NC State Postdoctoral Association

The NC State University PDA promotes the building of community among postdoctoral scholars at North Carolina State University and serves as the voice for postdocs across campus. The PDA also works with and supports the endeavors of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and both entities strive to create an environment where postdoctoral scholars have an enriching and rewarding experience during their tenure at the university.

We currently have 5 committees for current postdocs to get involved in.

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National Postdoc Appreciation Week

National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) is an annual week-long celebration (now in its 10th year!) to recognize the contributions of our postdocs and house officers to our institution.

See Photos from NPAW 2019

2019-2020 PDA Officers and Committees

Dr. Arnab Sengupta, Co-President
Department: Biotechnology
Email: asengupta@ncsu.edu

Dr. Ana Zuleta Correa, Co-President
Department: Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Email: azuleta@ncsu.edu

The goal of the PRS committee is to prepare a successful Postdoc Research Symposium where postdocs from NC State and other institutions can present their work, get feedback from peers from diverse backgrounds, and network with corporate, non-profit and government partners.

Get involved! Email the Co-Chairs.

Dr. Marie-Amelie Petre, Co-Chair
Department: Marine, Earth, & Atmospheric Science
Email: mcpetre@ncsu.edu

Dr. Brenna Zimmer, Co-Chair
Department: Biochemisrty
Email: bmzimmer@ncsu.edu

Dr. Sheila Saia
Department: Forestry & Environmental Research
Email: ssaia@ncsu.edu

Dr. Arnab Sengupta
Department: Biotechnology
Email: asengupta@ncsu.edu

The Programming Committee seeks to promote useful career and professional development programming available to postdocs in addition to arranging for events that will aid postdocs in networking and job preparation.

Dr. Uyen Dinh, Chair
Department: Molecular Biomedical Sciences
Email: pcdinh@ncsu.edu

Dr. John Nardini
Department: Mathematics
Email: jtnardini@ncsu.edu

Dr. Brenna Zimmer
Department: Biochemisrty
Email: bmzimmer@ncsu.edu

Dr. Ana Zuleta Correa
Department: Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Email: azuleta@ncsu.edu

The mission of the Community Building Committee is to provide a sense of community among postdocs both on NCSU’s Raleigh campus and beyond. We fulfill this mission by officially welcoming new postdocs to campus, organizing a mentorship program for new postdocs, and coordinating community building activities for all postdocs scheduled weekly and on special occasions throughout the year. Intrinsic to our mission is to create a diverse and inclusive environment for current and future postdocs.

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Dr. Marine Baptissart, Co-Chair
Department: Biological Sciences
Email: mbaptis@ncsu.edu

Dr. Aurore Canoville, Co-Chair
Department: Biological Sciences
Email: acanovi@ncsu.edu

Dr. Melissa Whatley, Co-Chair
Department: Belk Center for Community College  Leadership & Research
Email: mewhatle@ncsu.edu

Dr. Nilesh Barange
Department: Materials Science & Engineering
Email: nbarang@ncsu.edu

Dr. Christine Brugh
Department: Lab for Analytic Sciences
Email: csbrugh@ncsu.edu

Dr. Matt Foley
Department: Population, Health, & Pathobiology
Email: mfoley3@ncsu.edu

Dr. Marie-Amelie Petre
Department: Marine, Earth, & Atmospheric Science
Email: mcpetre@ncsu.edu

Dr. Arnab Sengupta
Department: Biotechnology
Email: asengupta@ncsu.edu

The mission of the Communications and Alumni Engagement Committee is to provide clear and consistent communication about PDA activities to the broader postdoc community at NC State, to engage with alumni for the purpose of providing networking opportunities to current postdocs, and to provide a forum for postdocs to engage and communicate with one another.

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Dr. Masrur Nahid, Co-Chair
Department: Physics
Email: mnahid@ncsu.edu

Dr. Melissa Whatley, Co-Chair
Department: Belk Center for Community College  Leadership & Research
Email: mewhatle@ncsu.edu

Dr. Arnab Sengupta
Department: Biotechnology
Email: asengupta@ncsu.edu

Dr. Ana Zuleta Correa
Department: Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Email: azuleta@ncsu.edu

The Advocacy Committee will advocate for change that addresses and alleviates postdoctoral scholar concerns unrelated to their research or work that arise from employer policy. We will listen to postdoc concerns, work with the existing institutions that can help alleviate these concerns, including understanding their role in supporting postdocs, and submit proposals to address these concerns. We will promote an open environment through monthly townhalls to stay engaged with the current postdoc population.

Dr. Pietro Ranieri, Chair
Department: Nuclear Engineering
Email: pjranier@ncsu.edu

Dr. Nilesh Barange
Department: Materials Science & Engineering
Email: nbarang@ncsu.edu

Dr. Christine Brugh
Department: Lab for Analytic Sciences
Email: csbrugh@ncsu.edu

Dr. Hawi Debelo
Department: Kannapolis Research Center
Email: hdebelo@ncsu.edu

Dr. Masrur Nahid
Department: Physics
Email: mnahid@ncsu.edu

Dr. Ana Zuleta Correa
Department: Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Email: azuleta@ncsu.edu

Dr. Arnab Sengupta
Department: Biotechnology
Email: asengupta@ncsu.edu

Social Activities

From happy hours to international lunches and weekend events, the PDA works hard to build a sense of community for NC State postdocs.

Stay in the loop regarding on and off campus social and professional development events with our NCSU Postdoc Events Google Calendar.

Check out pictures from our visit to the NC State Ropes Challenge Course on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

PDA Meeting Schedule


Tuesday, October 22nd, 5-6 PM
Graduate School Main Conference Room (2328)