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End-of-Year Postdoc Luncheon

Let's celebrate another year of hard work!

The UC Riverside Postdoctoral Association (RPA) is hosting an End-of-year Postdoc Luncheon on December 8 at 12:30 pm in the UCR Botanic Garden meeting room. Come and celebrate another year of hard work together! 🥳

Postdoctoral scholars, visiting scholars, project scientist, and their families are welcome.

📄 Please register by filling out this form . Lunch will be provided at no cost to attendees.

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UCR Postdoc Awards for Excellence

Recognizing excellence in research, mentorship and service

The Graduate Division, the Office of Research and the Riverside Postdoc Association is pleased to announce the call for the annual Postdoc Awards for Excellence. This award honors postdocs who have demonstrated excellence in research, mentorship and service to the community. The awards will consist of a plaque and a $1000 check to be awarded at the Graduate Division’s Award Ceremony. We are seeking nomination letters from department chairs, faculty, students, and postdocs in support of an excellent individual in your area.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Be a current postdoc at UCR and have held the position for at least 6 months in any of UCR’s departments and must be holding the position at the time of application.
  • Work described must have taken place while at UCR.
  • Additional service to the community does not have to be associated with UCR

How to Apply

  • Submit a research statement describing your research achievements.
  • Submit a personal statement to include activities such as mentorship, philosophy on diversity and outreach activities.
  • Statements are a maximum 2 pages, 1 inch margin, 12pt Arial, single space.
  • Submit a CV (NIH biosketch or NSF formatting allowed).
  • Letters of support from UCR mentor and/or mentees, such as current or former students should address how the mentoring relationship provided training or boosted their professional development, and describe the positive impact on their own scholarship and well-being. We encourage the authors to use specific examples in their letter.

The deadline for the 2024-2025 academic year is January 16th, 2024. Please submit your application to the Postdoc Awards here .

Mental Well-being Workshop

Protecting Minds in the Stressful Academic Environment

The RPA is happy to announce a workshop on Mental Well-being in Academia on November 9 at 2 p.m. (Student Success Center, Group meeting room 1), led by Dr. Evelyn Vázquez, an expert on higher education, mental health, and emancipatory approaches.

The workshop will address topics such as issues in the academic environment, the prevalence of mental health conditions, and protective factors.

Please register to attend this highly relevant workshop here .

Funding Opportunity

OASIS 2023 Entrepreneurial Postdoctoral Fellowship

UCR Research and Economic Development (RED) and the Office of Technology Partnerships (OTP) are seeking applicants interested in being awarded the OASIS Entrepreneurial Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2023. The fellowship is a 15-month award open to a postdoctoral researcher who is interested in pursuing research translation and the development of solutions that address the Inland Southern California’s most pressing needs around climate change and climate resilience.

For more details look at the full application call here .

Open Registration!

2023 Early Career Scientist Symposium

The RPA and the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology (IIGB) invite the postdoc community (i.e., postdoctoral/visiting scholars and project scientists) and graduate students to attend and submit an abstract for the 2023 Early Career Scientist Symposium, scheduled to take place on Friday, June 9th, 2023, at the Genomics Building on the UCR Campus in Riverside, CA. The Evaluation Committee will select the eight most relevant postdoc abstracts for oral presentations (15-min talk + 5-min Q&A). The poster session is open to all graduate students, postdoctoral/visiting scholars, and project scientists.

Postdoc oral presentations will provide financial support for research in the amount of $500 for the best presentation, and $300 for the second- and $200 for the third-place winners. These awards will be transferred to the winner’s department for research-related expenses, including conference travel. In addition, three $75 gift cards will be given as awards for the best poster presentations.

Click on this link for registration and abstract submission (Deadline: March 31, 2023). Lunch will be provided for speakers and registered attendees. Kindly note that pre-registration is mandatory.


Career Development Workshops

Preparing academic job application materials

The RPA is happy to announce two in-person writing workshops on academic job application materials brought to the postdoctoral community by the Graduate Writing Center :

  • Friday, November 4th, 3-4 pm: Diversity and teaching statements
  • Friday, November 18th, 3-4 pm: CV and cover letter

Please register here to secure a spot and not miss this great chance to improve (or get started) on your materials.

Research Integrity Series

Ethical dilemmas

The Research Ethics Education program and the Office of Research and Economic Development invite the postdoctoral community to the 2022-2023 Research Integrity Series, where recent NIH and upcoming NSF changes to requirements for education in the responsible conduct of research will be discussed. All sessions will be held at 2:00 pm and are free and open to the public via Zoom. Link to be provided in advance of each session.


General Assembly

Let's together foster professional and personal growth

The UCR Postdoctoral Association invites all postdoctoral and visiting scholars and project scientists to the first General Assembly of the 2022-2023 term on September 23, 2022, at 11:30 am at the UCR Botanic Gardens conference room . Get to know the new board and the current projects and initiatives and share your ideas to strengthen our community. No registration required!