This year the Michigan State University Postdoctoral Association (MSU-PDA) celebrated National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week bigger! Together with the MSU Graduate School and PDAs from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, MSU-PDA hosted a Regional Postdoctoral Appreciation & Networking Lunch featuring our famous MSU exhibitor show on Tuesday, September 22 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center.
The celebratory 3-course lunch was preceded by a seminar on Conflict Management & Communication (presented by Dr. Antonio Nunez and Dr. Anna Kopec), followed by two concurrent seminars on Academic Job Search (presented by Dr. Rique Campa) and Non-academic Job Search (presented by Dr. Julia McAnallen).
In addition to thematic discussions over lunch covering issues important to the Postdoctoral Community, welcome speech was delivered by Dr. Pallavi Singh, followed by greetings on behalf of the VP for research by Dr. Douglas Gage, Assistant Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and information on MSU BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) by Julie Rojewski BEST Grant Project Coordinator.
Postdoc Researchers also had an opportunity to visit 15 different MSU Exhibitors, including: Academic HR and Human Resources, Center for Statistical Training and Consulting (CSTAT), Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER), MSU Federal Credit Union (MSU-FCU), Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS), Residence Education & Housing Services, Recreational Sports and Fitness Services, The Graduate School, Women’s and Family Resource Centers, MSU Teaching Assistant Programs, Faculty and Organizational Development, Counseling Center, Testing Office and Sexual Program, and MSU Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (MSU-BEST). A record attendance of 119 Postdocs from the 3 universities and 35 exhibitors attended the event. Continuing with the festivities, coffee social was hosted by the MSU-PDA later in the week (Thursday, Sep, 24th) where the post doc researchers met for an informal gathering.
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Please find here below the slides of the presentations on academic job search and about the MSU PDA association.