Event Schedule





September 2018

Mentoring Up Workshop for Postdocs
Friday, September 7 | 3 P.M - 5 P.M ( New Brunswick)

Have you ever wondered how you can make the most of your mentoring relationships?
In this 1.5 hour workshop, we will use case studies and small group discussions to explore the dynamics of the mentor-mentee relationship and to build skills and reflect on how to be a more responsive mentor as well as a more proactive mentee as a postdoc. This workshop is based on evidence-based resources developed by the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), through a grant to the Big Ten Academic Alliance (NRMN-CAN)

The following areas of mentorship practices and interests will be addressed during this workshop:

  • Maintaining Effective Communication
  • Aligning Expectations

Presented by: Dr. Xenia Morin

​When: Friday, September 7, 2018

Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Where: Rutgers-New Brunswick - Nelson Biology Laboratories, Room D-406

Sponsored by: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Interested in improving your mentoring skills and increase your productivity?
All interested postdocs, universitywide, are invited to participate. Enrollment for this workshop is limited to 25 participants. Register here by August, 30th.

*The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in collaboration with NRMN-CAN Executive Committee members, Dr. Xenia Morin and Dr. Evelyn Erenrich, will offer on September 7, a Mentoring up session for postdoctoral researchers, where you could learn strategies to make your mentor-mentee relationship with your faculty advisor more effective.


Xenia K. Morin, Ph.D. is the Senior Associate Dean for Learning at SEBS, Rutgers-New Brunswick, and an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Plant Biology. She is part of the NRMN-CAN leadership team, the Big10 affiliate of NRMN, and offers workshops to post-docs, graduate students and undergraduates to build skills and to enhance their educational opportunities. Dr. Morin has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University as was active in the early days of the National Postdoc Association.

Evelyn S. Erenrich, Ph.D. is Associate Dean at the Rutgers University School of Graduate Studies; Director of Graduate Recruitment, Retention and Diversity (GR2aD); and a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology. Her current efforts focus on developing and implementing strategies to promote inclusive excellence in graduate education. Initiatives span all transition points from undergraduate through junior faculty. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the Big Ten Academic Alliance National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN-CAN). Dr. Erenrich earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry at Cornell University.


Rutgers University to Celebrate the Contributions of Postdoctoral Scholars During National Postdoc Appreciation Week
September 17 - 21 | Busch & Cook Campus

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is holding the ninth annual National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week, September 17 – 21, 2018.  During this week-long celebration, institutions are encouraged to plan activities that honor postdocs and recognize the contributions they make to research and development in the United States.  In 2017, 115 institutions in 37 states, Canada, and India, the United Kingdom, Asia and Oceania, and Germany organized 389 events to recognize the work of postdoctoral researchers. Rutgers University is joining the celebration by organizing and hosting a series of events and workshops on Busch and Cook campus.

The universitywide Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will host:

Welcome Orientation: The Postdoc Landscape at Rutgers

Have you ever wondered how many postdocs are currently working at Rutgers and where they are? Are you aware of the benefits you are entitled to?

This event aims to orient new and current postdocs, curious to learn about postdoc demographics at Rutgers, learn the different types of postdoctoral appointments and their benefits, and how to make the most of their postdoctoral training at Rutgers.

When: Monday, September 17, 2018

Time: 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM

Where: Busch Campus, Nelson Biology Lab D-406

Sponsored by: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Register here by September 11.

Grant Writing Skills Workshop: Tackling the Personal Statement in Grant Applications

The personal statement is often a critical component of a grant or fellowship application. If you are planning to apply for funding in the near future, and your application requires a personal statement, then this workshop is for you.Through a series of interactive writing exercises, you will lay the foundation of an effective personal statement that conveys your motivation and preparation to conduct independent research. The workshop will feature short bursts of writing and peer sharing activities designed to help you write the best document possible. Bring a laptop and a ready-to-write spirit!

When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Time: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Where: Cook Campus, Rutgers Institute for Food, Nutrition, and Health, Room 205

Sponsored by: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Register here by September 11.


Ben Arenger is a Project Manager at School of Graduate Studies. He earned his Ph.D. in Spanish literature at Rutgers in 2016, and currently assists on School of Graduate Studies projects related to professional development, business administration, and degree certification. For six years, Ben served as a fellowship advisor, helping graduate students win prestigious awards from the National Science Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Fulbright.

The Rutgers Postdoctoral Association (PDA) will host:

Annual Postdoc Appreciation Lunch

This event will introduce and welcome new postdocs to the community at Rutgers, as well as help connect new and existing postdocs to the various resources that are available during their time here at Rutgers. Come and meet the new postdoc members of the Rutgers Community and the staff of the universitywide Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

There will be several representatives from various Rutgers organizations and programs hosting tables, and providing information about opportunities available to postdocs within our community.

When: Friday, September 21, 2018

Time: 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM

Where: Busch Campus, Busch Student Center’s International Lounge

Register here by September 11.

Lunch will be provided.

October 2018

Personal Branding 
Wednesday, October 24, 2018 | 9 A.m. - 11 A.m. (Newark) & 2 P.m. - 4 P.m. (New Brunswick)

This workshop will focus on the significance of owning your personal brand and marketing it to the world and how to use your personal brand to advance your career. Social media strategies and tips will be shared to equip postdocs on how to use platforms such as, LinkedIn and Instagram to elevate both their brand and career.

When: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Time:  9 A.M. to 11 A.M (Newark)
             2 PM to 4 PM (New Brunswick)

Where: Rosemary Gellene Room, Medical Science Building, (Newark)
               Busch Campus, Nelson Biology Lab D-406   (New Brunswick)

Facilitator: Victoria Jenn Rodriguez, VJR Enterprises

Sponsored by: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Rutgers iJOBS program

Register here by October 17.


November 2018

Academic Career Panel
Monday, November 19, 2018 | New Brunswick

More information coming soon...



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