The Berkeley Lab Postdoc Association is an organization run by and for about 1000 postdocs and early career scientists working at the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. We organize many activities to strengthen our ties to the Lab, to each other and to the (Berkeley) Bay Area. Our goal is to facilitate social interactions, scientific exchanges, seminars and general orientation.
WD&E Fall 16 cohort for undergraduate research interns

WD&E Fall 16 cohort for undergraduate research interns

We are looking for a few post-docs who might like to present about their career and/or research efforts to the Fall 2016 cohort of Workforce Development & Education undergraduate research interns at Berkeley Lab.

The interns are either community college or 4-year university students, and some are recent university graduates who have not started graduate school yet (if that’s their plan). These are national programs, so the interns are primarily from out-of-state, but there are always some Bay Area interns. They are majoring in a variety of STEM fields, and our program places them in all Divisions across Berkeley Lab (both on-site and off-site). We have 18 interns this term, and the most common majors represented for Fall 2016 are: chemistry, environmental sciences, and physics.

We try to bring in guest speakers who will give them something different than what they will get from a data-driven research seminar. We want to expose them to a variety of projects and careers across the Lab. It works best if a guest speaker spends some time talking about what they do here at the Lab, what their career path has been, and what they are interested in or passionate about. We encourage you to show photographs and/or images whenever possible, about your research or your life/career. Hard data is usually not well-received. Discussions about work-life balance are well-received. You may bring items to pass around, if applicable to your work.

The time is flexible, but you can have between 30-40 minutes to present. Using slides is optional, but of course you may show slides if you like! In general I am trying to get speakers to show fewer slides, and spend more time interacting with the interns.This has proven to be the way to make the most impact for this audience.

The dates we are looking for guest speakers are the following: September 29 @ 3pm; September 29 @ 4pm; October 13 @ 4pm; October 27 @ 4pm; November 10 @ 4pm. Contact Laleh at if you’re interested.