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If you have concerns with COVID-19 safety, please let us know using this form! All submissions are anonymous (email addresses are NOT recorded) and any identifying information (such as names) will be removed. Our goal is to provide a safe, anonymous way for postdocs to submit safety concerns without fear of retribution or retaliation, while keeping track of concrete examples of these concerns that can be brought to the administration.

Nominate yourself for a PDA officer or chair position for 2022-2023!


Looking to make new friends and meet other postdocs? Interested in helping plan Postdoc Association (PDA) events like happy hours, National Postdoc Appreciation Week, pumpkin carving, and BBQs? Want to help recognize postdocs for their outstanding work through Career Development Awards or advocate for postdocs within the university? If yes, then consider running for an officer position or chair position in PDA! You can learn more about the PDA Steering Committee positions here: https://pda.umn.edu/about/steering-committee


PDA is currently holding elections for the 2022-2023 officer and chair positions. Many positions only require a 1-2 hour per month time commitment. These are a great way to get to know other postdocs and to boost the leadership section of your CV!


Please fill out this form if you are interested in running for a position, and submit your response by the end of Friday, June 17th. Voting will take place in the PDA Steering Committee meeting at 12pm on June 23rd via Zoom. Candidates will be contacted prior to the meeting. This meeting is open to everyone!


If you have any questions, please reach out!

Congratulations to the Spring 2022 Career Development Award Winners!

Thank you to everyone who submitted an application! We had nearly two dozen outstanding applications for this award. The winners are Drs. Sarick Matzen, Dennis Cladis, Serap Vatansever, Xinru Wang, Hector Chapoy Villanueva, and Beatriz Baselga. Great job, postdocs!

Hey postdocs -- let's keep in touch!

PDA would love to stay in touch with all the great UMN postdocs after they finish their postdoc positions. We'd also like to set up networking events with current and former UMN postdocs! If you are interested, please use this form to submit your contact info. If you know other postdocs who are no longer at UMN but would like to join this list, please feel free to share this with them! We will only use this information to contact you about future PDA initiatives like postdoc networking events.

Interested in joining the PDA Steering Committee?

The PDA is actively looking for more postdocs to join the Steering Committee to help plan events throughout the year and to work with the administration to advocate for postdocs. We are specifically looking for a Co-Vice President as well as delegates from a wide range of departments and academic units. Check out the Steering Committee page for more information, and email PDA if you're interested in getting involved! The time commitment to get involved in minimal -- only a couple hours a month!

Interested in grant writing/fellowship writing workshops?

We have had increased interest in postdoc grant writing workshops and writing groups. PDA would like to host these and are in the very early planning stages of doing so. We are looking for postdocs who have fellowships and would be 1) willing to be a panelist at a grant writing workshop and/or 2) willing to share fellowship materials (research statement, specific aims page, etc.). Please use this Google form to let us know if you’re interested!


You can learn more about federally funded fellowships here (including ones available through NOAA, USDA, USGS, and more in addition to NIH and NSF): https://www.unh.edu/research/resources-grad-students-post-docs

Welcome to the 2021-22 Elected Chairs and Representatives!

We want to acknowledge the former Officers, Chairs, Representatives, and delegates for their service! Their volunteer work and commitment made it possible to carry out our mission of supporting and advocating for postdoctoral researchers at the UMN.

Welcome to the new UMN Postdoc Association Officers, Chairs, Representatives, and delegates! Election were held Thursday, June 24th.

If you are interested in running for an officer or representative position for the 2022-2023 school year, please email pda@umn.edu or contact a member of the steering committee.

UMN Postdoc Awards -- applications closed

Supported by the PDA and OPI for current UMN postdocs and research associates.

Congratulations to our 2021 UMN Postdoc Award Winners and Honorable Mentions! A complete list of winners can be found here: https://pda.umn.edu/awards/2021

Stay tuned for the next round of awards (to be announced summer 2022).