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Graduate Studies Postdoctoral Association

Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research


Join the
Arts, Sciences and Engineering Graduate Studies Department
as the Postdoc finalists for the

Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research

present their research and its significance in just 3 minutes!

Friday, October 13, 2017
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Presentation: Morey 321/Reception: Morey Hall Rettner Gallery

This is a great opportunity to learn about the state of the art research being conducted by Postdoctoral Associates at Rochester. All audience members will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite research presentation! The audience award, in conjunction with the panelists’ awards, will be presented during the reception immediately following.

We hope you will join us!

Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Interdisciplinary Research Competition Finalists

Ebrahim Aboualizadeh, Center for Visual Science
Kamal Dhakal, Center for Visual Science
Po-Ju Lin, Surgery – Cancer Control
Hongjin Lv, Chemistry
Kevin Mazurek, General Neurology Unit
Christina Schwarz, Center for Visual Science                                 
Jeff Tithof, Mechanical Engineering

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research provides a monetary award towards recognizing outstanding Postdoctoral Associates or Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Rochester whose research exemplifies the importance of cross- discipline approaches toward examining high impact questions of science. The competition is open to all UR SMD and ASE Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows.

Candidates must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered:

  1. Current postdoctoral status at the University of Rochester at the time of application.
  2. Field of study bridges at least two areas of the five disciplines (humanities, science, mathematics, engineering, and medicine).

To apply, the following must be submitted by Friday, September 29th, 2017:

  1. Current Curriculum Vitae
  2. Two-page, single spaced summary of how your research crosses disciplinary boundaries 
including implications for science and future objectives. This summary should be 
written for a general audience.
  3. A 3-minute video presentation of yourself describing your research to a general 
audience. A single visual slide may be used to summarize the presentation. Video files must be Mac compatible (.mov, .mp4, .m4v).

Applications are to be emailed to

Applications will be reviewed by the following criteria: the interdisciplinary scope of the research, implications for scientific advancement, and ability to communicate research effectively to a non-scientifically trained audience.

Finalists will be selected to participate in a 3-minute oral presentation to the faculty panel at the Steadman Prize presentation during Meliora Weekend. Final presentations will be held on Friday, October 13th, 2017 from 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm in Morey Hall, Room 321.

Attendance at the final competition is expected if selected as a finalist. Winners will be announced at the award reception immediately following.

There are four awards:

  • Judges 1st Place - $1,000
  • Judges 2nd Place - $750
  • Judges 3rd Place - $500
  • Audience Choice - $250

Please direct any questions to