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Spotlight on Science (SOS) Events

SOS is a professional and career development seminar series for postdocs and graduate students that has been going on for over a decade. SOS meets every other Monday from 12-1 p.m. The SOS Committee consists of graduate students, postdocs and members of the Postdoc Office and Graduate School. The committee meets quarterly to discuss potential topics of interest for the Spotlight on Science seminar series. Each committee member has the opportunity to brainstorm SOS topics and bring new ideas to the series. They also get the opportunity to build their network by recruiting speakers. If you are interested in joining, please contact us at

Event Archive

2022 Spotlight on Science Archives

April 11, 2022
Topic: Academic Bullying
Zoom recording
Password: FGD8Xl^7 (available for 180 days from presentation)

2021 Spotlight on Science Archives

February 8, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Jessica Olson
Topic: Paths Less traveled: Exploring scientific careers outside of traditional trajectories

February 22, 2021
Speaker: Jeff Amundson
Topic: Transformation of a Farmer to an RO1 Scientist to an Educator

April 12, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Himanshu Agrawal and Chandler McElrath
Topic: “Just Work it Off”

April 25, 2021
Speakers: Dr. Ryan Spellecy and Dr. Chris Starwski
Topic: RCR Refresher - Mentoring

May 10, 2021
Speaker: Claire Becker
Topic: Career Coaching

May 24, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Michaela Patterson
Topic: A Roadmap to an Array of Academic Positions 

June 28, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Nai-Fen Su
Topic: Smart Job Search for Biomedical Sciences (PDF)

Big Interview provide interview learning modules, video interview questions and recording, and resume builder, feel tree to use your MCW email to register an account and access it.

Salary Search Websites:

UMass-Job Search Tips:

Zippia: Job/skills/salary information, etc.

June 14, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Adedeji Badiru
Topic: Project Management for Scholarly Research & Innovation

July 12, 2021
Speaker: Dr. Brian Link
Topic: Pros and Cons of Preprints

October 25, 2021
Time: 12-2 p.m.
Topic: Responsible Conduct of Research: The scientist as a responsible member of society, contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research, and the environmental and societal impacts of scientific research.

December 13, 2021
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Topic: Writing a Resume or CV to Get Noticed!
Password: Vrb4S&9E

2020 Spotlight on Science Archives

January 27, 2020
Speaker: Francis Mann, PhD; Assistant Professor, UW-Parkside
Topic: Getting a Job in Academia (Video)

February 10, 2020
Speaker: Kate Rodgers
Topic: LinkedIn (Video)

February 24, 2020

Speakers: Ashley Ciecko, Kaitlin Johnson, Dr. Katie Litts, and Dr. Kate Sadler
Topic: Fellowship on learning to write NIH pre and post doc fellowships (Video)

March 9, 2020
Speaker: Ericka Mendez, PMP
Topic: Project Management (Video)

June 22, 2020
Topic: RCR Refresher (Video)

September 28, 2020
Speaker: Javier Gomez Vargas, PhD
Topic: Catalyst Bioconsulting Recruitment Pitch

October 12, 2020
Speakers: Kevin Boggs, Dr. Michael Lawlor and Matthew Richter
Topic: RCR Refresher: Conflict of Interest

November 9, 2020
Speaker: Peggy Vorwald, PhD
Topic: How to Talk Science and Influence the World (Video) | Presentation handout (PPTX)

November 23, 2020
Speaker: Dr. Teresa Patitucci
Topic: Road to Becoming a Professional Anatomy Educator

December 14, 2020
Speaker: Nathan Berken, Director of Government Relations
Topic: MCW Office of Government and Community Relations

MCW Office of Postdoctoral Education event

Social Events

  • March Madness and sporting activities: Get together with fellow postdocs and watch the basketball tournament
  • Zoo day: Outing with fellow postdocs, usually in fall
  • Postdoc Appreciation Week: Appreciate and celebrate postdocs during National Postdoc Appreciation Week in September
  • Holiday Party: Fun party for postdocs and their families; includes food, drinks, gifts for kids, raffle tickets
  • Happy hour and Trivia: Postdoc trivia with lots of fun themes; hosted alternate months