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January 2019

GWPA -- Meet the 2019 Board Members
Thursday, January 31, 1 PM - 2 PM
Location SEH 7th Floor (south side, through the doors for rooms 7300-7479 and find the tree)
Meet the 2019 GWPA board members and enjoy some hot chocolate to drive away the winter chills!
Please RSVP to

October 2018


Friday, Oct 26th ,12 - 1 PM.

Location: SEH 2000.

Our social event for this month is slightly different. We have invited our GW
Psychology postdocs Abby LePage and Melanie Soilleux back to talk to us
about Mindfulness. This practice which has its roots in Buddhist meditation,
means to maintain a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts,
feelings, bodily sensations and surrounding environment, without judging
them. Among other benefits, mindfulness helps focus, fosters compassion,
enhances relationships and fights obesity.
Lunch will be provided!

Perfecting your Profile - Optimizing LinkedIn to Land your Dream Job

Oct 31st @ 11 AM - 1 PM

Location: Ross Hall 602.

Now more than ever, we rely on social media and peer connections to
network, exchange best practices, and make business decisions.
Consequently, developing a strong social media presence is critically
important and LinkedIn is a virtual goldmine, offering endless opportunities
and thousands of job listings in multiple specialties! Grab your laptop and
JOIN US for this interactive workshop where you’ll learn from Kelly
Leonard - author, keynote speaker, consultant, award-winning CEO, and
former Fortune 100 Executive.


September 2018

 GW Postdoc Appreciation Day 9/21

Location: SEH

August 2018

GWPA Ice Cream Social part 2

 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

Slides Stress Management workshop

July 2018

GWPA Summer Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, July 11th @ 1 PM

SEH, 5th Floor South Research Garden (Space with Tree)

Summer is in full spring and it’s time for our first Ice Cream social. Come join us after lunch on the 11th and pick your favorite flavors of ice cream to chill and make new friends. The South Research garden is the common space area with the indoor tree.

Networking for Scientists

Wednesday, July 18th @ 11.30 - 12.30 PM

SEH 2000

Networking and navigating social situations may feel like an insurmountable obstacle to progressing down a career track. However, it is critical to understand that building your network is about building relationships. Because of this, it is critical to be strategic about developing the relationships that comprise your network. Join us to learn from Tracy Costello, Director of Postdoc Affairs at Moffitt Cancer Center. Lunch will be provided. Participants will engage in interactive activities to:

* Understand that building a network is about building relationships * How to start a conversation and engage in small talk * Master a perfect handshake * Create a 5 word introduction * Construct a 30 second elevator pitch* Leverage social media to build your network

June 2018

 First GWPA Hike + BBQ of the season
When: Saturday June 910:30am
Where: Meet us at Peirce Mill (MetroTrain and MetroBus accessible!)
What: Short 1-2 hour casual hike along the creek with beautiful views. Once we're done with this trail, the grill will be on with hot dogs and hamburgers, whatever you like!
Why should I join: Get to know Rock Creek Park and it gorgeous beauty; meet fellow colleagues; chat with random folks; enjoy FREE BBQ; spend quality time outside and thus improve your mental health and wellbeing!

Feel free to bring family, friends, pets, etc. but please RSVP to by June 6 so that we can organize the food. Bring your own drinks.

May 2018

Career Symposium event
Friday May 18th! This is a great chance to hear about all the various career paths available to use post-PhD. See details below and be sure to register for the event here!
When: Wednesday May 23; 12:00 – 1:30pm;
Where: SEH, Room B1270
What: Working in such a diverse environment, we are all going to have to deal with immigration policies and procedures at some point in our career. Brendan Delaney, Immigration Attorney, will discuss relevant visa types, the visa transition to industry, types of Green Card applications, and how to build a CV and other documents for a Self-Sponsored Green Card application.
 If you didn't have the chance to attend, here are the slides from Brendan Delaney, you can check on his slides Here

April 2018

April Events

Communication and Negotiation Skills Workshop Monday, Apr 30th @ 12 - 1.30 PM SEH, Room B1220 Negotiations aren’t always an easy conversation but come learn how to navigate such situations at the workplace at the next workshop in the GWPA’s professional development series. Let’s learn from Dr Evangeline J Downie, Associate Dean for Academic Assessment and Support, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, GWU, the tips and tricks to negotiate at the workplace.

About the Workshop/Seminar:
In every aspect of life and career, negotiation is necessary and unavoidable.   To ensure appropriate terms in negotiating a new position, or addressing challenging behavior by supervisors, peers and others can be particularly difficult. This seminar is designed to teach us skills and techniques for handling these difficult issues. It will focus on understanding instinctual responses and developing strategies to maximize the potential for a successful outcome in negotiations.

The workshop will be delivered in a highly interactive mode: come along prepared to engage, discuss, and help yourself and your colleagues to better communication in challenging situations.

Participate in the first ever GW Postdocs Survey. Please take about 8 - 10 minutes of your time to tell us about your Postdoc Experience at GW and what you'd like to see from your GWPA


SMHS teaching program

SMHS is proposing the development of a teaching program for post-docs and others who are interested in earning a university credit-bearing certificate. No prior teaching experience is necessary; individuals across GW would be eligible for admission. The attached description provides an overview of the content and requirements. GW requires a minimum of 12 credits for a certificate. Consistent with Middle States accreditation, each 3-credit course requires a minimum of 112.5 hours of classroom and individual work. The credits would be earned across 2 semesters, 6 in the fall and 6 in the spring, largely online or self-paced. Please let Dr. Goldman know if you are interested by March 23. Since further development of the program is based on having a significant number of potential participants, she needs to know if you are:
1. considering or 2. considering and have your advisor's support. Questions can be addressed to her at

Overview of Certificate

 March 2018

 Happy hour/networking social:

To keep the good mood up and at the same time warm up on our networking skills, join the George Washington Postdoc Association on Friday, March 2, at 5:30pm at Tonic At Quigley's for a casual happy hour and networking socialTonic is located in the heart of the GW campus, so we cannot accept excuses that it is too far away 🙂 Happy hour lasts till 7pm and includes treasures like $4 Drafts, Rails, & House Wine, $4 Tater Tots, $6 Flights, $6 Nachos, $7.50 Totchos, $.75 Wings (Spicy, BBQ, Old Bay, Mambo). For more infos:

Development Series:

And then, on March 8th at 11am join us as we hear from Dr Philip Clifford from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Dr Alison Hall from GWU about Individual Development Plans (IDP). We'll  meet at SEH 2000 (Science and Engineering Hall, 2nd floor conference room) at 11 AM. Dr Clifford, who is one of the original authors of the myIDP system, will guide us through the process of creating an IDP and Dr Hall will discuss the importance of setting SMART goals and finding good mentorship to guide you through the process. So bring your computers with you and let’s get started on our IDPs. It is recommended that your take a quick minute ahead of the workshop to create an account at and talk a brief look at the system. Lunch will be provided!

We will have to reserve space and food and need to estimate the size of our group so please RSVP for both events by a quick email to Feel free to bring significant others to the happy hour!

Power Point slides kindly offered by Dr Clifford and Dr Hall:

Dr Clifford slides_IDP event

Dr Hall slides_IDP event