Summary of Women in Science Meeting: Postdoc Advice from New Postdocs 9 October 2007 First, people introduced themselves: Maya, Ainslie, Suzanne, Abby, Steph, Michal, Molly, Jennifer, Karen, Margaret, Lauren, Orapim, Wendy, Danielle, Teresa, Liz, Jann, Caroline, Mart��Anne, Sarah The meeting was fairly informal. First, the postdocs who were speaking introduced themselves (Jennifer, Karen, Margaret and Lauren.) The rest of the meeting was a question-and-answer format. One of the biggest take-away messages was that networking is very important in finding postdocs. Other advice and suggestions are organized into categories below. Sources of Funding: NSF International, NSF bioinformatics, NSF minority (women are considered minorities for this awardbut it is important to emphasize how you will bring diversity to your field in your application.) There may soon be a new NSF postdoc program for general science, and Jen handed out an awesome list of post-doc and post-doc alternatives - it should be attached to this email. How to get a postdoc: 1) Start early; 2) Go to a small meeting, give a talk, get seen; 3) Pick 5-10 labs you would deign to work for; 4) Send them an email about yourself and why you're excited about their work; 5) Have your adviser send them an email on the same day about what a star you are, 6) Invite yourself to their lab to give a talk (one postdoc was invited to give talks at all the labs she emailed) Places to find a postdoc: Skip the adds, Apply to a fellowship (networking helps you find hosts abroad,) Write an NSF grant with a prospective postdoc advisor as sponsor (issues to consider: rates of funding, will you get credit for your work,) Be the PI on your own NSF (not all institutions allow this,) Network your way into existing money (NSF and NIH websites list lab that have recently gotten grants and might have jobs; younger PIs are often in need of postdocs) Advice on What to Do During your Postdoc: Publish a lot, Check to make sure the PI is someone you want to work with; speak to grad students and other postdocs, Be selfish; what's best for you may not be what's best for your adviser, Focus on putting out your own papers and don't spend too much time on your postdoc work, Be confident: you know a lot; you don't have to know everything; have faith in others' confidence in you, Be specific about your expectations; find out the specifics about your adviser's expectations. Advice on What Not to Do: Join a young PI's lab and set it up for them, Take an uninspiring postdoc just because it's available, Take a postdoc that has been advertised - no one else wants it, and it's much better to carve out your own territory, Take a short (1-2 year) postdoc - it can be hard to get anything done Different Reasons to do a Postdoc: Do something new, expand your skill set; Establish a strong research program that's distinct from your PhD adviser's; Build your confidence Postdoc Fellowships NSF Minority Postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2 years plus 1 year extension http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=13454&org=NSF President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Limited to UC system, 1 year plus 1 year extension http://www.ucop.edu/acadadv/ppfp/ Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship 1 year http://www7.nationalacademies.org/FORDfellowships/fordpost.html Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) 3 years http://grants.nih.gov/training/nrsa.htm Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2 years http://research.unc.edu/red/postdoc.php Miller Research Fellowship UC Berkeley, 3 years http://millerinstitute.berkeley.edu/page.php?nav=11 Smithsonian Institution Fellowship Up to 24 months http://www.si.edu/ofg/infotoapply.htm Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Postdoctoral Programs Length varies, both fellowship and appointment opportunities http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=7798 The Michigan Society of Fellows University of Michigan, 3 years http://www.rackham.umich.edu/faculty_staff/sof/ Friday Harbor Laboratories Postdoctoral Fellowship http://depts.washington.edu/fhl/resPdocFellowInfo.html Doherty Marine Biology Visiting Scholar program Bowdoin College Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) http://www.uic.edu/orgs/wise/wise_post-docs.htm Teaching and Research Fellowships Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill http://spire.unc.edu/ Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST) Emory University http://www.physiology.emory.edu/FIRST/index.htm Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching (PERT) University of Arizona http://cis.arl.arizona.edu/PERT/index.htm Professors for the Future University of California, San Diego http://pharmacology.ucsd.edu/IRACDa/iracda/index.html University of Kansas Postdoctoral Program http://www2.ku.edu/~iracda/ Tufts University (TEACRS) http://www.tufts.edu/sackler/teacrs/ Scholars in Science Fellowship University of California, San Francisco http://saa.ucsf.edu/postdocs/information_for_prospective_and_current_postdocs/I RACDA_Scholars%20_in_Science_Fellowship.html University Writing Program Fellowships Duke University http://uwp.aas.duke.edu/fellowship/ Resources: http://www.ors.duke.edu/find/student/pdoc/pdocsci.html, Universities, Marine labs, Journals, Listservs, Chronicle of higher education, etc.
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