2009 SACNAS National Conference Postdoc Events

36th annual conference, Sheraton Hotel Dallas, Texas, October 15-18, 2009. More info here.
The entire conference agenda can be found here.

Postdoc Committee Meeting

All postdocs are invited to attend an informal meeting to provide feedback on current and future SACNAS postdoc activities. Join us to get to know one another.
Room City View 4 on Friday October 16, 4:45 p.m.

Graduate & Postdoc Networking Reception
Postdoc Poster Session!

Postdoc reception 2008

Join us for a reception welcoming postdocs and interested graduate students to the SACNAS national meeting. This gathering is an excellent way to network and to learn about postdoctoral and professional opportunities. Professionals and exhibitors are encouraged to attend the reception to publicize open positions. Recruiters at the conference will have a chance to meet SACNAS postdocs. The Postdoc Poster Session will highlight our postdoctoral member’s scholarship.
Houston Ballrooms B & C on Thursday October 15, 8:30 p.m.
(2008 Postdoc presentations and slideshow)

Postdoc poster 2008

Currently only late abstracts are being accepted from interested postdocs. If you will have just started your postdoc training by October, then you are welcome to present your graduate thesis. To submit an abstract, please contact Michael Hernandez, [email protected], SACNAS staff person, 831-459-0170.

Organizers: Alberto Roca, Ph.D., Founder, minoritypostdoc.org; Greg Villareal, Ph.D., SACNAS Board member

Panel: Fellowships and Opportunities for a Successful Postdoc Experience

This interactive session will provide an opportunity for graduate students and postdocs to answer questions about the postdoctoral experience. Participants will receive in-depth information on fellowship programs (such as stipends and annual fellow meetings) and vital tips regarding the application/selection process. Importantly, attendees can network with fellowship program officers. Read an article on diversity postdoctoral fellowships.
San Antonio Ballroom A on Saturday October 17, 3:15 p.m.

Roberto Aguilar, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Irvine
University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

Jane Dell’Amore
Program Promotion Manager, National Research Council
NRC Postdoctoral Research Associateship Program and
Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Diversity Fellowships

Shawn Drew, Ph.D.
Program Director, Minority Opportunities in Research Division, NIGMS, NIH
Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

Linda Harris, Ph.D.
Associate Director and Liaison for University Affairs, Academic Programs
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship

James LePage, Ph.D.
Associate Chief of Staff Research and Development, VA North Texas Health Care System
Opportunities with the Department of Veterans Affairs

Lina Patino, Ph.D.
Program Director, Geosciences, National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Biology: Broadening Participation

Organizers and Moderators
David Vigerust, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Department of Veteran Affairs

Meda Higa, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pennsylvania

Postdoc panel 2008

Speakers from the 2008 Postdoc Opportunities panel. See article for roster.

Postdoc Committee Exhibit Booth #901

Postdoc booth 2008

Find us at the SACNAS conference exhibition hall where the booth complements our other postdoctoral activities. Volunteer postdocs who staff the booth can address topics for conference attendees that are not discussed during the career development workshops. Search the posted job ads for a postdoctoral or professional position. We also distribute free materials about the postdoctoral experience such as:
COSEPUP’s book “Enhancing the Postdoctoral Experience”
HHMI/BWF’s book “Making the Right Moves: A Practical Guide to Scientific Management for Postdocs and New Faculty”
Sigma Xi’s Postdoc Survey Highlights

Leadership Institute: Career Planning and Creating your Individual Development Plan (IDP)

An IDP is an annual planning tool that helps you identify both professional development needs and career objectives thereby allowing you to set and achieve your goals. The workshop will take you through structured steps that will help you explore what career path(s) might be a good fit for you. Early career planning makes for a more productive and pleasant postdoctoral training experience.
Majestic 8 on Thursday October 15, 1 p.m.

Philip Clifford, Ph.D.
Professor and Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Education
Office of Postdoctoral Education
Medical College of Wisconsin

William Lindstaedt
Director, Office of Career & Professional Development
University of California, San Francisco

Workshop: COAChing Strong Women in the Art of Strategic Persuasion

This workshop combines self-presentation and faculty development in an interactive format that encourages highly personal learning. It will 1) teach participants techniques used in theater and leadership programs to enhance performance, 2) use role-plays of their own cases, 3) coach participants in strategic management of discussions and negotiations.
Please preregister for this session. There is limited travel and lodging support available.
State Room 2 on Sunday October 18, 8 a.m.

Who Should Attend

Graduate students and postdocs will have an opportunity to network with stakeholders in academia involved with postdoctoral issues. Recruiters are encouraged to consider SACNAS postdocs for job openings. Professionals, please join our efforts to diversify the scientific workforce by fostering the career of minority postdocs. We invite representatives from funding organizations, diversity committees in professional science societies, mentoring societies, academic institutions, minority networking organizations, and policy organizations.


Online pre-registration for the SACNAS conference is available here until September 17, 2009. On-site registration will open at the Convention Center on the morning of Thursday October 8, 2009.

Postdoc Networking and Mentoring

If you are attending the SACNAS conference and would like to meet other postdocs, please let us know. We are also interested in identifying postdocs who wish to mentor student attendees about the postdoctoral experience. Please contact us at

Postdocs requesting FASEB/MARC travel financial aid

The FASEB/MARC Program provides funding for travel awards for postdocs presenting their research at the SACNAS annual conference. The awards help to defray travel-related expenses associated with conference attendance. Travel awards (up to $1850) are processed as reimbursements to the award recipients. Deadline to apply is September 17, 2009. Details of the travel award can be found at this site: marc.faseb.org/pages/page2a.htm

Postdocs should download the “Poster/Platform (Oral) Presenter Travel Award” application. Please contact the FASEB MARC Program office regarding any questions about these travel awards at [email protected].

last updated 17-Sep-2009