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The 16th NPA Annual Conference was held April 6 - 8, 2018, at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio.

More than 400 postdoctoral scholars, postdoctoral administrators, faculty, and company representatives participated in the event. We wish to thank all of this year's attendees, volunteers, and supporters for making the 2018 Annual Conference a huge success.

Please note: If you intend to use any of the content posted here, please be sure to obtain written permission from the original author first. If a presentation is not posted, it is at the request of the author.


Plenary Sessions


Concurrent Sessions

Becoming the Boss of your Career

PRESENTERS: Brittany L. Carpenter, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Van Andel Research Institute; Erica A. Siebrasse, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Affairs Specialist, Van Andel Research Institute


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Building Startups: You Too Can be an Entrepreneur

PRESENTERS: Jun Axup, Ph.D., Scientific Director and Partner, IndieBio


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Careers, Funding, and Mobility in a Global Research Landscape

PRESENTERS: Viktoria Bodnarova, M.A., Regional Representative, EURAXESS North America; David J. Proctor, Ph.D., Board of Directors, International Consortium of Research Staff Associations (ICORSA); Sina Safayi, D.V.M., Ph.D., Assistant Director of Career Development, MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


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Diversity 101: Why Should we Care, the Role of Implicit Bias and Privilege, and What are Some of the Solutions

PRESENTER: J. Marcela Hernandez, Ph.D., Administrative Director,  Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, The Ohio State University


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Engaging Faculty to Advance Postdoctoral Career Success

PRESENTERS: Nisha A. Cavanaugh, Ph.D., Manager, Postdoctoral & Academic Programs, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute; Bruce H. Mandt, Ph.D., Director, Postdoctoral Office, Career Development Office, University of Colorado Denver|Anschutz Medical Campus


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Exploring and Planning Your Humanities or Social Sciences Career Path Using ImaginePhD

PRESENTERS: Teresa L. Dillinger, Ph.D., Academic Administrator, Professional Development Programs, Graduate Studies, UC Davis


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Marketing Yourself Online in Today's Employment Market & Job Search

PRESENTER: Eric Vaughn, M.Ed., Life Sciences Career Coach, University of Rochester Medical Center


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Meeting the Challenge of Being an International Scholar in the U.S.

PRESENTERS: Philip Clifford, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research at the College of Applied Health Sciences, Director of Mentoring for the UIC Center for Clinical and Translational Science, University of Illinois at Chicago; Brendan Delaney, J.D., Immigration Attorney, Frank & Delaney Immigration Law, LLC, Advisory Council member, NPA; Sina Safayi, D.V.M., Ph.D., Assistant Director of Career Development, Grad School, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center


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Recruitment Strategies for Strengthening and Diversifying Postdoctoral Training: Three Institutional Experiences and Perspectives

PRESENTERS: Sofie R. Kleppner, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs, Stanford University; Jeffrey Mason, Program Director, Office of Postdoctoral Research, The Ohio State University; Michele S. Swanson, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Director, Office of Postdoctoral Studies, University of Michigan Medical School


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Spouse and Partner Support for the Postdoctoral Community

PRESENTERS: Rita Brown, M.A., Instructor, Berkeley Spouse & Partner Program, University of California, Berkeley; Laeticia Wilkins, Ph.D., Co-Chair, Berkeley Spouses, Partners and Parents Association, Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California, Berkeley

MODERATOR: Sam Castaneda, Director, Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs Program,  University of California, Berkeley


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Strategies for Increasing Participation in PDA Leadership and Events

PRESENTERS: Francesca Cignarella, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, Washington University in St. Louis; Jessica A. Hutchins, Ph.D., Director of Curriculum and Graduate Programs, Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences, Washington University in St. Louis


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Supporting the Needs of Postdocs: Highlights and Best Practices from 2017 NPA Institutional Policy Report

PRESENTERS: Tracy Costello, Ph.D., Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Moffitt Cancer Center, Chair, Board of Directors, NPA; Kryste Ferguson, M.Ed., Manager of Membership & Special Projects, NPA


MODERATOR: Mary Anne Timmins, M.Ed., Administrative Director, Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs, University of Pennsylvania


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Why and How to Tell Your Science Story

PRESENTERS: Mallory Fix, M.S.Ed, TESOL, Applied Linguist, Founder, language connectED; Rebecca Toner, M.A.Ed., TESOL, Applied Linguist, Chief Learning Officer, language connectED


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