Society of Postdoctoral Scholars
The Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SOPS) is a volunteer run organization of postdocs at the University of Kentucky who assists current, past, or incoming postdocs with career advice, professional development, and networking opportunities. SOPS is a UK student organization and was formed in 2014. They have a wide variety of members from colleges across campus and are always looking for postdocs to get involved in leadership positions in SOPS.
All postdocs at UK are automatically members of SOPS. Anyone looking for leadership experience is welcome to join the Executive Committee!
Annual Career & Research Symposium
The Society of Postdoctoral Scholars, in partnership with the Office of Postdoctoral, organize an Annual Career & Research Symposium intended to provide University of Kentucky postdocs, and regional postdocs, an opportunity to connect, network, and present their research. In addition, the symposium includes career development programming to allow postdocs to explore careers and develop critical skills for them.
The 2021 symposium took place on Tuesday, September 28th, 2021 and was held in person at the Bill Gatton Student Center and remotely via Zoom. For more detailed information please visit the symposium website.
Read the symposium recap here.
Research & Career Symposium Empowers Postdoc Scholars and Fellows
You can revisit presentations given by our keynote and postdoc competitors here.
Originally scheduled for May 29th, the 2020 Society of Postdoctoral Scholars Research & Career Symposium was postponed and rescheduled for National Postdoc Appreciation Week, September 21st to 25th, 2021. The symposium was held entirely online with a session each day at 12pm.
Sessions catered to a variety of foundational postdoc training topics including wellness, career exploration, science communication, and presenting your research. You can access recordings of individual sessions below.
September 21, 2020
Sharon Milgram, PhD
September 22, 2020
September 22, 2020
September 23, 2020
September 24, 2020
Alexandra Colon-Rodriguez, PhD
September 25, 2020
Annual Book Club
The Society of Postdoctoral Scholars, in partnership with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, organize an Annual Book Club intended to provide University of Kentucky postdocs an opportunity to discover, learn, and connect around a topic of interest each year.
2022 Book Club
The Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SOPS) is pleased to announce the second edition (pun intended) of the annual book club. The 2022 theme for SOPS is GROW – Giving back, Realizing research goals, Opening your network, and Working with postdoc peers. Keeping with the aim of cultivating community and collaboration to enrich the postdoc experience at the University of Kentucky, we are going to read and discuss Safi Bahcall’s bestseller 'Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries'. This book explores group dynamics, collaboration, innovation, and how small changes in structure affect the spread of breakthrough ideas.
The book club will meet every 2 weeks on Thursdays at 12:00 PM online and SOPS will provide participants with a copy of the book.
The book club is open to graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. Membership is limited to 20 people and will be on a first-come first-serve basis (with priority being given to postdocs). Members are expected to attend all 6 sessions.
- 02/24/2022: Introductions and start of the book club
- 03/10/2022: Chapters 1-2
- 03/24/2022: Chapters 3-4
- 04/07/2022: Chapters 5-6
- 04/21/2022: Chapters 7-8
- 05/05/2022: Chapter 9, afterword, and end of the book club
2021 Book Club
The Society of Postdoctoral Scholars (SOPS) is coordinating their first ever book club during Spring 2021. We will be discussing questions and issues around science communication as we read through 'If I Understood You, Would I Have This Look on My Face?: My Adventures in the Art and Science of Relating and Communicating.' by Alan Alda.
The book club will meet every 3 weeks on Tuesdays at 12:00 PM and SOPS will provide participants with a copy of the book.
Book Club Launch
As an official launch to the book club, Dr. Morris Grubbs, an alumnus of the Alda Center for Communicating Science Summer Program at Stony Brook University, will lead a discussion on this topic. For more detailed information and to register for the launch, follow the link below:
Science, Humanity, Alan Alda, and the Quest for Story
The book club is open to graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. Membership is limited to 20 people and will be on a first-come first-serve basis (with priority being given to postdocs). Members are expected to attend all 7 sessions.
- 1/26/2021: Science, Humanity, Alan Alda, and the Quest for Story with Dr. Morris Grubbs
- 2/16/2021: Chapters 1-3
- 3/9/2021: Chapters 4-7
- 3/30/2021: Chapters 8-11
- 4/20/2021: Chapters 12-15
- 5/11/2021: Chapters 16-19
- 6/1/2021: Closing, Chapters 20-21