2022 Annual Research & Career Symposium

September 20, 2022

This event is over


The Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SOPS) at the University of Kentucky (UK) is hosting their Annual Research & Career Symposium to showcase the work of UK postdoctoral scholars and fellows, promote networking among the UK research community, and encourage discussions on career paths for postdocs and PhD students.

This year’s theme is GROW:

Giving back

Realizing research goals

Opening your network

Working with postdoc peers

Symposium features

Keynote address

From an inspirational speaker to share some insights on the annual theme

Panel discussion on career options, mentoring relationships, & collaboration

Featuring professionals and knowledge experts from a variety of careers in academia and beyond

Opportunity for postdocs to share their work

Including a Postdoc Talk Competition and a Global Impact Poster Session (with cash prizes!)

Symposium objective

The objective of the symposium is to give UK postdocs an opportunity to share their research, celebrate their successes, network with peers (including graduate students & faculty), develop professionally, and learn about possible career options.

Who is invited?

SOPS mission is to promote the exchange of ideas across disciplines. As such, UK postdocs from all fields are invited to participate!

SOPS also aims to foster cross-generational conversations with up and coming PhDs as well as established faculty. As such, graduate students & faculty are welcome and encouraged to attend! In fact, given how broad and diverse the audience will be, postdoc presentations will be general and accessible to a wide audience.

How much does it cost?

There is no charge to present at or attend the symposium. SOPS and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs provide funds to ensure access to these critical conversations to all junior scientists and scholars.

Where will it take place?

The symposium will take place in the Gatton Student Center, Grand Ballroom

SOPS Outstanding Service Award

The award aims to highlight individuals who demonstrate exemplary service to postdoctoral scholars at the University of Kentucky. The 2022 SOPS Outstanding Service Award is presented to Nancy Schoenberg, Marion Pearsall Professor of Behavioral Science (check out the news here!)

Keynote address

Professional networking: they're just a friend you haven't met yet

Dr. Jennifer Heemstra

Charles Allen Thomas Professor of Chemistry at Washington University in St. Louis

Important dates

August 10, 2022

Abstract submission & registration open

August 26, 2022

Abstract submission closed

September 2, 2022

Selected postdoc speakers announced

September 14, 2022

Registration closed

September 20, 2022


See the detailed schedule here: Schedule

Organizing Committee

Erome Daniel Hankore

Postdoctoral Scholar

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences 

SOPS President

Namrata Anand

Postdoctoral Scholar

Pharmaceutical Sciences

SOPS Vice-President

Phyllis Johnson

 Postdoctoral Fellow


SOPS Secretary

Zachary Williamson

Postdoctoral Scholar

Office of Biomedical Education

SOPS Director of Communication

Katarina Medger

 Postdoctoral Scholar

Department of Biology

SOPS Treasurer

Krishnaroop Chaudhuri

Postdoctoral Scholars

Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering

SOPS Executive Committee Member

Leobarda Robles-Martinez

Postdoctoral Scholar

Department of Physiology

SOPS Executive Committee Member

Mark Rzeszutek

Postdoctoral Scholar

Department of Family and Community Medicine

SOPS Executive Committee Member

Joseph Lutz

Director of Postdoctoral Affairs

The Graduate School

Jeremy Van Cleve

Associate Professor

Department of Biology