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The shortest month of the year is flying by, and there are several events fast approaching of which we would like to make you aware:
1. Tips for Making Time for What’s Important   
The GWPA is hosting a time management workshop led by Dr. Sara Melita. Dr. Melita works for GW’s Colonial Temps team providing career development advice as a consultant, executive coach, facilitator, and trainer. Come join us for food and some pointers on how to make the most of your time!
February 20 (Wednesday), 12 PM - 1:30 PM
Science and Engineering Hall (SEH) 2000
Lunch will be provided -- please RSVP to
2. GWPA Research Updates
The GWPA is offering you the chance to sharpen your presentation skills through informal talks once a month. We are aiming to make this an ideal way to practice for an upcoming conference presentation or to just get feedback on your research. Afterward we'll provide food.
February 25th (Monday), 4:30 PM - 6 PM
Ross Hall room 201A
3. Tools for Maximizing Postdoc Success and Career Transitions
Dr. Chiara Manzini will lead a seminar focused on postdoc professional development. Lunch will be provided. If you are interested please RSVP to Luara Radville (
February 27 (Wednesday, 12 PM - 1 PM
Ross Hall room 602
Please RSVP to Laura Radville (!
4. Lastly, we invite you to eagerly anticipate a Mardis Gras event held on March 8th. Details coming soon!!

The GW Postdoc Association welcomes you back in 2019! To start the year off, we would like to invite you to the following events:
1. DMV Postdocs Networking Event
Come network with fellow postdocs from the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area!
January 25 (Friday), 6 PM - 11 PM
All Sours Bar
725 T Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001
2. GWPA -- Meet the 2019 Board Members
Meet the 2019 GWPA board members and enjoy some hot chocolate to drive away the winter chills!
January 31 (Thursday), 1 PM - 2 PM
Location: SEH 7th Floor (south side, through the doors for rooms 7300-7479 and find the tree)
Please RSVP to
3. "The media and talking about your research" (Science Career and Professional Development Series)
Seminar presentation by Anne Banner (Executive Director, Communications and Marketing) and Lisa Anderson (Director of Media Relations & Social Media).
January 29 (Tuesday), 12 PM - 1 PM
602 Ross Hall
Lunch will be provided
Please RSVP to Laura Radville:

Science Career and Professional Development Series -- "What's in the 'Rest' of Your Fellowship Application?"

Dec 6, Thursday, 12-1 PM  
Ross Hall, 602

Dr Alison Hall will be talking about the different components of a successful grant application, for e.g. NIH F31/F32! . See attached flyer for more details.

Please RSVP to

GWPA Holiday Potluck

Dec 7, Friday, 5 - 7 PM

Location TBD

With the end of the year fast approaching, let's take some time to relax and celebrate all the wonderful things this year has brought us, with friends and great food. Bring a side dish and a friend or two and join us.

Please RSVP to

Dear Postdocs

Thank you for participating in the GW Postdoc Appreciation 2018. It was a great experience for us and we hope you got a lot out of it too. Please do reach out to us, to let us know what you liked, what you disliked and what you'd like to do differently next year.
For those who missed out, Dr Josh Henkin spoke to us about a variety of non-academic career options for postdocs and tools to identify them in his Keynote address titled "Now, Pick A Winning Career" (National Postdoc Appreciation Week). His slides have been uploaded here in our our website ( We had 13 amazing presentations by GW Postdocs. Winners of the Research Presentation Competition are listed below. Our career networking lunch featured a panel of 5 guests who've pursued a variety of non-traditional career paths after their postdocs. They shared with us their experiences and what they've learnt in a lively and interactive discussion session.
Winners of the Postdoc Research Presentation:
Chloe Bouarab
Rachel Resop
Sarah Jaumann
Winners of Mentor Award:
Alberto Bosque
Katherine Chiappinelli
Winners of Gold Star Postdoc Award:
Kedar Aras
Derek Jones
Congratulations to all of you!
Finally, if you haven't picked up a copy of our September bulletin, please find it attached here. This month we've included a list of all GW faculty who were nominated for the Mentor Award and their comments on effective mentoring.


Best wishes,



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Fall 2018 Faculty and Staff Free Group Exercise Schedule

The Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences is happy to announce the Fall 2018 schedule of free faculty and staff group exercise classes. Classes will be offered from Monday, August 27th, 2018, through Thursday, December 20th, 2018* at the Foggy Bottom campus.

See schedule below:


Mondays and Wednesdays

12 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.


Please bring your own mat.

ME (Metabolic Effect)

Mondays and Wednesdays

12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Prepare to give it your all for 30 minutes.



6:00 p.m. to 6:50 p.m.


For a happy, healthy heart, dance like no one’s watching!



12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.


Learn to find peace in stress.

To be eligible for these classes, the designation on your GWorld card must list Faculty or Staff. Please arrive to class on time.

GWPA Ice Cream Social part 2

Wednesday August 23rd at 1pm

Thursday August 23rd at 1:00pm

Since our first ice cream social was so popular, please meet us again on the 5th floor of SEH (in the West Kitchenette- signs will be posted on the 5th floor) for a free bowl of ice cream, this time with even MORE flavors and toppings! Please RSVP with a quick email to

Stress Management Seminar

 Wednesday August 29th 12:00 – 1:00pm
Location: SEH 2000
Learn how to manage your stresses and anxiety for a more productive lifestyle! This seminar will feature a speaker from the Colonial Health Center. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP with a quick email to


The mission of the George Washington University Postdoc Association (GWPA) is to enhance the postdoctoral experience at GW by establishing a sense of community among GW postdoctoral researchers, serving their needs and concerns, and providing them with career development training, counseling, and mentorship.


  1. Promoting interaction between postdoctoral researchers on an academic, social and cultural basis.
  2. Providing a liaison and facilitating communication between its members, faculty, administrators, and the Office of the Vice President for Research.
  3. Disseminating university information and any nation wide policy changes relevant to GWPA members.
  4. Aiding members with career and professional growth through a series of seminars and workshops tailored to the specific needs of postdoctoral researchers.
  5. Promoting postdoctoral researchers, showcasing their work and increasing the campus visibility of the postdoc population.

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