The Career & Professional Development team in the Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) is excited to announce the Postdoc180 Competition for its second year!

Postdoc180, a competition within the Medical School, challenges postdocs to present their scientific research in 180 seconds with one static slide to a non-expert audience. The event is inspired by the popular Three Minute Thesis, which was created for graduate students.  

In Postdoc180, participants will first prepare and submit a video of their presentation. A panel of experts from across several biomedical disciplines will then pick eight to ten finalists. The finalists will present their speech live in front of an audience and panel of external judges at the finale, which is scheduled for September 17, 2019 at 4:00pm and is part of the annual Postdoc Appreciation Week celebrations.

At the inaugural event last year, ten finalists presented on topics such as “Do These Genes Make My Bones Look Fat?”, “M. tuberculosis: Using Mathematic Models to Better Understand Disease Prevention”, and “Virus Evolution: How Many Typos Should You Make”. The First Prize and People’s Choice awards were awarded to Jay Vornhagen, PhD for his presentation on “Making Superbugs Less Super”. You can watch the full event video and prize-winning presentations from last year here and read an article about the event here.

This year, first prize is $1,000, second prize is $500, and third prize is $250.  Additionally, the audience will participate in live-voting to select a People’s Choice Awardee. All finalists and their videos will be recognized on our website.  For medical school postdocs who may be interested in participating, we encourage you to attend a Primer and Introduction session on June 24 from 12:30 – 1:30pm in 3813/3817 MedSci II. Please RSVP here.

All members of the campus community are welcome to attend and cheer on our talented postdocs at  the Postdoc180 Competition Finale of September 17, 2019 at 4:00pm at Kahn Auditorium in the Biomedical Science Research Building (BSRB). A small celebratory reception will follow. We thank you for your support and participation in this important event!