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.

  •  Are you interested in a teaching?  Would you like to learn about the teaching and learning opportunities for postdocs? Or hear about the certifications and University resources that could help you prepare to teach your first course? Join us for our October Postdoc Lunch & Learn, which will be on Postdoctoral Teaching Resources. Dr. Patrick Tripeny, a Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, will lead this session. The event will be held from 12:00 – 1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 18th in HSEB 1750Pizza will be provided! If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.
  • Interested in communicating your scientific research? Join NPR’s Joe Palca & Madeline Sofia  on October 23 for a day of Science Communication at the University of Utah. Detail of the event here.

Current Announcements

  • Congratulations to the Postdoc Appreciation Week Winners! 

Poster Competition

1st Place: Natalia Torres, CVRTI , “Excitation-Contraction Coupling in the Absence of Insulin Receptors in the Mouse Heart”

2nd Place: Salah Sommakia, CVRTI: “Mitochondrial Cardiomyopathies Feature Enhanced Mitochondrial Calcium Signaling”

Tie for the 3rd Place : Adam Hanley, College of Social Work”Does Mindfulness Meditation Change the Self?”

and Malini Rajan, Human Genetics “Nuclear Hormone Receptor-14 Integrates Iron Uptake and Innate Immunity in Caenorhabditis Elegans through PQM-1 Signaling”

Postdoc Pitches Competition

1st Place: Gaelle Batot, Biochemistry, “Working Toward a Cure for HIV”

  • Congratulations to the 2017 UPDA Photo Contest winners! See all the pictures of the contest on our Facebook page.

1st Place: Enrique Balderas for “Traverse”

2nd Place: Raziye Mohammadpour for “Valentine Kiss (KB Cancer Cells Under Confocal Microscope)”

Tie for 3rd Place: Tie Jiban Saikia for “Snow and the City”

and Gaëlle Batot for “Life Outside of Lab: Backcountry Skiing”

  • 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. Already to register? Visit facultydiversity.org/Utah.

Get Involved! Join the UPDA Board

Interested in becoming more involved?  We are looking for new board members! Our board meetings are the first Friday of every month,  from 12:00 – 1:00 pm in HSEB 5100A. Contact us with any questions.

Our next Board Meeting: November 3rd at noon in HSEB 5100A!

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