The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Postdoc Newsletter

February 2, 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.

Nonresident aliens who received income from the University of Maryland in 2016 have free access to Glacier Tax Prep, provided by the Graduate School. (This software program prepares federal tax forms, but not state tax forms. Most students must file both federal and state tax forms.)

To access Glacier Tax Prep:
1. Click this link:
2. When prompted, enter your directory ID and password.
3. Follow instructions on Glacier Tax Prep website.

Users of Glacier Tax Prep with Form(s) 1042-S:
Your Form(s) 1042-S may show Federal tax withheld in Box 7a, or Total withholding credit in Box 10. You should enter that amount from your Form(s) 1042-S in Box 7a in GTP, which does not allow data entry in Box 10.

Questions? Contact Robyn Kotzker at or 301-405-0281.
Professional and Career Development Opportunities

The Graduate School and PROMISE Program are sponsoring a Professional Development Workshop:  Critical Transferable Skills for the 21st Century STEM Professional on February 14, 2017.

Technical competencies alone are no longer sufficient for career success beyond the graduate degree. Unfortunately, many STEM graduate training programs have been slow to adapt and redesign curricula that equips students with the tools and ‘soft skills’ required to transition into the 21st century workforce.  These are essential skills that will enable new graduates to thrive in real life environments outside of the graduate school setting. This is especially critical given the shortage of full time faculty roles available, and feedback from employers citing difficulty finding applicants with the 'right' skills to fill open positions. As the workplace becomes more global and diverse, incorporating soft skills training into the graduate curricula and training will expose students to those skills and enable them to be both relevant and competitive.

Space is limited to 30 graduate students and Postdoctoral Fellows.  The workshop will be facilitated by Dr. Marquita Qualls. Dr. Qualls is a chemist by training with over 20 years of leadership experience in consulting, coaching, and motivating people in a range of leadership and professional development areas.
Register Here.  Registrants are expected to attend the entire workshop.
Space is limited and expected to fill quickly.  Please notify
Terry Brimer if your scheduled changes and you cannot attend the day long workshop.

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

You are cordially invited to Graduate Research Appreciation Day (GRAD) 2017, in the Stamp Student Union on April 5,2017 from 9am-7pm.  Please consider participating as a GRAD judge - by filling out this survey:  Sponsored by: Graduate School/Division of Research/Office of the Provost/Division of Student Affairs/Pepsi Enhancement Fund/Graduate Student Government
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

"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
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:

OPA Funding Support
OPA is rolling out a new conference support award for those presenting at conferences.  For more information please visit:
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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