National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2014

Research Seminar

This year, National Postdoc Appreciation Week begins on Monday, September 15 and runs through Friday, September 19. Join us as we celebrate the hard work and dedication of U-M postdocs!

Choose from these FREE events hosted by the Medical School Office of Research:

(RSVP required - CLICK HERE)


Why Should I Hire You? Tips on How to Sell Yourself for a Job in Industry

Tuesday, September 16
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Research Auditorium, NCRC Building 10
Panel Session & Reception

Is there really a decline in PhD hiring in the job market? And if so, how can you differentiate yourself from hundreds of others applying for industry jobs? What are companies looking for in job candidates? What makes a resume grab attention? How can you "sell" your skills and make yourself memorable in a job interview? Can networking and social media really help your job search? Join a panel of industry and economic development leaders as they offer valuable insights on what it takes to conduct a successful job search in today's competitive life science employment market. This event is hosted by the Medical School's Fast Forward Medical Innovation program as part of National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Postdocs are encouraged to remain after the panel session and practice their networking skills at the reception immediately following.

Panel members:

    • Arik Anderson, Global Vice President of Marketing and R&D, Terumo Cardiovascular Systems
    • Amy Cell, M.B.A., Senior Vice President for Talent Enhancement, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
    • Rob DeWit, Ph.D., President and CEO, Southwest Michigan Innovation Center
    • Rana Sidhu, Ph.D., Manager of Biochemistry, Cayman Chemical
    • Stephen Smith, Ph.D., Sales Director, Essen Bioscience 

Bradley Martin, Ph.D., Commercialization Program Director, U-M Medical School


Planning Your Research Grant Application: The Pre Peer Review Checklist

Wednesday, September 17
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Great Lakes Room South, Palmer Commons
Lunch Session

The presentation covers the basics of good grantsmanship, including obtaining insightful information to develop the project, analyzing the likelihood for success, planning a competitive proposal, and strategies for persuading the reviewers. Each section of a typical grant proposal is covered. This session is presented by Christine Black, Associate Director for Research Development Support in the U-M Medical School Office of Research, and features FREE lunch.


Researchers in a Room Getting Coffee: Have You Met with MICHR Yet?

Thursday, September 18
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Boardroom 5, Palmer Commons
Coffee & Bagels

The Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) is here to enable and enhance clinical and translational research, by educating, funding, connecting, and supporting U-M research teams. We have a variety of programs and services to help postdoctoral scholars. Stop by and talk to us about collaboration, regulatory support, mentoring, pilot grants, grant writing, fellowships, or anything else. We’re here to help.


Exploring CRISPR/Cas9 Systems with the Biomedical Research Core Facilities

Friday, September 19
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Room M3330, Med Sci I Building
Breakfast Session & Hands-On Workshop

Join Vector Core Director Tom Lanigan, Ph.D., as he presents "Technical Application of CRISPR Systems in the Laboratory" from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM.

Then, join Transgenic Animal Model Core Director Thomas Saunders, Ph.D., for a hands-on CRISPR/Cas9 Design Workshop from 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM. Attendees are strongly encouraged to download the Lasergene software package from MSIS and bring their laptops to follow along with Dr. Saunders in learning how to build a CRISPR reagent.

Both sessions are sponsored by the Biomedical Research Core Facilities and feature FREE breakfast.


And these events hosted by the U-M Office of Postdoctoral Studies:

Postdoc Appreciation Picnic

Thursday, September 18
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Shelter B, Island Park
1450 Island Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Dinner & Games

This is a great event that all postdocs and their families are invited to! Drop in any time; dinner will start around 5:00 PM. Come out and enjoy the food and drinks, as well as fun games like bocce ball and horseshoes, provided by the U-M Medical School Office of Postdoctoral Studies.

Register for these FREE events here.

Questions? Contact Kierstin Fiscus in the Office of Postdoctoral Studies at or (734) 647-7005.