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  • Monthly Oral Presentations

    The overall goal of these sessions is to provide opportunity for postdocs to practice oral presentations and receive feedback from peers under low pressure conditions. 

     Postdoctoral fellows and instructors can choose to practice a short presentation (10-20 min. talk plus 5 min. discussion) or a long presentation (40-45 min. talk plus 10 min. discussion). The presentation can be on one's own research results, ideas for grant proposals, or can be related to a recent publication. For example, the presentation can serve as practice for an upcoming oral presentation at a conference or to brainstorm ideas for future research plans.

    One week prior to the presentation, the speaker(s) provide an abstract or relevant article to be distributed to all postdocs. Postdocs in the audience will provide feedback to the presenter via an evaluation sheet with comments and suggestions.

    If you would like to present, contact Dr. Ana Palei (, Dr. Sydney Murphy ( or Dr. Sharonda Swilley (



    Sept. 25
    Introductory meeting

    Oct. 30

    Dr. Frank Spradley (short talk) / Dr. Coolen (Q&A)
    Room 6A 

    Nov. 20
    Dr. Krishna Vallabhaneni (short talk)
    Room 6A 

    Dec. 25
    No meeting

    Jan. 29
    Dr. Rodrigo Maranon (long talk)
    Room 6A

    Feb. 26
    Dr. Abigail Gamble (short talk) / Dr. Lorena Amaral (short talk)
    Room 6A

    March 26
    Dr. Denise Cornelius (short talk)
    Room 6A

    April 23
    Dr. Frank Spradley (short talk)
    Room 6A

    May 21
    Any volunteers?

    June 25
    Any volunteers?
    Room 4A

    July 30
    Any volunteers?
    Room 4A