2016 Events

PDA Happy Hour

Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Time: 6 - 9 pm

Location: Uptown Tavern (1623 University Avenue in Hillcrest)

No RSVP required. Show up and look for the PDA group!

Happy Hour

4th Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium

Date: Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Abstracts Due: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 10:00 PM (submit your abstract here!)

Location: Price Center Ballrooms A&B


The Postdoctoral Association (PDA) along with the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs will hold the Fourth Annual Postdoc Research Symposium followed by the Postdoc Appreciation Luncheon on Tuesday, November 1, 2016. All postdocs at UC San Diego are invited to present their research. Faculty, graduate students, undergraduates and staff are encouraged to attend.

The Research Symposium is designed to bring together fellow postdoctoral scholars across disciplines to discuss their research to a general audience. During this symposium, you will have the opportunity to make new contacts for networking and collaborations to advance your career and boost your CV by winning an award for your presentation skills.

Submit an abstract and take advantage of this unique opportunity! Cash awards have been made available by the PDA to postdocs that best present their research, in either poster or oral presentation format, to a broad audience of peers, industry professionals and faculty.



To be eligible for abstract submission, you have to be a full-time postdoctoral scholar as represented by the title code 3252 (Postdoctoral Scholar-Employee), 3253 (Postdoctoral Scholar-Fellow) or 3254 (Postdoctoral Scholar-Paid Direct) at UC San Diego. Also, presented research must have been conducted at UC San Diego, and not at a previous institution to be eligible. More than one abstract can be submitted but only one per postdoc can be selected for a Research Award.


An abstract can only be submitted online via the UC San Diego Postdoctoral Association website at this link (coming soon). Abstracts submitted by fax, email or post will not be considered.

Abstract must contain the following:

  • Background
  • Aims
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Conclusions

Abstracts with preliminary results or previously presented are eligible for submission as long as they were conducted at UC San Diego.

Abstract must be written in English. Present your research in an accessible way for a broad audience, as this symposium is for all disciplines and departments of the UC San Diego community.

Applicants selected for oral presentation will be asked to provide a 5-minutes oral presentation with an overview of their research, highlighting relevance, significance and potential impact of the study.

Results are not required for a Research Award; research data, methods or question are all eligible for submission. Postdocs participating in the Research Symposium will be able to pre-register for the Postdoc Appreciation Luncheon, which sold out tickets last year.

Abstract submission must meet all the following criteria:

  • Full-time postdocs at UC San Diego may submit an abstract (limited to 500 words)
  • Presented research has been conducted at UC San Diego, and not at a previous institution
  • Only one proposal may be submitted for Research awards.
  • You have the option of choosing to present your data at any of the following: oral presentation, poster slam and poster presentation
  • The best 8 abstracts will be selected for a 5-minute oral presentation and the best three presenters will receive a Research Award.
  • Anyone not selected for Research Award will be invited to present a poster and compete for Poster Awards.
  • Two postdocs may not present the same research. Issues of authorship need to be resolved with faculty mentor before the abstract is submitted.

To apply for one of the Research Awards, please fill out the abstract submission form available here.


Postdoc Open Mic Night @ Bella Vista 

Wednesdays, 2016 | August 17th, September 14th, October 19th, November 16th

Join us for our 2nd season of Open Mic Night! This event fosters interaction among the people doing hands-on research in the San Diego area and local businesses, biotechs, and the general public.

Guest judges give brief talks (five-minutes each) to introduce their current ventures, followed by five-minute talks by postdocs. Speakers are selected from submitted abstracts (submit below!) by a committee formed by the organizing postdoc associations.

Talks are aimed at those with a limited scientific background, but contain sufficient detail to be of interest to scientists. Judges select winners based on their ability to communicate to a wide audience.

Time: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Location: Bella Vista Caffe (alcove area near the Sanford Consortium auditorium)

For more information, contact postdocopenmicnight@gmail.com 

The best speakers will be selected to give a talk at a Bella Vista networking night in front of a general audience, so speakers should bear this in mind when preparing their talks. Please submit a 250 word abstract to summarize the subject of your talk.