June 2, 2015
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One-on-One Consultations

Do you need assistance with career services, finding funding, developing an IDP or have questions but don't know whom to ask or where to go? Click here to schedule a One-on-One consultation with Kim Patton.

ND Calendar & Events

For a full listing of events on the Notre Dame campus for the week of June 1, 2015 - click here.

Academic iNDex

  • A secure, easily accessible, online repository for your academic and professional information
  • An index of your publications, presentations, grants, work history, and other academic achievements
  • A resource for identifying scholars eligible for specific grant and fellowship opportunities
  • A tool to quickly create personalized CVs, resume, lists of publication or presentations, and more
For more information about Academic iNDex and how to use it, click here.

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)


The NPA is a member-driven organization that provides a unique, national voice for postdoctoral scholars. Since 2003, they have taken on the ambitious agenda to enhance the quality of the postdoctoral experience in the US. They have assumed a leadership role in addressing the many issues confronting the postdoctoral community that are national in scope and requiring action beyond the local level. 

  • The University of Notre Dame is a sustaining member of the NPA.
  • ND Postdocs can join the NPA for free.
  • Learn about the benefits of a NPA membership here.
For more information about the NPA and to become a member, click here.

Versatile PhD - Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Discover interesting career paths as an alternative to the faculty track
  • Join a large community of post-academics to consult about your situation and the versatility of your PhD, MA, or postdoctoral appointment
  • Read job listings appropriate for postdocs
  • Network with successful post-academic PhDs nationwide
For more information about Versatile PhD and how to use it, click here.

Spotlight Jobs of the Week

By Lily Herman for The Muse



Social Media

Postdoc Corner
How Not to Lose Control of a Class


Colleen Flaherty for Inside Higher Ed


It might be every professor's worst nightmare: losing control of a class with no hope of getting it back on track. That appears to be what happened this semester at Texas A&M University at Galveston, where a management instructor threatened to fail the entire class for poor behavior before the university intervened. The professor described a class full of students who wouldn't do the work, who weren't performing according to his expectations and who were consistently rude to him.


The specific case certainly appears to be an outlier, and questions remain about how and why the situation got so extreme. It nevertheless captured the attention of fellow faculty members, probably because many have struggled at one point or another with classroom management.


Click here for the full article by Flaherty.


Understanding the Science Policy Landscape


Elisabeth Pain for Science Careers


Scientists are increasingly called upon to help governments shape policies and regulations in response to potential hazards and emerging crises. But to young scientists in particular, science policy can seem remote, opaque, and treacherous. There's even a relatively new issue: potential legal liability. The 2009 L'Aquila earthquake led to theconvictions of six Italian scientists and one public official with 6-year prison sentences (all the scientists have since been acquitted). But even for those willing to take on the (usually minimal) legal risk, there are so many bodies aiming to influence high-level policy, each with its own remit and degree of authority, that it can be hard to make sense of how it all works.


Click here for the full article by Pain.


The ND Postdoc Newsletter wants to share your research or article you have written with the ND Postdoc Community.  If you would like to submit an article for the newsletter, please email Kim Patton.

Career Services
Postdoc to Faculty Workshop

Looking for a job in the academy after your postdoc? Want some inside tips on how a current ND Postdoc got a job as an Assistant Professor?  Come to the Postdoc to Faculty Workshop.  


Mary Sajini Devadas (bio), ND Postdoc in Chemistry/Biochemistry will share with you how she got a position inside the academy.  Mary has accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Towson University in Maryland beginning Fall 2015.

  • Date: Thursday, June 4th
  • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • Location: LaFortune Student Center, 1st Floor, Montgomery Auditorium
  • Registration: Click here to let us know you are coming

Please feel free to bring your lunch.  



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Career Advice from an Oldish Not-Quite Geezer

Robert J. Sternberg 
for The Chronicle of Higher Education


Over the course of my career, I've given and received a lot of advice. Much of it was wrong. Sometimes it lacked the perspective that comes with age and experience. 


So now, as an official "oldster" at 65 (proof: thanks to my age, I just got $25 off upon joining a botanical society), I offer the following advice, from someone who has thought and written about academic careers for 40 years. 


Click here to read the full article by Sternberg.


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9 Winning Resume Strategies for PhDs

Rudy Bellani, PhD and Zach Marks for Scizzle Blog


You pour your heart and soul into years of research all for this one document. It is how your time in grad school will be judged and it will play a significant role in determining your future. PhD candidates dread it more than anything. Not the thesis. The resume.


Click here for the full article by Bellani and Marks.


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Events and Groups

The University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce that the 2015 Old 2 Gold sale will be held on Saturday morning, June 13.  


Due to construction at Notre Dame Stadium, this year's sale will held at the St. Joseph County 4H Fairgrounds in South Bend.  Click here for more details, including a map and parking directions.  

Questions about the sale can be directed to old2gold@nd.edu.


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  • Date: May, 6 2015
  • Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
  • Location: Rohr's, inside Morris Inn (map)

ALL postdocs and grad students are invited to The World on Tap, a monthly social at Rohr's. Free appetizers will be provided. The first 50 postdocs and grad students will also receive a free drink ticket valued up to $6. Please bring a valid photo ID.

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  • Are you a postdoc in a committed relationship? 
  • Would you and your significant other like to get to know other couples and families? 
  • Then join the Graduate Spouse and Partner Network (GSPN) here at Notre Dame! 

The goal of the GSPN is to act as a sustainable support system and social networking community for the significant others of all graduate students and postdocs and their partners, and to facilitate their involvement in the Notre Dame and South Bend communities. All significant others, partners, spouses, boyfriends, girlfriends, and anyone in a committed relationship with a University of Notre Dame post-baccalaureate student or postdoc are welcome and encouraged to join the GSPN along with their partner. Significant others and/or graduate students/postdocs do not need to be based in South Bend to join the group. Join today and start receiving information on our community events and small interest groups, like Ultimate Frisbee, Kickball, Film Night, and Craft Night! To sign up to receive more information about the GSPN and possibly get involved, simply visit this REGISTRATION LINK 


For more information on the GSPN, email Tony or check out GSPN's Facebook group here.


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Funding Opportunties
There are several funding opportunities for ND Postdocs.  Here is a list.  Links are provided for specific details to each award below.

There is a new list of external funding databases on the ND Postdoc website for postdocs to search.  Look under the Additional Resources heading on the External Funding page.


Click here to see the list.

Provides opportunities for scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking and implementation while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to policymakers.


For more information on the AAAS Fellowship Resources, click here.


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Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships provided by the Australian Government that support citizens around the world to undertake study, research and professional development in Australia and for Australians to do the same overseas. 


For more information on the Endeavor Scholarships and Fellowships, click here.



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This Travel Award Program provides funding to assist early career researchers in attending a scientific conference where their research has been accepted for presentation.


For more information on the PLOS Early Career Travel Awards, click here.


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Professional Development
Graduate School Professional Development Programs

The Graduate School's Professional Development workshops will begin again in Fall 2015.  All postdocs may take professional development programs from the Graduate School.  


For workshop descriptions and registration instructions, click here. 


Workshops from the Kaneb Center


Are you interested in learning more about discipline-specific teaching and learning in the university setting?  The university offers workshops on university teaching and learning in various fields through the Kaneb Center!  Consider enrolling in one of the workshops.


For workshop descriptions, click here.  



Workshops from the NCFDD

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity is an independent professional development, training and mentoring community of over 71,000 graduate students, postdocs, and faculty members. The NCDFF is 100% dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers.  They offer on-campus workshops, professional development training, and intensive mentoring programs.


The University of Notre Dame is an institutional member of the NCFDD. Through Notre Dame's membership, ND Postdocs may claim an Institutional Sub-account Membership at no cost and enjoy all the benefits of a NCFDD Individual Membership.  Register here to join NCFDD.


For a list of the Summer 2015 webinars, click here.


Hesburgh Libraries and Center for Digital Scholarship Workshops

The Hesburgh Libraries and Center for Digital Scholarship workshops are offered to all ND Postdocs.


More information: library.nd.edu/cds/workshops

Questions? cds@nd.edu


English for Academic Purposes Workshops
The Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures' English for Academic Purposes program offers workshops that are open to all ND Postdocs.


PhD Humor

The views and opinions expressed in the media, articles, and comments included in this newsletter are solely the views and expressions of the original sources' authors and contributors, and do not necessarily represent those of the University of Notre Dame, The Graduate School, or the Office of Postdoctoral Scholars.