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Newsletter: February 12, 2020

Cross Country Skiing this Saturday

Saturday, February 15th, 2020 @ 12PM-2PM

Como Park Golf Course, [1431 Lexington Ave, St. Paul]

Take advantage of Minnesota winter and go cross country skiing with us! No experience necessary. We will meet at the ski chalet on the Como Park Golf Course. The PDA will pay for equipment rentals. Afterwards we can head to Cozy’s Pub, right next door, for a bite if people are interested.

RSVP HERE (there will a follow up email with more details for people that sign up)

UMN PDA Postdoc Career Development Awards - Tips & Q&A session on preparing your application

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020, 11:59PM

Q&A Session: Thursday, February 20, 2020 @12:30PM

The University of Minnesota Postdoctoral Association provides bi-annual career development awards for the purposes of supplementing and encouraging attendance to events and programs furthering professional development such as conferences, workshops and seminars. Three $500 awards will be granted in this cycle. More details and information on how to apply can be found on the PDA website. The Career Development Award application can be found here

Join the UMN Postdoctoral Association for a Tips + Q&A webinar on preparing your application for the PDA Postdoc Career Development Awards. Webinar will be Thursday, February 20th, 12:30pm. If you already submitted your award, you may amend it after the Q&A session if you wish.

RSVP HERE

February Postdoc Happy Networking Hour

Thursday, February 20 @ 4PM-7PM

Join us for Happy Hour! Free appetizers!

If you want Google calendar invitations and reminder emails about our social events, join our Google Group

Google Calendar and Facebook events coming soon

PDA Steering Committee Meeting

Thursday, February 27 @ 12PM-1:30PM

East Bank Campus: Johnston Hall, room 331 [101 Pleasant St. SE]

Monthly meeting to discuss postdoctoral affairs and career planning. Come see what volunteering with the PDA is all about. Email pda@umn.edu if you plan to attend so that we can share the agenda. You can also join the meeting remotely via Zoom.

Add to your Google Calendar HERE

Webinar from Promega: “Now that you’re a brilliant scientist, what’s next?”

Thursday, February 13, 2020 @ 9AM-10AM

Join Thomas Livelli, VP of Life Sciences, as he shares his experience and thoughts about career options for Life Sciences research scientists including the personal and professional characteristics and values that are important for fulfilling one's aspirations as an entrepreneur or leader within an enterprise.

RSVP HERE

Grant Reviewers Needed - Mn DRIVE Global Food Ventures

MnDRIVE is looking for postdocs to review graduate student applications for the MnDRIVE Global Food Ventures professional development awards. The review period would be between March 25 - April 8 and should take about 2-3 hours to review 3-4 award applications. If you are interested in acting as a reviewer for this grant, please email Christine O’Connor (oconnorc@umn.edu) by this Friday, February 14. Also email Christine for more information about the MnDRIVE award. MnDRIVE information can be found here: https://mndrive.umn.edu/food

PDA Postdoc Event Grants

Spring Deadline: March 1st, 2020, 11:59 PM

Grants awarded on a rolling basis (first come, first reviewed)

Award must be spent by June 1st, 2020

Do you have a great idea for an event that would interest postdocs? Is your on-campus group, department, or college looking for funding for your programming? The UMN Postdoctoral Association is able to financially support professional development events hosted by other groups on campus. The event should address at least one of the missions of the PDA: advocacy, career development, and networking. Past supported events include As examples, in the past we have funded a lunchtime information-gathering meeting on how to improve mentorship of postdocs in Mechanical Engineering, provided supplemental funds for Empowering Women in Science to bring in an invited speaker, and supported a kick-off event for a newly formed neuroscience postdoc group.Your proposal should have three parts: an event description, a budget, and a budget justification. The PDA will review and vote on your proposal within 1-2 weeks of receiving the application, so no need to wait for the deadline to submit your proposal. Because of the University’s fiscal calendar, the funds must be spent by June 1st.

Detailed information about Postdoc Event Grant applications can be found here

Innovation Seminar & Career in Tech Transfer Panel Discussion

Friday, February 21st, 2020

McNamara Alumni Center, Laukka Conference Room

- 11:30am to 12:15pm -- Lunch & Innovation Seminar

- 12:30pm to 1:30pm -- Career in Tech Transfer Panel Discussion

UMN Technology Commercialization is hosting a panel discussion on careers in tech transfer. If you wonder how you can commercialize your research tools or want to know what a career in tech transfer is like, come to this event and hear from the experts at UMN Tech Comm. Lunch and coffee provided with an RSVP. Event sponsored in part by a PDA Postdoc Event Grant.

RSVP HERE

Empowering Women in Science event - Advocating for gender equality in STEM: How to be an effective ally

Thursday, February 27, 2020 @ 3PM-4PM

Moos 2-530

Anyone/everyone who's interested in learning how to advocate for gender equality in the lab/work place is encouraged to come to this workshop. EWIS would especially love to see men-identified scientists at this event, as this will be a great opportunity to think about how we can all collaborate on improving gender equity in STEM. Find a poster here.

RSVP HERE

Judges needed for the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair

Friday, February 28, 2020 @ 4PM-9PM

State Fairgrounds Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum

Judges are needed to evaluate middle school and high school science and technology projects. Parking is free and dinner is provided. This is a fun way to give back and promote the next generation of scientists and engineers! Find out more and sign up here.

Innovation Seminar & Career in Tech Transfer Panel Discussion

Friday, February 21st, 2020

McNamara Alumni Center, Laukka Conference Room

- 11:30am to 12:15pm -- Lunch & Innovation Seminar

- 12:30pm to 1:30pm -- Career in Tech Transfer Panel Discussion

UMN Technology Commercialization is hosting a panel discussion on careers in tech transfer. If you wonder how you can commercialize your research tools or want to know what a career in tech transfer is like, come to this event and hear from the experts at UMN Tech Comm. Lunch and coffee provided with an RSVP. Event sponsored in part by a PDA Postdoc Event Grant.

RSVP HERE



Council for the Advancement of Underrepresented Scientists and Engineers Resume Workshop

Monday, February 3, 2020 @ 12PM-1PM

Walter Library 101

CAUSE is collaborating with Sandia National Labs for a professional development event focused on resumes. There will be a presentation and an opportunity to get feedback on your resume. Light refreshments provided.

RSVP HERE

MinneWiADS: Women in Analytics and Data Science Conference

Friday, May 15, 2020

Optum, Eden Prairie

MinneWiADS is brand new data science and tech conference bringing together leaders, experts, and interested individuals in analytics, especially those who identify female and non-binary, to share knowledge, make connections, and inspire one another. The conference will include technical sessions and business applications, as well as panel discussions on gender diversity, experiences in the field, women in leadership, and much more. Find more information here, subscribe to their newsletter for the latest updates and contact wiads@minneanalytics.org to get involved.

PDA Spring Career Development Awards

Application Deadline: March 1, 2020, 11:59 PM

Applicants notified: March 15, 2020

The University of Minnesota Postdoctoral Association provides bi-annual career development awards for the purposes of supplementing and encouraging attendance to events and programs furthering professional development such as conferences, workshops and seminars. Twice a year, three successful applicants will receive an honorarium of $500 to be used to supplement costs of travel and/or registration of such events. Travel/event must occur between March and December 2020. All applications will be judged using a double blinded process.

The Career Development Award application can be found here


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