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Networking/ Social/ Happy Hour 
Feel like everything is pulling you in different directions? Do the grad students, undergrads, your PI, grant applications, teaching, writing all have you stressed? Come relax with your fellow postdocs!

Join us this Thursday 3.9.17 at Agua Verde from 6-8 PM in the mural room for food, drinks, and lively discussion! 

March Conversation: Learn More About Tech Transfer and Maximize the Impact with your Research
WHEN & WHERE: 3.23.17 12-1 PM at Research Commons, Allen Library, Green Room A 

Join us for a conversation with consultants from UW CoMoTION. They will share tips for maximizing the impact of your work, and share UW resources that are helpful to postdocs including consultation on tech transfer, commercialization, partnership agreements, and other opportunities. In this informal info session, UW-CoMotion innovation managers can also address potential career opportunities for postdocs interested in transition to work in commercialization efforts. The Postdoc Affairs Monthly Conversation series is a collaboration between OPA and UWPA.


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Postdoc tip of the day: Applying for a fellowship
 

Are you applying for fellowships? If not, probably you should! Securing a postdoc fellowship sends the message that you are able to conduct independent research. Further, it increases the chances that you will be able to succeed in getting larger grants in the future. This is also important for your success as a postdoc by helping you develop skills and by increasing your chances of landing a better job. But it's not an easy task. Fellowships are often exceptionally competitive and ensuring that your application stands out requires time and effort.
 
Here's an overview of the list of 10 tips from PLOS
  1. Start Early and Gather Critical Information
  2. Create a Game Plan and Write Regularly
  3. Find Your Research Niche
  4. Use Your Specific Aims Document as Your Roadmap
  5. Build a First-Rate Team of Mentors
  6. Develop a Complete Career Development Training Plan
  7. STOP! Get Feedback
  8. Follow Specific Requirements and Proofread for Errors and Readability
  9. Tell a Consistent and Cohesive Story
  10. Recycle and Resubmit

Get Involved with UWPA!

Is that service section of your CV looking a little thin? There are many ways to help the Postdoc Association and add some experience to your CV without taking much time away from research.
 
Join the social media committee and share your academic posts, promote our happy hour (may as well come too!), or help with the newsletters.
 
Become a department liaison and forward UWPA news and events to your department administrator and be sure all the postdocs in your field are informed.
 
Join the policy and advocacy committee and make sure that postdocs are heard in the departments and in the university.
 
Contact the UWPA for more info!

Perspective on STEP Teaching Program

Learning how to teach: The STEP Program by Karla-Luise Herpoldt, Department of Bioengineering  

I've just completed teaching my first ever full-length course at UW Seattle as part of the STEP program which is offered to postdocs annually. STEP (Science Teaching Experience for Postdocs) offers postdocs who have 100% research appointments the chance to co-teach a full seminar course of your own choosing - you are responsible for writing the course, running classes and, everyone's favorite part, doing the grading! Organized and run by Associate Professor Becca Price (UW Bothell), the program is designed to engage postdoctoral fellows at UW and affiliate institutions and train them in the how to teach inclusively with a student-focused approach to learning. Postdocs are closely mentored over the 10 week quarter and learn about active teaching techniques to 'flip the classroom' - encouraging students to learn for themselves without a lecture format. For many of us, who've only experienced traditional teaching styles, this is a challenging adjustment but one which is highly rewarding when you see your students grasping new material.
 
This is a great opportunity to hone your teaching skills under the guidance of an experienced educator, without the pressure of having to juggle planning your first ever course while also a new faculty member. The course is set up so that each postdoc co-teaches with two others, allowing you to balance the teaching load with your own research requirements but also benefiting from peer feedback and analysis of what went well in your classroom each week. Taught courses either target biology majors (though postdocs are not restricted to being from the biology department), or target non-science majors at UW Bothell. In all, this was a challenging but rewarding program which let me become a better educator and be better prepared to present my own teaching philosophy when I prepare for faculty interviews. Applications for the 2017 program will open in the Fall. For more information contact Prof. Becca Price


 
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