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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.

Applications are invited from all UR SMD and ASE Postdoctoral Appointees.

The award levels are:

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

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.

Finalist Selection:

  • All applications received on or by September 17th will be reviewed by the AS&E Dean of Graduate Studies nomination committee. 
  • Applicants will be notified if they have been selected to compete as finalists at the Steadman Family Award Event during Meliora Weekend.
  • Finalist 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 October 5th Steadman Family Award Event is required to compete.

Steadman Family Award Event Finalist Information:

  • Finalists will present their research in a 5-minute oral demonstration, using a single, static slide as a visual aid to the panel of judges.
  • 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.
  • Finalists will have the opportunity to have a pre-award consultation to improve their presentation with Language and Communication Consultant, Ellen Zuroski.
  • Winners will be announced at the award reception immediately following.

Please direct any questions and/or email your application to AS&E Director of Graduate Studies, Janice Van Opdorp @