Event Schedule





January 2019

Grant Writing 101 - Clear and compelling scientific Aims Pages
Wednesday, january 30, 2019 | New Brunswick and Newark

This program will consist of a 1 hour lecture that focuses on methods to create clear and compelling project summaries, known as the Specific Aims Page for NIH.  We delve all the way back to the basics of how to create clear sentences and paragraphs and how to structure your summary so that it allows for an uninterrupted reading experience for both highly knowledgeable as well as subject naïve reviewers.  In addition, the details of a method for how to set up an effective and efficient grant writing support group among peers.  The second hour of the program will involve us breaking out into groups of 4-6 people to evaluate existing material. 

As such, it is requested that all attendees bring a draft specific aims page to the event.

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Time:  9am to 11am (Newark)
            2pm to 4pm (New Brunswick)

Where: Medical Sciences Building, Room B619, 185 South Orange Avenue (Newark)
               Nelson Biology Lab D-406 , 604 Allison Road, Piscataway (Busch Campus)

Presenter: Dr. Paul Copeland, Director of Research Development, Rutgers Office of Research and Economic Development

Sponsored by: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs 

Register here by January 23.         


February 2019

You're Invited | RSVP by February 5th: SVPAA Faculty & Postdocs Networking Receptions

Dear Rutgers Postdoc Community:

You are cordially invited to the Spring 2019 Rutgers Faculty Networking Receptions.

The Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs will host three networking receptions again this Spring semester - open to all Rutgers faculty and postdocs. Enjoy an afternoon of informal networking and camaraderie, with colleagues from across the University.

The events aim to:

  • provide a venue for the Rutgers faculty and postdoc communities to network with colleagues,
  • facilitate connections with peers from across disciplines, schools and campuses, and
  • encourage collaborations that accelerate career and academic development - including inter/intra-disciplinary collaborations for teaching, research, and mentoring.

First Networking Reception - New Brunswick

When: Tuesday, February 19, 2019 from 3 - 5 p.m.
Where: New Brunswick Theological Seminary, College Ave Campus, New Brunswick

Second Networking Reception - Camden

When: Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Where: Executive Meeting Room, Camden Campus Center

Third Networking Reception - Newark

When: Tuesday, February 26, 2019 from 3 - 5 p.m.
Where: Rosemary Gellene Room, Medical Science Building

Please click on the link here to learn more and RSVP online by February 5.

Thank you and wishing you a happy and healthy start to the new semester,


Barbara A. Lee

Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

project management essentials workshop
thursday, February 28, 2019 | New Brunswick

This interactive workshop provides participants with an overview of key project management skills and foundational knowledge areas. Participants will be taken through the five process groups of initiation, planning, executing, monitoring and controlling and closing.

Participants will learn:

  • The role of the Project Manager
  • Key project management concepts and terminology
  • Application of project tools to a current project
  • Day in the Life during the project lifecycle
  • Factors that enable project success

When:  Thursday, February 28, 2019

Time:  2pm to 4pm

Where: Nelson Biology Lab D-406 , 604 Allison Road, Piscataway (Busch Campus)

Presenter: Ella Blue, MS, PMP, PgMP, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, a division of Johnson & Johnson

Sponsored by: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs 

Register here before February 21.   

March 2019

Writing Retreats Monday, March 18 & Tuesday, March 19 | New Brunswick

The Faculty Writing Retreats provide all attendees with two days of uninterrupted time to work in a dedicated space with food and refreshment provided. 

The goals of the writing retreats are to provide:

  • Dedicated space and uninterrupted time to make progress on writing goals
  • A multidisciplinary community of writers
  • Optional one-on-one writing feedback sessions
  • Food and yoga sessions as sustenance

All Writing Retreats will be “open” from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on the dates listed below.  The entire time is allocated for you to work on your writing projects – individually or collaboratively.  

**We ask you to RSVP here for lunch for each day.

Sponsored by: Faculty Development Program, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.


10th Annual Rutgers Postdoc Symposium "Gear Up for Success"
Friday, March 22nd 2019

Prepare to take the next step in your career! Join us for the 10th Annual Rutgers Postdoc Symposium! The symposium this year will feature two interactive workshops to enhance your professional skills and plenty of time for networking with colleagues across disciplines.

This year, we are celebrating the resources and successes of our community with speakers exclusively from Rutgers:

  • Dr. Ronke Olabisi - Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering - Keynote Address: "Doing What You Love and Loving What You Do"
  • Dr. Joanne Cattafesta - Assistant Director for Faculty Development - "Navigating the Interview Process and Negotiating Job Offers"
  • Dr. Corey Ptak - Director of Integrated Academic Programs - "Being the Change: Breaking the Cycle of Mental Health Issues in Academic by Embracing Positive Mentorship Practices"
  • Postdoc Flash Talks

Registration is open to ALL postdocs, graduate students and faculty members from any institution. Registration includes a light lunch, refreshments throughout the afternoon and admission to our wine & cheese reception after the conclusion of the event (ages 21+ only). Registration is FREE! 

Register HERE for the main event.

Interested with sharing your work with your peers at this event? Sign up for a two-minute flash talk HERE.

On behalf of the Rutgers Postdoctoral Association, we are looking forward to seeing you on March 22nd!

When: Friday, March 22, 2019

Time: 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Where: Busch Student Center - Multipurpose Room, 604 Bartholomew Rd., Piscataway, NJ

Wine & Cheese Reception to Follow,  4:30pm - 7:00pm

Hosted by: Rutgers Postdoctoral Association


April 2019

Communicating your Science
Tuesday, April 23 | New Brunswick

We invite the Rutgers postdoc community to come and meet Dr. Dennis F. Mangan, President of Chalk Talk Science.   Dr. Mangan teaches researchers the principles and techniques of communicating science to diverse audiences.
​These skills include:

  • Reducing the fear of public speaking
  • Developing powerful messages
  • Condensing complex data
  • and most importantly, Storytelling

When: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Time: 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Where: Nelson Biology Labs B228, 604 Allison Road, Room B-228, Piscataway, NJ (Busch Campus) 

Presenter: Dennis F. Mangan, Ph.D., President, Chalk Talk Science, Santa Rosa, California​​. Click here to read Dr. Mangan's bio.
​Hosted by: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Click here to see flyer.

Register here before April 16.  

May 2019

Fueling Innovation Through the Research Computing Ecosystem at Rutgers
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | New brunswick

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to an information session about the Rutgers University Research Computing Ecosystem including: resources, expertise, and workshops.

We invite the Rutgers research community to come join us to learn about the powerful research computing resources and expertise that are available to them in the Rutgers research computing ecosystem. The available resources and services span computational and data-analytics hardware, software, system administration, and programming support. These resources complement those available through the individual schools and departments. Seminars and workshops on a variety of relevant topics, tools and techniques necessary for computational and data-enabled research, as well as opportunities for research collaborations are also available. 

When: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Time: 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Where: Room D-406, Nelson Biology labs building 604 Allison Ave. Piscataway, NJ

Presenter: Forough Ghahramani, Associate Director, the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institute (RDI2)

Sponsored by: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Rutgers Discovery Informatics Institue (RDI2)

Contact:  forough.ghahramani@rutgers.edu or 848-445-8155.

Light refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you at the upcoming Research Computing Information Session!

Register here before April 24.

Women in Science Networking and Mentoring Event
Monday, May 6, 2019 | Newark Campus

Graduate students, postdocs, and faculty please join Women Faculty in STEM and Social Science for a networking and mentoring event.

When: May 6, 2019

Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm

Where: TBD

Sponsored by: Rutgers Office of Postdoctoral Affairs & Graduate School in Newark

Contact: Dr. Tracy Tran, tstran@newark.rutgers.edu

Lunch will be provided

RSVP here.


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