Current Research and Future Careers Symposium (2018)

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Learn. Communicate. Network.

  1. Learn. A morning session focused on developing two critical competencies for career development—mentoring and leadership—will be led by professionals from academia and industry.
  2. Communicate. Increase the visibility of your research at our poster session or by presenting a seven-minute talk. Applicants selected for the seven-minute talks will have the option to participate in a two-hour workshop prior to the symposium led by the RSG Research Communication Training Program.
  3. Network. Meet fellow PhD students and postdocs from other departments and disciplines and learn about their research. In addition, a career exploration and networking event organized in collaboration with the Northwestern Career Advancement Office will provide you with the opportunity to meet PhDs working at different companies and professional fields. Join us to know more about the realities of working within a particular field, industry or position, find about career paths, and get tips about how to prepare for and enter a given career.


Thursday, August 30th
Wieboldt Hall, 340 E Superior St., Chicago.
9:00 – 9:15             Registration
9:15 – 9:30             Opening address
9:30 – 11:00           Interactive Session A in MENTORING & LEADERSHIP, Sarah Hokanson, PhD.
11:00 – 11:15         Coffee break sponsored by Proteintech
11:15 – 12:45         Interactive Session B in MENTORING & LEADERSHIP, Todd Murphy, PhD.
12:45–1:15             Summary panel: key challenges, lessons learned and Q&A.
1:30 – 3:00             Poster session and appetizers
3:00 – 4:00             Keynote presentation, Shanthi Ganeshan, VP and US Head, Regulatory Affairs, Novartis Oncology.
4:00 – 5:00             7-minute short talks
5:00 – 7:00             Career Exploration and Networking Reception


This year marks the fifth iteration of the Current Research & Future Careers Symposium, organized by Northwestern’s official postdoctoral group. Targeted to postdocs and PhD students of all disciplines, Current Research & Future Careers is the largest fully interdisciplinary symposium at Northwestern, having grown to over 150 attendees at last year’s event—a number we will try to surpass in 2018, and have indeed already surpassed at other events this calendar year. The motto of this year’s symposium is “Learn. Communicate. Network.

The symposium is open to all postdocs and graduate students in any discipline at Northwestern. The event is free for all attendees. You can register via Eventbrite:

Abstract Submission

The Current Research & Future Careers Symposium is Northwestern’s largest fully interdisciplinary symposium. As such, it provides a unique chance to present your research to others and give it visibility within Northwestern.

In addition to the scientific poster session, a subset of submitted abstracts will be chosen for  seven-minute scientific oral presentations that will follow the keynote lecture. Presenters will have the option to participate in a focused two-hour training presentation by the RSG program.

Abstracts will be accepted until Friday, August 10.