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Graduate Studies Postdoctoral Association

Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research provides a monetary award towards recognizing outstanding Postdoctoral Appointees 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 Appointees.

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 2 areas of these 5 disciplines:
    Humanities, Science, Mathematics, Engineering, and Medicine

To apply, the following must be submitted by Monday, September 17th, 2018:

  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 must be written for a general, non-scientifically trained audience.

To submit your application, please email your CV and Research Summary to:

Applications will be reviewed by the following criteria:

  1. Interdisciplinary scope of the research.
  2. Implications for scientific advancement.
  3. Ability to communicate research effectively to a non-scientifically trained audience.

Finalists will be notified if they have been selected to present a 5-minute oral demonstration to a faculty panel at the Steadman Prize presentation during Meliora Weekend.

Final presentations will be held Friday, October 5th, 2018 from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm in Goergen Hall, Room 101 (Sloan Auditorium). Attendance at the final competition is required if selected as a finalist.

Finalists will be judged on several criteria, with emphasis on the research’s potential for innovation, broad impact to interdisciplinary fields of study and presentation ability.

Winners will be announced at the award reception immediately following.

The award levels are:

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

Please direct any questions to