Forum puts postdoctoral research in spotlight

You may have slightly more than three minutes to do so, but consider yourself on the clock as the deadline to participate in the 2012 Postdoctoral Research Forum is now less than a week away.

Scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28 in the Great Hall, the forum was created by the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies to foster scientific interaction, interdepartmental collaboration and garner greater exposure and recognition for the postdoctoral scholars’ invaluable work.

By Nov. 7, participants can either submit a poster abstract for the research poster showcase or participate in the 3 Minute Research Competition. Registration is required.

The 3 Minute Research Competition is a research communication exercise where postdoctoral scholars have three minutes or less to present their work and its impact to a diverse group of audience members. Modeled after the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition for graduate students, the exercise develops overall communication skills and competencies in the explanation of your research in layman’s terms.

Registration is required in order to participate and all presenters must submit a single, static PowerPoint slide to Mihaela Harmos on Nov. 21, one week before the forum.

Prizes for the 3 Minute Research Competition will be distributed at the Award Ceremony and Reception at 6 p.m. Cash prizes are given to assist winners in attending conferences in order to promote their research and further their career network. Prizes are first place, $1,000; second place, $500; and third place, $250.

For further information please contact Mihaela Harmos, postdoctoral services coordinator. The organizing committee for the Postdoctoral Research Forum consists of Katrina Laurent, Min-Ching Kuo, Julaine Hall and Mihaela Harmos.

Visit the event website for more details.