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.

NC State Postdoc Research Symposium

Event Details

2018 Postdoctoral Research Symposium
Date: Friday, May 25th
Time: 12:00 – 5:00pm
Location: McKimmon Center, NC State University

Registration now open!

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Event Agenda

11:00 – 11:45am        Registration
12:00pm                    Welcome from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
12:10pm                     Lunch
12:30pm                     Keynote Speaker Dr. Jamie Vernon
1:40 – 2:45pm           Poster Session 1
2:45 – 3:00pm          Coffee Break
3:00 – 4:00pm          Poster Session 2
4:00 – 5:00pm          Awards Reception

2018 PRS Agenda

Poster Abstracts


Poster Submissions now open!

Postdocs and house officers from NC State University, as well as any of the other neighboring institutions or government organizations, are encouraged to submit poster presentations for the 2018 Postdoctoral Research Symposium on May 25th!

Poster submissions can be completed through the registration link below. The deadline for poster submissions is Friday, May 4th.

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Participants will be asked to submit the following:

  • Poster title
  • Problem statement (in layperson’s terms)
  • 3-5 primary ideas about the research, including the gap addressed by the research, notable, methodology, and important findings
  • Broader implications of the research and/or findings
  • 3-6 keywords to describe the research

Participants are strongly encouraged to use non-technical language in describing their research, as this event is intended for a multidisciplinary audience.

If you have any questions or concerns please email Nicole Ditillo at

Resources for Postdocs

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

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.