2017 Events


Fifth Annual Postdoc Research Symposium

Date: Wednesday, November 29th (9am-12pm)

Location: UCSD Price Center Ballrooms A&B(off Rupertus Lane, main campus)




The Postdoctoral Association (PDA) along with the Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs will hold the Fifth Annual Postdoc Research Symposium followed by the Postdoc Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, November 29th, 2017. 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 an award.


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

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
  • Two postdocs may not present the same research. Issues of authorship need to be resolved with faculty mentor before the abstract is submitted


Poster Presentations

Present your research in poster form! Maximum poster dimensions are 36x48 inches.

Poster competition: there will be 4 poster winners, each receiving a $100 prize.

Poster Slam Presentations

Poster slam presentations are brief presentations meant to drum up excitement about your research! Poster slam presentations will be 2min long, with a maximum of 3 slides per presenter. Poster slam presenters are encouraged to bring a poster to the poster session as well.

Poster slam competition: There will be 2 winners for poster slam presentations, each receiving a $100 prize.

Oral Presentations

Selected abstracts will be invited to give an oral presentation at the symposium. Presentations will be 5 minutes.

Oral presentation competition: There will be 3 winners: 1st place ($300), 2nd place ($200), and 3rd place ($100).