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NC State Postdoctoral Association (PDA)

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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.

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.

NPAW 2021 is September 20-24th!

2020-2021 PDA Officers and Committees

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

Postdoctoral Research Symposium Committee

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 with Planning PRS 2022! Email the current Co-Chairs.

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

Dr. Sheila Saia, Co-Chair
Department: Forestry & Environmental Research
Email: ssaia@ncsu.edu

Programming & Employer Engagement Committee

The Programming & Employer Engagement 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.

Seeking Chair/Co-chair for 2021-2022

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

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

Community Building Committee

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.

Seeking Chair/Co-Chair for 2021-2022

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

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

Communications & Alumni Engagement Committee

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.

Seeking Chair/Co-Chair for 2021-2022

Advocacy Committee

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.

Seeking Chair/Co-Chair for 2021-2022

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