GSPS Social Event this Thursday, Jan 28th

The Graduate Students and Postdocs in Science are hosting a social event this Thursday, January 28th at 5:30pm. The event will take place at Athens’ very own Creature Comforts Brewery, located at 271 W Hancock Ave.

Officers of GSPS will be wearing grey GSPS t-shirts, and we will be happy to answer any questions that you may have about GSPS or our upcoming Research Day.

GSPS Research Day set for March 28

Attention! Do you have research or projects that you are ready to show off to UGA? Then join the Graduate Students and Postdocs in Science for our upcoming sixth annual Research Day! Research Day is an opportunity for students to present posters and give talks on past, current, and forthcoming research that they are working for the University of Georgia. We will be awarding PRIZES to the best talks and posters according to our judge’s panel of university professors. It is a great experience for students to not only practice their presentation skills, but to also introduce the UGA community to the work that they are doing.

The highlight of Research Day will be a keynote address from Dr. Todd McDevitt, a prominent scientist in the engineering technologies of stem cell research (

Research Day will take place on March 28th. If you are interested in participating, please look out for another email which will tell you where and how to submit your abstract.  The GSPS board will then be in touch regarding specifics about the event.

GSPS will also be hosting a social event on 1/28 at Creature Comforts in downtown Athens, and as always, we are available to answer any questions you may have, so be on the lookout for future emails!

Good luck with the start of your spring semester, and good luck in all your research.

2015-2016 GSPS Executive Board Open Positions


Secretary: Role is to record and distribute minutes at our monthly meetings, handle all official correspondences, and manage the email/social media accounts.

Fundraising chair: Responsibilities include reaching out to various departments around campus and seeking donations for funds that are used to support GSPS events (travel expenses for speakers, catering for events, etc.) and updating the executive board on the progress made at the monthly GSPS meetings.

Post-doc chair: A representative member of the University’s science post-docs, involved in the planning of GSPS events. Responsibilities include attending monthly GSPS meetings and assisting with the recruitment of additional post-docs to the association.

Teaching chair: A liaison between the University and GSPS. Responsibilities include attending monthly meetings with University Administrators (such as the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning), as well as advisement of Graduate School/University events that relate to teaching. Previous teaching experience is recommended but not required. Significant flexibility in determining his/her role because this is such a new position! Must also attend monthly GSPS meetings.

If you are interested in any of these positions, please contact Kristy Zera at

7th Annual GSPS Career Symposium: March 25th, 2015

Graduate Students and Postdocs in Science (GSPS) will be hosting its 7th Annual Career Symposium on Wednesday, March 25th, 2015. Please join us at the Coverdell Center for Biomedical and Health Sciences from 11 AM to 5:30 PM.

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GSPS Research Day – Postponed

Thank you  to all who who expressed interest in the 6th Annual GSPS Research Day.  However, after careful consideration we have decided to postpone the event, and are aiming to reschedule for some time in the second half of the Spring 2015 semester.  We hope that delaying the event will enable more of our members to participate and showcase their research efforts to the broader community of students, postdocs, and faculty in the sciences.
Please keep your eyes open for announcements about our 7th Annual Career Symposium and another Terrapin Social!

Building Civic and Community Engagement into STEM Coursework

Representatives of the SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Center for Innovation-South at UNC-Asheville will conduct a workshop presentation on Monday, Oct. 27, 10 a.m.-noon, in the MLC Reading Room. Presenters will share what SENCER is doing with courses across the country, integrating real-world, community issues into STEM-related disciplines, and will lead discussions about lessons learned, effective practice, and ideas for implementing similar work here at UGA.

The presentation, titled “Building Civic and Community Engagement into STEM Coursework,” is free and open to any interested faculty members, post-docs, graduate students, staff, or others who want to know more about  integrating experiential learning into coursework in STEM fields. No advance registration is required. The workshop is co-sponsored by the Office of Service-Learning, the CIRTL network, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of STEM Education, and the UGA Teaching Academy.SENCER Flyer Oct 27

Postdoc Journal: Call for Contributing Editors




Postdoc Journal invites Contributing Editors

Postdoc Journal, a Journal of Postdoctoral Research (JPR) and Postdoctoral Affairs (JPA), is currently seeking contributing editors from multiple disciplines. JPR publishes original research papers, reviews, progress articles, commentaries, perspectives and research highlights in ALL disciplines postdocs conduct research in. The journal is chalked out to be a monthly publication set to release on the 20th of each month. Interested postdocs are expected to contribute, at the least, 4 peer reviewed articles per year. The work could be in any of the formats supported by the journal, i.e. commentary, research highlight, progress article, perspectives, review and original research.

Endorsed by an advisory panel of eminent scientists, and managed by a team of 60+ postdocs on the editorial board representing a range of universities and disciplines, JPR has been publishing papers since January of 2013. It is an initiative to highlight the significant contributions made by postdoctoral fellows around the world to ongoing research in ALL disciplines. To capitalize on the steady growth the journal has witnessed since its inception, Postdoc Journal invites applicants from ALL research disciplines to serve as contributing editors.

Interested postdocs may contact the editors-in-chief Dr. Nicole Billings (, Dr. Zi Chen (, senior contributing editor Dr. Raj Loganathan ( or any of the editors on the current board.

The journal also encourages postdocs to join the fast-growing editorial team by filling-out the required information on the portal. We soon plan to form specialty sections on the editorial board based on various research disciplines.


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2014 GSPS Fighting Cancer Relay for Life is Friday April 4. Come join us!


Relay for Life benefiting The American Cancer Society is today April 4th (7pm – 2am)!  Due to the rain the event has been moved from the IM fields to the Ramsey Center.

You can register for our team (GSPS Fighting Cancer) or make a donation at the link below:

At the event, we’ll be doing henna tattoos!

Come support the fight against cancer!