Summary of Women in Science Meeting Postdoc Advice from New Postdocs by redheadwaitress


									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

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

   President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Limited to UC system, 1 year plus 1 year extension

   Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
    1 year

   Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)
    3 years

   Carolina Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2 years

   Miller Research Fellowship
    UC Berkeley, 3 years

   Smithsonian Institution Fellowship
    Up to 24 months

   Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute Postdoctoral Programs
    Length varies, both fellowship and appointment opportunities

   The Michigan Society of Fellows
    University of Michigan, 3 years
      Friday Harbor Laboratories Postdoctoral Fellowship

      Doherty Marine Biology Visiting Scholar program
       Bowdoin College

      Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)

Teaching and Research Fellowships

      Seeding Postdoctoral Innovators in Research and Education (SPIRE)
       University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

      Fellowships in Research and Science Teaching (FIRST)
       Emory University

      Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching (PERT)
       University of Arizona

      Professors for the Future
       University of California, San Diego

      University of Kansas Postdoctoral Program

      Tufts University (TEACRS)

      Scholars in Science Fellowship
       University of California, San Francisco

      University Writing Program Fellowships
       Duke University

Resources:, Universities, Marine labs,
Journals, Listservs, Chronicle of higher education, etc.

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