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1. Annual BPA Summer Fest

Summer is here once again, and so is one of the most beloved events of the VSPA year - the annual BPA Summer Fest!  Bring your family to relax, unwind, meet new people, and listen to some excellent live music. There will be free food and drinks, one of the largest and most diverse plant collections in the US, and 99% chance of sunshine.

Don’t forget to RSVP so we know how much food and drinks we need. Since this is a private event occurring after the Botanical Gardens has closed to the general public, it is important to have a comprehensive guest list.

UC Botanical Garden Conference Center - 200 Centennial Drive 

2. Thriving in Science: "Navigating Difficult Conversations"

Join Thriving in Science for pizza, drinks, and the first lecture of the semester: "Navigating Difficult Conversations," with speakers from the Ombuds Office, on Wednesday, September 12. The lecture begins at 6:00pm in 105 Stanley Hall. Artichoke Basille pizza and drinks will be served afterwards in the Stanley Hall Atrium. RSVP to the event here and learn more about the Thriving in Science program and peer groups here!

3. Bear Slam 2018

It is about time that researchers communicate their findings in an understandable, entertaining and yet scientific way.

The first Bear Slam at UC Berkeley strives to do exactly that: seven scientists from various disciplines will present their research to a broad audience in an understandable, creative and fun way. Each slammer will have the stage for ten minutes, before facing a rating by the audience who will select the winner of the Bear Slam 2018.

The Bear Slam will take place Tuesday, September 18th from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, in the I-House Chevron Auditorium. The event will be free of charge and complimentary drinks will be served.

Sounds like fun? Sign up to be part of the audience!

4. Join Thriving in Science. 

Are you a graduate student, postdoc, or visiting scholar in science or engineering? Do you seek support and open discussion of the non-science and non-engineering aspects of developing a career in STEM? Join Thriving in Science!

Thriving in Science seeks to empower graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to become more engaged, resilient, and creative scientists by directly addressing the real-world (often personal) challenges that are encountered in the course of a career in scientific research.

The Thriving in Science program has two components: we host monthly seminars on a wide range of topics, from burnout to effective communication to academic narratives. We also create Peer Mentoring Groups to bring together early-career scientists at a common career stage. Peer Mentoring Groups meet twice per month and focus on effective problem solving and open dialogue.

The first talk of the 2018 Fall Seminar Series is Wednesday, September 12th at 6pm in Stanley Hall: “Navigating Difficult Conversations” with Marcia Gee Riley and Amanda Dean from the Ombuds Office.

Find out more, join our mailing list, RSVP for the September event, and register for Peer Mentoring Groups at




1.  Berkeley Postdoctoral Association Professional Development Award
The Berkeley Postdoctoral Association (BPA) is happy to announce the next round of the BPA Professional Development Award program! Successful applicants will be given a one-time award of up to $500 to cover costs associated with presenting at a scientific or professional meeting, including airfare, registration, and/or accommodation. Please see detailed application instructions at for further information. In the year since this program was created, it has already enabled dozens of postdocs to attend scientific meetings, and we are grateful for an unprecedented level of funding to support the continued existence of this program.
There is no specific deadline for the application. Instead, applications will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis throughout each quarter of the calendar year, with awards being given to qualified applicants until the funds allocated for that quarter are fully utilized. The current application period extends through December 31, 2018. We encourage you to submit your application as soon as you can provide documentation that your abstract has been accepted at the meeting.
If you have any questions, please email us at with the subject line “BPA Professional Development Award Question”.

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