The 15th Annual Postdoc Symposium  (Photo)

March 21, 2019 in the Eric P. Newman Education Center (EPNEC) Location

The Importance of Postdocs: Our impact in academia and beyond

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 15th Annual Postdoc Symposium
Registration closes 3:00 p.m. Monday, March 18, 2019

Keynote Speaker: Holden Thorp, PhD, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Rita Levi-Montalcini Distinguished University Professor

“The Interplay Between Basic Science and Research Commercialization: The Important Role of Postdocs”

Provost Thorp Bio

Holden Thorp, PhD, became Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Washington University on July 1, 2013. He holds appointments in the Department of Medicine at the School of Medicine as well as in the Department of Chemistry in Arts & Sciences. Thorp joined the university after spending three decades at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he served as the 10th chancellor from 2008 through 2013. He began his academic career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he earned a B.S. in chemistry. He received a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and completed post-doctoral work at Yale University. He holds an honorary Doctor of Law from North Carolina Wesleyan College. 

Thorp co-founded Viamet Pharmaceuticals, which developed oteseconazole, now in Phase 3 clinical trials. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Board of Directors of the College Advising Corps, and the Rework America Task Force. Thorp teaches classes in higher education administration and teamwork in music and science. He is the co-author with Buck Goldstein of Engines of Innovation and Our Higher Calling:  Rebuilding the Partnership Between America and its Colleges and Universities from UNC Press.

Symposium Schedule

10:45 am          Registration Opens 2019 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, Provost Thorp

2:00 pm            Postdoc StoryTellers

                            Emmanuel  Antwi-Adjei – Go Hard or Go Home
                            Rebecca Callahan – Other fish in the sea
                            Carmel Martin-Fairey – Life is a trip Enjoy the journey
                            Xiaoyu Zhuo – Find a project that excites you

                             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           Poster Reception and Postdoc Resource Fair, 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:

  • Industry/Entrepreneurship: Christian Harding, PhD – Cofounder and CEO, VaxNewMo; Larry Spears, PhD – Scientific Sales Rep, StemCell Technologies; Ben Capoccia, PhD – Assoc Dir of Research, Arch Oncology. All are WashU Postdoc Alums!
  • Communication: Elizabeth Haswell, PhD – Professor at WashU, Biology, co-host of podcast Taproot
  • International Postdoc to Faculty Transition: Rui Zhang, PhD – Assistant Professor at WashU, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics 
  • Outreach and Community Engagement: Brigida Rusconi, PhD – Research Instructor, Big Sister volunteer, WashU Postdoc Alum; Brecca Gaffney, PhD – Current Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Mission St. Louis volunteer 
  • T32 Director: Leopoldo Cabassa, PhD – Associate Prof at WashU, Brown School of Social Work, WashU PhD alum

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 2nd Annual Postdoc Resource Fair:

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