2020 Postdoc Research Day

The fourth annual UConn Health / Jackson Laboratory Postdoc Research Day Week, a part of the National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) celebration, will be going virtual this year. Because everything is virtual, we can extend the event over multiple days. We also can partner more with UConn-Storrs to share events across campuses. A draft schedule follows below. A more complete schedule with WebEx links and presenter information will be posted soon.


**** Congratulations to our Speak4Science winners!!!!

1st Place – Yang Liu – Jackson Lab

2nd Place – Rachael Norris – UConn Health

3rd Place – Maria Rocha – UConn Health

PDRDW Agenda

Monday, September 21st

Keynote Address

Se-Jin Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor, The Jackson Laboratory
Presidential Distinguished Professor
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Reflections on a 30-year Journey in Biomedical Science

2:00 PM



Tuesday, September 22nd

Time Title
About Host
9:30 – 10:30 AM Experiences From the field: A Panel Session and Q&A on Academia After Your Postdoc Position A panel discussion and Q&A including former UConn postdocs (now at new faculty positions across the US and at UConn) and postdocs from other universities who are now faculty at UConn. Discussion about life in academia.


Recording Coming Soon


UConn Storrs
1:00 – 3:00 PM Speak4Science Postdoc Talks


Speaker List


4-minute, big picture talks


Recording of Event


UConn Health/Jax
3:15 – 5:30 PM Virtual Data Chats


Speaker Abstract Book

An expansion of the Speak4Science talks. Five concurrent sessions over one-hour periods where each presenter will be given an additional 20 minutes to give more details about their research and interact with audience members.


Click for Chat Groups, Schedule and Links

UConn Health/Jax

Wednesday, September 23rd

10:00 – 11:00 AM Conversations with the Dean
Join Dean Holsinger for an open discussion on all things postdoc


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UConn Storrs
2:00 – 3:30 PM Surviving and Thriving: Resilience-Building in Academia A Q&A panel with Dr. Jessica Meyer and Dr. Cassandra Holinka, clinical psychologists at UConn Health, on coping with stress and building resilience when working in academia.

(If you wish to ask a question of the panel, but would rather stay anonymous, you can email your questions in advance to Dr. Meyer or Dr. Holinka.)


Slideshow from Event


UConn Health/Jax

Thursday, September 24th

1:00 – 2:00 PM Job Search Overview & Tips – Industry, Government, & Organizations Join this presentation to gain insights into search approaches relevant to jobs in industry, government, and organizations.


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UConn Storrs

Friday, September 25th

11:00 AM – Noon Virtual PostDoc Meet & Greet Social Hour Come and meet other Postdocs from across UConn’s campuses, strike up new research partners, and chat with UConn’s PostDoc Steering Committee about opportunities to advocate for, and develop further support for the Postdoc community.


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UConn Storrs

PDRD organizing committee: