2014 Postdoc Research Symposium

Second Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium:
Communicating Your Research   Program(.pdf)

April 21, 2014, Emerson Alumni Hall

Congratulations to the award winners at the 2014 Postdoc Research Symposium held yesterday at Emerson Alumni Hall!

Oral Presentations:

1st Place:
Lan Hoang-Minh, Neuroscience, Medicine
Targeting Cilia and the Sonic Hedgehog Pathway to Inhibit Glioblastoma Progression

2nd Place:
Jeremy C McIntyre
, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Medicine
Restoration of Olfactory Function Using Gene Therapy

Poster Presentations - Best in Group:

Nikolett M. Biel  Pathology, Medicine
Generation of vascular cells from patient derived iPSC to model hypertension

Maigan Hulme  Periodontology, Dentistry
Altered mucosal immunity and cellular plasticity in progression to Type 1 Diabetes

Andrea E. Knowlton  Periodontology, Dentistry
Novel Targeting Methods for Pancreatic Cancer

Feihong Wang  Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies, Education
Using Qualitative Rating Methodology and Latent Class Analysis to Identify Task-Oriented Behavior Patterns of Young Rural Children with Vulnerabilities and Strengths

2014 Postdoc Mentoring Award Winners:

  • Dr. Michelle Mack
    Department of Biology
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Doug Soltis    
    Department of Biology
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Dr. Weihong Tan
    Department of Chemistry
    College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

The second annual Posdoctoral Research Symposium was held on Monday, April 21 at Emerson Alumni Hall from 8am - 3pm.

The theme for this year's Symposium was "Communicating Your Research". Postdocs in both oral and poster presentations were judged on how well they can convey their research to an educated lay audiences. Communication Skills is one of the six Core Competentices the National Postdoctoral Association promotes as critical to postdoc success.

Oral Presentation first place winner receives $200.  Oral Presentation second place winner receives $100.  The four winners for poster presentations - from four separate judging groups receive $75 each.


  • 8:00-8:30am: Check in and registration. Continental breakfast.
  • 8:30-10:30am: Oral Presentations and Judging
      Oral Presentations will be 8 minutes plus 2 minutes for Q&A (10 minutes total)
  • 10:30-10:45am: Break
  • 10:45-12:00: Poster Displays and Judging
  • 12:00-1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00pm: Keynote Address and Workshop with Dr. Kevin Folta
    Communication and Argument:  The Most Important Scientific Skills
    Presentation Recording   Presentation (.ppt)
  • 2:00-2:15pm: Break
  • 2:15-3pm: Awards Presentations


Abstract Book for Oral and Poster Presenters is available here (.pdf)

Presentation Feedback for Improving Postdoc Communication Skills:

All participants in the Symposium have been provided copies of their judging sheets which includes their scores and commentary feedback from the judges.  Additionally, the Symposium judges have provided a set of Communication Tips, Suggestions and Advice based on what they observed and experienced at this year's Symposium. Judges' tips and suggestions are provided on this site:  http://postdoc.aa.ufl.edu/communication-tips

This Symposium would not have been possible without the hard work of the Postdoc Planning Committee, Chaired by Dr. William Puszyk.  Assisting with the planning and Symposium's activities were Dr. Celine BaligandDr. Dana Bigham, Dr.Thierry DubrocaDr. Allison Kinney,  Dr. Stefanie MarquezDr. Gaurav Misra, and Dr. Rachel Walters.