Western Graduate & Postdoctoral  Studies

Research Forum

Western University, Graduate Studies - Postdoctoral Research Day

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Postdoctoral Research Forum was created by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to foster scientific interaction, interdepartmental collaboration and garner greater exposure and recognition for the postdoctoral scholars’ invaluable research. The 2016 Postdoctoral Research Forum will be hosted on Thursday, April 28 in the Great Hall. Registration is required in order to participate. Organizing committee: Andrea Di Sebastiano, Baraa Al-Khazraji, Jessica Esseltine

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3 Minute Research Competition

2016 Winners

1st Place: Dr. Chloe Hamza (Education)
2nd Place: Dr. Emma Homes (Psychology)
3rd Place: Dr. John Kelly (Anatomy and Cell Biology)

The 3 Minute Research Competition is a research communication exercise where postdoctoral scholars have 3 minutes or less to present their work and its impact to a diverse group of audience members. Modeled after the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition for graduate students, the exercise develops overall communication skills and competencies in the explanation of your research in layman's terms.

Registration is required in order to participate and all presenters must submit a single, static PowerPoint slide to Mihaela Harmos by April 26th at noon. If we do not receive the slid by that date/time, you will not be accepted in the competition.

Prizes for the 3 Minute Research Competition will be distributed at the Award Ceremony and Reception at 4:30pm. Cash prizes are given to assist winners in attending conferences in order to promote their research and further their career network.

For further information please contact Mihaela Harmos, Postdoctoral Services Coordinator.

Postdoctoral Scholar of the Year Award

2016 Winner: Dr. Lorina Naci, Postdoctoral Fellow, Brain and Mind Institute

This award will recognize a Western Postdoctoral Scholar who has shown exceptional commitment and potential as an emerging scientist. The Postdoctoral Scholar of the Year stands out among his/her peers for excellence displayed in research, leadership, service, outreach, and/or teaching. This award recipient will be selected based on a nomination and review process, and presented with the award at the annual Postdoctoral Research Forum on April 28th, 2016. Supervisors and postdoctoral scholars can send their nomination letter (2 page maximum) to Mihaela Harmos by April 18th at noon.

Postdoctoral Supervisor of the Year Award

2016 Winner: Dr. Shannon Stewart, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education

Recognition will be given to Postdoctoral Supervisors who have demonstrated exemplary support for postdoctoral scholars at Western by going above and beyond supervisory expectations. These mentors have given their time and put forth extra effort to ensure a successful experience for postdoctoral scholars. One Postdoctoral Supervisor will be honored with the Postdoctoral Supervisor of the Year Award at the Research Forum on April 28th, 2016. Please send your nomination letter (2 page maximum) to Mihaela Harmos by April 18th at noon.

Award for Administrative Excellence in the Support of Postdoctoral Scholars at Western

2016 Winner: Dr. Andrew Watson, Associate Dean, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Recognition will be given to an administrative/support staff member in the Western community who has given their time and put forth extra effort to show exemplary support of postdoctoral scholars. The award recipient will be selected based on a nomination and review proces, and presented with the award at the annual Postdoctoral Research Forum on April 28th, 2016. Please send your nomination letter (2 page maximum) to Mihaela Harmos by April 18th at noon.

The Postdoctoral Association at Western's Postdoctoral Mentor of the Year Award

2016 Winner: Dr. Taylor Kohut, Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychology

This award will recognize a Western Postdoctoral Scholar who has shown exceptional commitment to mentorship of graduate students. The Postdoctoral Mentor of the Year stands out among his/her peers for excellence displayed in service and mentoring to a grad student and/or their research group. This need not be limited to work in a lab, but may encapsulate any postdoc who has given outstanding support and mentorship to a graduate student, in any capacity. This award recipient will be selected based on a nomination from current and/or recently graduated graduate students and review process, and presented with the award at the annual Postdoctoral Research Forum on April 28th, 2016. Graduate students can send their nomination letter (0.5 page maximum) to the Postdoctoral Association at Western (PAW) by Sunday April 24th at noon (postdocs@uwo.ca).