Thu, Nov 17 at 12:00 pm There are many Federal Agencies that support University Research — which ones are best for you? The workshop objectives are to help an investigator: identify the pertinent agencies and programs, contact the appropriate program officers, develop a winning proposal (it is a bit different for each agency), and work with agency officials to get the proposal funded. The focus is on agencies that fund science and engineering other than NSF and NIH, but those two are used to provide comparisons.

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Introduction to Advanced Research Computing
Wed, Nov 9 at 12:00 pm Nearly all scientific and engineering disciplines confront challenges in dealing with a vast amount of data or modeling complex processes across many scales. BD Kim will cover high-performance computing, cloud solutions, data workflow management, and other research computing related topics.

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Securing Corporate Funding for Research
Wed, Nov 02 at 12:00 pm In 2016, businesses provided $4.2 billion in academic research funding, largely directed toward life sciences and engineering. Hossein Pourmand will discuss the commercialization process and how the University Advancement can help you find a partner, negotiate a license, and market your product.

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Innovation and Collaboration with Miro
Thu, Oct 27 at 12:00 pm Feeling overwhelmed by the scale of a research project? Need to collaborate across disciplines and media? This workshop will introduce you to Miro, a versatile virtual whiteboard. You’ll have an opportunity to learn about Miro’s features; experiment with designing your own project; and find out how Miro could enliven your research and teaching practices.

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Top Tips for Top-Notch Presentations
Wed, Oct 19 at 12:00 pm 
Do you have an upcoming presentation and want to knock it out of the park? This workshop will empower you with the essential tactics and perspectives that make outstanding presentations tick. From organizing strategies to anxiety reduction to slide deck design, level up your next presentation with this session’s top tips.

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Funding from Foundations for Arts & Humanities
Thu, Oct 6 at 12:00 pm There are thousands of charitable foundations around the world looking to fund research — the challenge is finding the right one for you. Learn from Dana Drew Irwin how you can build a meaningful relationship with a foundation and the process, as well as resources available at USC to help you along the way.

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Writing Compelling NSF Proposals
Wed, Oct 5 at 12:00 pm Professor Ronney has served on many NSF panels and has reviewed many well-written (and not-so-well-written) proposals. He’ll help you understand how the review process at NSF and other funding agencies works and provide specific recommendations for increasing your chances of getting funded, including how to anticipate panel dynamics and tailor your proposal accordingly.

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Funding from Foundations for STEM
Wed, Sep 28 at 12:00 pm There are thousands of charitable foundations around the world looking to fund research — the challenge is finding the right one for you. Learn from Hossein Pourmand how you can build a meaningful relationship with a foundation and the process, as well as resources available at USC to help you along the way.

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Beyond the Ph.D. Postdoctoral Career Conference

Inspiring the USC doctoral community to pursue fulfilling, innovative, entrepreneurial careers in academia and industry. Each year, the USC Career Center in partnership with the USC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs hosts the full day career conference to explore various career options in industry and academia. Industry professionals are invited to join the event as speakers and panelists, giving postdocs the opportunity to learn valuable industry/career information first hand and to kindle or strengthen a career support network. #USCBeyondPhD

Beyond the Ph.D. is held Tuesday, October 11, 2022. Please visit the Beyond the Ph.D. website for additional information

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Center for Excellence in Teaching Future Faculty Teaching Institute

The Future Faculty Teaching Institute is a training program for USC graduate students and postdoctoral fellows intended to prepare future faculty to pursue excellence in their teaching, beginning with exposure to an essential background in course design and teaching. Participants should have prior experience as a TA and interest in a teaching career.

The Institute is comprised of 14 modules, each with pre-work and a one-hour Zoom session. An alternative assignment is available for participants who are unable to attend the Zoom sessions.

The workshops are designed to provide future faculty:

  • Best practices for course design in higher education.
  • Essential pedagogy for teaching and learning.
  • Strategies for developing an inclusive learning environment.
  • Practical techniques to enhance student learning.
  • Opportunities for collaborative peer review

For more information, please go here.

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National Postdoctoral Association:

Thriving as International Postdoc in the United States

August 23, 2022

Thriving as a postdoc in today’s competitive climate is tenuous. International postdocs in the United States may face additional challenges due to a lack of clarity of expectations (hidden curriculum) and disadvantages due to marginalization posed by intersectional factors (immigration, socio-economic factors, etc.). In this workshop, we will introduce a framework for thriving as international postdocs. This framework will provide approaches for seeking information, resources, mentorship, and communities of support to identify and achieve professional and personal goals.

After this workshop, international postdocs will be able to:

  • Appreciate how intersections of identities influence their experience
  • Identify challenges that they may experience
  • Utilize a framework of approaches for thriving
  • Cultivate communities of support and mentoring to achieve diverse goals

Speakers: Natalie Chernets, Ph.D.,, director of postdoctoral affairs & professional development, associate director, MD/Ph.D. program, assistant professor, College of Medicine, Drexel University, Drexel University; Olga Koutseridi, M.A.,, senior advanced degree coordinator for global mobility, University of Texas at Austin; and, Sonali Majumdar, Ph.D., assistant dean for professional development, Graduate School, Princeton University

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*Registration requires that you are an Affiliate member of the NPA, which is free for all USC Postdocs. More information here.

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Navigating Research and Scholarship at USC 2022

 Friday, August 26 at 9:15am to 3:30pm Virtual Event

The Office of Research invites faculty, staff, postdocs, PhD students and graduate students to Navigating Research & Scholarship at USC on Friday, August 26 from 9:15am to 3:30pm PT.

 Whether you’re new or need a refresher, NRSU is an opportunity to learn and ask questions about campus-wide resources available to support your research and scholarly work.

Topics will include diversity, equity and inclusion; networking, collaboration and mentorship; promoting your work; innovation and intellectual property; internal and external funding; safety, integrity and compliance; proposal development and writing resources; data management; grants management; financial management and more.

The full agenda can be found at USC Research.

This event to be held via Zoom is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Research within the Office of Research. Please contact usccer@usc.edu with any questions.

Please use this link to Register

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