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News and Updates from the Postdoctoral Affairs Office - November 13


Have you been considering applying for an NIH NRSA F32 postdoctoral fellowship? Read below for details about an upcoming session to help you prepare a competitive application.

Alexis Thompson, Assistant Dean
Graduate Student Success and Postdoctoral Affairs

Your Professional Development

Tuesday, November 13, 3:30 - 5 p.m., Coble Hall, room 304 

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn strategies for building a team of people to support your academic and professional success. You will learn who you need in your network, how to find them, how to make first contact, and how to maintain your connection with them over time.


Tuesday, November 13, 4 - 5 p.m., Lincoln Hall, room 1051

Learn how to write an effective personal statement, also called an "application essay" or "statement of purpose." This presentation will review successful strategies and help you develop a plan for your own personal statement.

Your Research and Teaching

Learn about accessible documents, media, and technology as Accessing Higher Ground is streamed Nov 12-16 on campus. The free event has 20+ sessions including Mon’s "Accessible Adobe InDesign Layouts for Accessible PDFs and EPUBs." These valuable skills will translate across design, development, and management in your career path. Sessions, times, and locations at 

Emerging Tech Hands-on: Virtual Reality

Tuesday, November 27, 10 - 11 a.m., Armory, TechHub room 151A

CITL Innovation Spaces is hosting a variety of hands-on emerging technology topics for beginners. Workshops are open to everyone. (Note: This workshop counts towards the Certificate in Technology-Enhanced Teaching.)

Learn the many ways to dive into the world of virtual reality. Get hands on action with HTC Vive, Oculus GO, and Virtual Reality through a smartphone. No prerequisites. All workshops are free and scheduled to last one hour. 


Wednesday, December 12, 1 - 3 p.m., Medical Sciences Building, Auditorium


The Graduate College invites graduate students in life & health-related sciences to an information session on the NIH National Research Service Award. NRSAs provide 5 years of support for PhD students & 6 years for MD/PhD students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents. The session will provide guidance on how to prepare a competitive proposal.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund – Postdoctoral Enrichment Program

Deadline: January 16, 2019

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is accepting applications for its 2018 Postdoctoral Enrichment Program. Through the program, grants of up to $60,000 over three years will be awarded to support career-development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution (including its affiliated graduate and medical schools, hospitals, and research institutions) in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research.

Good to Know

Registration Deadline: December 14

Do you want to learn a new language or brush up on your language skills? The Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program offers low-cost classes in French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Japanese, Greek, Chinese, Korean, Hindi, Russian, German, Turkish, Swahili, and English as a Second Language. Open to everyone; not for credit, just for fun! Classes meet January 2-11. Take advantage of the new early-bird registration discount.

Undocumented Student Ally Training

Tuesday, December 4, 5 - 7:30 p.m., Levis Faculty Center, Third Floor Lecture Hall

Registration required

Join for an insightful discussion on how to best be a resource to undocumented students on campus. Led by Gioconda Guerra Pérez, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Academic Inclusive Excellence, La Casa Cultural Latina and students from I-CAUSE (Illinois Coalition Assisting Undocumented Students’ Education), the 3rd Annual IPRH Work-In will provide a comprehensive training regarding immigration legislation, understanding DACA & administrative relief, resources for DACA students, and narratives of Undocumented students. This event is free. 


Postdoc Post is distributed on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month to current Postdocs at Illinois. Please see our website for submission information

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in any of the programs or events listed in Postdoc Post, please email the contact person for the event. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.