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 www.nationalpostdoc.org to create an account and access these resources.

Upcoming Events!

Check out Upcoming Events for full details.

  • We organize a lunch between postdocs on the 30th August, Wednesday 11.45 am at VA Farmers Market.  It is an opportunity to meet your fellow  postdocs, to discover the VA farmers market and to listen live music! The location is outside the canteen, between buildings 7 and 8. Feel free to bring your own food. We are impatient to see you all on 30th!
  • Save the date! THE UPDA board is preparing a full week of events to celebrate the contributions of the postdoctoral scholars at the University of Utah, including a Poster competition, a hike and professional headshots. More information on the Postdoc Appreciation Week page.

Current Announcements

  • 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”


  • 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 at upda@utah.edu with any questions.

Stay Informed!

Join our mailing list at  http://upda.utah.edu/mailing-list/.
Join our Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/utahpostdoctoralassociation/
Need to contact us for any reason? Just drop us an e-mail at: upda@utah.edu