Postdoctoral Research Symposium

The annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium is a conference-style event hosted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) and the Postdoctoral Research Symposium Committee. The Symposium features the innovative research being conducted by postdoctoral scholars at NC State and around the Triangle. It is a great opportunity to foster collaboration within the Research Triangle Park community. The Postdoc Research Symposium is a free event and open to all interested parties.

2019 Postdoctoral Research Symposium

The 2019 Postdoctoral Research Symposium will take place on Friday, May 31st, at the McKimmon Center on the campus of North Carolina State University.

Our keynote speaker will be Wayne Holden, Ph.D., President and CEO of RTI International. His talk is titled “My Personal Journey: From Graduate Student to Postdoc to Tenured Professor to CEO.”

We will also hear from Tammy Collins, Ph.D., Director, NIEHS Office of Fellows’ Career Development, about career outcomes for NIEHS postdocs, followed by a panel of Ph.D.-trained scientists who now work in a variety of career areas.

Our Career Panelists will include an NC State faculty member with a joint appointment at Idaho National Laboratory as well as two NC State Ph.D. alums working as a Project Architect and Medical Writer.

View the program & abstract book, below.

Symposium Schedule: Friday May 31st, 2019

Postdoc registration for the 2019 Symposium is now closed.

Postdocs still interested in attending the Symposium, please email postdocadmin@ncsu.edu for details.
We cannot guarantee late registrants will receive lunch but they are welcome to attend all other programming.

Raleigh-Durham area NC State PhD/postdoc alumni and industry professionals!

Want to network with over 150 PhD-trained researchers working in a variety of areas?
Make connections & find your next co-worker or collaborator by attending this FREE event.

Come interact with postdocs from NC State, UNC, Duke, NIEHS, and more!


Posters and presentations will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Clarity of Research
    • Can the research be understood by both experts and non-experts in the field?
    • Were the research questions or goals clearly stated?
    • Were the data (tables/graphs/figures/other) clearly presented?
    • Did the presenter demonstrate how the data justify the conclusions made?
    • Was the presenter able to effectively convey the significance of their research in a big picture context?
    • Were future experiments and/or application of the research discussed?
  • Poster Presentation
    • Was the poster visually appealing?
    • Was the poster well organized?
  • Oral Presentation
    • Did the presenter effectively engage with this audience during the presentation?
    • Was the presenter able to effectively answer your questions?

Judging Score Sheet

Previous Postdoctoral Research Symposiums

2018 Postdoctoral Research Symposium

The 2018 Postdoctoral Research Symposium was held on Friday, May 25th at the McKimmon Center at NC State. We had over 60 presenters from seven institutions and centers. Keynote speaker Jamie Vernon of Sigma Xi spoke to attendees about the importance of science communication. See below for pictures of the event.

For pictures and details of the day, please visit the 2018 Postdoctoral Research Symposium website.

2017 Postdoctoral Research Symposium

The 2017 Postdoctoral Research Symposium was held on Wednesday, May 24th at NC State’s Talley Ballroom. We had 56 postdoctoral scholars from NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, and NIEHS present posters on their research. More than 120 attendees from NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, Duke University, NIEHS, and industry partners from around the Triangle joined in the day’s events.

For pictures and details of the day, please visit the 2017 Postdoctoral Research Symposium website.

2016 Postdoctoral Research Symposium

The 2016 Postdoctoral Research Symposium was held on Tuesday, May 17th at NC State’s Talley Ballroom. With more than 120 attendees and 58 postdoctoral scholars presenting, the event was a fantastic opportunity to highlight the contributions of that postdoctoral scholars make to NC State’s research and scholarship.

For pictures and details of the day, please visit the 2016 Postdoctoral Research Symposium website.