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OPA Update: May 1, 2018

Upcoming events and news from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.
UPDATE May 1, 2018

Dear Postdocs,

Postdoc registration for Alda Center communicating science courses is now open! Contact me to enroll. 
Also, today is your last day to sign up for a chance to visit Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in June. Sign up closes at 5pm today (yes, in an hour :)  ). 


Events & Classes

  1. Register now for Communicating Sciences courses for Fall 2018
  2. Last Chance: Sign Up by 5pm Today for Chance to Visit Regeneron on June 22
  3. National Postdoc Assoc's myPostdoc Webinar, tomorrow, 5/2, 1pm

Funding & Jobs

  1. Call for Applications: NIH Early Independent Award, On-Campus Deadline: June  4
Events & Classes

1.  Register now for Communicating Sciences courses for Fall 2018
Enrollment is now open for Postdocs interested in taking courses in communicating science for Fall semester 2018. Through this  special arrangement with the Alda Center, postdocs may sign up through the Postdoc Office to take one course per semester for FREE. Space is limited, with two postdoc spots in each section of most courses. Registration is first come, first served, and they go quickly.

Postdocs new to the Alda Center should start with the core courses: JRN501: Distilling Your Message, and JRN503: Improvisation for Scientists.

See the Course Schedule:  DOWNLOAD HERE

To Register: Email the Postdoc Office at with your preferred course and section. Placement is first come, first served. All registrants are expected to attend and participate in every session.


2.  Last Chance: Sign Up by 5pm Today for Chance to Visit Regeneron on June 22

Stony Brook has been invited to send a small group of advanced graduate students and early-career postdocs to a one-day symposium at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals in Tarrytown, NY. If you would like to learn more about bioscience industry research and careers, you may sign up to be considered for one of 15 participant slots. 

Regeneron’s  Science to Medicine Forum is an opportunity for our trainees to learn more about industry science, careers in biotech, and Regeneron’s postdoctoral program. The forum will take place on Friday, June 22, 2018, from 8:00am – 5:00pm. The agenda will include: keynote lecture, hot topics, mini-symposia grouped by theme, and tours. Attendees will also have the opportunity to present a talk or poster on their research, space permitting.  

Stony Brook can only send 15 trainees, and preference will be given to PhD students who have advanced to candidacy and first-year postdocs who work in relevant fields.

Anyone interested in attending should complete the following form by MAY 1st at 5pm:

Selected participants will be notified on May 2. 

For questions, please contact Kathleen Flint Ehm, Director for Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development, at 


3.  National Postdoc Assoc's myPostdoc Webinar, tomorrow, 5/2, 1pm

The next session of the National Postdoctoral Association's myPostdoc Monthly webinar series will take place on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. ET. This month's webinar, "Highlights from the NPA Annual Conference," will showcase presentations from the 16th Annual Conference.

WHEN:  May 2, 1pm EST

WHERE:   Click this link here to sign up

Not yet an NPA Member? You can sign up for your free affiliate membership by following  THIS LINK HERE


Strategies for Increasing Participation in PDA Leadership and Events

Participation in postdoctoral association (PDA) events and group governance can be a challenge at many institutions. Building consistent postdoc engagement takes time and strategy. This workshop identified challenges to postdoc involvement with the institution’s PDA and discussed ways to address them. Representatives from the PDA at Washington University in St. Louis will share best practices that they have found to effectively increase postdoc involvement in PDA leadership and events.

Meeting the Challenge of Being an International Scholar in the U.S.

When it comes to career planning, international scholars have additional significant challenges to consider: 1) cultural adjustment and establishing an efficient network from scratch in the United States; 2) immigration status: knowing about the main avenues that international scholars face in navigating visa and immigration obstacles; and 3) funding opportunities: grantsmanship is one of defining factors for scholars’ career success, yet seems to be a limiting factor for internationals. Being able to identify and navigate the available funding resources will facilitate a successful transition to the next career chapter. This session provided practical ways to navigate these challenges in pursuing successful careers.

Funding and Jobs

1.  Call for Applications: NIH Early Independent Award, On-Campus Deadline: June 4

The Office of the Vice President for Research invites applications to the  NIH Director's Early Independence Award.  This unique program supports exceptional investigators who wish to pursue independent research essentially directly after completion of their terminal doctoral/research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, thereby forgoing the traditional postdoctoral training period and accelerating their entry into an independent research career. Applications are welcome from individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives and in any topic of relevance to the broad mission of NIH. 

Each NIH Director's Early Independence Award is limited will be for up to $250,000 in direct costs per year, plus applicable Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs, the maximum duration of each award is limited to five years, and  Stony Brook University may submit 2 applications.

PI Eligibility:  
  • PhD/terminal degree receipt between June 1, 2017 and September 30, 2019.

  • NOT have reached research independence (i.e., a postdoc, not faculty yet)

  • No citizenship requirement
HOW TO SUBMIT:  See detailed call 

Pre-Application On-Campus Deadline:  June 4 

For More Information:  Contact with a cc to 

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