9:30 am – 11:30 am

New Postdoc Orientation and Mentoring Panel

  • Learn about your postdoc benefits and resources
  • Hear from award-winning faculty mentors
  • Meet your fellow postdocs during the networking lunch scheduled after the orientation
  • location: UPC, University Club Scriptorium (2nd Floor). The lunch will be at the University Club patio.


10:00 am – 10:45 am

Mindful Meditation

  • An interactive workshop that introduces meditation and its benefits to beginners. Meditation produces a deep state of relaxation and a tranquil mind. During meditation, you focus your attention and eliminate the stream of jumbled thoughts that may be crowding your mind and causing stress. This process results in enhanced physical and emotional well-being. Wellness Advocates facilitating this workshop: Sindhu Shetty and Angie Mendoza.
  • Location: UPC, ESH 101 (Engemann Student Health Center Trojan Conference Room, first floor)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Alternative Careers Panel

  • Are you wondering what other jobs are available to you if you leave academia? Join us for a panel discussion for recent industry hires.
  • Location: UPC, Taper Hall (THH) 115

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

International Postdoc Orientation

  • We’ll cover immigration matters, American culture, communication barriers, transitioning and navigating life in the U.S.
  • Our speakers include representatives from The USC Office of International Services (OIS), USC Orientation, and the USC Postdoc Association (PDA)
  • Location: UPC, Mudd Hall, MHP 101


10:00 am – 10:45 am

Mindful Movement

  • An interactive workshop providing a series of movements and stretches to reduce risk of repetitive stress injuries (e.g. from long hours of sitting and computer usage) and reduce tension in the body; incorporates movements from yoga and ergonomic exercises. This workshop will be at UPC.
  • Location: UPC, ESH 101 (Engemann Student Health Center Trojan Conference Room, first floor)
  • Wellness Advocates facilitating this workshop: Kim Lipkinski and Yervan Hadjian

Noon – 2:00 pm

USC Center for Excellence in Research Special Workshop: How to fund Your Research: Tips and Opportunities at NSF (Law and Social Sciences)

  • Special guest speaker, Jon Gould, Program Officer, of Law and Social Sciences Program will provide presentation on the overview of the funding process at NSF and the various programs available. There will be plenty of tips for successful proposal writing with a special emphasis on mistakes to avoid.
  • Location: UPC, Law School Building
  • RSVP: usccer@usc.edu