Listing of Past Events

Listing of Past Events

ACS on Campus GrantWinners Seminars
Dress For Success How to Negotiate a Salary
Etiquette Dinner The Polished Postdoc
GSPN Jingle Bell Ball National Postdoc Appreciation Week
Network Like a Pro Postdoc Holiday Get Together
Postdoc Summer Picnic Postdoc Women Q & A with Kathryn Packman
Shamrock Shindig Teaching Statement Workshop

Shamrock Shindig

Shamrock Shindig 2015

  • Date: March 17, 2016
  • Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Location: Rohr's (map)
  • Spouses/significant others of Postdocs are welcome to attend
  • Register here to let us know you are coming 
  • Free appetizers for all!  Free drink ticket to ND Postdocs who wear their ND Postdoc GreenT-Shirt.  Don’t have the green ND Postdoc T-Shirt? Email the ND Postdoc Office.  We hope to see you there.

Teaching Statement Workshop

Drafting a teaching statement is a necessary practice as you prepare for the academic job market.  Participants in this workshop will discuss the purposes for writing a statement and practical steps for getting started.  Participants will also have the opportunity to review sample statements and complete hands-on activities for initiating the writing process.  Feel free to bring your lunch.

  • Date: February 18, 2016
  • Time: 12pm - 1pm
  • Location: Debartolo Hall, Room 216 (map)
  • Presenter: Kristi Rudenga, Assistant Director, Kaneb Center (bio)
  • Sponsored by the Postdoc Women's Committee

The Polished Postdoc: Navigating the Job Search with Confidence


Former ND Postdoc, Aaron Sheppard, Ph.D., will be back on campus to share tips on how he transitioned from postdoc to full-time position in the pharmaceutical industry. Dr. Sheppard is now a Medical Science  Liaison with Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc.

  • Date: Tuesday, January 12th
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Location: O’Shaughnessy Hall, Room 119 (map)

Click here for Dr. Sheppard's bio. 



National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2015


The University of Notre Dame is proud to recognize postdoctoral scholars and the significant contributions they make to research and discovery. National Postdoc Appreciation Week will be filled with both social and professional development events for ND Postdocs!

Since 2009, the NPA has sponsored National Postdoc Appreciation Day/Week to recognize the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to U.S. research and discovery. Institutions from across the country and other parts of the world participate by holding special events. In 2010, this week was officially recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives.

Every event you attend, you will be able to enter your name into a drawing for Notre Dame Football Tickets.  Drawing will be held on Thursday, September 24th at 3:30 pm during the Ice Cream Social. 

Professional Development Expo

PD expo 2015

The Graduate Student Union will host the annual Professional Development Expo. The purpose of the Expo is to showcase the professional development services that are available for graduate students and postdocs at Notre Dame, with booths hosted by offices and institutes like yours.  We have put together an exciting exposition, including:

·         Free catered lunch

·         Free photo shoot for professional headshots 

·         Select retail vendors from the Michiana area

·         Portfolio Consultation Unit (Resumé, CV, and LinkedIN assessments)

·         Raffle for great prizes

·         …and much, much more!  

Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Time: 11:30am to 2:30pm, Heritage Hall, Joyce Center
Professional Development Expo Flyer: click here

Grant Winners Seminar 

Notre Dame Research

The Office of Research at the University of Notre Dame is sponsoring a CAREER DEVELOPMENT GRANTS FOR PRE- AND POSTDOCS.  The workshop will be led by Dr. Robert Porter (click here for bio). This will be an all-day event.  More information about the workshop is below.

  • Date: Friday, October 2, 2015
  • Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Lunch on own, refreshments will be provided)
  • Location: McKenna Hall (campus map)
  • Registration: Click here
  • Workshop Flyer: Click here
  • Workshop Description: This session will focus on NSF and NIH grants that support doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows as they transition through critical career stages, from early graduate study to the doctoral dissertation, the initial postdoctoral fellowship, and on to becoming an independent investigator. We will examine the purpose and structure of NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship programs and its Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants. NIH funding mechanisms such as F awards, K awards, and the new Pathway to Independence program will be described. Requirements unique to career development proposals will be specified, and successful proposals will be used to illustrate principles of effective writing. Topics to be discussed include:
    • Choosing the appropriate award track for your career stage
    • Anatomy of a typical career award proposal
    • Understanding the grant review process
    • Contacting grant program officers

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Postdoc Women's Event: Jr. Faculty Panel Q&A

Wondering how to get a job as a professor? What's it like to be a female faculty member? How do you balance work and family? Get these answers and ask more questions at the Junior Female Faculty Panel sponsored by the Postodoc Women's Committee.  Here from the following faculty at Notre Dame and Saint Mary's.

  • Kathryn Haas, Chemistry and Physics, Saint Mary's College
  • Amy Hixon, Civil and Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences, Notre Dame
  • Jennifer Jones, Sociology, Notre Dame
  • Laurie Littlepage, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Notre Dame
  • Kate Marshall, English, Notre Dame

Mark your calendars and plan to attend this event.  

  • Date: April 14, 2015
  • Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Location: Mendoza College of Business, first floor, room 160 (map )
  • Register: Click here

Don't have a sitter, you can bring the kids.  We will have kid-friendly treats.

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How to Negotiate a Salary

Salary Wordle

Not sure how to effectively negotiate for a competitive salary?  Are you wondering:

  • Is it really OK to negotiate a salary?
  • How do I find comparison salary information for positions I'm applying for?
  • What to do I do if I feel the offered salary is too low?
  • How do I counter with a higher salary?

Get the answers to these questions and more tips from Kate Banks, Manager, College Recruiting for UnitedHealth Group. Kate Banks has over 12 years recruiting experience across a broad range of functions and industries.

  • Date: February 24, 2015
  • Time: Noon - 1PM
  • Location: Eck Visitor's Center Auditorium (map location)
  • Register: Click here

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Wine and Dine Your Way to Sucess - Etiquette Dinner 2015

Etiquette Dinner 2015

True or False?

  • In dining situations, my drinks are on my right and my bread plate on the left.
  • During an on-site interview, it’s okay to order a cocktail before the meal or wine with my meal when everyone else is drinking.
  • At a conference, it’s okay for me to walk up to a group of people engaged in conversation and interrupt by introducing myself.
  • The rules of etiquette aren’t as important in an organization that has a ‘laid back’ culture.

How did you do?  Are you unsure about any of your answers?  Do you feel confident about your etiquette abilities in networking or business dining settings? Etiquette is the essence of building relationships with people, and in the professional world, it’s your relationships with people that determine your success or failure.  

Uncover the essential elements of proper etiquette in today’s business environment.

Join Graduate Career Services and the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars during an enjoyable and entertaining evening of networking and dining at the Morris Inn Ballroom (map) on February 26, 2015 from 6:00-7:30 pm. The cost is $8.50 and includes complimentary drink and 3-course dinner.

Seating is very limited, so complete the registration form today. Register here!

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GSPN Jingle Bell Ballgspn_jingle_bell

The Graduate Student and Partner Network (GSPN) would like to invite all Postdocs and their spouses/partners to the Jingle Bell Ball. 

Put on your party clothes, shake off the winter blues, and come celebrate the holiday season with the GSPN!  Enjoy tasty food, delicious drink, music, and fun all around!

Tickets are $10 each. Please RSVP to Tony Cunningham (, and pay for and pick up tickets at the door.  Tickets are valid for one drink at the bar plus one entry into the GSPN raffle. 

  • Adults Only
  • When: December 14, 2014, 5-8pm
  • Where: The Brick, 1145 Northside Blvd, South Bend, IN

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Postdoc Women: Q & A with Dr. Kathryn Packman: Advice for Establishing a Career in Industry

Former ND Postdoc and current Scientific Director Oncology Collaborations at Janssen, Dr. Kathryn Packman will talk about how she transitioned from postdoc to a successful career in industry.  (Event Information)

For more information on Dr. Packman, click here.

  • Date: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Location: Harper Cancer Institute (campus map)
  • Lunch will be provided
  • Open to ND Postdoc women only.
  • Limited seating. Must register to attend. Click here to register.

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Network Like a Pro

Network Like a pro

  • Date: September 30, 2014
  • Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Space is limited: Register now!
  • Appetizers and drinks provided

You may think that your friend was born a natural conversationalist. Or perhaps you are a little jealous that someone you know is “lucky” to be so outgoing. The truth is, luck has nothing to do with it. Networking takes effort, skill, and practice. A good networker must do much more than simply make party talk.  They must know how to put others at ease.

Whether you find yourself networking at a social function, a business event, or at a conference, know how to put your best foot forward and build relationships with new people you meet.

Join ND Graduate Career Services and the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars as they host a networking evening of fun, conversation and learning onTuesday, September 30, 2014 in Club Naimoli in the Joyce Center/Purcell Pavillion (map) from 6:30-8:00pm.  Light appetizers and drinks will be served.

Space is limited.  To register, go to

Please note, if your plans change and you are unable to attend the Networking Event, please cancel your registration by emailing before September 26th so that we may offer your spot to another.  Absence from the event without cancellation will result in a $15 charge.

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ACS on Campus      


ACS on Campus

The University of Notre Dame’s College of Science, Hesburgh Libraries and The Graduate School are pleased to announce the American Chemical Societies ‘ACS On Campus at Notre Dame’ event which will be held on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 8:00am – 5:00pm in the Notre Dame Conference Center at McKenna Hall.

A pre-event evening will be held on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in the Jordan Hall of Science (Room 101) featuring a Science Café Networking Event and panel discussion on ‘Careers in Chemistry: What Can I do with a PhD?’  A more detailed agenda including panelists and keynote speaker bios will be forthcoming on our website.ACS on Campus is an outreach program dedicated to helping science students, postdocs, and faculty enhance and advance their careers.  Attend sessions on the scholarly publishing process, learn more about ACS Publications Open Access Programs, see ChemWorx and SciFinder demos, and participate in a Career Pathways: Working in Industry workshop.  ACS on Campus is a great opportunity to network, build skills and learn valuable career tips and strategies.

This event is free but registration is required in order to attend.  Complimentary food will be provided for all registered participants including a networking luncheon on Wednesday at the Morris Inn.

For more information or to respond to questions, please contact Thurston Miller (, Tara O’Leary (, Marissa Gebhard (, Kim Patton ( or Larry Westfall (

Registration is open now.  Follow ACS on Twitter @ACSonC for updates!  #ACSatNotreDame   ACS on Campus Flyer

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National Postdoc Appreciation Week 


When: September 15-19, 2014

  • Why: Since 2009, the NPA has sponsored National Postdoc Appreciation Day/Week to recognize the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to U.S. research and discovery. Institutions from across the country and other parts of the world participate by holding special events. In 2010, this week was officially recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives.
  • What: Click here for list of events.

Are you a member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)?  You can for FREE. Here are the steps.  Why join? Check out the benefits of an NPA Affiliate membership.  As an Affiliate Member, you receive discounts.  Click here for listing of discounts.

  1. Go to the NPA site and click on Join in the upper right corner.
  2. Select your member type: Affiliate Postdoc
  3. Enter your username (your institutional email address, along with your first and last name.  To receive a free Affiliate membership, you must use your institutional email address.
  4. Enter all required information (marked with an asterisk) and any other information that you wish to have in your profile. The required information includes your username, email address, gender and full name. You will also need to create a password for your account. Your password must be a minimum of six (6) characters in length and contain at least one number and one non-numeric character (letters, punctuation, etc.).  Please note: All information entered will be visible to site administrators. If you wish for information to be excluded from your public profile (as seen by other site visitors), uncheck the box(es) next to the field(s) you wish to be hidden. If you uncheck the box next to "email address" it will not be displayed, but members can still contact you via email through the site's email system.
  5. Click on "Submit." Congratulations - you're done! The NPA Membership Manager will review your Affiliate membership within 10 working days, and you will receive an email when it has been approved.

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Postdoc Summer Picnic 


Thanks to all the postdocs, postdoc family members, and staff who came out for the Postdoc Summer Picnic.  Everyone had a great time.  The group picture turned out GREAT! We took lots of pictures of the event.  We look forward to seeing you at future ND Postdoc events.
  • Click here for pictures from the picnic!

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GSU and Office for Postdoctoral Scholars Research Symposium



Congratulations to the following Postdocs for winning awards at the Graduate Student Union and Office for Postdoctoral Scholars 6th Annual Research Symposium!

From left to right: Haitao Wang, 2nd place in Engineering; Erin Grey, 2nd place in Science; Jessica Meixner, 1st place in Engineering; and Aaron Sheppard 1st place in Science.

Thanks to all the Postdocs who participated in the Symposium.  They and their research topics are listed below.  For more pictures from the Symposium, click here.

ND Postdoc Participants



Research Topic

Aaron D. Sheppard - 1st Place Science Biological Sciences/ Postdoc Light-regulated blood-feeding behavior and a light phase response curve for the Anopheles gambiae malaria mosquito
Erin K. Grey - 2nd Place Science Environmental Change Initiative/Postdoc Forecasting Ship-born Invasive Species
Jessica Meixner - 1st Place Engineering Engineering/Postdoc Discontinuous Galerkin Methods for Spectral Wave/Circulation Modeling
Haitao Wang - 2nd Place Engineering CEEES/Postdoc Wet chemical preparation of catalysts layers for growth vertical aligned carbon nanotube arrays

Benxin Jing


Interaction of Ionic Liquids with Lipid Biomembrane: Implication from Supramolecular Assembly to Cytotoxicity

Krishna Priya Arjunan, Sylwia Ptasinska Radiation Research Lab/Postdoc Surface Sterilization by Cold Atmospheric Pressure Plasma Jet

John Cheriyan, Christina Mezes and Francis J. Castellino

Science/ Postdoc

Regulatory potential of the ligand binding region of NMDA receptor- New insights for possible therapeutics

Claire Booyjzsen


Streptococcus pyogenes strain A20: M1 or M23?

Ian Sander

Biological Sciences/Postdoc

3D Printed Replicas of Patient Anatomy for Improved Outcomes in Sinus Surgery

Jeffrey Mayfield


Mutations in the Control of Virulence Sensor Gene from Streptococcus pyogenes After Infection in Mice Lead to Clonal Bacterial Variants With Altered Gene Regulatory Activity and Virulence

Taebum Lee


CO2 Capture Chemistry of Azolide-based Ionic Liquid

Mariya Vyushkova, Evgenii Kalneus


Optically Detected Electron Paramagnetic Resonance and Magnetically Affected Reaction Yield Spectra of Fluoroalkylarene Radical Anions

Diego Fernando Echeverri-Garcia

Biology/ Postdoc

Prevalence of malaria and Glucose 6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency in the Western Province, Solomon Islands

Sarbani Bhattacharya, Zhong Liang, Victoria A Ploplis, Francis J Castellino


Characterization of Functional Components in PAM, a Group A Streptococcus Virulence Factor

Houyu Zhu


Theoretical insight into the Structure and Stability of Palladium/alumina Interface


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