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2016 Annual Presidential Career Symposium

You are invited to the 5th Annual Presidential Career Symposium.

Register here:

Please make sure to save the date! We, the planning Committee for the 5th Annual Presidential Career Symposium, represent the postdoctoral associations from a number of institutions within the Texas Medical Center. We have planned a valuable and exciting day that will allow you to explore many advanced-degree career options and to receive practical advice from industry experts.

  • Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016
  • Time: 7:30 am to 6:30 pm
  • Location: 7007 Bertner Avenue, Houston, Texas 77030 MD Anderson Cancer Center Mid Campus Building (1MC)

Registration will open first week of December!

This year’s annual Symposium will feature a keynote address from Dr. Teresa Woodruff, Thomas J. Watkins Memorial Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. She was named to the Time Magazine 2013 list of the World’s Most Influential People and was voted 112th. She was the only scientist on the list! There will be also Breakout Sessions and Workshops to provide you with the critical advice you need for your future career. The Breakout Sessions are Q&A sessions where you can ask for career advice from panels of PhD-holders who have become experts in their respective career paths. A wide range of career opportunities will be represented! The Workshops are designed to provide you with practical advice that can help you identify your next steps, be more productive in your career search, manage your online profile, and perform better during interviews.

Why should you participate in this symposium? Simple. This event is all about YOU. This symposium is FREE to you.

Contact: Margie,

ARN Save-the-Date! Postdoc Workshop

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be hosting the next ARN Postdoc Workshop on January 14-15, 2016 in Edinburg, TX.

More Information about the ARN Post Doc Workshop.

We are excited about hosting the ARN Postdoc Workshop this year and have planned 2 major activities (plus some informal networking events):

  1. Job Fair on Thursday January 14, 2016 in the late afternoon. UTRGV currently has nearly 90 open faculty positions that will be searched for in 2015-2016; many of the positions are in STEM/SBS/Economics departments. Representatives from colleges, schools and departments will be available to meet with the ARN postdocs and discuss open faculty jobs. This will be an excellent opportunity for women postdocs who may be seeking a tenure-track academic position in the near future.
  2. Mini-Teaching Workshop on the morning of Friday January 15, 2016 led by pedagogy experts (a.k.a. Master Teachers) from our UTeach program.

At last year’s postdoc workshop at the University of Houston, many attendees expressed concerns about their lack of teaching experience and preparation. This workshop was born out of these discussions. The postdocs will be coached by the UTeach Master Teachers on different teaching approaches and have the opportunity to prepare and present a short lecture or activity. They will be given substantive feedback from their peers and from the Master Teachers to improve their technique, and will have the option of being videotaped. We will also provide the attendees with a short book on teaching (The Little Orange Book by the University of Texas System); information on how to write an effective teaching philosophy statement; and information about teaching resources that they can utilize.

Contact: Kristine,

OwlSpark Info Session: Discover how we help startup teams turn tech innovations into businesses!

Are you an entrepreneurial-minded student, recent alumni, faculty or staff member with an innovative technology or business idea?

Are you interested in launching your own tech startup?

Join us for the OwlSpark Information Session on Monday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m. in Willy’s Pub to learn more about the Rice University accelerator program and how we help startup teams turn ideas into businesses. Chow down, get intel on the Summer 2016 program and application process, ask questions, and meet OwlSpark alumni. Even if you don’t have an innovative technology or business idea, this is a great opportunity to network with like-minded individuals to share ideas and discuss interests. Also, we’ll feed you, so come hungry!

Reserve your spot at

More information at Owlspark Info Session.

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The OwlSpark accelerator is an intense, immersive 12-week summer experience for up to ten Rice University startup teams. A full-time program that includes intensive mentoring, curriculum and exposure to Houston’s best resources, the accelerator program is designed to help Rice students, faculty, staff, and recent alumni launch companies based on their innovative technologies or business ideas.

Contact: Jessica,

Ignite 2016: Silicon Valley Entrepreneurship Trek: Wednesday – Saturday, March 2-5, 2016


Attention, Engineering Grad Students!

Join the RCEL-Rice Alliance Spring Break entrepreneurship trek to Silicon Valley. Apply now to participate in the 2016 Ignite trek for the opportunity to meet successful and up-and-coming entrepreneurs, and to visit startups, high-tech companies, and VC firms in Silicon Valley! Wednesday – Saturday, MARCH 2-5, 2016. RCEL will support up to 12 Rice engineering graduate students and 3 undergraduate students by paying for their conference fee and hotel, and providing $300 toward travel. (Students pay the balance of their travel expenses and some meal expenses.)

Ignite Trek Schedule:

  • Day 1: Wednesday, March 2 – Travel day & Opening reception (6:00pm at UC Davis Campus)
  • Day 2: Thursday, March 3 – Field trips to Start-ups/High-tech companies/VC firms
  • Day 3: Friday, March 4 – Entrepreneurial Guest Speakers (UC Davis Campus)
  • Day 4: Saturday, March 5 – Entrepreneurial Guest Speakers (UC Davis Campus). Closing dinner.

We require all Ignite participants to participate fully in all Ignite activities from March 2-5, 2016.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5:00 P.M. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2015. A limited number of candidates will be accepted to participate. Students will be notified by January 2, 2016.


Contact: Amanda Prestia,


Versatile PhD – Join now!

If you’re concerned about the academic job market, or thinking about non-academic careers, now is a great time to take advantage of Versatile PhD. Rice subscribes to VPhD’s resources, and you have access to them!

  • See authentic, successful resumes and cover letters that got a PhD their first job outside academia.
  • Join a supportive web-based community where you can get advice from PhDs and ABDs working outside the academy.
  • Completely confidential. No one at this or any university will know you are using this website unless you tell them.

Click here to get started: Once you reach the VPhD login page, create a member account if it’s your first time. If you already have an account, sign in as usual.

Calendar of GPS Professional Development Events

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies has compiled a Google Calendar of professional development opportunities for graduate students and postdocs. Feel free to add it to your collection of calendars, or to visit it on our homepage!

Link to GPS Professional Development Calendar:


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Applications for the 2016 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program are now open.

In the US, the For Women In Science fellowship program awards five postdoctoral women scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each. Applicants are selected from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.

The application and more information about the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science program can be found at

Applications are due on Friday, February 5, 2016.

Should you have any questions or require additional information, please email