At top: Dr. Francis Tran of USC gives one of 16 oral presentations.
At bottom: Networking mixer attendees included academic and non-academic professionals, postdoctorates and faculty.
The event began with welcome remarks by Dr. Johnny Saldate, chair of the Postdoctoral Association at UCLA and followed with Dr. April de Stefano, assistant dean for academic services in the UCLA Graduate Division. De Stefano introduced the keynote speaker, Dr. Paul Weiss, UC presidential chair and distinguished professor of chemistry & biochemistry and materials science and engineering at UCLA. The program also included short TED-style research talks, academic and non-academic career panels, a poster session and a networking mixer. Presentation awards were also given to the best oral and poster presenters, with $200 going to first place winners, $100 to those in second place and $50 to third place winners. The awardees are listed below.
Oral presentation awardees:
Poster presentation awardees:
The symposium garnered over 150 postdoctoral attendees, 16 of which gave oral presentations and 27 provided poster presentations. Participants came from institutions all across Los Angeles, including: UCLA, USC, Caltech, JPL/NASA, Cedars-Sinai, City of Hope, Children's Hospital LA, CSUN, and Charles R. Drew University. During the mixer, seven companies and organizations were represented at the exhibitor booths. Numerous faculty were also in attendance to judge the presentations and join the mixer.
View the event video to see highlights of the event.
The symposium planning committee was led by five postdoctoral scholars (Drs. Johnny Saldate (UCLA), Lok Leung (UCLA), Alejandro Martorell (UCLA), Caroline Charpentier (Caltech), and Richard Van Krieken (USC)), who were assisted by 20 day-of postdoctoral volunteers from UCLA, USC, and Caltech.