March 2, 2020

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 and CHLA)

Time and Location:

UPC    The Lab                      6:30-7:30 pm

HSC    The Edmondson         5-6 pm

CHLA Home Restaurant        5-6 pm


Beyond the PhD


Date: March 26, 2020

Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Location: USC Hotel (UPC) and NRT, Aresty Auditorium (HSC)



RSVP Code: phd

Beyond the PhD: PhD and Postdoctoral Career Conference is designed to inspire the USC doctoral community to pursue fulfilling, innovative, entrepreneurial careers in academia and industry. The diverse and accomplished array of speakers will provide you with strategies for presenting your unique research skills, scholarly perspectives, and teaching experiences to the job market and beyond.


This annual conference features interdisciplinary keynote panels, industry and academic roundtable sessions, and career sessions.


Currently enrolled graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and faculty from all fields of research at USC are welcome to attend!




Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.


Musch Trail to Eagle Rock



Password: pdahike


WHEN: Saturday, March 28th;

WHERE: The hike starts at Trippet Ranch which is actually a state park; 20828 Entrada Rd, Topanga, CA 90290

DIRECTIONS: Take the PCH towards Malibu then turn right onto Topanga Canyon Blvd and then another right on Entrada; If using GPS, you only need to enter ‘Trippet Ranch’

PARKING: There is parking at the ranch/state park which costs $10 for the day. There is also free parking along the road before you enter the park.

DISTANCE/DURATION: 4.5 mile loop that takes roughly 3 hours

DIFFICULTY LEVEL: Easy to moderate

WHAT TO BRING/WEAR: I highly recommend bringing at least 32oz of water. You do not need hiking boots but definitely comfortable running shoes and workout attire. Other options would be sun block, sunglasses and/or hat. We will have a break at Eagle Rock to explore that area so if you would like to bring a snack, this would be the best time to eat.

DESCRIPTION: This is a gorgeous hike! We will be surrounded by the canyon and the Santa Monica mountains. It is absolutely lush right now so you will not believe you are in southern California. Almost feels like you are in northern California. There is a lot of wildlife from birds to mule deer. The hike will start at Trippet Ranch and we will take the fire road up to Eagle Rock. After taking a break at Eagle Rock, we will head back to the ranch/parking lot on the Musch Trail.

RESTRICTIONS: No Dogs allowed on trail



BCLA: Create a Life Science Internship Program

Date: Thursday, March 19, 2020

Time: 6:00 to 8:30 pm

Location: HATCHlabs – Bioscience Labs (5370 Alhambra Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90032)


Description: Investing in future talent is essential for all companies, and it is especially true for life science companies to remain competitive and relevant. A well-structured internship program benefits both employers and interns and has the potential to expand the talent pipeline needed to drive breakthrough discoveries in the coming decades.

LA Bioscience Hub has curated an employer guide to Hosting Life Science Interns providing in great detail how a company can setup an internship and create opportunities for the students.

Join BCLA and LA Bioscience Hub on March 19th for a panel discussion and networking mixer on how companies can implement a successful internship that offers diverse candidates experience in the life sciences field. The event will feature a panel discussion covering a wide range of topics, including assessing business needs, budget and staff planning, sources of life science interns in LA, and setting up intern projects.

Small appetizers and drinks will be provided for attendees.


For more information, please see the BC-LA webpage ( and Eventbrite.


National Postdoc Association 2020 Conference


Date: March 27-29, 2020

Location: San Diego Marriott Mission Valley (8757 Rio San Diego, CA 92108)


The NPA Annual Conference is the largest national conference and networking event dedicated to the postdoctoral community. Conference attendees – postdoctoral scholars, administrators, faculty, and representatives from disciplinary societies, industry, and corporations – are provided with the opportunity to gather and enhance their professional development and leadership skills.

More information can be found here:

Regular Registration (Until March 13): $417

Late Registration (March 14-26): $597

On-site Registration (March 27-29): $597


If you only want to attend the Career and Networking event, the price to attend only this event is $35. The Career and Networking event is scheduled for Saturday March 28, 2020 from 3:00-5:00 pm.