NPA Annual Meeting an Opportunity to Learn, Network

NPA-2015ConferenceLOGO-croppOn March 13-15th, two Argonne Postdocs who are active in the PSA attended the 13th Annual Meeting of the National Postdoctoral Association, along with Postdoctoral Program Lead, Tina Henne. The Annual Meeting provides an opportunity for postdocs and program administrators from across the country to share ideas on postdoc training, network, and learn about issues that postdocs and postdoctoral program offices face. More than 375 postdoctoral scholars, postdoctoral administrators, faculty, and company representatives participated in the event. Argonne attendees Giovanni Ramirez Gonzalez (ES) and Andrew Senesi (XSD) will be sharing their experience and take-aways from the meeting in  a series of blog posts. First up, Giovanni answers a series of questions of what he learned at NPA 2015.

  1. What sessions/topics of workshops did you attend?

I attended the keynote and plenaries. I also attended the following sessions:

  1. What was the greatest benefit of attending the meeting?

The greatest benefit that I received attending the NPA annual meeting was the possibility of seeing the big picture and understanding the actual situation of the postdoctoral scientists in US. I had the opportunity to learn about the possibilities and difficulties in obtaining a job in the future as a young scientist, and the possible strategies that we should follow in order to be prepared. Continue reading

PSA Social Event: Trivia Night

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Date & Time: April 29, 2015 at 7:30am
Location: Three Corners Grill & Tap, 12371 S. DERBY ROAD, LEMONT

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The Postdoctoral Society of Argonne would like to hold a social event at Three Corners Grill & Tap in Lemont which has a trivia competition every Wednesday at 8pm. Suggested meeting time is 7:30pm in order to form teams. As always, feel free to invite friends and significant others to the event!

Every Wednesday starting at 8pm. Enjoy great food and drink specials, win great prizes and test your wits against other teams! FREE to play. Gather your team of up to 5 Players and come in and give it a shot! Hosted by the best in the business Whaddayaknow Team Trivia Group!

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If you would like to propose an idea for our next event, please email the PSA Liaison Officer, Jessica Linville at

PSA LDRD Workshop and Networking Event

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LDRD (II) Workshop

Date & Time: April 8, 2015 – 11:45am – 1:45pm
Location: Bldg. 240 Room 1416

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As a follow-up to the first LDRD Workshop on March 12, the Postdoctoral Society of Argonne and the Postdoctoral Program Office present a Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Workshop, Part II, Wed., April 8, 2015, 11:45am to 1:45pm in TCS Building (240), Room 1416.

This event is open to Postdocs, supervisors and mentors interested in learning more about the LDRD program.

Lunch will be served at 11:45am with a presentation by Tom LeCompte, followed by a networking session from 12pm to 1:45pm.

Guest Speaker: Particle Physicist & Group Leader of HEP Computing, Tom LeCompte, will share his insights on the specifics of the LDRD proposal process from the point of view of the Director’s Review Committee, and will lend advice and answer questions from a reviewer’s perspective on the writing and approval process of the LDRD Program. Please send questions/ topic/ comments for Tom to Marvin Cummings ( by March 27.

The purpose of this event is for postdocs to connect with potential collaborators and identify skill-sets / talents / knowledge / experience that will 1) strengthen the project and 2) increase the likelihood that your LDRD proposal will be funded.







Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Workshop

The Postdoctoral Society of Argonne and the Postdoctoral Program Office present a Laboratory Directed Research and Development (LDRD) Workshop Thursday, March 12, 2015, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the Building 362 Auditorium.

Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. with presentations from the panel at 12 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.

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Speed Networking Event January 22nd








Kick off 2015 the right way by meeting as many postdocs as possible in 60 minutes!

How it will work:

1. You will eat lunch.

2. Participants will pair up and each will be given 3-5 minutes to introduce themselves.

3. When the buzzer goes off, you move to the next person.

It’s that simple! Or, is it?

Networking can be scary–but it doesn’t have to be! What can you say about yourself and your work in 3-5 minutes? How do you capture the interest of your counterpart? How do you make sure you are listening as well as you are talking?

You can prepare to practice these skills by reviewing a few essentials:

Join us on Thursday, January 22nd in the APCF Building 446 (behind the APS and CNM) Auditorium. Lunch will be served by 11:45. Networking will begin shortly after noon.

RSVP by filling out this quick Google Form (so we can plan for space and food!)