They conduct lab research and teach classes, but they are neither faculty nor graduate students. Postdoctoral scholars, or postdocs, serve an important role at the University of Kentucky, however, they are scattered across various departments and have not always had an opportunity to meet and share their work.
Professor Susan Odom in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences, said, "Most postdocs don’t have any kind of formal gatherings that are specifically targeted toward them."
In 2014, Odom collaborated with Matt Casselman, a postdoc in chemistry, to organize UK’s Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SOPS). SOPS offers weekly activities like professional development workshops or research presentations.
On Friday, June 12, SOPS will host its first Postdoctoral Research Symposium at the William T. Young Library. The symposium will allow for the exchange of ideas across a broad range of fields, and abstract submissions are welcome from any discipline.
“It’s a great way to bring everyone together, to network, and further everybody’s goals,” Casselman said.
The symposium will feature the university’s Vice President for Research Lisa Cassis as the keynote speaker, as well as oral presentations given by postdoctoral scholars... FULL STORY