PSA seeks poster judges

Poster judging to be held October 8

The Postdoctoral Society of Argonne is seeking volunteers to assist in judging of postdoc research posters during the 2015 Annual Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium at the Building 240 TCS Conference Center, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 8, 2015.

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Preempting Poster Disasters–Tips for Designing Winning Posters!



Poster Presentation Slides Part 1–Content

Poster Presentation Slides Part 2–Design


Are you tired of your supervisor telling you to redo your poster?

Want to avoid text overload but don’t know where to start?

Are you caught in the color conundrum?

Don’t despair!

Larisa Blyudaya, award winning graphic designer with Communications, Education and Public Affairs and Tina Henne, Postdoctoral Program Lead will present on Communicating Science through Poster Presentations.

The pair will share tips on distilling content, designing an eye-catching layout, use of color and resources to help make your posters shine. Real posters designed for a variety of audiences and award winning posters from last year’s Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium will be used to illustrate concepts. We will also share tips from notable “poster gurus”.

NOTE–this seminar is ideal for postdocs presenting at the 2015 Postdoctoral Research and Career Symposium. Awards will be presented to the top 3 poster presentations.

Date and Time: Tuesday, August 18th. 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM

Location: Cafeteria Private Dining Rooms A&B (turn left as you enter building 213)

Lunch will be served at 11:45. Program will begin at Noon.

Please RSVP through this link by Friday, August 14th so we have an accurate count for food.

Faculty Mentor-in-Residence

The academic application season is upon us and many of you may have questions about the process, how and where to start, or what the faculty career path entails. To help answer these questions and help you grow your network, we are piloting the Faculty Mentor-in-Residence Program. Local faculty will be invited to Argonne to meet with postdocs individually, through small group discussions or by giving brown-bag seminars. The goal is to provide Argonne postdocs mentorship from those who have walked the walk!

henneOur first mentor is Walter Henne, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Governors State University. Walter received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Purdue University with a special focus in Bio-Analytical Chemistry and Chemical Biology. He performed research at Purdue as part of the Philip S. Low Research Laboratory. His current research centers on the design of medical diagnostic assays, devices and targeted chemotherapeutics. He is the author of more than 20 peer-reviewed research papers and patents.

Walter will be available to meet walk-ins this Friday, August 7th, from 10:00 AM to Noon and from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM in Building 201, Room 158.

Bonus Resource: Check out the Jobseeker Tools from the Greater Chicago-Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium.

Please direct questions to Postdoctoral Program Lead, Tina Henne at

Getting TO the Interview!


Date & Time: July 29th 11:45 to 1:30 PM
Location: Building 446 Auditorium

The Postdoctoral Society of Argonne and the Postdoctoral Program Office present a Career Workshop, Wednesday, July 29th in the Building 446 Auditorium (on the back side of the APS). Lunch will be served at 11:45 AM, with workshop from 12:00 to 1:30 PM.

How do you make your CV and Resume rise to the top of the pile? What will make hiring managers and search committees give you a second look?

This workshop will present strategies and guidelines for crafting highly effective job application documents.   Content will include best practices for both academic and industrial job markets with a focus on evaluating your own CV, resume or cover letter objectively from the perspective of an employer.  Participants are encouraged to bring a working draft of a CV and/or resume.

All postdocs and graduate students are encouraged to attend. Mentors and supervisors who are interested in resources for advising postdocs are welcome to attend as well.

Please register by July 27th through the RSVP link.

Bonus Advanced Reading: Cheeky Scientist guide to industry resumes; Sample annotated CVs and Resumes from UCSF

About the Speakers:

Michael Tessel is Assistant Director of Graduate Career Development at UChicagoGRAD.  He serves as the primary career advisor to the Biological Sciences Division and the Institute for Molecular Engineering at The University of Chicago, working with graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.   Michael develops career-related programs and offers one-on-one advising.  He also serves as the Navigator for the NIH-sponsored career development, myCHOICE, to enhance career preparation for graduate and postdoctoral scientists.  Michael received his PhD in cancer biology from Northwestern University and worked as a postdoctoral scholar at University of Illinois at Chicago before starting his current role in January of 2014.

A-J Aronstein is Associate Director of Graduate Career Development and Employer Relations at UChicagoGRAD. In this capacity he manages the four-member graduate career development team and works with cross-campus partners to support the career goals of graduate students and postdocs. As a Lecturer in the Humanities Division, he teaches a master’s level course on the value of humanistic inquiry in multiple contexts. A-J received a Master’s Degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and a BA in Political and Social Thought from the University of Virginia. Reach him at

Making the Pitch Workshop

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Making the Pitch Workshop

Date: June 25, 2015

Time: 11:45am – 1:30pm

Location: Building 362 Auditorium

The Postdoctoral Society of Argonne would like to invite you to attend a Making the Pitch Workshop on June 25.  This seminar will provide an overview of the critical skill of networking and selling yourself and your research.  Jason Pariso and Wolfgang Connell from Chicago Innovation Exchange will be leading this workshop.

Lunch will be provided and will be served at 11:45am, with the workshop starting at noon. Continue reading