Stanford PRISM - October 9-12, 2019
We invite all graduate students, and especially those from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences, to apply for the Stanford Postdoctoral Recruitment Initiative in Sciences and Medicine (PRISM) postdoc interview opportunity. Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Filipinos, those with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds, those underrepresented on the basis of gender identity or expression or sexual orientation. Stanford PRISM enables students who might not typically consider a postdoc at Stanford the opportunity to see first-hand if Stanford would be a good match for them.
Postdoctoral training is a critical period for establishing research independence. At Stanford, postdocs work alongside the top scientists and at the same time develop their professional skills, explore career options, and prepare for independent careers. Stanford has one of the largest populations of postdocs in the country and a strong commitment to making the postdoc experience the best it can possibly be.
Here’s how Stanford PRISM works:
Fill out our online application. You will need your CV, a research statement, a recommendation from your mentor, and the names of up to 6 Stanford faculty with whom you would be interested in working. Here is guidance for finding potential mentors, and a list of mentors especially interested in interviewing PRISM candidates. Feel free to contact those faculty now if you like. We will ensure that there is mutual interest and space for a postdoc as part of the selection process.
If your application is selected, we will arrange for you to travel to campus and stay for 3-4 nights. During your stay, you will meet with faculty you have identified as sharing your research interests as well as with current postdocs.
October 9, 2019: Day 1 – Fly in, meet your roommate, join us for a reception including postdoctoral representatives from our postdoc groups and the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (Medicine recruits) or school-specific faculty (other schools, TBD). *Please note, though October 9 is the offiical first day of PRISM, many candidates will have more than 3 interviews and will need to arrive earlier in the week.
October 10, 2019: Day 2 – Get up early! Have breakfast with folks from the Postdoc Office, then postdoc hosts will take you to your first lab. You may have a full-day interview in a lab or 1-2 half day interviews; individual schedules will be arranged ahead of time. Lunch and dinner may be with current postdocs or with one of your labs.
October 11, 2019: Day 3 – More time for interviews and meeting with current postdocs. You may have a full-day interview in a lab or 1-2 half day interviews; individual schedules will be arranged ahead of time. Lunch and dinner may be with current postdocs or with one of your labs. Those without additional interviews may choose to go home on Day 3.
October 12, 2019: Day 4 – Optional day to explore the Bay area with our postdocs. Activities include local hiking, campus tour, trip to San Francisco. Fly out at the end of the day.
Eligibility for travel funding through PRISM varies by School.
School of Medicine:
Applicants must be US Citizens or Permanent Residents by the time they will begin their postdoctoral appointment. Preference may be given to those who intend to complete their PhD in 2019, though those who are slated to complete in Spring 2020 or later may also be considered, at the discretion of faculty.
Schools of Earth, Engineering, and Humanities & Social Sciences:
Applicants of any citizenship with appropriate visa status who are currently at any institution in the US may apply. Applications from students in Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, etc., may also be considered, pending funding availability. Travel funds may not be available for those currently located overseas. Preference may be given to those who intend to complete their PhD in 2019-2020, though later graduation dates may be considered, at the discretion of the faculty or program.
If you are considering faculty in multiple schools, feel free to submit an application.
Please contact Robin Sugiura, firstname.lastname@example.org, with questions regarding eligibility.
PRISM in the Press:
See the article about PRISM on People of Color in Higher Education!
- Identify at least 2 and up to 6 Stanford faculty as potential postdoctoral mentors. For School of Medicine faculty, browse SoM Departments or find details about individual faculty members in the School of Medicine via Community Academic Profiles (CAP). For faculty outside of the School of Medicine, browse departments in the Natural Sciences, Earth Sciences, or Engineering and find details about individual faculty members in these areas via Stanford Profiles.
- You can also look at the list of T32 programs at Stanford, which may be a good fit for some PRISM applicants.
- There are several faculty who have expressed interest in interviewing PRISM recruits -- please check to see if any might be a good fit for your interests.
- Fill out the Application Form on Slideroom.com*
- Upload the following:
- Letter of Reference from their Graduate Advisor
- Research Statement