Welcome to the University of Utah Postdoctoral Association

Welcome to the Utah Postdoctoral Association (UPDA)! The UPDA is an independent advocacy organization started by, run by, and operated for the postdocs at the University of Utah. As a postdoc here, you are automatically a member of the UPDA. For more details on who we are and how to get involved, see our ABOUT page.

We work closely with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Utah, which is an institutional member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA). This membership entitles all postdocs at the University of Utah access to NPA resources. Visit the National Postdoctoral Association website to create an account and access these resources.

Upcoming Events!

Check out Upcoming Events for full details.

  • Lunch and Learn- August 21st Negotiating in an Industry Job Interview
  • Coffee and Bagels– August 28th Non-disclosure agreement
  • Thirsty Thursday the last Thursday of every month, next one: September 19th!
  • National Postdoc Appreciation Week, September 16th-19th 2019

Current Announcements

  • Congratulations to the 2019 UPDA Photo Contest winners, who got $50 Amazon gift cards! See all the pictures of the contest on our Facebook page.

1st Place:  Bailey W. Miller “Where the Bison Roam”
2nd Place: Bailey W. Miller “A Star(fish) is Born”

3rd Place: Enrique Balderas “Flying”

4th Place: Shraddha Nayak: “Three Shades of Canyon”


  • Congratulations to the Postdoc Appreciation Week Winners! 

Poster Competition Winners 2018-The first place winner received a $500 travel award!  Congratulations!

1st Place

Enrique Balderas-Angeles, CVRTI

“Complex I Inhibition Enhances Mitochondrial Calcium Uniporter Current”.

2nd Place

Chelsea Herdman, Neurobiology & Anatomy

“Posttranscriptional regulation by miRNAs during heart development”.

 3rd Place

Jesica JacobsPathology

Low affinity CD8+ T cells are associated with the development of cerebral malaria”.

  • Membership for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

The University of Utah has now obtained an Institutional Membership for the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is a nationally-recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, graduate students, and post-doctoral students. Because the University of Utah is now an institutional member, our graduate students, post-doctoral students, and faculty now have access to a large variety of programs, services and resources at no cost.  To learn more about the resources offered and how to register, please see the  NCFDD New Membership flyer.

Get Involved! Join the UPDA Board

Interested in becoming more involved?  We are looking for new board members!  Contact us with any questions.

Our next Board Meeting: September 6th 12:00 pm in HSEB 5100A!

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