2019 DiverseScholar Postdoctoral Conference #DivSch19

Join us July 19-20, 2019 for our third event. We're bringing together a diverse group of postdocs and doctoral graduate students for professional development, research presentations, and recruiting. DiverseScholar's postdoc participants are 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: 2018 | 2017

Info about: Agenda | Logistics | Sponsorships | Registration

Announcing Plenary Speaker Dione Lee Rossiter, PhD!

Dione Lee Rossiter headshotWe're happy to announce that our Saturday plenary speaker is science communication expert, Dr. Dione Lee Rossiter speaking on Using SciComm Skills to Achieve STEM Diversity. She is a Science Communication, Engagement, and Outreach Specialist who has previously worked with non-profits, universities, government offices, and for-profit businesses to improve their science engagement efforts. In addition to her engagement work, she is an Adjunct Professor in the Meteorology & Climate Science Department at San Jose State University. Dr. Rossiter’s previous positions include: Climate Specialist for the County of San Mateo, helping the County communicate the risks of climate change and engage stakeholders around climate change solutions; Scientific Programs & Outreach Manager at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC, providing independent leadership of science programs, outreach, and initiatives intended to broaden the reach of scientific research within and outside of the institution; and at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) as the Director of the AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellows Program, a 45-year-old Fellowship that places scientists in news outlets across the country to work as science reporters. Rossiter received her PhD in Atmospheric Science within the Earth & Planetary Sciences Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. While a graduate student, she worked with the Division of Graduate Studies to create university initiatives that would address the lack of diversity amongst the graduate population.


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

Brief Agenda (a)

Registration opens at 9am on both Friday and Saturday

Thursday July 18

Evening dinner for DiverseScholar-invited postdocs starting at 5pm CST

Friday July 19

Time Session Speaker
9:30am Welcome & Announcements Roca
10am Preparing Your CV Lindstaedt
12pm Getting Your First Academic Faculty Job panel
2pm Using a Rubric to Improve Your Oral Presentations Lindstaedt & Krug
4pm Designing Your First Grant Proposal Stith
6pm Pickup boxed dinner for Trainees Night Out  

Saturday July 20

Time Session Speaker
10am Research Chalk Talks (b) Krug
12pm Plenary: Using SciComm Skills to Achieve STEM Diversity Rossiter
2pm Post-academic Jobs: Administration & Policy
Postdoc Fundamentals
Stith & Singh
4pm Science Communication as a Tool for Success Rossiter
6pm Banquet: Supporting Diversity Postdoc Associations panel

Exhibitor Fair: Friday and Saturday 9am - 6pm

Saturday 1-on-1 CV review sessions

  • Doctoral Directory members will meet w/ Lindstaedt in morning.
  • Other PhD trainees will meet w/Krug (afternoon) and other professionals.
  • Signup instructions will be provided to pre-registered attendees.

a) Tentative agenda subject to change.
b) for DiverseScholar postdocs.


Alberto Roca, PhD, Conference Chair
Executive Director, DiverseScholar

Sibby Anderson-Thompkins, PhD
Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor for Research;
Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Aimee Edinger, VMD, PhD
Assoc. Prof., Developmental & Cell Biology
University of California, Irvine

Edward Krug, PhD
Assoc. Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs; Medical University of South Carolina

Bill Lindstaedt, MS
Assistant Vice Chancellor; Career Advancement, International & Postdoctoral Services
University of California, San Francisco

Paulchris Okpala, D.HSc, MHA, MPA, RCP, CRT
Assoc. Prof. of Health Science & Human Ecology;
California State University, San Bernardino

Dione Lee Rossiter, PhD
Freelance Science Engagement & Communication Specialist;
former Director, AAAS Mass Media Science Fellows Program

Harinder Singh, PhD
Associate Director, Graduate Professional Success in Biomed Science (GPS-BIOMED)
University of California, Irvine

Andrea Stith, PhD
Director for Research Development, Science and Engineering
University of California, Santa Barbara

Kathleen Treseder, PhD
Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
University of California, Irvine


When: July 19-20, 2019

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 spring/summer email newsletters
  • MinorityPostdoc email list: instructions to join Doctoral Directory in spring/summer newsletters

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 in early July. Such PhD trainee registrants will be expected to pay a discounted registration fee to offset the costs of breakfast/lunch meals as well as onsite parking.

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

Registration deadlines:

  • for DiverseScholar postdocs traveling by plane: Friday June 28
  • for PhD trainees traveling by car (lunch headcount): Monday July 15
  • onsite registration (space permitting) but no lunch guarantee!

Registration for Professionals

Registration rates 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 (c)
$60 Registration for postdocs (c)
$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 July 15

In event of cancellation by June 28, a full refund less a 5% processing fee will be issued. No refunds will be made for cancellations after that date.

Sponsors and Partners

National Institutes of Health

California State University, San Bernardino

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Stanford University: Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

University of California, Irvine: GPS-BIOMED

Sponsorship and Exhibitor Rates (d)

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

c) Evening meal not included in registration.
d) Sponsorship benefits subject to change without notice.

In event of cancellation by June 28, 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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