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UPDATE August 5, 2016 

Dear Postdocs,

Our next postdoc meet up with the BNL postdocs will be TONIGHT, Friday, August 5th at 7:30pm. Broaden your network!

We have also identified some short-term teaching and mentoring opportunities with the Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) program for postdocs looking to enhance the teaching side of your CV. Email me if you're interested. Details below. 

Katy Flint Ehm
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Events & Classes

  1. Last call: Fall communicating science courses begin in a few weeks. Have you signed up?
  2. SBU-BNL Postdoc Meetup: Friday, Aug 5, 7:30pm at Napper Tandy's
  3. Versatile PhD Career Forums: Start on Sept 19th


  1. Did you know you can sign up for a free membership with the National Postdoctoral Association?

Jobs & Funding

  1. Short-Term Teaching Opportunities with WISE
  2. NSF Waterman Award for Early Career Scientists: Nomination deadline: Oct 21 


  1. Have you completed the Postdoc & Research Scientist Info Form?

Events & Classes

1.   Last call: Fall communicating science courses begin in a few weeks. Have you signed up?
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has partnered with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science to offer a limited number of seats for our postdocs to take their communicating science courses for free. These one-credit, five-week long courses introduce scientists to innovative communication techniques for connecting with any audience.

Space is still available for postdocs in both core courses: JRN 503: Improv for Scientists (Section 2 open) and JRN 501: Distilling Your Message (Both Sections 1 & 2 open). 

Look at the course schedule and email the Postdoc Office to sign up today! 

2   SBU-BNL Postdoc Meetup: Friday, Aug 5, 7:30pm at Napper Tandy's

The next SBU-BNL Postdoc Meetup will take place on Friday evening. Come hang out with other postdocs and students from BNL and Stony Brook. Food and drink available for purchase.

When:   Friday, August 5, 7:30 pm

Where:  Napper Tandy’s in Miller Place 

RSVP:  HERE so they can make an accurate reservation

3   Versatile PhD Career Forums: Start on Sept 19th

Versatile PhD is an online resource to help STEM, humanities, social science PhDs identify, prepare for, and succeed in non-academic careers. Graduate students, faculty, and others have free access to premium resources provided through the University's subscription to Versatile PhD.

VPhD holds a series of virtual career panels on various career topics throughout the year. The schedule for the 2016-17 academic year starts on September 19th: 

Versatile PhD Panel Discussions 2016-17
September 19-23: “PhDs in Translation,” Humanities/Social Science Forum
October 17-21: “PhDs in Medical Writing,” STEM Forum
November 14-18: “PhDs in Cultural Resource Management,” Humanities/Social Science Forum
February 6-10: “PhDs in Conservation,” STEM Forum
March 6-10: “PhDs in Think Tanks,” Humanities/Social Science Forum
April 3-7: “PhDs in Think Tanks,” STEM Forum

Sign up for your free membership to participate. 



1   Did you know you can sign up for a free membership with the National Postdoctoral Association?

Stony Brook is a sustaining member of the  National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), which entitles all all graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff to a free,  affiliate membership We encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to help you network with other postdocs across the country and gain access to members only resources that can help further your career.

Signing up is simple. Click on this link and follow the registration process. Once you click Submit the NPA Membership Manager will review your affiliate membership within 5 working days, and you will receive an email when it has been approved.

As an NPA Affiliate Member, you are entitled to these benefits:

  • Subscription  to NPA e-alerts, a periodic news announcement, and  The POSTDOCket, the NPA’s official quarterly newsletter
  • Reduced registration fees  to the NPA Annual Meeting &  eligibility for the NPA travel award program
  • Access to members-only NPA web content , such as career planning resources and policy information
  • Access to   NPA member groups  to connect & network with fellow NPA members
  • Discounts to some services and products.  
  • Opportunities to serve and contribute  your expertise on a variety of NPA committees
  • National representatio n on postdoctoral issues

To Sign Up:


Jobs & Funding

1. Short-Term Teaching Opportunities with WISE

Stony Brook's Women In Science and Engineering (WISE) program is a prestigious four-year program for talented undergraduate women in science and engineering. WISE students take a series of courses about research and issues in STEM on top of their regular coursework, and these specialized courses present a unique, short-term teaching opportunity for SBU's postdocs. 

WISE is looking for instructors and mentors for several programs, described below. This is a volunteer opportunity and no compensation will be provided. 

WSE 187: Introduction to Research

WSE 187 is the perfect, postdoc-sized teaching opportunity, as it's short and focused on the instructor's current research. WSE 187 students go through a series of three rotations in labs during the Spring semester and the course culminates in a research presentation by the students. The instructor for a given rotation provides a short, hands-on research experience focused on his/her area of research. Research activities can include part of a current research project or an exercise designed as an introduction to current research in the field. 

Read more about the course here >>

WSE 242: Society and Gender in Science and Engineering

WSE 242 focuses on the social context in which modern science operates with an emphasis on women's historic and current participation. Female postdocs are invited to participate in this special topics course by teaching 1-2 lectures. 

Read more about the course here >>

WISE High School Program 

WISE also works with local high school students, providing hands-on research experiences in a short series of sessions each semester. Mentors work with small groups of 4-8 students to introduce students to the laboratory environment and science rsearch with the ultimate aim of having students go on to college and careers in science or engineering. 

Read more about the course here >>

For More Information: Read about the courses here.

For questions and to sign up: Email Kathleen Flint Ehm, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, at

2. NSF Waterman Award for Early Career Scientists: Nomination deadline: Oct 21 

Nominations have opened for the National Science Foundation's prestigious 2017 Alan T. Waterman Award. Each year, the Foundation bestows the Waterman Award in recognition of the talent, creativity, and influence of a singular early-career researcher in any field supported by NSF. 

The award recipient will receive a medal and an invitation to the formal awards ceremony in Washington, DC. In addition, the recipient will receive a grant of $1,000,000 over a five-year period for scientific research or advanced study in any field of science or engineering supported by the NSF, at any institution of the recipient's choice. NSF is especially interested in nominations for women, members of underrepresented groups in science and engineering, and persons with disabilities.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria: 
  • A candidate must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. He or she must be 35 years of age or younger, or not more than 7 years beyond receipt of the Ph.D. degree, by  December 31, 2016.
  • A candidate should have demonstrated exceptional individual achievement in scientific or engineering research of sufficient quality, originality, innovation, and significant impact on the field so as to situate him or her as a leader among peers.
Nomination Deadline: October 21, 2016  

For More Information:


1.  Have you completed the Postdoc & Research Scientist Info Form?

You can help Stony Brook's Office of Postdoctoral Affairs maintain our database of postdocs and "non-faculty researchers" by completing our  Postdoc and Research Scientist Info Form. Your completion of the form not only helps us with our federal reporting requirements about our postdoctoral population, but also helps us understand whether or not you are a postdoc, enabling us to better serve our community. Keeping our email lists current also will help us to reach you for our postdoc needs assessment survey to be conducted this Fall

If you haven't had a chance to fill it out, you can find it  HERE

Thank you!
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