Programs and Events for Postdocs

Upcoming Programs and Events:

  • New Postdoc Orientation:  September 16, 2015, Emerson Alumni Hall

  • Scholarly Communications Workshops for Fall 2015

Presented by the George A. Smathers Libraries

Registration at least 24 hours in advance is REQUIRED for online workshops.
Registration is requested, but not required, for in person workshops.

Register at

For more information, contact Christine Fruin at or (352) 273-2710.

Copyright for Online Teaching

Whether you are preparing an online course for UF students or getting ready to launch a course through Coursera, this workshop will assist faculty, instructional designers and others in navigating the copyright issues that arise when delivering course content online. The workshop will cover the law of fair use and the various alternatives available to delivering copyrighted content through the eLearning and Coursera platforms. Special focus will be on incorporating images, audio, and video in online courses. 

Library West 212: September 9th - 12:45-1:45
Online (Adobe Connect): September 10th – 12:45-1:45

Copyright Essentials for the Graduate Researcher

Working on your thesis or dissertation and including copyrighted works of others in your paper? Confused about the publication and deposit options available to you for your dissertation and wondering what impact these options will have on later publication of your work? This workshop will answer these common copyright questions that graduate students encounter as they write and prepare to publish their own thesis or dissertation. This workshop is a must for all graduate students working on a thesis or dissertation.

Library West 212: September 23rd – 12:45-1:45
Online (Adobe Connect): September 24th – 12:45-1:45

Sharing Scholarship and Reaching Research through Open and Public Access

Traditionally, scholarly research has been available only through expensive journal subscriptions. For more than a decade, open access proponents have encouraged and enabled free and unrestricted access to high quality, peer-reviewed scholarly works immediately upon publication. More recently, government and private funders have mandated open access to funded research through publicly accessible repositories. In this workshop, participants will learn more about open access principles and methods and about federal and private funder mandates requiring public access to scholarly research. Persons who currently receive or are considering applying for government or private grants to fund their research are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop to learn about the forthcoming requirements of public access.

Library West 212: October 7th – 12:45-1:45
Online (Adobe Connect): October 8th – 12:45-1:45

Opening up Copyright with Creative Commons (NEW for 2015)

If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons (CC) license. CC gives you flexibility and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified. If you’re looking for content that you can freely and legally use, there is a giant pool of CC-licensed creativity available to you. There are hundreds of millions of works — from songs and videos to scientific and academic material — available to the public for free and legal use under the terms of our copyright licenses, with more being contributed every day. This workshop will inform attendees about the various CC licenses available and how to select a license for their own work and how to locate CC licensed works for reuse.

Library West 212: November 18th - 12:45-1:45      
Adobe Connect: November 19th – 12:45-1:45

RCR Courses for Postdoc Fellows:

  Plan for Instruction in the Responsible Conduct of Research from the UF Office of Research (.pdf)

NIH T-32 or F-32 Fellows Required to Take an RCR Course have the following options:

College of Medicine Research Seminar Series

The COM Research Seminar series is designed to serve all graduate student, post-doc and faculty researchers in the College of Medicine and/or affiliated with the IDP. An outstanding menu of speakers is being recruited, representing a broad range of interests. Speakers are encouraged to pitch their talks to a broad audience without compromising detail or rigor. We hope that all faculty, post-docs & graduate students will make an effort to incorporate this event into their regular weekly schedule of activities.

Postdocs are welcome to attend the lunches and one-on-one meetings for the speakers.  Email Jennifer Lyles ( if interested.

Website with schedule and materials:

Career Resource Center Workshop Resources:

  • Fall Workshops:  So You Want to Work in Academia
  • Spring Workshops:  So You Want to Work Outside of Academia

Workshop Videos:

Career Resource Center Jobs in Academia Workshop Series

Postdocs are welcome to attend this workshop series for Graduate Students on finding jobs in Academia.  Workshop Series (.pdf)

  • Navigating the Swamp: A Guide to Gator Career Link and the Job Search Process
    Wednesday September 3rd at 4:00-5:00pm CRC Library

Are you a Graduate student seeking full- and part-time opportunities, internships, co-ops, information sessions, workshops, career fair information, networking opportunities, mock interview options, career planning appointments and much more, Gator CareerLink (GCL) is for you! In this workshop we walk you through how to sign up and use it effectively.

  • Navigating the Swamp: A guide to Exploring options as a UF Postdoc,  Mon, Sept 8th 4:00-5:00 pm  CRC Library

Are you a Postdoc student who is curious about Career development resources available for you as an Employee of the University of Florida? This workshop is for you.

  • So You Want to Work in Academia… The Academic Job Search,  Tuesday October 7 at 4:00-5:00 pm  CRC Library

It can be difficult to begin your job search and navigate the complicated academic landscape. Let us provide you with solutions to help simply this process.

  • Applying for a PhD, Wednesday October 15th at 4:00 -5:00 pm CRC Library

Have you always had a desire see the letters PhD after your name? Do you dream of being an emissary of knowledge and expert of instruction in your specific field? In this workshop we will discuss strategies for an effective application.

  • The Academic Curriculum Vitae (CV) & Cover Letter, Thursday October 23, at 4:00-5:00pm  CRC Library

This workshop will cover techniques, formatting and strategies for writing your CV and Cover Letter specifically for academic positions.

  • Voices from Academia: Career Panel & Networking,   Tuesday October 21st, at 4:00-6:00pm  CRC Library

Co-sponsored by I-Cubed, this unique session allows student to learn from current and diverse faculty across multiple institutions.

  • Developing a Teaching / Research Statement,  Thursday November 6th, at 4:00 -5:00pm  CRC Library

Teaching / research statements and academic portfolios add depth to your CV and your application. We’ll review strategies for both and provide you with resources to complete your own.

  • The Academic Interview Strategies for Success November 18th, at 4:00-5:00 pm  CRC Library

Unique to higher education is the academic interview; this session will focus on interviewing strategy and techniques to survive the academic interview.

  • Applying for Academic Jobs for Graduate Students – Interview Day Etiquette and Dress for Success

Wednesday December 3rd at 4:00-5:00 pm  CRC Library
This workshop is part of the series designed to provide advice on how to prepare for your interview in Academia. We will discuss, interview questions, how to dress and etiquette involved for an academic job.

  • Graduate Student Etiquette Dinner,  Tuesday December 9th 4:00-6:00 pm   CRC Library

This is an Etiquette Dinner sponsored by the Career Resource Center and Graduate Student Housing. The aim of this dinner is to walk Graduate students through the dining portion of the interview process.

All workshops are held in the Career Resource Center located on the 1st floor of the Reitz Union. If you can’t attend, you can view additional resources and videos of some past panels on our website:
We hope to see you there!

Career Resource Center International Workshop Series

Postdocs are welcome to attend this workshop series for International Students.  RSVP information below.  Workshop Series (.pdf)


  • OPT/CPT Information Session
    Thursday Sept 18th    10-11:30 am & 1-2:30 pm
    Friday Sept 19th          10-11:30 am & 1-2:30 pm

International Student Services will be presenting info sessions about CPT, OPT and STEM OPT. Please attend to learn about your ability to do an internship during your program of study and to work after graduation. The Career Resource Center will also be available to provide you with information about CRC services and Career Showcase

  • Career Fair Boot Camp for International Students
    Tuesday Sept 16th 4-5pm

You wouldn't run a marathon without getting in shape first! Need help getting in career fair shape prior to the big event? Attend Career Fair Boot Camp and learn the tricks and secrets. We will discuss the many ways to prepare for the event, how to create a dynamic elevator pitch, how to navigate the fair and the things you can do to stand out in a crowd. Tips from this presentation can also be applied to your overall job and internship search, so don't miss this great opportunity.

  • International Students and the Job Search
    Thursday Sept 11th   4-5pm
    Tuesday Nov 5th   4-5pm

This workshop will address Job search strategies for the International Student seeking opportunities in the U.S.

  • International students interviewing for Success
    Tuesday Sept 23   4-5pm
    Monday Dec 1st   4-5pm

    This workshop will address tips for success while interviewing as an International Student in the US
  • Employment Based Visa Presentation-Attorney Aaron Bloomberg
    Thursday November 13th 2-4:30pm

    Are you an international student looking to secure a work visa and employment in the U.S.? Please join us at a presentation by immigration attorney, Aaron Bloomberg, representing Fragomen Global, located in Coral Gables, Miami, Florida. Attorney Bloomberg will provide useful information about the transition from a student visa to an employment-based visa. Many international students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher qualify for various immigration benefits. Attorney Bloomberg will discuss employment-based immigration advice and tips for employment visas and permanent residence "green card" options. He has extensive experience in working with international students who are seeking to remain in the United States and obtain employment in the United States following graduation.

Please RSVP online on Gator Career Link System. To RSVP, log in to Gator CareerLink at, click on “events,” select “workshops.” If you have any questions about the presentation or your RSVP please e-mail Liz Kazungu Assistant Director for Career Development at

Past Programs and Events:

Past Postdoc Development Workshops with presentation materials and links to video recordings.

  • October 23, 2014: The Academic Curriculum Vitae (CV) and Cover Letter
    This workshop will cover techniques, formatting and strategies for writing your CV and Cover Letter specifically for academic positions.
  • October 21, 2014: Voices from Academia: Career Panel & Networking, 4-6pm, CRC Library
    Do you have questions about a Career in Academia? Do you want to know more information about the salary and negotiation process in Academia? Are you curious what CV's work to get you the job?  These panelists will be of help!
  • September 16, 2014:  New Postdoc Orientation, 8am-2pm, Emerson Alumni Hall  Presentation Materials and Recordings on the Website:
  • Scholarly Communications Workshops for Spring 2014 presented by the George A. Smathers Libraries
    The following scholarly communications workshops were offered this semester at Library West (LW), Marston Science Library (MSL), the Education Library (EDL) and the Health Sciences Center Library (HSCL).

Copyright for Online Teaching
Learn about the application of fair use and the TEACH Act to online teaching, and utilization of print and digital resources in their classes.
LW 212: Jan. 13, 12:30-1:30 PM and Jan. 28, 2:00-3:00 PM
MSL 107: Jan. 16, 2:00-3:00 PM and Jan. 30, 9:30-10:30 AM
EDL 1504: Jan. 15, 9:00-10:00 AM and Jan. 27, 2:00-3:00 PM
HSCL Collaboration Center (C2-41A): Jan. 17, 2:00-3:00 PM and Jan. 29, 3:00-4:00 PM

Copyright Essentials for the Graduate Researcher
Addresses copyright questions students may encounter as they write and prepare to publish their own thesis or dissertation.
LW 212: Feb. 18, 9:00-10:00 AM
MSL 107: Feb. 18, 1:30-2:30 PM
EDL 1504: Feb. 19, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
HSCL Collaboration Center (C2-41A): Feb. 20, 3:00-4:00 PM

Influence and Impact: How to Measure and How to Achieve Maximum Reach for Your Research
Discover how to measure the influence and impact of individual journals, single articles and of researchers themselves.
LW 211: March 19, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
MSL 308: March 18, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
HSCL Collaboration Center (C2-41A): March 20, 3:00-4:00 PM

Protect Your Rights as Author: Understanding Copyright and Open Access
Participants learn more about copyright policies of publishers, how to read and understand publication agreements, and how to preserve their rights as authors.
LW 212:  April 8, 12:00-1:00 PM
MSL 308: April 9, 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
EDL 1504: April 10, 12:00-1:00 PM
HSCL Collaboration Center (C2-41A): April 7, 3:00-4:00 PM

Monday, December 9, 2013, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Writing Successful Grants.
Monday, December 9, 2013, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Strategies for Success in Sponsored Research
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Building the NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) Grant Proposal
Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Career Development Grants for Pre- and Postdocs

    • 3/27/2013, 12:00 PM, C2-41c Communicore
    • 4/11/2013,  11:00 AM, C2-41c Communicore
  • March 27, 2013:  Postdoc Development Workshop:  Immigration Issues for Postdocs
  • March 21, 2013: Careers in Intellectual Property Career Development Seminar Speaker:  Glenn Ladwig, Patent Attorney
  • March 15-17, 2013: 2013 National Postdoctoral Association Meeting (Charleston, South Carolina)
  • February 4, 2013:  Postdoc Development Workshop: Careers in Academia: Interviewing Workshop
  • January 29, 2013:  Postdoc Tour of Sid Martin Biotech Incubator
  • January 10, 2013: Postdoc Development Workshop: Postdoc Wellness 
  • Fall 2012:  Career Resource Center Workshop Series: So You Want to Work in Academia
  • December 13, 2012Postdoc Development Workshop: Career Success for Postdocs 
  • December 6, 2012:  Best Practices in Research Data Management Workshop at the HSCL
  • November 14, 2012: Postdoc Development Workshop: Funding Opportunities for Postdocs
  • November 13, 2012:  BioFlorida Contracts and Grants Workshop
  • October 24 and 25, 2012: Ethics Week: Mentorship in the Sciences, Oct 24 and Data Management, Oct 25
  • September 26, 2012How to Get Published in a Highly Rated Journal
  • National Postdoc Appreciation Week: September 17-21, 2012
  • September 19, 2012:  UF New Postdoc Orientation
  • August 22, 2012:  Professional Networking
  • Auguat 21 and August 30, 2012:  E-WITS (Empowering Women in Technology Startups) Information sessions.
  • August 15, 2012: Responsible Conduct of Research in STEM
  • July 25, 2012: Developing a Teaching and Research Statement More information
  • July 18, 2012: Responsible Conduct of Research in STEM
  • June 16, 2012:  Responsible Conduct of Research in STEM
  • June 6, 2012: Branding Workshop for UF Postdocs  More information, including handouts and presentations 
  • June 1, 2012: University of Florida Graduate Student Grants & Fellowships ConferenceMore information (.pdf)
  • May 31, 2012:  Science of Health Lecture Series Presented by Maulik Shah, M.D., Ph.D. on GAINnet!
  • April 26, 2012: Interface + Digital Humanities Day: Spring 2012 Seminar, Video stream available:  Interface Web site 
  • April 20, 2012:  SBIR/STTR Workshop
  • April 6, 2012: Teaching Excellence Workshop
  • April 3, 2012: Broader Impacts Workshop
  • March 21, February 4:  Collaborating with Strangers Workshop, Web page:
  • March 21, 2012: Interviewing and Networking
  • March 19-20, 2012: Grantsmanship Workshops (IFAS)
  • March 20, 2012 Preparing a Successful Teaching Portfolio
  • March 16-18, 2012: 2012 National Postdoctoral Association Annual Meeting
  • March 19, 2012: Customer Service: Walt Disney World and You
  • March 14, 2012: Professionalism and Communication Skills
  • March 14, 2012:  Royal Society of Chemistry, Dr. Joanne Thomson Abstract (.pdf)
  • February 27, 2012:  Careers Outside of Academia Networking Roundtable (Career Resource Center)

Your feedback and suggestions are always welcome. Please e-mail the Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, Cheryl Gater (