Who is the UPDA?

The UPDA is you and for you.  As a Post-Doc at the University of Utah you are automatically a member of the UPDA and you can be as involved as you want within the organization.  The UPDA focus is to serve and promote the social network and career development of Post-Docs at the University of Utah.  The UPDA is a free, volunteer-run organization established on August 19, 2010.

Our Purpose

The purpose of the UPDA is to be a sustainable organization that represents, supports, and enhances the postdoc community at the University of Utah. Our mission is to promote the social network and career development of postdocs at the University of Utah.

To do this the UPDA has six main goals:

  • Help incoming postdocs acclimatize to Utah.
  • Foster social interactions and communication between postdocs.
  • Assist in driving career advancement.
  • Be highly responsive to our members’ needs and issues of concern.
  • Provide a forum for interaction between departmental faculty and postdocs.
  • Represent postdocs to Utah Administration and on the National level.

Our goal is to provide cross discipline support common to all postdocs in a collaborative manner, but also provide support and service specific

Statement on Diversity & Inclusion

The UPDA is committed to supporting diversity and inclusiveness at the University of Utah. We recognize that a diverse postdoctoral community enhances the effectiveness of the university community.  As stated in our bylaws, the UPDA does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, language, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability. All individuals in postdoctoral positions at the University of Utah are eligible to be members of and serve on the board of the UPDA. We strive to maintain a diverse set of board members, who represent various research disciplines, experiences, genders, and foreign national status. We believe that having a diverse set of board members allows us to best serve the diverse population of postdocs at the University of Utah.to your area of interest.

For a look at our by-laws, click on the UPDA by-laws link.

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.