Special Postdoc Events

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Postdoc Aditi Sahu gives a three-minute presentation of her work during the 2020 MSK Postdoc Slam.

Postdoc Aditi Sahu gives a three-minute presentation of her work during the 2020 MSK Postdoc Slam.

Memorial Sloan Kettering sponsors special events throughout the year to help postdocs develop their professional skills — and to celebrate their accomplishments. For details about upcoming talks and lectures open to the entire scientific community, view our events calendar.

Postdoc Slam

Modeled after the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) competition and the UCSF Postdoctoral Slam, the competition challenges postdocs to explain their research in three minutes or less to a lay audience using only one slide. Presentations are judged by a panel of science communications experts, researchers, and MSK community members. Cash prizes are awarded to the top three presentations. The audience also selects a people’s choice award.

Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium

MSK postdocs giving poster presentations

MSK’s Annual Postdoc Symposium

The annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium gives MSK postdocs a chance to showcase their research projects to the entire MSK community. This daylong event features talks, poster presentations, and a keynote address from a nationally recognized scientist. Past speakers include Drs. Paul Nurse, Harold Varmus, Richard Lifton, Elaine Fuchs, Eric Betzig, Tanya Paull, and Tracy Johnson

Postdoc Appreciation Week

Established by the National Postdoctoral Association, this week celebrates and recognizes postdocs for their significant contributions to the scientific research enterprise. MSK organizes several events, videos, and tributes to honor the postdoc community.

2020 Postdoc Appreciation Week Video

VIDEO | 09:30

2020 Postdoc Appreciation Week Video

What do postdocs do in your lab?

2019 Postdoc Appreciation Week Video

VIDEO | 05:45

2019 Postdoc Appreciation Week Video

MSK postdocs are grilled by junior reporters

2018 Postdoc Appreciation Week Video

VIDEO | 06:13

2018 Postdoc Appreciation Week Video

Postdoc and PIs: Do they really know each other?

2017 Postdoc Appreciation Week Video

VIDEO | 03:40

2017 Postdoc Appreciation Week Video

MSK celebrates postdocs

Tri-Institutional Career Symposium

Each spring, Memorial Sloan Kettering joins forces with its partner offices at Weill Cornell Medical College and The Rockefeller University to host a one-day career symposium for graduate students and postdocs. Postdocs can gain insight into the academic job search and learn more about careers outside of academia, including opportunities in industry, finance, policy, teaching, and journalism. Representatives from more than 20 local scientific companies attend the symposium’s capstone networking event.