Workshop Slides and Video Archive

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Descriptions of previous workshops and events are below; click on the presentation link to download a .pdf version of the slides, when available.

 "Welcome" Mini-Orientation Sessions for New Postdoctoral Scholars on Campus

Held at the Honors, Scholars & Fellows House, Room 3008, noon (12 pm) on Monday, April 29, 2024

All new postdoctoral scholars on campus joined us for the new postdoctoral scholar "Welcome." The "Welcome" format of orientation serves to give new postdocs the basics of the full required orientation program in the spans of an hour over the lunch period.  It is designed for scholars that initiate their training during the year rather than in synchrony with the start of the school year in August.  You could converse with Human Resources representatives about initiating your employee benefits within the 60-day onboarding window, learn about support for global engagements, join the leadership team of our postdoctoral association (PDA), and hear about opportunities for fellowships, travel awards, and professional development activities.  

Debi, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


General PD Opportunities, Expectations, and Professional Development (Fadool)

International Engagements (Schaad/Lawson)

Program in Instructional Excellence (Kelly)

Human Resources - Health Insurance and Retirement Benefits (McLaughlin/Atkins)

Join the PDA!! (Mansfeld)

Spring Event - "Mentoring:  The Core of the Research Enterprise"

Friday, May 4-6, three progressive sessions from 2 - 4 pm, Online Zoom Communication

Friday, May 17, 9 am to 12 pm noon in the Nancy Marcus Great Hall, Honors Scholars and Fellows Building

The OPDA and PDA jointly hosted the Annual Spring Event focused on the theme of “Mentoring: The Core of the Research Enterprise”.

This year we will had two different activities:

1. May 6 - 8th (2 - 4PM): Postdoctoral Research Mentor Academy directed by Dr. Rachel Goff-Albritton, Assistant Director, Research Development and Mentoring and Program Lead, FSU Office of Research. This 3-day training program was limited to an enrollment of 20 postdoc scholars and was held via zoom. It structured around a series of interactive learning sessions on topics relevant to successful mentor-mentee interactions:  You can read more about this nationally recognized program here - Research Mentor Academy - or direct inquiries to Dr. Golf-Albritton.  

  • Aligning Expectations
  • Fostering Independence
  • Maintaining Effective Communication
  • Promoting professional Development
  • Enhancing Work-Life Integration

2. May 17th (9 - noon): Mentoring workshop by guest lecturer Dr. David Purpura, Director of NSF-sponsored postdoctoral training program at Purdue University.
Dr. David Purpura shared how mentoring is far more than just advice bestowed from individuals more advanced in their careers. In his words, "it's the fundamental piece of all that we do in advancing our research enterprise and it must be a continual process across the entirety of our career and is bidirectional." We are excited that David, as an FSU alumnus returned to campus to discuss his perspective on mentoring, ideas for how to become better mentors and mentees, and provided opportunities for discussion. As part of the morning program, there was a Q&A panel of current FSU faculty across multiple disciplines focused on integrating mentorship best practices within research settings.

Dr Pupura's Biography - Dr. Purpura is a Professor of Human Development and Family Science at Purdue University and the Director of the Center for Early Learning which is a research, practice, and policy center. He earned his doctorate at Florida State University in Clinical Psychology. Across the last decade, he has directly mentored seven graduate students and 12 postdoctoral fellows. He has been the PI on over $10 million in grants from federal, state, and foundation sources including on a current NSF-funded postdoctoral training grant in STEM Education. His research is focused on how young children learn mathematics and the development of methods for identifying children likely to experience difficulties and intervention tools to support children's learning. 

Morning Schedule - 

9 am – 9:15 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:15 – 11 am: Mentoring: The Core of the Research Enterprise – Dr. David Purpura

11 am – 11:50 am Faculty Q & A Panel

                Dr. Vasa Misra – Center for Ocean-Atmospheric Prediction Studies (COAPS)

                Dr. Lisa Magruder – Florida Institute for Child Welfare

                Dr. Lenore McWey – Education

                Dr. Sarah Lester – Biology

                (Dr. Purpura is welcome to join as well)

11:50 – 12 pm Closing Remarks

12 pm noon All Welcomed to join for community lunch at the FSU union!

5 Minute Research Presentations - 2023

Here are the participants in the 5 Minute Research Competition for 2023 and their presentations. Clicking on the hyperlinked name of presenters would take you to the video of their presentation on YouTube!

Presenter Name Department Presentations (PDF)
Sayyed Shaho Alaviani

Center for Advanced Power Systems (CAPS) & the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab)

Medical Microrobots to Treat Cancer

Prateek Benhal

Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

Wireless Control of Cells for Cloning and Applied Science Applications

Carolina Cawthon

Psychology & Program in Neuroscience

The Behavioral Basis for Wegovy® (Semaglutide)-induced Weight Loss

Olivia Cook

Developmental Psychology

Do You Remember? -
The Effect of Teachers’ Memory-Relevant Language on Children’s Development of Strategic Memory

EunSaem Cho

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Into the Hurricane: Unraveling Hurricane Ian's Terrifying Effects on Florida

Zhengda He

Chemistry & Biochemistry

Learning Love from Science

Sara Kamanmalek

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Bridging the Gap in Green Stormwater Infrastructure Planning: An Equity Index for Socioeconomic and Environmental Metrics Across the U.S.

Chris Omni

Geography, Public Health, & Art Education

Black Joy in Green Spaces: A Nature-inspired, Endarkened Visual Narrative Inquiry

Thais Pedrete

Chemistry & Biochemistry

The Order Structure of Proteins: Combating Villains

Jakub Hruby

Physics & National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab)

World is Spinning

Erim Yanik

Biomedical Engineering & Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Beyond the Operating Room


Thursday – 9th Annual 5-Minute Research Competition, FSU Alumni Center, 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Thursday – Reception Awards Ceremony, FSU Alumni Center, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Friday – Coffee/Tea Pastry for Postdocs and their Advisors, KIN Life Science (Biology) Rooftop Terrace Garden, 3rd Floor, 9:00 am to 12 pm
Saturday – Myers Park Picnic and Social, 3:00 pm to Sunset

5-Minute Research Competition (5MR) - Thursday, September 21, 3:45 pm Start time
FSU Alumni Center Ballroom, with Awards Reception in the Courtyard Following, ~5:30 pm Start Time

Audience Registration NOW CLOSED for the 5MR Event and Outdoor Awards Reception 

Registration closes on September 19 (Tuesday).

We were excited to highlight our postdoctoral researchers on campus to showcase some of the most exciting work being performed by this special career stage.  Ten finalists competed for cash awards for the best orator including a "People's Choice" from the audience!!  Have you ever wondered how Ozembic works to reduce body weight?  How magnets can be used to mitigate cancer?  Do you know how artificial intelligence can be applied in the operating room??  How are civil and environmental engineers helping to combat hurricanes in Florida?

Undergraduates, graduate students, advisors, and members of the Tallahassee Community were all welcome to attend.  Thank you to the OPDA, PDA, and the President's Office for sponsoring this event and outdoor reception.

Download Judges Scoring Template here for presentation guidelines

Download Advertisement Flyer HERE

Also this week we had a coffee/tea and pastry morning for postdocs and their advisor!  This was held on Friday, September 22, from 9 to noon on the Terrace Roof Garden of the King Life Science Building.  No registration was required for this event - so our postdocs could grab their advisor or their lab colleague and come on out to celebrate the quality and creativity of our postdoctoral researcher community!!  King Life Sciences Building is located at 319 Stadium Drive - come on up to the third floor roof!!

Finally, we had a picnic on Saturday, September 23rd at Myers Park starting at 3 pm until sunset.  

Venue: Myers Park - Pavilions near Wade Wehunt Pool parking area.

Everyone could bring their food to share, drinks, and outdoor games. Partners and families were encouraged to join in the fun! The event started at 3 PM and went on until sunset!

Postdoctoral Speed Networking

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House (HSF Room 3008)

5:30 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday August 22, 2023


All postdoctoral scholars were invited to come on out and socialize to meet new peers and colleagues.  The format was - rotating partners in a timed fashion - where postdocs described their research interests, career ambitions, and personal hobbies/"fun fact" to meet new friends on campus.  Everyone had the freedom to drag their significant other, labmate, research colleague, mentor, or another friend on campus to the event.  All were welcomed.  This was an event following the work day - snacks and drinks were provided as a hold over until the proper dinner hour!

Was great to see you all there!



Please see links below for generated resources.  Detailed grant writing tools for preparing competitive applications can be found on your Cavnas page for all registrants (Other postdocs and doctoral students, please inquire if you want to be added).

Part I - Grants Workshop Slide Files HERE

Grants Workshop Flyer - download HERE

Part II - (May 17, 2023) - Meet our FSU Scholars and Alumni that will give you support for your grant writing endeavor = Ashley Loeven, Benton Jaco, Aaron Rodriguez, Caityln Edwards, Eithan Cissell, Annais Bonilla-Johnson = download temporary zoom video HERE

Part II - (May 31, 2023) - Meet our FSU Scholars and Alumni that will give you support for your grant writing endeavor = Ashley Loeven, M and Louis Kolling = download temporary zoom video HERE

Part III - (August 2 or 9, 2023) - Remember to upload your full research plan and revised specific aims to your One Drive by July 1 and notify your 5-member faculty group to read and critique your proposal by the end of July so you have those materials for the mock study section that will by zoom conference.


The OPDA is partnering with OGFA and the Office of Research to host three interconnected workshops to assist postdoctoral scholars and graduate trainees with the preparation of extramural applications for grants.  Not familiar with how to prepare a competitive fellowship or grant application packet with your mentor to support your independent research?  This workshop is for you!

Scholars and trainees that participate in all three sessions and submit their proposal to an extramural agency are eligible to receive an intramural grant award that is used to support training-related expenses of their research project ($1000 graduate trainees, $1,500 postdoctoral scholars).  These scholarships are generously provided by the Office of Research lead my new VP for Research, Dr. Stacy Patterson.  Trainees must attend all 3 workshop components and submit the extramural application to be eligible.

PART I = Overview of Grant Opportunities by Experienced Faculty that have Served as Reviewers.
MEET THE SCHOLARS = Meet FSU Fellowship Holders and Alumni that have Successfully Received a Doctoral or Postdoctoral Grant.                                                                    

PART II = Peer Writing Groups to Evaluate Specific Aims.
PART III = Engage in the Review Process.
August 2, or August 9. Time TBD via Zoom. Applications will be reviewed, critiqued and scored by reviewers in a simulated mock study section.  You will prearrange a 5-member faculty panel that are experts in your research area to serve as grant reviewers of your full application or research plan.  Your research mentor will chair this session and you will record their profession critiques to modify your application internally before you submit it externally to the funding agency.

Full Orientation for New Postdoctoral Scholars on Campus

Honors, Scholars & Fellows House (HSF 4009), Nancy Marcus Great Hall

Given on August 18, 2023


All new postdoctoral scholars were required to attend orientation.  The orientation was designed to familiarize you with research resources on campus, introduce you to scholarship and professional development opportunities especially for postdoctoral scholars, and help you connect with our postdoctoral association (PDA) leadership team.  You had the ability to discuss heath insurance and retirement benefits with enrollment specialists and take advantage of our resources for instructional excellence and our center for global engagement.  Lunch was provided for you and your advisor by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.  The afternoon session was a dedicated time for you and your advisor to construct the required Individual Development Plan, or IDP.  The IDP is a required component of the non-competing renewal of NIH grants and is strongly encouraged by the National Science Foundation.  To learn more about the IDP - see here.

Below was the full agenda -

Session 1 = General Orientation = 9:30 to 11:30 am

Welcome (Dean Riley) - 9:30 am

International Engagements (Neale) - 9:40 am

General PD Opportunities, Expectations, and Professional Development (Fadool) - 9:50 am

Program in Instructional Excellence (Kelly) - 10:25 am

BREAK - 10:40 am

Human Resources - Health Insurance and Retirement Benefits (Atkins & Howard) - 11:00 am

Join the PDA!! (Huron) - 11:30 am

LUNCH = Catered by FSU for all Postdocs and their Advisors = 11:45 to 1 pm

Session 2 = Individual Development Plan (IDP) = 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Individual Development Plan & (Fadool) - 1:00 pm

Postdoc/Advisor Working Session - 1:30 pm

Anticipated Annual Review Process and Closing (Fadool) - 2:15 pm

2023 Spring Event(s!)

Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13!!  Registration closes on May 10.  Field trip registration closes with cap of 36 participants is reached.

TWO Events on Friday, May 12, 2023 - REGISTER HERE FOR EITHER EVENT

ONE Event on Saturday, May 13, 2023 - REGISTER HERE FOR MARINE LABORATORY Field Trip EVENT

Friday Morning 

9 am - Breakfast Continental, Find your table separated by field, Nancy Marcus Great Hall, Honors Scholars and Fellows (HSF) Building

9:25 am - Opening Welcome, Debra Fadool, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

9:30 am - "Academic vs. Industry CV:  Best Practices for Each.  How to Translate Your Academic Experiences into a Resume for the Private Sector/Industry Employers" - Jamie Butler

10:15 am - Q & A for Jamie Butler

10:30 - 11:45 am - Postdoctoral Scholars construct 1-page resume with Jaime Butler and Abbey Hale, FSU Career Center

If you would like to participate in the career morning workshop, please bring your personal laptop and charger, as well as your academic CV as a launching point.  You do not have to participate in the career workshop to join the lunch - they are two independent events.  

Friday Lunchtime

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Postdoctoral Scholar and Mentor Lunch, Nancy Marcus Great Hall, Honors Scholars and Fellows (HSF) Building

12:25 pm - "Recognizing Warning Signs and How to Prevent Burnout!" - Julia Storace.  Co-worker, Brittany Benton, who is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and also the FSU Noles C.A.R.E Coordinator, will join Julia for an engaging lunchtime lecture.

We invite you and your faculty advisor to a nice sit down lunch in the Nancy Marcus Great Hall (4th floor of the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows Building).  We hope this will serve as nice protected time for you to let us serve you - especially after a very busy Spring Semester.  If your advisor is traveling or cannot attend, feel free to invite a special guest to join you - we all know that there is more than one mentor for every successful postdoc training experience and we want to recognize the strength of this academic partnership. 

Saturday Fieldtrip

8:15 am - Departure to FSU Coastal and Marine Laboratory (1.5 h transit)

10:00 am - Start time in St. Teresa, FL

Postdoctoral scholars and their significants/family (must be 16) are invited to travel to the FSU Marine Laboratory in St. Teresa (3618 US-98 St. Teresa, FL 32358) for a day of fun and engagement.  The morning will consist of a short instructional talks by FSU Marine Laboratory Director, Joel Trexler, and then a tour of the facility and research station.  In the afternoon, there will be two groups - one traveling for an excursion in the Marsh while the other goes out on the research boats for a tour on the gulf - then the groups will switch activites.  Registrants will bring their own picnic lunch to eat by the ocean.  For this engagement we are limited to 36 total participants - so register early - and kindly inform Luna Hiron if your plans change so that another scholar can be accomodated.  All registrants for the field trip will receive a separate communication that will outline carpooling from the FSU Spirit Parking Garage off Stadium Drive and what to bring for getting wet in the marsh and what to wear for the boat ride in the gulf.  FSU will not be providing transportation - but scholars will carpool with others - see Luna Hiron if you can take a colleague or if you need a ride.



Jaime Butler is a career services professional who works at the FSU Career Center as an Assistant Director of Employer Relations and Career Liaison to the College of Arts and Sciences (Science, Technology, and Mathematics majors). She is proud to be a double ‘Nole, attending undergrad at FSU and graduating with her MSW/MPA degrees last year. Jamie works to connect students with Career Center resources and support them wherever they are in their career journey. She is passionate about helping graduate students and postdocs communicate the value of their academic skills and experiences outside of the academia bubble.

Julia Storace graduated with her Masters in Counseling from Saint Joseph College, now the University of Saint Joseph, in West Hartford, Connecticut, in 2008 and has been a licensed clinician since 2010. She has worked in a variety of settings with a variety of populations –  with youth and adults in a free-standing psychiatric hospital, community mental health, detox and rehab center, Medicaid care management and now in university center counseling with college students of all ages and backgrounds. Exposure to people from all walks of life suffering with a variety of presenting concerns has been the best education she could have asked for - she has stated that it prepared her to conceptualizeher clients’ needs from a holistic perspective that honors the full complexity of a person’s experience. Julia particularly enjoys working with International students, being a first generation immigrant herself.  She prefers solution-focused interventions and skill-building from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy to empower students to grow mastery in the areas of emotion regulation, relationships and self-awareness.