WiSE Women Postdocs
Postdoctoral Fellows are critical to the research enterprise in STEM at Syracuse University, yet they are an often unrecognized and underserved population. Through conversations with academic departments, recommendations from faculty, and word of mouth, WiSE has identified and connected with 20 women postdocs on SU’s campus. The benefit of these associations reverberate throughout WiSE as a whole, because postdocs both receive mentoring from and provide mentoring to the other constituencies that WiSE serves.
WiSE offers programs to meet the needs of postdocs in areas related to career development, navigating the job search process, and work-life balance issues. WiSE’s postdoctoral mentoring program is uniquely designed to be a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and self-directed with participants taking a lead role in developing programming and events. This methodology is predicated on the belief that professional women who are proactive can facilitate and maximize the terms of their professional success, especially in a challenging academic climate.
Program Goals for WiSE Women Postdocs
WiSE Women Postdocs is a professional network that provides resources for professional success during a postdoctoral position at SU and preparation for the career steps that will follow postdoctoral work. A postdoctoral position is an opportunity to establish one’s self as an independent researcher, lab manager, academic scholar, and teacher, as well as a training ground for the next phase of the postdoc’s career.
WiSE Women Postdocs benefit from peer, faculty, and staff mentoring relationships, professional development events, and work/life balance workshops, as well as the supportive environment of WiSE as a whole. This network is uniquely designed to be a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and self-directed program with participants taking a lead role in developing programming and events.
- Fellows will design a career roadmap that will lead to professional and personal success in their pursuit of research and/or teaching careers in the academy, industry, government, etc.
- Fellows will make evident their ability in career preparation and planning via crafting a professional portfolio and participating in professional development activities and events.
- Fellows will enhance their knowledge and skills as necessary to foster successful inclusion in research opportunities at Syracuse University and to persist in their individually designated career plans.