Upcoming Events

New Postdoc Welcome

January 25, 12 pm noon, Registration NOW OPEN

The next new postdoctoral welcome session is at the end of the month by Zoom Conference.  Please register by Friday, January 22nd.

All postdoctoral scholars are required to attend an OPDA sponsored orientation and this one hour lunch welcome is designed to accommodate those scholars that join the FSU community throughout the year.  If you cannot attend this January's welcome, there will be upcoming sessions the last Monday in April and October of 2021.

12:00 pm     Welcome, Debra Ann Fadool, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPDA)
12:05-12:15    Luciana Horning, Center for Global Engagement (VISA, International Scholars)
12:15-12:25    Lisa Liseno, Assistant Dean, Director of Instructional Excellence (Teaching Postdoctoral Scholars)
12:25-12:40    Debra Ann Fadool, Opportunities, Resources, Annual Events, and Policies (Mini-Orientation)
12:40-12:50    Kendrea Atkins, Human Resources (Health Insurance, OPS and Campus Benefits)
12:50-1 pm    Shannon Montgomery, Vice President of the Postdoctoral Association (PDA Activities)

Diversity and Inclusion Survey

The PDA and OPDA invite you to follow a survey Posted HERE

Diversity and Inclusion is of utmost importance to the FSU Postdoctoral Association (PDA).  Our survey (5-8 minutes completion time) will help us assess and report on the diversity and inclusion of the postdoc population at FSU.  Only the FSU PDA and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPDA) will have access to the data, which will be secure and anonymous. To protect the privacy of all postdocs, the survey responses will be anonymized and collated with the responses of all other FSU postdocs, so that no individual's responses will be tabulated.

We hope the data will guide us to enhance the diversity and inclusion of FSU postdocs!

Travel Awards Reopening! 

February 15, 2021 deadline

Due to the prevention of university-sponsored travel caused by the pandemic, we were forced to suspend the Professional Development Travel Award program last year.  The Postdoctoral Advisory Board and the Postdoctoral Association made the request to reopen the program for sponsorship of virtual conference registration and other types of professional career advancements for our postdoctoral scholars.  Therefore, we plan to reopen the application portal for Travel Grants soon to accept applications for a February 15, 2021 deadline to sponsor virtual professional development occurring March 1 to July 1.  We will then reevaluate whether the program will transition back to actual travel for the normal July 1 deadline that would sponsor travel from July 1, 2021 to Jan 1, 2022.  More than likely we will be looking at a hybrid type of travel support, part virtual and part physical travel to safe destinations (likely more domestic travel).  

Please look back here in early February for notification of when the application portal will be open for the upcoming mid Feb deadline.

Three-part Grants Workshop - Save the Date(s)!

CHeck back here in late february for registration information!

We will be offering again our third offering of the highly demanded three-part grants workshop this Spring!  The OPDA will be partnering with OGFA to host three interconnected workshops to assist postdoctoral scholars and graduate trainees with the preparation of extramural applications for grants.  Scholars and trainees that participate in all three sessions and submit their proposal to an extramural agency will be eligible to receive an intramural grant award to apply for training-related expenses of their research project.

March 19, 2021; 1 - 3 pm.  Experienced faculty that have served on grant review panels will present the latest criteria and strategies for a number of different agencies in a variety of fields and disciplines.  Also on hand will be postdocs and PhD students that have been awarded grants to serve as peer mentors in the process of you deciding and preparing your application.  

June 16 and 23, 2021;  12 - 3 pm. Sign up for a time block to have your prepared Specific Aims page critiqued by a panel of experts in your field. This is the heart of every successful grant proposal. 

Sept., 29 and Oct. 6, 2021;  12 - 3 pm. Sign up for a time block to have your full grant proposal critiqued by a mock study section of experts in your field. Then take your reviews, modify your full proposal and submit to your targeted agency to receive your intramural award from FSU. You do not have to be awarded your proposed grant to received the intramural support, but you must complete all three workshop dates and be responsive to the available experts!

Biological Science/Neuroscience Postdoctoral Mentoring Workshop 

This is a special, faculty-led monthly workshop for Postdoctoral Scholars hosted by the Department of Biological Science and the Program in Neuroscience.  Although the career focus will be directed to the Life Sciences, all Postdoctoral Scholars and senior Graduate Students are welcome. Dates, presenters and topics are listed below. For questions, please contact Dr. Kay Jones

Please check back for Spring 2021 workshops to be announced.



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