The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Postdoc Newsletter

January 19, 2017
The OPA Postdoc newsletter will be sent out bi-weekly on Thursdays.  If you are interested in including items please contact Blessing Enekwe by COB on the Tuesday before the newsletter is to be sent out.

The National Postdoctoral Association has a wealth of resources, if you have not received an invitation to join, please contact Blessing Enekwe. For those who are interested in starting a Postdoctoral Association (PDA), please fill out this signup by January 25th:

OPA is rolling out a new travel award for those presenting at conferences.  For more information please visit:

University Human Resources is hosting a "Mini Wellness Fair" sponsored by the State of Maryland Employee Benefits Division on Tuesday, January 24, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM in the Colony Ballroom of the Stamp Student Union. Below and attached are details about the fair. Please direct any questions to the UHR Office of Employee Benefits at (301) 405-5654.

Professional and Career Development Opportunities
Research Mentor Training
On Thursdays from February 2 to April 20. Weekly online meetings at 3-4:15PM ET/2-3:15PM CT/1-2:15PM MT/12-1:15PM PT

In this seminar-style class, participants will work with a community of peers to develop and improve their mentoring skills. By the end of the seminar, participants should be able to clearly articulate a personal mentoring philosophy to anyone inside or outside their discipline, and describe multiple strategies for dealing with mentoring challenges. Available for 1 optional credit. Open to 25 students.

Judges and Session Chairs Needed: Consider participating in the Annual USM PROMISE AGEP Research Symposium and Professional Development Conference held here at University of Maryland College Park on Friday, February 17, 2017.
This is a free one-day conference with a lunch provided, but registration is still required.  To find out more information and to register, please visit:
Please email Christopher Perez if you wish to serve in any of the roles above before January 31, 2017 and indicate what role(s) you would like to serve.

Call for Proposals: The Office of International Affairs is pleased to announce the launch of the University of Maryland's 2017 Global Classrooms Initiative Call for Proposals.
The Global Classrooms Initiative provides financial support to faculty to develop innovative, project-based courses that bring together UMD students and students from partner universities around the world using various digital technologies. These exciting new courses aim to provide our students with international experiences that mirror the kind of work they will encounter throughout their lives: cross cultural, project-based and virtual. Pre-proposal application deadline: February 15, 2017
Workshops & Brown Bags
OPA Workshops

Spring 2017 workshop series for NIH Grantwriting. 
Dates include: February 7 & 21; March 7 & 14; April 4 &18
Registration deadline (1/31/17):
For more information contact Dr. Blessing Enekwe,

Career and Professional Development Workshops
"How to Manage Your Professional and Career Development"
Postdoc Session: Friday, January 27, ● 12:00-1:30pm ● 2124 Lee
Registration deadline (1/20/17):

"Writing an Effective Resume"
Wednesday, February 1, 2017 ● 3:30-5:00pm ● 3134 Hornbake, Southwing
Registration deadline (1/24/17):

"Career Fair Preparation Walk-in Resume Critique Hours for Phds and Postdoc"
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 ● 9:00am-12:00pm ● 3100 Hornbake, Southwing
Thursday, February 16, 2017 ● 1:00-4:00pm ● 3100 Hornbake, Southwing

"College of Arts & Humanities Professional Pathways Alumni Panel"
Monday, February 20, 2017 ● 4:30-6:00pm ● 6137 McKeldin Library

"PhD & Postdoc Career Assessment"
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 ● 3:00-4:30pm ● 2124 Lee
Registration deadline

"Careers in Big Data, Bioinformatics and Analytics (Panel)"
Thursday, March 2, 2017 ● 4:30-5:30pm ● 3135 Hornbake, Southwing

"Identifying & Communicating Your Transferable Skills"
Postdoc Session: Thursday, March 9, ● 10:00-11:30am ● 2124 Lee
Registration deadline

"Job Search Strategies for International PhD Students & Postdocs"
Thursday, March 16, 2017 ● 3:30-5:00pm ● 3134 Hornbake, Southwing
Registration deadline

"CV Overview"
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 ● 3:30-5:00pm ● 3134 Hornbake, Southwing
Registration deadline (3/22/17):

"The Academic Job Search"
Postdoc Session
: Wednesday, April 12, 2017 ● 11:30am-1:00pm ● 2124 Lee
Registration deadline (4/7/17):

"Applying for Federal Jobs and Internships (Panel)"
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 ● 5:00-6:30pm ● 3135 Hornbake, Southwing
Registration deadline (4/19/17):

"Job Search Techniques (Industry, Nonprofit & Government)"
Postdoc Session: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 ● 11:30-1:00 ● 2124 Lee
Registration deadline (5/5/17):

For more information contact Dr. Susan Martin,
Social Events
In partnership with the University System of Maryland and the Maryland Independent Colleges and Universities Association, we invite all graduate students in Maryland (all schools, all disciplines) to a Saturday Brunch Workshop on public speaking, hosted by the famed Baltimore-based "Stoop Stories" organization. 

The event: 
The "Stoop Stories" organization has trained clients from corporations, non-profit organizations, and universities. Their media sponsors are WYPR (88.1 FM local NPR) and City Paper. 
This program is brought to you by The Graduate School at UMBC, and PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP. This program is free for all registered participants. This program recognizes and invites participants to bring guests via "The Jessica Effect." 

Funding Opportunities
The Division of Research SPIN Funding Database
Funding Workshop: Online Workshop
Past workshops/information event resources:
Funding resources:
Weekly funding alert: sign up at:
IRRoC: curation of integrated research resources on campus:
The Teaching and Learning Transformation Center (TLTC) has a host of workshops, for more information sign up for the TLTC newsletter here:
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