Six postdocs earn awards at A&M symposium

Six postdoctoral researchers received awards for flash talks or poster presentations during Texas A&M University’s Fifth Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium, which celebrated National Postdoc Appreciation Week.

The Texas A&M Postdoctoral Association, the Texas A&M Health Science Center Postdoctoral Association and the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Postdoctoral Association organized the virtual event.

More than 37 postdocs presented their research to 106 peers, faculty and staff from 15 colleges and schools.

The symposium awarded honors in two categories.

Outstanding Flash Talk Presentations

First place: Lauren Stranahan, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Second place: Ashley Hood, College of Science

Third place: Ziying Lei, College of Geosciences

Outstanding Poster Presentations

First place: Cameron Manche, College of Geosciences

Second place (tie): Jaclyn Iannucci, College of Medicine, and Mayur Doke, College of Pharmacy

“We are very pleased with the broad participation and high number of attendees from across Texas A&M campuses, said Andreea Trache, faculty advisor for the Texas A&M Postdoctoral Association, and associate professor, College of Medicine and College of Engineering. “This annual event showcases the postdoctoral scholars’ contribution to the research enterprise at Texas A&M, and the quality of the presentations reflected their professionalism.”

Speakers for the symposium included Jack G. Baldauf, interim vice president for research; Amy Waer, dean, College of Medicine; Michael Criscitiello, associate dean for research and graduate studies, College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; and keynote speaker Melanie V. Sinche, interim assistant dean for academic affairs, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford, Connecticut.

Members of the postdoctoral associations’ executive committees organized and coordinated the symposium. The Division of Research, the College of Medicine Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences’ Office of Research and Graduate Studies provided administrative support.