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4th Annual Society of Postdoctoral Scholars Research Symposium

The Society of Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Kentucky is hosting a symposium to feature the work of postdoctoral scholars and graduate students in Kentucky and surrounding areas. The symposium will allow for the exchange of ideas across a broad range of fields, and abstract submissions are welcome from any discipline. Postdocs from Kentucky and Ohio are especially encouraged to submit abstracts. Graduate students are also welcome to participate. The objective of this symposium is to share research across many different fields. 

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Desiree Salazar, 
Program Director, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, NIH

Abstract submission:


  • Friday, May 11th for Oral Presentations 
  • Friday, May 18th for Poster Presentations


Abstracts should provide a concise summary of the research to be presented. The title may not exceed 150 characters in length, while the body of the abstract may not exceed 1000 characters in length. 

Posters and talks should be general and accessible to an audience outside of the speaker's area of specialization. Talks are allotted 15 minutes, including time for questions. Posters should be no more than 36"x48" in size and speakers should be prepared to present a brief and concise summary of the poster. Contact us if you would like to present a digital poster or short film about your research. 

Submit your abstract now


Compete with other postdocs to earn cash prizes for the top oral and poster presentations! A total of $1000 is available for the top oral and poster presentations. 


  • Oral presentation, first place
  • Oral presentation, second place
  • Poster presentation, first place
  • Poster presentation, second place
  • Poster presentation, third place

Thanks to sponsorship by the International Center we will award one prize from each category from among the submissions by international students. A second prize from each category will be awarded to the overall winners. 

Schedule of Events

8:30 AM         Registration Opens

9:00 AM         Welcome, Emily Hankosky, Ph.D.

9:05 AM         Opening Remarks, Patricia Bond, Ph.D., Senior Assistant Dean, Office of Graduate Admissions & Recruitment

9:10 AM         Keynote AddressDesirée Salazar, Ph.D.

Leveraging postdoctoral training to achieve career success: My journey to science administration

10:00 AM       Oral presentationsModerated by Marina Fosso Yatchang, Ph.D.

Speakers TBD

10:45 AM       Break

11:00 AM       Panel Discussion, Moderated by Stephanie Davis, Ph.D.

Speaking My Language: Effectively Communicating Your Research

Carmen Agouridis, Ph.D., Mike Pennell, Ph.D., Sylvie Garneau-Tsodikova, Ph.D., Cagney Coomer

12:00 PM        Poster Session and Networking Lunch (poster judging 12:30-1:30)

Moderated by Ellen Crocker, Ph.D.

2:00 PM          Oral presentations, Moderated by Emily Hankosky, Ph.D.  

Speakers TBD

3:00 PM          Break

3:15 PM          Oral presentationsModerated by Lindsey Hammerslag, Ph.D.

Speakers TBD

4:30 PM          Closing Remarks and Awards Ceremony

Please join us for a social after the event at Pazzo’s Pizza Pub!

Information on the Society of Postdoctoral Scholars.