Laboratory to showcase post-doctoral research

September 07, 2016

By ARL Public Affairs, David McNally

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  • The ARL Post-Doc Research Day will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 13 at the ARL Conference Center, Building 4503, at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. (Sept. 6, 2016) -- The U.S. Army Research Laboratory will hold its first-ever Post-Doc Research Day Sept. 13 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the ARL Conference Center, Building 4503, at APG.

The event is for people to learn about current research projects being conducted by the lab's post-doctoral fellows. About 150 post-doctoral researchers carry out important science and technology investigations across ARL. A post-doc is someone who recently completed their doctoral studies and work under the mentorship of a senior researcher before setting out on their own.

"People can stop by when it's convenient for them, meet post-docs and see the exciting research that they're doing," said Dr. Meagan Small, co-chair of the ARL Post-Doctoral Association at APG.

Post-docs will present posters of their work and be available to answer questions.

"As a post-doc, you do very specific research work," said Dr. Theresah Zu, co-chair of the ARL Post-Doctoral Association at the Adelphi Laboratory Center. "We are all focused on our research and we don't really get much opportunity to interact with each other."

Small said their intention is to highlight the research that is being done by post-docs.

"I really enjoy being a post-doc here," Small said. "It's exceeded my expectations. I love the work here. I think that ARL is doing great work and I'm excited to see where it's going."

Small is a computational chemist who completed her doctorate at the University of Maryland. She has been an ARL post-doc for just over a year.

Zu earned her doctorate at Virginia Tech and has been in the ARL post-doctoral program for about a year. She is a Raman spectroscopy expert.

"The event is a way to get us all from different fields to come together under one roof and appreciate the research each of us is doing," Zu said. "It also allows for possible collaborative opportunities and it showcases our research work to the various individuals within the organization."

"Because ARL is so broad, in all the research that is being done, I think it's important to note that the post-docs bring in an even greater dimension," Small said.

Organizers said they hope the research day will become an annual event and a way to learn about ongoing science and technology initiatives at the laboratory.

"Post-docs are doing a lot of important work at ARL," Small said. "I think they bring a new perspective and fresh ideas. I hope that this event will show people that post-docs bring a new set of ideas into ARL."

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to ensure decisive overmatch for unified land operations to empower the Army, the joint warfighter and our nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.


Last Update / Reviewed: September 7, 2016