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 of 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.


The UPDA Postdoc Summer BBQ is going to be Friday, July 14th, 5-7pm at Sunnyside Park. Free food and networking with your peers! More details to come!

Utah Postdoctoral Association Postdoc Photo Contest

The Utah Postdoctoral Association (UPDA) is hosting a Postdoc Photo Contest! This photo contest will be by and about the AMAZING Postdocs at the University of Utah. Enter your photos for a chance to win a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Please use these questions as a starting place for your images and ideas:

    • What is an average day as a postdoc?
    • What is the highlight of your research experience?
    • What do you love about your position as a postdoc?
    • What new people have you connected with?
    • What do you enjoy outside of your research?
    • Is there a tradition that represents University of Utah to you?
    • Why did you choose the University of Utah for your postdoc?

We will post submitted photos on the UPDA Facebook page to share your photos and so that your fellow postdocs can vote on their favorites! Only University of Utah postdocs are eligible to vote. Photographers of the most “liked” photos will receive a prize! Please see our Rules and Instructions and Talent Release Form for complete details and how to submit your photos.

In the News

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 NCFDD New Membership flyer. Already to register? Visit facultydiversity.org/Utah.

The UPDA was awarded the 2016 Leadership in Inclusive Excellence Trainee Award by the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion in the University of Utah Health Sciences. This award recognizes individuals and groups that demonstrate leadership in inclusive excellence through a variety of actions, such as nurturing a welcoming and inclusive campus climate, creating inclusive spaces for intercultural dialogue on campus, and spearheading inclusive programming. The UPDA was honored to be recognized for its professional development and social programming initiatives that bring postdocs together from throughout campus.

The UPDA was recognized in the Spring 2016 Graduate School newsletter. Check out page 17 for our feature article: https://documents.gradschool.utah.edu/GradNews-Spring-2016

Upcoming Lunch and Learn Meeting

Do you have questions about J1 vs H1 visas and the two-year home residence requirement? What is involved with getting a green card and the difference between self-sponsored & institutional sponsorship?  How to navigate U.S. immigration rules and regulations? What your rights are as a temporary resident?

Join us for our June Postdoc Lunch & Learn, which will be Work Authorization for Foreign National Employees!

We will be joined by the representatives from the Office of General Counsel. There will be a presentation on visas, green cards, and everything else you need to know as an international postdoc. Following the presentation, there will be plenty of time for discussion. Please come prepared with all you questions!

The event will be held from 12:00 – 1:00 pm on Thursday, June 22 in HSEB2600Pizza will be provided!  If you plan to attend, please RSVP so that we can ensure we have neither too much nor too little food:  https://goo.gl/forms/Ml4va5ng44PRy0sv1

Please RSVP by Monday May 19th so we can have a final food count.

Check out our upcoming events!


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 at upda@utah.edu with any questions.

Contact Us

Need to contact us for any reason? Just drop us an e-mail at: upda@utah.edu.
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