USC Events for Postdocs

National Postdoctoral Association:

Thriving as International Postdoc in the United States

August 23, 2022

Thriving as a postdoc in today’s competitive climate is tenuous. International postdocs in the United States may face additional challenges due to a lack of clarity of expectations (hidden curriculum) and disadvantages due to marginalization posed by intersectional factors (immigration, socio-economic factors, etc.). In this workshop, we will introduce a framework for thriving as international postdocs. This framework will provide approaches for seeking information, resources, mentorship, and communities of support to identify and achieve professional and personal goals.

After this workshop, international postdocs will be able to:

  • Appreciate how intersections of identities influence their experience
  • Identify challenges that they may experience
  • Utilize a framework of approaches for thriving
  • Cultivate communities of support and mentoring to achieve diverse goals

Speakers: Natalie Chernets, Ph.D.,, director of postdoctoral affairs & professional development, associate director, MD/Ph.D. program, assistant professor, College of Medicine, Drexel University, Drexel University; Olga Koutseridi, M.A.,, senior advanced degree coordinator for global mobility, University of Texas at Austin; and, Sonali Majumdar, Ph.D., assistant dean for professional development, Graduate School, Princeton University



Navigating Research and Scholarship at USC 2022

 Friday, August 26 at 9:15am to 3:30pm Virtual Event

The Office of Research invites faculty, staff, postdocs, PhD students and graduate students to Navigating Research & Scholarship at USC on Friday, August 26 from 9:15am to 3:30pm PT.

 Whether you’re new or need a refresher, NRSU is an opportunity to learn and ask questions about campus-wide resources available to support your research and scholarly work.

Topics will include diversity, equity and inclusion; networking, collaboration and mentorship; promoting your work; innovation and intellectual property; internal and external funding; safety, integrity and compliance; proposal development and writing resources; data management; grants management; financial management and more.

The full agenda can be found at USC Research.

This event to be held via Zoom is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Research within the Office of Research. Please contact with any questions.

Please use this link to Register


Webinar: Informational interviewing: An excellent way to enhance your career search
Speaker: Lauren Celano

This webinar provides an overview of informational interviewing and discusses the important role that informational interviewing plays in a career search. This webinar provides advice on how to identify individuals for an informational interview, how to structure the interview and what questions to ask in order to gain useful knowledge for your career choices. This webinar also provides advice on how to follow up after the discussion to build meaningful connections.
May 31, 2022, Tuesday, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm EST

Register here for the webinar.

Webinar: Career Exploration: The Mr. Bump Way!
Speaker: Kate Sleeth

Finding and getting a job takes a strategy, one that is featured in the children’s book Mr. Bump! Specific steps to follow will be provided to ensure that you know what you are interested in doing, and thus what potential career paths are available to you. There is a career path and job out there for all of us. You just need to decide what yours will be!
June 9, 2022, Thursday, 1:00 pm-2:00 pm PST

Register here for the webinar.

  • National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2020 – Town Hall Video

    If you were unable to attend the town hall today (Tuesday, September 22, 2020), we have a recording available over zoom. Zoom Link Panelists: Office of the Provost Dr. Robin Romans – Associate Vice Provost for Arts and Academic Affairs Dan Carino – Senior Manager for Postdoctoral Affairs Health Science Campus Dr. Peggy Farnham – Vice Dean for Health and Biomedical Science Education Dr. Ite Offringa – Director of Postdoctoral Affairs Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Dr. Tamara Simon – Director of TECPAD (Training, Education, Career Planning and Development) Harleen Gill –

  • NPAW 2020

    Upcoming Events Hosted by the USC Postdoctoral Association  National Postdoc Appreciation Week kicks off September 21st.  NPAW is virtual this year and postdocs can attend events nationwide.  The USC Postdoctoral Association Council in collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs have planned 4 events exclusive to the USC postdoctoral community.  To see a full events calendar, visit the USC PDA website.  All USC PDA event registration forms can be accessed using the password: npaw2020. ———————————————- Professional Strengths Finder Workshop with Emily Feher Join the Postdoctoral

  • September 2020 News

    Site: MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2020 2020 National Postdoc Appreciation Week 9/21/2020 » 9/25/2020 Time: 12:00 a.m. ET Export to Your Calendar Export to Your Calendar NPAW: Resilience and Well-Being by Sharon Milgram 9/21/2020 Time: 12:00 p.m. ET Export to Your Calendar Export to Your Calendar NPAW: Mentoring Matters Keynote Addressm, Brought to you by Proteintech 9/21/2020 Time: 1:00 p.m. ET Export to Your Calendar Export to Your Calendar   Register

  • Faculty with Families Panel – Work-Family Balance in Academia

    Graduate Women in Engineering and Women in Science and Engineering will be hosting a panel of female professors in STEM to discuss finding the work-family balance in academia. The panel will take place on Friday, September 11th from 2-3 pm PST, and will cover having a family at different stages of an academic career. RSVP to attend! Zoom Link:   RSVP Form:  

  • August 2020 News

    From USC Postdoc Office The Office of Research ( invites faculty, research staff, and postdoctoral researchers to participate in two research forums (via Zoom):   USC Research During COVID-19, Wednesday, August 19, 1:00 pm-4:00 pm: updates & guidance related to policies for research during COVID-19 (Ph.D. students will also be invited to this event).   Navigating Research @ USC, Thursday, Aug 20, 10 am-noon and 1:00 pm-3:00 pm: An opportunity to learn about campus-wide resources available to support research and scholarly

  • Q&A Postdoc Session – July 2 (Transcript)

    Q&A Session for Postdocs The Keck Postdoctoral Advisory Committee (KPAC) and the USC Postdoctoral Association held a Q&A session with Joseph Elias (Director, Faculty/Staff Visa Services), Brett Wobbe (International Student and Scholar Advisor, Office of International Services), Dan Carino (Senior Manager for Postdoctoral Affairs, Office of the Provost), and Peggy Farnham (Vice Dean, Health and Biomedical Science Education) on July 2nd. A recording of the Q&A session is available on Zoom (to access the recording you will be required to register for the webinar):   Joseph

  • July 2020 News

    RESEARCH RAMP-UP: USC research under COVID-19 is now in Phase 2 (2A3, for 30% occupancy/density); campus access is open to all researchers who cannot do research remotely, as long as they school-approved PI/lab/group-level plans and their schools have University-approved school-level plans.  For details, see our Research Ramp-Up website: A University-wide Phase 3 plan is under final development and expected soon. RESEARCH INTEGRITY:  The COVID-19 pandemic is raising new and challenging ethical issues for

  • Nature – Postdoctoral Research Survey

    We hope everyone is staying safe. Please take a moment to take the following survey about postdocs during the coronavirus   From the original article (   Nature is encouraging postdoctoral researchers working in academia in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to respond to its first-ever survey dedicated entirely to postdocs, a crucial but often marginalized segment of the scientific workforce. The survey, now accessible at, addresses issues at the heart of the postdoctoral experience, including job satisfaction, career progression, working hours and

  • #ShutDownSTEM – Wednesday, June 10, 2020

    #ShutDownSTEM   The USC Postdoctoral Association invites you to stand in solidarity with #ShutDownSTEM. #ShutDownSTEM is an one-day strike taking place on Wednesday June 10th. The initiative was created from a multi-identity, intersectional coalition of STEM professionals and academics advocating for Black lives. The aim of #ShutDownSTEM is to confront racism in our workspaces and to create a more equitable and just community. By committing to #ShutDownSTEM, you are committing towards education, action, and healing.   Education: Keep learning by reading books and blogs, watching

  • June 2020 News

      Work from Home Stipends USC is implementing a $53/month COVID19 technology stipend for postdocs who are working from home. It is to cover a reasonable percentage of the cell phone, internet and other technology expenses that may be generated by working from home during the pandemic. Please contact your department administrator OR Please contact Dan Carino , Director of Postdoc Affairs, Mentor Training Opportunity for Postdocs If you are interested in expanding on your professional/skill development,

  • May 2020 Information

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all events organized by the USC Postdoctoral Association are cancelled for May. Please see our newsletter for more information: May 2020 Newsletter   COVID-19 Update For information and updates on the impact of COVID-19 on USC research and the postdoc community, you can visit two websites: research.usc/edu/coronavirus   Work from Home Stipends USC is implementing a $53/month COVID-19 technology stipend for postdocs who are working from home. It is to cover a reasonable percentage of the cell phone, internet and other

  • April 2020 Information

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, all events organized by the USC Postdoctoral Association are cancelled for April. Please see our newsletter for more information: April 2020 Newsletter  

  • COVID-2019

    Date:    March 11, 2020   From: Maja Mataric Interim Vice President of Research   To:       USC research community   As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation unfolds, USC is rapidly responding through its many units and services. Research, a key mission of our University, is impacted by the epidemic. To help you navigate this situation, we have set up a dedicated web site for research-relevant COVID-19 The site includes updates about key research topics, including: lab staffing and materials procurement, remote research, human research and OPRS & IRB, vivaria,

  • March 2020 Job Postings

    USC Office of Research Monthly Update New USC Grant Opportunity: Provost New Strategic Directions for Research Award, 5 pm, Monday, April 20, 2020 February USC Grant Timelines: Zumberge Interdisciplinary Large: 5 pm, Monday, February 10, 2020 Answering the Call: noon, Friday, February 14, 2020 Collaboration Fund: 5 pm, Tuesday, February 18, 2020 Research Advancement: Artificial Intelligence, quantum information processing, and Alzheimer’s disease are some examples of current high priority federal funding topics, especially with multidisciplinary approaches. For assistance in planning and preparing proposals across USC units, contact Dr.

  • March 2020 Events

    Due to the ongoing concerns regarding COVID-2019 (coronavirus), the USC Postdoctoral Association has decided to cancel all our organized events for the months of March and April. Please keep an eye out for our monthly newsletter for future upcoming events.     Happy Hour Join us for Happy hour and free drinks! Date: Friday, March 13th (for UPC) and 20th (for HSC

  • Ski Trip with UCLA and Caltech!

    Flyer: Winter Ski Trip Flyer Feb 2020 Eventbrite: Password: UCLApda Date and Time: February 29, 2020; 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM Location: Mountain High Resort (24510 California 2, Wrightwood, CA 92397)   About this Event After a very successful ski trip last year, the Postdoc Associations of Caltech, UCLA, and USC are happy to announce our second joint schools Postdoc Ski Trip to Mountain High Resort (! Date: Saturday, February 29th, 2020. We are inviting all postdocs and their families to join us. We have secured

  • February 2020 Events

    Note: Beach Bike ride has been cancelled. We will be hosting a hike in the month of March.    Coffee Hour Join us for FREE coffee every other month. Coffee hour takes place on the second Wednesday of the month. To find us, look for the PDA sign. Date:Wednesday, February 12th Time and Location: UPC Starbucks next to Lyon Center 1-2pm HSC Starbucks at

  • Volunteer Judge Recruitment for USC Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work

    We are looking for post docs who can serve as judges for USC’s Twenty-Second Annual Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work. This year the Symposium takes place on Wednesday, April 15. Undergraduates from across the University will be displaying projects in five categories:  Arts, Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Engineering, and Social Sciences. This year each category will be judged by a panel led by a faculty member and composed of senior graduate students and postdoctoral associates nominated by

  • Fellowship and Job Opportunities – January 2020

      Adjunct Faculty – Health Sciences – Clinical Laboratory Science   “Our mission is to deliver an exceptional student experience by providing superior programs and services that are relevant and result in meaningful learning.” National University is San Diego’s largest private nonprofit university. We are proud to provide high quality higher education to our diverse student population from across the United States, and in multiple countries. As an institution, we value accessibility and provide our students and faculty the opportunity to thrive in a

  • January 2020 Events

      Happy Hour Join us for happy hour this month to welcome in the new year! To find us, look for the PDA sign. Date: Friday, December 17th Time and Location: UPC The Lab (3500 S Figueroa St) 6:30-7:30 pm HSC The Edmonson (1969 Zonal Ave) 5-6 pm CHLA Home Restaurant (1760 Hillhurst Ave)  5-6 pm ==================================================================================== Solstice Canyon Hike Eventbrite Link: Eventbrite Password: uscpda2020 TRAIL: Solstice