- Problem Resolution
Postdoctoral Complaint Policy
Any alleged violation of the standards of appropriate behavior should be handled in the following manner:
First, every attempt should be made to resolve the matter directly with the other party.
If further action is required, the Postdoctoral Fellow may file a formal report with the Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education or contact the Ombuds Office for further assistance.
Postdoctoral Fellow grievant must provide a written statement of facts to support the charge to the Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education no later than 30 days after the Associate Dean has been verbally notified of a complaint.
The Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education will provide a copy of the written report to all individuals involved and will investigate the situation resulting in one of the following actions:
The matter may be dismissed as groundless;
A solution will be proposed to the parties;
The matter may be referred to another administrative authority; e.g., Medical College Office of Human Resources, Office of Compliance, Office of Faculty Affairs or the personnel office of an affiliate of the Medical College.
Upon satisfactory resolution of a complaint, the Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education will provide a summary letter to the all parties involved. If the subject of a complaint is the Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education the matter may be handled by the Dean of the Graduate School using the process described above.
The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a benefit offered by the Medical College of Wisconsin to all employees and members of their immediate families. The EAP is an avenue of assistance in coping with the complex needs and concerns that exist in the lifestyles of today, provided in a professional and completely confidential environment. Assistance includes but is not limited to: assistance with depression, stress management/anxiety, marital/family conflict, relationship issues, financial concerns, legal questions and addictions.
Assistance is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling (866) 757-3271.
Human Resources Policies & Procedures, Policy No. 3.12.
- MCW Postdoc Exit Survey
Thank you for taking 10 minutes of your time to complete this survey, your feedback is very important to us.
The results from this survey will enable us to see the areas of the postdoctoral experience at MCW that need improvement and those that are satisfactory.
Answers are kept confidential.
Please complete the Postdoc Exit Survey Form (PDF) and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Excellence in Science Award
The Office of Postdoctoral Education and the Postdoctoral Advisory Committee initiated this award in 2010. The award recipient will receive recognition and a $1,000 prize. In order to apply for this award you must be a postdoctoral fellow at MCW/BRI on the date of the application deadline with less than five (5) years total as a postdoctoral fellow (includes previous institutions if applicable).
*You must also be nominated by your PI with a letter of support (only one nomination per PI).
If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Postdoctoral Education.
*If you received an Edward J. Lennon MD Outstanding Woman Postdoctoral Researcher Award, you are not eligible to apply.
Past Recipients of the Excellence in Science Award
2104 – Jeremy Wood
2013 – Brian Hoffmann
2012 – Mike Flister
2011 – Tengis Pavlov, PhD | Department of Physiology
2010 – Jianhai Du, PhD | Department of Pediatrics, Surgery
- MCW Postdoctoral Travel Award
Who should apply
A postdoc attending a conference or a postdoc who would like to travel to develop their career (e.g., learn a new technique/skill, network, visit someone to learn more about their career-job shadow.)
This award is intended to support career development of postdoctoral fellows at the Medical College of Wisconsin (including the Blood Research Institute) by providing partial support for an educational activity. The following are examples of travel award applications that would receive consideration:
Plans for visiting a laboratory which will aid the fellow in developing an independent line of research distinctly different from the research of his/her scientific mentor.
Participation in a course which will allow the fellow to learn a new research technique.
Requests for travel funds to a specialty meeting where attendance at the meeting is crucial to the scientific development of the fellow.
Applications submitted by a senior postdoctoral fellow who have had little or no opportunity to present their work at scientific meetings.
These are only examples of activities which are encouraged by the MCW Postdoctoral Travel Award.
Awardees will be determined through a blinded peer review process. Ten awards will be made each year divided into 2 review cycles. Reimbursement of travel expenses up to $750 will be provided in accordance with MCW Travel Policy.
The applicant must have been at MCW/BRI as a postdoctoral fellow for 1 year and have a current appointment as a postdoctoral fellow. An individual is eligible to receive this award only one time during his/her tenure here.
For travel to a laboratory or other venue, applicants must complete an application including a summary of the activity to be undertaken. This should include information about why the laboratory or organization was chosen, an itinerary or agenda, goals for the visit, and how you will apply what is learned. Completed applications and summaries must be submitted electronically to email@example.com.
For attendance at a meeting, applicants must complete an application and provide a copy of the abstract which is to be submitted or has been submitted already. The fellow must be the first author of an abstract at the conference and data must have been collected at MCW. The abstract should include the scientific rationale for the study, the most important findings, and a statement of conclusions drawn. Only one (1) abstract may be submitted and length must be one page or less. Completed applications and abstracts must be submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2015 Travel Award Recipients
Shannon M Koehler MD PhD
Melissa A. Lancaster
- Edward J. Lennon, MD Outstanding Woman Postdoctoral Researcher Award
The Office of Postdoctoral Education is pleased to announce that one female postdoc will be recognized as the recipient of the Edward J. Lennon, MD Outstanding Woman Postdoctoral Researcher Award. This award will include recognition plus a monetary award of $1000.
Outstanding Woman Postdoctoral Researcher Award application form (DOCX)
In order to apply for this award you must be a female postdoctoral fellow at MCW or affiliated institution on the date of the application deadline with less than five (5) years total as a postdoctoral fellow (includes previous institutions if applicable). You must also be nominated by your PI with a letter of support (only one nomination per PI). Finally, if you are selected as the recipient of this award, you must be present at the Women Pioneers in Research Awards luncheon.*
Please submit application, letter of support and CV to the Office of Postdoctoral Education. If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com.
*If you received an Excellence in Science Award, you are not eligible to apply.
Recipients of the Edward J. Lennon, MD Outstanding Woman Postdoctoral Researcher Award
2014 – Dasha Ilatovskaya, PhD | Department of Physiology
2013 – Savitha Sethumadhavan, PhD | Department of Biophysics
2012 – Anne Diers-Dranka, PhD | Department of Biophysics
2011 – Alison Kriegel, PhD | Department of Physiology