*Thank you for your interest! We are not currently seeking additional faculty volunteers for this event at this time. Additional questions may be directed to Beth Healey.*
On October 14–15, 2021, Northwestern University will co-host an inaugural Chicagoland STEM Postdoc Recruitment Event for Underrepresented and Minoritized Postdocs in partnership with the University of Chicago (UChicago) and University of Illinois Chicago (UIC). The Graduate School’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) is organizing this two-day virtual event and is seeking support from graduate faculty volunteers.
For this event, we will be recruiting advanced graduate students and early-career postdocs to participate in two days of programming on October 14-15 designed to introduce them to the postdoctoral programs in the Chicagoland area and the cutting-edge science/research happening across Northwestern. Participants also will learn about how to find postdoctoral opportunities, how to apply for postdoctoral positions, and how to maximize their postdoctoral experiences. Following these two days of programming, participants will are invited to informational interviews with our faculty over the next two weeks.
This event is part of our shared institutional commitments to increase representation across STEM fields at the postdoctoral level. We invite applications from advanced graduate students and early-stage postdoctoral trainees who meet the National Institutes of Health’s definition of underrepresented minorities. We also encourage applications from participants who identify as first-generation low-income (FGLI)/Pell-eligible; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, and/or asexual (LGBTQIA+); disabled; or a veteran. Participants may be international or domestic. The OPA, in partnership with the The Graduate School Office of Diversity and Inclusion, is recruiting participants for this event from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), tribal colleges and universities (TCUs), as well as via other organizations that serve underrepresented and minoritized graduate students.
We are very excited to partner with UChicago and UIC on this regional recruiting event. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to recruit top talent, contribute to the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and expand opportunities for these promising individuals.
Role of Faculty Volunteers
If you wish to volunteer, your role would be to hold virtual informational interviews with up to three event participants between October 14–31, 2021. Participants and faculty volunteers will be matched based on mutual interests. You do not need to be hiring to participate, but this is a good opportunity to scout new talent for your lab or training grant and contribute to the development of these early-career researchers. Following the event, faculty volunteers also will receive a list of all participants for future recruiting efforts.
Faculty Volunteer Application
Please complete this application by Friday, June 4, 2021 for the opportunity to be a faculty volunteer. The application asks about your research, mentoring philosophy, efforts related to diversity and inclusion, optional demographic info, and past postdoc outcomes, if any. This information also will be used to help promote the event to potential postdocs—faculty involvement is the key draw for participants!
- June 4: Faculty volunteer application deadline
- June 30: Faculty notified about status of application
- July 1–August 31: Participant applications accepted
- Early October: Faculty volunteers receive the names and materials of their interviewees (participants are responsible for scheduling their informational interviews)
- October 14–15: Chicagoland STEM Postdoc Recruitment Event for Underrepresented and Minoritized Postdocs (virtual format; faculty participation not required)
- October 14–31: Faculty volunteer informational interviews take place in conjunction with this event (virtual format)