The 16th Annual Postdoc Symposium  (Photo from 2019)

April 9, 2020 in the Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC) Location

Balancing Career and Well-Being

The Postdoc Symposium is our annual opportunity to recognize and showcase the important contributions of postdocs to the university’s research and teaching mission. This annual event is sponsored by the WashU Postdoc Society, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

Register to attend the 16th Annual Postdoc Symposium
Registration closes 3:00 p.m. Monday, April 6, 2020

Keynote Speaker: Susanna Harris is CEO and Founder of PhD Balance

Susanna L. Harris, CEO and Founder of PhD Balance Bio

Susanna L. Harris
PhD Candidate Microbiology UNC at Chapel Hill
CEO and Founder of PhD Balance

Susanna L. Harris is a PhD student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill where she studies how different types of bacteria stick to the roots of plants. Susanna started PhD Balance to empower academics during and after Grad School, with a special focus on supporting academics’ mental health. Susanna can be found on Instagram and Twitter at @SusannaLHarris while PhD Balance can be found at @PhD_Balance and at

PostDoctoral Talk: Building Communities to Support Yourself and Help Others Succeed

  • Postdocs walk into a new space as a beginner while carrying with them the weight of being a leader. They have to balance learning skills, integrating into a different environment, and mentoring others as they go – often, almost totally on their own. Many will become group leaders, charged with guiding the next generation of researchers. Through supporting themselves and others by opening discussions and building communities, these daunting tasks don’t have to be nearly as hard as they would be alone. This talk will focus on preparing for success by practicing active awareness of both self and others, as well as identifying common pitfalls of mental health challenges in academia.

Symposium Schedule

10:45 am          Registration Opens 2020 Postdoc Program Book

11:00 am          Career Forum Round table, EPNEC Great Rooms

12:00 pm          Lunch and afternoon registration 

12:45 pm          Welcome Remarks, EPNEC Auditorium

1:00 pm            Keynote Address, CEO and Founder of PhD Balance, Susan L. Harris

2:00 pm            Postdoc StoryTellers

StoryTeller training provided by Campfire STL

3:10 pm            Faculty Mentor and Postdoc Mentor or Teacher Awards Presentation

3:30 pm            Closing Remarks

3:45 pm            Postdoc Resource Fair and Reception, EPNEC Great Rooms

5:00 pm            Symposium ends

Career Forum Round Table Information

This year the career forum will be a round table discussion format featuring panelists from a range of careers to discuss our theme on the importance of postdocs. Upon registration select attendance to this event and you will be contacted close to the day to select topics of interest.

Our round table discussion panelists:

  • Starting a non-profit
  • Policy
  • Journalism
  • Industry Pharma / Startup
  • Postdoc to Faculty
  • Academic Careers
  • Consulting

Resource Fair

The Resource Fair features a variety of campus groups open to postdocs as well as offices with resources available to postdocs.

Here are our partners for the 3rd Annual Postdoc Resource Fair:

If you would like to have a table at the resource fair, contact us.