The Postdoctoral Executive Committee is engaged with improving the postdoctoral experience at MD Anderson. In collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Development, we are invested in providing enriching activities that will create a robust postdoc community.
Please join us at our upcoming events.
The Postdoc Networking Coffee Break is sponsored by the MD Anderson Postdoctoral Association. It provides networking opportunities to all postdocs in MD Anderson. Coffee and snacks will be served, free for all postdocs. We hope you'll join us.
We typically host these on the first Friday of each month. Please watch your email for an announcement. Due to National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week in September, our next coffee break will be in October.
The MD Anderson Postdoctoral Association established the Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award in 2005 to recognize and honor faculty members whose careers have underscored the value of mentoring postdoctoral fellows at MD Anderson. Given annually, this award acknowledges a faculty member who, through demonstrated guidance of postdoctoral fellows, exemplifies the fundamental mentoring qualities of teacher, coach, and sponsor.
Conceptualized during the National Postdoctoral Association Annual Meeting in April 2004, the Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award was inspired by discussion among postdoctoral fellows from institutions throughout the country who share the desire for the highest standard of professional development through exceptional mentoring. The institutional support for this award reflects the commitment of MD Anderson toward its trainees and the importance the institution places on good mentoring.
The MD Anderson Postdoctoral Association dedicates this award to the promotion of the educational and research missions of the MD Anderson. In creating this award, the MD Anderson Postdoctoral Association encourages dialogue between faculty and postdoctoral fellows, which will not only enrich the postdoctoral educational experience, but also ultimately enhance the quality of research and patient care.
Past Award Winners
2016 Steven Millward, Ph.D. Department of Cancer Systems Imaging
2015 Pratip Bhattacharya, Ph.D. Department of Cancer Systems Imaging
2014 Wendy A. Woodward, M.D., Ph.D. Department of Radiation Oncology
2013 Jennifer Irvin Vidrine, Ph.D. Department of Health Disparities Research
2012 Amy B. Heimberger, M.D. Department of Neurosurgery
2011 Xifeng Wu, M.D., Ph.D. Department of Epidemiology
2010 David W. Wetter, Ph.D. Department of Health Disparities Research
The Annual Postdoctoral Science Symposium (APSS), organized by the MD Anderson Postdoctoral Association, provides a platform for postdoctoral fellows in the Texas Medical Center to present their current research in the areas of basic and translational research. In addition, APSS features presentations and hosts interactive sessions lead by experts in a variety of fields. Postdoctoral fellows will have the unique opportunity to learn, interact and foster new collaborations during APSS. The 2016 APSS invited speakers include:
Mina Bissell, Ph.D.
Life Sciences Division
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Huda Zoghbi, Ph.D.
Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics
Baylor College of Medicine
Director of Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research
Texas Children's Hospital
Cullen Taniguchi, Ph.D.
Department of Radiation Oncology
Division of Radiation Oncology
Lunch Breakout Sessions
All registrants are invited to mix and mingle at evening reception
National Postdoc Appreciation Week (Sept. annually)
We greatly appreciate the contributions of our postdoctoral fellows to the research enterprise. National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2016 begins on Sept 19 and our theme is “Celebrating Our Community” and will feature:
- Pub Trivia and Board Game Night – Sept 19 – 5-7 p.m. – SCRB 1&2 conference rooms – Free parking in the surface lot behind SCRB1/2 – Come unwind with colleagues over pizza and snacks.
- Postdoktoberfest – Sept 22 – 5-7 p.m. – TMC Commons – Shuttle service to South Campus is available after the event – Come network with postdocs from all the TMC Institutions while enjoying traditional German Octoberfest food and drink.
- International Luncheon – Sept 23 – 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. – 1Mid-Campus Floor 3 Ballroom – Featuring three regional cuisines representative of some of our 55 different countries: Mediterranean, Chinese and Mexican. Come network with your colleagues over delicious food.
The Annual Presidential Career Symposium, organized by postdoctoral fellows of sponsoring institutions in the Texas Medical Center, is a unique and exciting event that connects the private and public sector, industry, and academia for the rising generation of graduated scientists to explore their career options. As academic careers have become the exception and not the rule for the vast majority of Ph.D. holders, the Annual Presidential Career Symposium provides a great opportunity for postdocs to learn more about different careers options and how to navigate those career paths.
We are actively planning the 6th Annual Presidential Career Symposium for February 16, 2017. If you are interested in joining the planning committee, please contact us.
The previous 5th Annual Presidential Career Symposium was held on Feb. 4, 2016. Our keynote speaker was Dr. Teresa Woodruff, a distinguished professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. The 2016 APCS hosted career development workshops, panel discussions featuring experts from a wide-range of scientific careers, exhibitors from various companies and organizations, and networking opportunities throughout the day including an evening reception. Approximately 400 doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows from the Texas Medical Center attended last year's Symposium.
For more information on last year's event, please visit our website at: http://www.apcstmc.org
Registration for the 2017 event will be available later in Fall 2016.