USC Postdoctoral Association

USC Postdoctoral Association Elects New Officers

Dr. Andrea Bonisoli Alquati was recently elected as President of the University of South Carolina Postdoctoral Association for 2014-2015. Dr. Bonisoli Alquati is a postdoctoral researcher fellow in the Department of Biological Sciences where he studies the ecology and evolution of animal behavior. Dr. Jessica Leet, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, was elected Vice President and Dr. Kelly Gibson, postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, was elected Secretary/Treasurer.

At USC, postdoctoral scholars receive research training and professional opportunities to help them build upon the foundation they developed in their doctoral training. At the same time, these scholars provide great service to their academic communities, enhancing research and educational programs throughout the university.

The USC Postdoctoral Association was formed in early 2014 to connect postdoctoral fellows from every discipline, and provide opportunities for them to share their experiences and learn from faculty and other mentors.


The mission of the USC Postdoctoral Association is to support and improve the postdoctoral training experience at USC by providing opportunities and resources for networking, professional development, social interaction, research and teaching.

Get Involved

All postdoctoral fellows working at the University of South Carolina are invited to join the USC Postdoctoral Association by attending upcoming events (listed below) or contacting Department of Exercise Science postdocs Sharon Ross and Robin Shook at You are also encouraged to join the USC Postdoctoral Association LISTSERV to stay up to date on upcoming events and other announcements.

To join the USC Postdoctoral Association LISTSERV:

  1. Open a new email message, and address it to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.SC.EDU.
  2. In the body of the message type the following, substituting your actual first and last names after the all-caps command text: SUB USCPOSTDOC yourfirstname yourlastname.
  3. Send the email message. You will receive a confirmation email.

Upcoming Events

USC Postdoctoral Association Business Meeting

Monday, May 12th at 4-5pm in 223 Public Health Research Center (921 Assembly Street)

We will be transferring leadership to the newly elected officers for the 2014-2015 year. All are invited to attend! Especially if you have an interest in chairing one of the committees (Professional Development, Social Activities, Communications, International Support) that also require leadership.
To RSVP, send an email with your name and departmental information to

USC Postdoctoral Association Happy Hour/Social Networking Event

Wednesday, May 14th at 5-7pm at World of Beer (902 Gervais Street)

A fun way to close out the semester and kick off the start of a blazing South Carolina summer!! Appetizers will be provided. Feel free to bring a guest/family, etc.
To RSVP, send an email with your name and departmental information to


Postdoctoral Association Executive Board

President: Andrea Bonisoli Alquati , Biological Sciences
Vice President: Jessica Leet, Environmental Health Sciences
Secretary/Treasurer: Kelly Gibson, Earth and Ocean Sciences
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Beets, Professor of Exercise Science
Staff Advisor: Dr. Lauren Clark, Research Program Manager, Office of the Vice President for Research

Chair of the Professional Development Committee: Robin Shook
Chair of the Social Committee: Glenn Weaver
Chair of the Communications Committee: Sharon Ross
Chair of the International Committee: Soubanitika (Sou) Palchoudhury
Chair of the University Relations Committee: Glenn Weaver

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