Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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 2018 Postdoctoral Research Forum will be hosted on Wednesday, May 23 in the Great Hall. Registration is required in order to participate.
- 8:30 am – 9:00 am - Registration
- 9:00 am – 10:00 am –Persuasive Grant Writing - how to structure your proposal and your writing into a successful application - Carolyn Paterson, Senior Research Development Officer She has over six years experience in developing major institutional and investigator-driven research proposals for agencies such as the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Canada Research Chairs, the Ontario Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science, and the Tri-Council. She also has experience preparing nominations for major research awards & prizes and has helped develop successful Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship applications. She holds a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Saskatchewan. Presentation Many aspects of an academic career track require persuasive writing. Whether you are writing an academic paper, preparing a research grant application, describing your work to the media, or presenting your research as part of a job interview, persuading your audience that your work has value is key. This presentation will cover how to effectively present the challenge, value proposition, and rationale of your research. We will do this by discussing what takes a research proposal from “good” to “great” and how to ensure that your research is presented in the right context to convince a reader that it is valuable, innovative, and impactful.
- 10:00 am – 12:00 pm – Transition into a career - Leverage your PhD to transition into a meaningful career - Cheeky Scientist
- 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch and Networking
- 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm – Scholarly publishing, online scholarly presence, author rights, copyright, research metrics and managing research data/primary research materials - Joanne Paterson, Head, Metadata Access, Western Libraries
- 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm - 3 Minute Research Competition - showcase your own research in 3 minutes
- 4:45 pm - Award Ceremony/Reception
3 Minute Research Competition
1st Place: Dr. Sarah Patterson (Sociology)
2nd Place: Dr. Kyriakos Manoli (Chemical and Biochemical Engineering)
3rd Place: Dr. Roberta Maffettone (Chemical and Biochemical Engineering)
Research is Beautiful Competition: Dr. Hiroyuki Igarashi (Robarts Research Institute)
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 May 17th at noon. If we do not receive the slide 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 4:45 pm. Cash prizes are given to assist winners in attending conferences in order to promote their research and further their career network.
- 1st place: $1000
- 2nd place: $500
- 3rd place: $250
For further information please contact Mihaela Harmos, Postdoctoral Services Coordinator.
Postdoctoral Scholar of the Year Award
2018 Winner: Dr. Ahmed Elshaer, Postdoctoral Fellow, Civil and Environmental Engineering
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 May 23, 2018. Supervisors and postdoctoral scholars can send their nomination letter (2 page maximum) to Mihaela Harmos by May 14th at noon.
- The nominee must be a Western postdoctoral scholar. Nominees must have been a postdoctoral scholar for a minimum of 5 months to be eligible.
- Both fellows and associates are eligible for this award.
- Individuals currently holding a tenure-track or permanent faculty position are not eligible.
- Nominations must provide evidence of the candidate's:
- Specific achievements in research, leadership, service, outreach, and/or teaching;
- Exceptional commitment to the work as a postdoctoral scholar;
- Contributions as a collaborative member of the University's academic community, and the impact of these contributions on others (students, other postdocs, faculty, external organizations, etc.).
- Nomination Process:
- Nominations are to be initiated in one of three ways: (a) the supervisor of a postdoctoral scholar; (b) other faculty member who works closely with the nominee; or (c) postdoctoral scholars may also nominate peers.
- Nominations should be submitted to Mihaela Harmos, School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Western, by 12:00 PM on May 14th, 2018.
- SGPS will coordinate the review and selection process, which will be confidential. Candidates must not review the letters of nomination from other postdoctoral scholars or supervisors, nor be aware of who has, or has not, contributed to a letter.
- The successful candidate will be announced during the Research Forum and presented with the award.
Postdoctoral Supervisor of the Year Award
2018 Winner: Dr. Dale W. Laird, Professor, Anatomy and Cell Biology
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 May 23, 2018. Please send your nomination letter (2 page maximum) to Mihaela Harmos by May 14th at noon.
- All faculty in all Departments and Programs at Western who supervise Postdoctoral Scholars are eligible.
- Nominations must provide evidence that the candidate provides:
- a role model for intellectual leadership and professionalism in research,
- an exemplary environment of support for professional skill development in research,
- advocacy and guidance in long-term personal, professional and career development.
- Nomination Process:
- Nominations are to be initiated and coordinated by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at Western. The process of reviewing and selecting the nominations will be confidential. Candidates must not see the letters of nomination from postdoctoral scholars nor be aware of who has, or has not, contributed a letter. The successful candidate will be announced during the Research Forum and presented a Postdoctoral Supervisor of the Year Award.
Award for Administrative Excellence in the Support of Postdoctoral Scholars at Western
2017 Winner: Dr. Melvyn Goodale, Director of Brain and Mind Institute
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 May 23, 2018. Please send your nomination letter (2 page maximum) to Mihaela Harmos by May 14th at noon.
Administrative and support staff members from all Departments and Programs at Western supporting postdoctoral scholars are eligible.
- Nominations must provide evidence that the candidate:
- Demonstrated outstanding support to a postdoctoral scholar and their research;
- Made a positive impact on the work and activities of a postdoctoral scholar;
- Contributed outside of "normal" expectations and duties, serving as an exemplary resource for a postdoc in their pursuit of scholarship.
- Nomination Process:
- Nominations are to be initiated by a postdoctoral fellow, and submitted to SGPS at Western. SGPS will coordinate the review and selection process, which will be confidential. Candidates must not see the letters of nomination from postdoctoral scholars nor e aware of who has, or has not, contributed a letter. The successful candidate will be announced during the Research Forum and presented and Award for Administrative Excellence in the Support of Postdoctoral Scholars.