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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 to recognize the contributions of our postdocs and house officers to our institution.

2023-2024 PDA Officers and Committees

Dr. Varun Nalam, President
Department: Biomedical Program-Engineering
Email: vnalam@ncsu.edu

Dr. Prasanna Joglekar, Career Development Committee
Department: Entomology & Plant Pathology
Email: pjoglek@ncsu.edu

Dr. M. Rodrigo Castellanos, Communications Committee
Department: Electrical & Computer Engineering
Email: mrcastel@ncsu.edu

Dr. Imani Madison, Advocacy Committee
Department: Plant & Microbial Biology
Email: iamadiso@ncsu.edu

Dr. Alexandra Barth, Advocacy Committee
Department: Chemistry
Email: abarth@ncsu.edu

Dr. Gaurav Pal, Professional Development Committee
Department: Plant & Microbial Biology
Email: gpal@ncsu.edu

Dr. Rubia Tomacheuski, Social Committee
Department: Population, Health & Pathobiology
Email: rmtomach@ncsu.edu

Dr. Mario Fenech Torres, Inter-University Relations Committee
Department: Plant & Microbial Biology
Email: mfenech@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.

Outreach Committee

The Outreach committee seeks to facilitate opportunities for NC State postdocs to connect with organizations and opportunities beyond campus. This includes coordinating joint events with other Triangle Area postdocs as well as engaging with the Raleigh-Durham community on a variety of fronts.

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 town halls to stay engaged with the current postdoc population.

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.