2017 PRS Information is available at:

2016 Winners
Erfan Goharian (Land, Air, and Water Resources)
Bogdan Vasilescu (Computer Science)
Nora Navarro-Gonzalez (WIFSS)
Lauren Libero (Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences)
Yigal Achmon (Food Science and Technology)
Emily Delaney (Evolution & Ecology)
Ashley Rowson-Hodel (Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine)
Marton Posfai (Computer Science)
Kasturi Dasgupta (Plant Science)

Runner-up Talks:
Kaisa Kajala (Plant Biology & Genome Center)
Yang Si (Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry)
Sebastian Albu (Plant Pathology)
Jenny Roth (Psychology)
Jesus Fernandez Bayo (Biological and Agricultural Engineering)
Marie Hennebelle (Food Science & Technology)
Sibongile Mafu (Plant Biology)
Christine Ewers-Saucedo (Evolution and Ecology)
Mariana X. Byndloss (Medical Microbiology and Immunology)

Dominique Young (Environmental Toxicology)
Saivageethi Nuthikattu (Internal medicine)
Michitaro Shibata (Plant Biology)
Marta R. M. Lima (Plant Pathology)
Hilal Cansizoglu (Electrical and Computer Engineering)

Runner-up Posters:
Ian Grettenberger (Entomology and Nematology)
Sarah Hird (Genome Center)
Mahta Moussavi (Food Science & Technology)
Maike Zimmermann (Internal Medicine)
Kathryn Holcomb (Population Health and Reproduction)

About the Symposium:

After the success of the first symposium I thought this was an important event that should become an annual affair. In order to achieve this, I proposed continuing this project for my Professors for the future project. We have an organising committee of 18 volunteers which has been broken down into four working groups focusing on Fund raising, Logistics, Programming and Advertising. To date we have secured funding (Thank you to all our sponsors!), a date and a venue.

The 2nd Annual UC Davis Postdoctoral Research Symposium will be held on the 18th of May 2016 at the UC Davis Conference center. The format will be much the same as last year with nine oral presentation sessions (including three concurrent sessions) and 2 poster sessions, but this year we will include two concurrent panel discussions focusing on different aspects of postdoctoral research.


Participate in the 2017 PRS!

posted Dec 20, 2016, 12:04 PM by Molly Foote   [ updated Dec 20, 2016, 12:07 PM ]

General Information


We would like to remind you that this event is public disclosure from the perspective of any patentable technologies. Records of Invention should be filed with the tech transfer before public disclosure.

Please note only postdoctoral scholars and research scientists are eligible to present at the conference, however everyone in the UC Davis community is welcome to attend.
Please note that if oral presentations are full you may be offered the option to present a poster even if you selected a talk. There is limited space and abstracts will be peer reviewed and selected as follows:

  1. Interest of the work to a wide audience
  2. Clarity of the abstract (Clear descriptions for people outside your research field)

Please refrain from highly technical language, abbreviations and jargon specific to your field, as these make the abstracts less accessible to the general community.


Abstract Submission Guidelines


Abstract Format

  • Title must be less than 25 words
  • Abstract text must be less than 200 words (NOTE: judges will only receive first 200 words of the abstract if you submit more text than allotted).


Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Opens - January 3, 2017
  • Abstract Submission Closes - February 17, 2017
  • Decision Emails - March 10, 2017


Submit your abstract Today!




The talks are 10 minutes in length with additional 2 minutes for questions.

The sessions are grouped thematically, but your talk should be understandable and interesting to general academic audience. The sessions are run in parallel, so staying on schedule is very important - you will not be able to talk for longer than your allocated time.

Please arrive 30 minutes before your session starts to the room you are presenting in to upload your slides. There will be a laptop available for your talk, but it is not guaranteed to be either Mac or a PC, so we recommend either pdf format, no animations in powerpoint, or bringing your own laptop (and a mac adapter if needed). Your session chair will be in touch with you closer to the Symposium to inform you more about the computer options.

Finally - there will be prizes awarded for the best talk and runner-up of each session!

As the Symposium is for researchers from all fields, remember to make your work understandable and interesting to everyone. Good luck!



The maximum posting area per poster is 4 feet x 4 feet. It is suggested that a standard A0 (2.759 feet x 3.901 feet) will fit comfortably.

Please remember this this for a general audience and posters will be judged according to clarity and interest as for the talks. There are five $400 prizes for the best posters and $100 gift cards for the five runners up.

On the day please put your poster up by 10:00am to allow maximum time for viewing. Posters need to be taken down before the awards ceremony at 5:00pm.
Posters will be allocated a numbers and distributed in viewing sessions accordingly.  Even numbers will stand at their posters and present in the first session from 10:30 am - 11:30 am coinciding with the first coffee break. The odd numbers will present from 3:00 pm - 4:00pm coinciding with the second coffee break. Poster judges will be circulating at these times please ensure you are there to present you poster and maximize your chance of a prize.

3rd Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium

posted Oct 18, 2016, 12:18 PM by Molly Foote

The UC Davis Postdoctoral Research Symposium will be held on Wednesday April 12th, 2017!

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