Postdoctoral Association (PDA)
- Developing a sense of community through scientific and social interaction
- Promoting effective training and career development
- Representing and addressing issues relevant to postdoctoral researchers
- Easing the transition for new, particularly international postdoctoral researchers
- Recommending standards of practice to the administration regarding the treatment of postdoctoral scholars at UT Southwestern
Message from the President
I am greatly honored to take up the role of President of the PDA. First, please join me in thanking all the PDA founding and past executive board members. They all have put in sincere hard work despite their busy schedules in creating and maintaining this outstanding community. We humbly congratulate each one of our past and current PDA volunteers for their efforts and also thank the entire postdoc community for their participation, without which we wouldn’t have traveled this far.
Since its inception in 2005, the PDA at UT Southwestern Medical Center has grown to include several active committees and a thriving monthly newsletter, the Postdoc Informer, serving our diverse population of 600+ postdoctoral scholars. It is my great privilege to be associated with and to have served the PDA for several years now. Every individual associated with PDA receives the reciprocal benefits of networking with productive and successful postdoctoral scholars in diverse scientific fields and gains tremendous organizational, communication, and leadership experience through their dedicated participation.
On behalf of the newly elected board members, we envision putting forth our best efforts and will continue to strengthen the PDA to make it a better community of scientific and social interaction. Our specific goal for this year is to improve PDA visibility within the community and beyond. Most importantly, we aim to facilitate several career-related opportunities and create abundant professional networking venues. Meanwhile, we seek each one of you for your support. Kindly, participate in all the PDA sponsored activities, seminars, and events. We also encourage you all to volunteer in any or all of the PDA committees and group activities. Remember, this is your peer association and only you can make it stronger.
Finally, I encourage you all to connect to us through LinkedIn and Facebook. For further information and to sign up for PDA committees please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Vice President
- Vice President
- Floating Members
- Standards Committee
- International Committee
- Outreach Committee
- Postdoc Informer
- Symposium Committee
- Career Development Committee
- Social Committee
Postdoctoral Research Symposium
Each year the Postdoctoral Association and the Postdoctoral Affairs Office organize the Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium to showcase the cutting-edge research of postdoctoral scholars at UT Southwestern. The symposium is held on campus and includes a Poster Session, career seminars, a University Lecture, and concludes with an Award Ceremony and Reception.
Since its inception, the Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium has proven to be a valuable opportunity for postdoctoral scholars to present their scientific work to the UT Southwestern community.
Learn more about the 2012 Symposium
Professional development opportunities. Vacation rollover. Bigger email boxes. These are some of our favorite things, and luckily, the Standards Committee exists to campaign for all those wonderful benefits and more! The mission of the Standards Committee is to bring about positive change for all postdocs at UTSW. They are your voice and advocate.
The Standards Committee evaluates national guidelines for postdoctoral salary, benefits, and training requirements as established by both the NIH and the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). The committee then works collaboratively with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to ensure that UTSW meets or exceeds those national standards for our postdoctoral community. In addition to serving as the postdoc community’s watchdog, the Standards Committee also hosts informational seminars to help postdocs make the most of their benefits.
The Standards Committee is also involved in contributing to and evaluating the outcomes of the 6-Year Planning Committee, which influences the direction and priorities of UTSW.
There are more than 400 international postdocs at UTSW. That’s a lot! The International Committee eases the transition of international postdocs to UTSW by providing information and resources in collaboration with the International Office, PDA, and the Postdoctoral Affairs Office. They also hold several social and cultural events throughout the year.
Scientists spend so much time in the lab we sometimes forget that we can share knowledge with our wider community. The Outreach Committee organizes a variety of activities, such as judging science fairs and small teaching labs, to help us interact with our wider scientific community, interested citizens, and younger students to help inspire our next generation. If you would like to spend a little time helping others, please give us a shout and we will keep you posted about upcoming events.
We’re always looking for more volunteers to help us produce this vibrant, monthly newsletter. If you have a flair for writing, illustration, and/or are an Adobe InDesign aficionado you may be just what we need! In return, we offer a great bunch of fellow postdocs to work alongside, fascinating discussion, coffee, and the space for you to flex your creative muscle.
The annual “Postdoctoral Research Symposium” is an opportunity to showcase the cutting-edge research of postdoctoral scholars at UTSW. The on-campus symposium includes a poster session, seminars, workshops, a University Series Lecture, and concludes with an awards ceremony and reception. Each year the symposium committee organizes this special event in collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The symposium committee is a group of your peers, who work hard to deliver the yearly event.
The mission of the Career Development Committee (CDC) is to promote training of postdocs beyond the bench by organizing informative seminars, panel discussions, and workshops. These events make postdocs aware of various career options available for them to pursue and make informed decisions about what is best for them. By joining the CDC, postdocs gain valuable experience working with committees, one-on-one interaction with speakers, and the chance to significantly build their CV/resume.
Social interactions can lead to scientific collaborations and intra- and inter-institutional networking, as well as an overall sense of community. The PDA Social Committee fosters social interactions among postdocs and provides an avenue for those wishing to meet new people or learn a little about Dallas. Activities include monthly happy hours, ice cream socials, and morning coffee breaks.