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SBU Virtual Postdoc Spotlight is an online celebration of the research performed by Stony Brook's postdoctoral scholars. Paola Cepeda presents at Spotlight 2019

Cutting-edge research at SBU presented for a general audience. Spotlight talks are five minutes long and are designed like a TED talk to be accessible to specialists and non-specialists alike. The Virtual Postdoc Spotlight is a great opportunity to see some of the latest discoveries and exciting research taking place at Stony Brook.

Date: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Time: 4:00 pm-5:15pm
Location: Zoom

This event is free and open to the public.

Congratulations to our 2021 Spotlight Winners! 

Photos of winners


See the 2021 Spotlight Talks

Postdocs listening
Postdoc speakers receive specialized coaching in providing a broad and engaging talk for non-specialists.
Speakers work with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science . The internationally recognized center works to enhance understanding of science by helping to train the next generation of scientists to communicate more effectively with the public, the media and others outside their own specialty. Selection as a speaker is a unique professional development opportunity that helps prepare our postdocs to become the innovators and leaders of tomorrow. Sign up today!

Prizes given for the best talk. A panel of judges evaluate the talks for how well they achieve the Spotlight's goals of sharing the excitement of our postdocs' discoveries in a way that is accessible to a non-specialist.

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Presentation Guidelines

Only SBU Postdocs are eligible to give a Spotlight talk. Talks will be approximately five minutes long. Speakers should craft a talk that distills the heart of their research for a general audience who may not be specialists in the style of a TED talk. Speakers will receive individualized coaching on their presentation from experts at the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.

Postdocs must affirm that their postdoctoral supervisor supports presentation of their research during speaker sign up. The talks will be recorded and posted online.


The talks will be evaluated by a panel of judges from a range of backgrounds and disciplines for how well the speaker engages a general audience of non-specialists and can convey the excitement and innovation of their research without jargon or distortion. Presentations are evaluated on Clarity, Content and Engagement.


The top three talks will be awarded prizes generously sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research.

1st Prize: $500
2nd Prize: $300
3rd Prize: $100



Contact Kathleen Flint Ehm, Assistant Dean for Graduate and Postdoctoral Initiatives , at or 631-632-7531.