Postdoctoral Research Symposium

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The Postdoctoral Research Symposium showcases the research done by postdoctoral scholars through a research abstract/poster competition and a three-minute oral presentation competition. The top three abstract/poster presentations and the top two three-minute presentations are recognized at the event.

The annual Distinguished Postdoc Mentor Award is also given at this event.

COVID-19 Update

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Postdoctoral Research Symposium has been cancelled.

Who can participate?

Participants at this event must be postdoctoral scholars at one of the following institutions:

  • The University at Buffalo.
  • Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Care Center.
  • Research Institute on Addictions.
  • Hauptman-Woodward Institute.

Past Competitions

May 30, 2019 June 13, 2018 June 9, 2017 June 10, 2016

On Thursday, May 30, 2019, the Graduate School's Office of Postdoctoral Scholars hosted the Eleventh Annual Postdoctoral Scholars Research Symposium.


Distinguished Postdoc Mentor Award Winners:

  • Omer Gokcumen, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
  • David A. Kofke, SUNY Distinguished Professor, Chemical and Biological Engineering

Three-Minute Presentation Winners:

  • First Place: Yeeli Mui, Urban and Regional Planning
  • Second Place: Megan Jones, Oral Biology

Poster Competition Winners:

  • First Place: Xiaozhuo Liu, Biological Sciences
  • Second Place: Manmeet Bhalla, Microbiology and Immunology
  • Third Place: Amit Kumar, Biochemistry