Category Archives: Events

September 16, 2020

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

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September 11, 2020

September 2020 News



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

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September 10, 2020

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!
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August 3, 2020

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 work at

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July 8, 2020

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):

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July 8, 2020

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

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June 19, 2020

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

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June 9, 2020

#ShutDownSTEM – Wednesday, June 10, 2020

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

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June 8, 2020

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
Please contact Dan Carino , Director of Postdoc Affairs,
Mentor Training Opportunity for Postdocs
If you are interested in expanding on your professional/skill development, consider mentor

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May 4, 2020

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:
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

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April 9, 2020

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

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March 12, 2020


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,

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March 2, 2020

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.

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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)

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February 10, 2020

Ski Trip with UCLA and Caltech!

Flyer: Winter Ski Trip Flyer Feb 2020
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

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