Grant Writing Workshop

When: July 11th (Thursday9:30am-3pm
Biomed 200

Register here before June 5th.

Postdocs, grad students and staff scientists are all welcome!


David States, Biomedical Research Development Specialist, Office of Research

David has decades of experience with research funding. Currently he works with UCSC faculty on federal grant proposals, especially on biomedical research topics.

Carrie PartchAssociate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry Department

Carrie has extensive experience with NIH on both sides: she has received multiple R01 grants, and has sit on the review panels. She also teaches a grant-writing course.

Tentative agenda

  • 9:30am Check in
  • 9:45-10:00am Introduction
  • 10am-12pm David States: basic principles of grant writing, going over examples, how to write NSF grants
  • 12-1pm Lunch and networking
  • 1-3pm Carrie Partch: NIH funding mechanisms and review process, going over examples.

Second session

If there is interest for it, a shorter session will be organized two weeks later, on July 25th 10am-noon (Biomed 300), to give you feedback on your specific aims page. You will have the opportunity to send your specific aim page to the instructors a week before.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions!

– UCSC STEM Postdoc Association (USPA)

Intellectual Property Workshop

Dear postdocs, graduate students, and staff researchers,
The UCSC STEM Postdoc Association (USPA) and UCSC’s Director of Intellectual Property Management, Jeff Jackson, are hosting a workshop on Intellectual Property, and when you should consider patenting your research.
Topics we will discuss include:
– inventions at the university
– how to recognize inventions
– the patent and commercialization process
– careers in technology transfer or patent prosecution
Also, UCSC’s IP Management Officer specializing in software and electrical engineering, Chris Reed, will accompany Jeff (who specializes in biotechnology and chemistry) to help answer your questions.
When: Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019 noon – 1 pm
Where: Sinsheimer 123
Lunch will be served!
Please register here or email us at if you have any questions.

Bay Area Postdoc Event at the Buck! How to be Competitive for the Industry Job Market!

Dear Bay Area Postdocs,

The Postdoc Association from the Buck Institute will be hosting the next Bay Area Postdoc Association (BAPA) event. We will go for a one-day excursion on Saturday, May 11th.

Join your fellow Bay Area postdocs for a fun-filled day of networking and learning how to best prepare yourselves for transitioning into industry. This event will be held at the Buck Institute located at the foothills of Mount Burdell in Novato, CA approximately 22 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. We will start with a networking session in the morning, followed by lunch and a seminar from Lauren Celano of Propel Career Services. Her talk titled “How to be Competitive for the Industry Job Market” is aimed at helping postdocs identify, build, and highlight skills during their training in order to be competitive for industry positions. Following the seminar (for those interested) we will go on a short hike (less than 2 miles) up Mount Burdell so please bring some athletic gear and proper footwear. Given all the recent rainfall the views are quite impressive!

Please register as space is limited. Register here:

This event is free: Parking at the Institute is free and does not require a permit.

Family and interested friends are also welcomed to join this day! Please be aware that the first part of the day will be about networking with postdocs, so you may want to schedule alternative activities for children for this time.


10:30-11:00AM Arrive at Buck, Coffee and Networking

11:00-11:30AM Institute Tour

11:30-12:00PM Lunch (provided)

12:00- 1:30PM Seminar by Lauren Celano “How to be Competitive for the Industry

Job Market”

1:30- 3:30PM Mount Burdell hike

3:30-5:00PM BBQ & Drinks (provided)

Startup Sandbox information session!

Startup Sandbox information Session!

The USPA is happy to host Alireza Chavosh, Director of Startup Sandbox for an information session on Santa Cruz's own startup incubator as well as plans  for a new accelerator program.  Have an idea that you think could become a product?  Come and learn how Startup Sandbox can help you turn your research into a company!

Register Now 


February 27, 2019 (Wednesday)

12:00PM – 1:00PM



Peer Review Workshop 11/7: 12 pm in Biomed 200

The UCSC STEM Postdocs Association (USPA) is holding an event sponsored by the open access journals Bio-protocol and eLife on 11/7, 12 pm in Biomed 200.
Both journals have opportunities for early career researchers (e.g. postdocs) to serve as a reviewer. We also encourage PIs to attend and share their thoughts on peer review and learn about the publishing process at these journals.
Bio-protocol is a journal dedicated to making methods easily reproducible.  The journal publishes methods that are novel or serious improvements to the methods that are commonly used. Opportunities exist for senior graduate students and postdocs to review papers in conjunction with editors. Dennis Bua, the Director of Communications at Bio-protocol, will speak about how early career researchers can get involved.
eLife is a broad interest, open access, non-profit journal founded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust, and led by scientists. eLife is determined to improve the publishing process and has pioneered new models of open peer review (e.g. reviews are published with the article). eLife has recently launched an early career peer review program for postdocs to participate with senior scientists in eLife’s joint review process. Jordan Ward, an Assistant Professor in the MCDB department, and an eLife Ambassador and eLife Reviewer, will talk about eLife’s peer review process.
Why learn about peer review?
-Learning about the process and seeing how paper’s are evaluated can help you figure out the best way to present your own work and get it published.
-Reviewing in your own name at journals can help establish credentials for various documents and career advancement opportunities (e.g. EB-1A greencards).

-Serving as a reviewer helps everyone get quicker decisions on their manuscripts.  Hopefully someone will repay the favor so that your papers won’t sit on an editor’s desk for months!
Registration encouraged via the following link:

Preparing for your academic job interview chalk talk

The UCSC STEM Postdoc Association (USPA) is organizing the workshop “Preparing for your academic job interview chalk talk“.
Update: *This event WILL be held regardless of the strike situation on campus.*
The chalktalk is an essential part of an academic job interview. At this workshop, you will learn how to prepare your talk and what to expect from the interviewers, and two postdocs will have the chance to practice their talks and receive valuable feedback from experienced faculty.
When: October 24th 9:30am-1pm
Where: Biomed 200
This workshop will be structured in 2-parts:
– Q&A with a faculty panel regarding how to prepare your chalk talk (1 hr)
– Two UCSC postdocs will present practice/mock chalk talks to the faculty panel for feedback similar to a real job interview (2 hrs)

Our faculty panel of instructors includes:

    Russ Corbett-Detig, Assistant Professor, BME
    Carrie Partch, Associate Professor, Chemistry
    Susan Carpenter, Assistant Professor, MCD

    Jordan Ward, Assistant Professor, MCD
Please register here or email us at if you have any questions.

Postdoctoral Benefits Open Enrollment Session

11/6/2018, 12:00 PM – 300 Biomedical Sciences

The 2019 health benefits open enrollment period will run from October 25-November 20, 2018. This is the period during which you can make changes to enrollment and plan choices for medical, dental and vision plans. If you are already enrolled and do not wish to make any changes, no action is required. For any questions about open enrollment or benefits in general, contact the postdoc union at or 510-845-5726.

Plan Options and Costs
There are two medical plan options (HMO and PPO) and two dental plan options (HMO and POS), see here for details about the plans and here for the plan costs. To view your current benefit choices and make changes during the open enrollment period, click here.

New for 2019: Enrolling Domestic Partners
In response to requests from our union and other UC employees, UC has changed its eligibility rules so that all UC employees are able to enroll a domestic partner and their partner’s eligible dependents upon meeting certain criteria. See here for more details and email the union if you have any questions.




Postdocs, grad students and staff scientists are all welcome!

DATENov 5th (Monday) 

TIME: 11:00 AM. 

LOCATION: E2 - 180



Slone Partners, a Life Sciences Hiring Agency, has been collaborating with the USPA to offer all of you STEM scientists an informative session about how you can successfully make the transition from academia into industry. 


10:45 am Check in

11:00am - 12:30pm Slone Partners, TwoPore Guys, and other companies will present important concepts for how you can move into STEM industry. We will have insights from HR as well as personal stories from PhDs who have made the switch themselves. 

12:30pm-1:30pm Professional photography session to take head shots for use in professional profiles(This will be offered to earlier registrants, postdocs will receive priority, and registration and confirmation are required to redeem this) 

When registering, please take this opportunity to let us know what questions you would like answered during the event. 

Please Join us! 

Feel free to contact us at if you have any questions!

2018 Academic Job Search Q&A

The USPA hosted an Academic Job Search Workshop featuring an open Q&A from four faculty mentors.  Postdocs from a variety of fields got to learn about how an academic job search works from both sides (from the department's point of view and the candidates).  Stay tuned for future workshops on other aspects of the Academic Job Search such as the "Chalk Talk".