2023 DiverseScholar Postdoctoral Conference #DivSch23

Our in-person conference is returning on September 28-30, 2023. For the sixth event, we're bringing together a diverse group of postdocs and doctoral graduate students for professional development, research presentations, and recruiting. Our invitation-only travel awards are for members of our Doctoral Directory CV database. Attendees will be preparing elements of their job application in anticipation of the Fall faculty marketing season (see advertisement rates). Join us to network with the next generation of diverse faculty and professionals!
Past events: 2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017

Info about: Agenda | Logistics | Sponsorships |
Registration currently is invitation-only for travel awardees & select partners.
Potential sponsors & recruiters may contact us at info@DiverseScholar.org

Speaker Stacey Glasgow, PhD

Chalk Talks

photo headshot of Stacey GlasgowOur lead speaker about chalk talk presentations is Dr. Stacey Glasgow, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology at the University of California, San Diego. Read about her topic of Chalk Talk Presentations. She received her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology from UT Southwestern Medical Center with Dr. Jane E. Johnson. Dr. Glasgow carried out her postdoctoral training with Dr. Benjamin Deneen in the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Glasgow is the recipient of a K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award issued by the NIH/NCI. Her laboratory’s research is focused on using interdisciplinary approaches to study glial development and neurodegenerative disease and malignancies.

Speaker Bill Lindstaedt, MS

Faculty Jobs

photo headshot of Bill LindstaedtOur lead speaker about faculty job applications is Bill Lindstaedt, Assistant Vice Chancellor (retired) of Career Advancement, International, and Postdoctoral Services at the University of California, San Francisco. Read about the his topic "Launching Your Academic Job Search" based on Academic Career Readiness research. He has been helping scientists and engineers make career decisions for over twenty years. From 2014 to 2023, he served as the Executive Director of the umbrella unit known as Career Advancement, International & Postdoctoral Services, comprised of three offices: The Office of Career and Professional Development, International Students and Scholars Office and the Postdoc Office. Prior to this, he was Director of the Office of Career and Professional Development at the University of California, San Francisco. In addition to his leadership responsibilities, his career advising work focuses on helping pre-doctoral and postdoctoral research scientists with their career and professional development issues. He previously served as Director of the Office of Career and Professional Development. Mr. Lindstaedt is a co-author of ScienceCareers "myIDP", a popular career development tool hosted by Science magazine's careers site. In his one-on-one practice, he has developed particular expertise working with life and health scientists as they transition from academic positions to careers in biotech and other non-academic settings. He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, and a Master's degree from the joint Counseling Psychology and Higher Education/Student Affairs programs at Indiana University.

Agenda (a)

All attendees, speakers, sponsors, staff, and volunteers at our event are required to comply with this Code of Conduct.

Our full COVID policy is pending; but, we encourage participants to use masks while at indoor functions.

Attendee check-in opens at 9am on all days.

Thursday Sept 28 - invited attendees only

Time Session Speaker(s)
10:00am Welcome, Announcements, & Ice Breaker Roca
12pm Introducing Diversity Grad & Postdoc Associations panel
2-5:30pm (design your own sessions) each group
6pm Banquet: Groups reporting & sharing (b) panel

Friday Sept 29 - all registrants

Time Session Speaker(s)
9:30am Welcome & Announcements Roca
10am Launching Your Academic Job Search Lindstaedt
10am Postdoc Fundamentals Anderson-Natale & Gethers
12pm Chalk Talks for Your Pitch or Interview Glasgow
2pm Improving Your Oral Presentations Lindstaedt
4pm Practicing Long Chalk Talks Glasgow & Trainees
6pm Pickup boxed dinner for Trainees Night Out (b)  

Saturday Sept 30 - all registrants

Time Session Speaker(s)
10am Practicing Short Chalk Talks (b) Glasgow & Trainees
12pm Getting Your First Academic Faculty Job faculty panel
12pm Exploring Non-Academic Careers: Options & Steps to Transition Ly & Lyon-Gutierrez
2-5:30pm (your own sessions OR off-site R&R) each group
6pm Banquet: Supporting Diversity Associations (b) panel
9am-4pm 1-on-1 appointments (c) Lindstaedt
11am-3pm 1-on-1 appointments (c) Ly
10am-4pm 1-on-1 appointments (c) Lyon-Gutierrez

Exhibitor Fair: Friday and Saturday 9am - 6pm

Saturday 1-on-1 career sessions

  • Doctoral Directory members will meet w/ Lindstaedt in morning.
  • Other PhD trainees will meet w/other professionals.
  • Each appointment is 25 minutes long with a 5 min speaker break so meetings should start every half hour.
  • Appointments are first-come, first-served in Exhibit area.

a) Tentative agenda subject to change.
b) for DiverseScholar members.
c) Career counselors availability subject to change without notice.

Speakers & Facilitators

Alberto Roca, PhD, Conference Chair
Executive Director, DiverseScholar

Stacey Glasgow, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology
University of California, San Diego

Bill Lindstaedt, MS
Assistant Vice Chancellor (retired); Career Advancement, International, and Postdoctoral Services
University of California, San Francisco

Kayleigh Anderson-Natale, PhD
Director of Postdoc Affairs and Professional Development
University of California, Irvine

Jennie Beltran, M.S.
Associate Professor of Biology
Santa Ana College

Heidy Contreras, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology
California State University, San Bernadino

Ravenn Gethers, M.S.Ed
Assistant Director of Training & Diversity, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Stanford University

Joseph Heras, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
California State University, San Bernadino

Dennis Kolosov, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in Animal Physiology
California State University, San Marcos

Joanne Ly, PhD
Program Director, Graduate Professional Success in STEM (GPS-STEM)
University of California, Irvine

Lauren Lyon-Gutierrez, M.A., LPPC
Founder & Lead Coach; L. Lyon, LLC

More to be announced...


When: September 28-30, 2023

Where: Hilton Irvine / OC Airport hotel; 18800 MacArthur Blvd, Irvine, CA 92612; 949-833-9999. Request room block: DiverseScholar Postdoctoral Conference (if still available).

Airport: John Wayne (SNA)

Registration for Postdocs and PhD Graduate Students*

PhD trainee attendees will be drawn from existing members of the following:

  • DiverseScholar Doctoral Directory: instructions in summer/fall email newsletters.
  • MinorityPostdoc email list: instructions to join Doctoral Directory in summer/fall newsletters.
  • Southern California PhD graduate students: We are contacting leadership of local diversity associations/clubs.
  • UC-Irvine GPS-STEM & OPA Preparing for Faculty Careers Certificate participants: watch for announcement from your program director.
  • UC-Irvine Postdoc Association Board members: watch for announcement from co-chairs.

Partial conference expenses (registration, airfare, and lodging if needed) will be covered for select PhD trainee attendees. However, funding and space are limited so please register early!

If space permits, registration will be open to all postdocs and PhD graduate students from southern California partners in mid-September.

*Note that due to limited funds, the dinners are only for select PhD trainees, registered professionals, and invited guests.

Registration deadlines:

  • for DiverseScholar Doctoral Directory members traveling by plane: Friday September 15
  • for SoCal PhD trainees (requiring hotel lodging): Monday September 18
  • for UC-Irvine PhD trainees (lunch headcount): Friday September 22
  • on-site registration (space permitting) but no lunch guarantee!

Registration for Professionals

Registration to open soon.
Potential sponsors & recruiters may contact us at info@DiverseScholar.org. Registration rates below are for Recruiters, Faculty, Administrators, Staff, Exhibitors, etc except where indicated for PhD trainees. The latter's registration does not include evening meals.

Cost Service
$30 Registration for graduate students (d)
$60 Registration for postdocs (d)
$500 Reg. & Sponsorship Level 2 (branding)
$1,000 Reg. & Sponsorship Level 3 (exhibitor table)
$2,500 Reg. (for 2), Level 3, & Platinum candidate database
$5,000 Reg. (for 4), Level 3, & Diamond CV database

Registration deadline: Monday September 25

In event of cancellation by September 20, a full refund less a 5% processing fee will be issued. No refunds will be made for cancellations after that date.

Sponsors and Partners

Burroughs Wellcome Fund

National Institutes of Health

Stanford University: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Rates (e)

Sponsorship Level: -- One Two Three Four Five
Cost: $300 $250 $500 $1K $2.5K $5K
Registrations (#) 1 -- 1 1 2 4
Listing: Event webpage -- Y Y Y Y Y
Listing: Slides kiosk -- Y Y Y Y Y
Recognition @ welcome -- -- -- Y Y Y
Listing: Print program -- -- -- Y Y Y
Exhibitor table -- -- -- Y Y Y
Candidate database- Platinum -- -- -- -- Y Y
Candidate db w/CVs- Diamond -- -- -- -- -- Y

Potential sponsors & recruiters may contact us at info@DiverseScholar.org.

d) Evening meals not included in registration.
e) Sponsorship benefits subject to change without notice.

In event of cancellation by September 20, a full refund less a 5% processing fee will be issued. No refunds will be made for cancellations after that date.

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