Utah Postdoctoral Association


We would like to introduce the new Utah Postdoctoral Association (UPDA), a chapter of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA).

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.

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:

  1. Help incoming postdocs acclimatize to Utah.
  2. Foster social interactions and communication between postdocs.
  3. Assist in driving career advancement.
  4. Be highly responsive to our members’ needs and issues of concern.
  5. Provide a forum for interaction between departmental faculty and postdocs.
  6. 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 to your area of interest.

For a look at our by-laws, click on the University of Utah By Laws link.

Postdoc Appreciation Day

Thursday September 15th, 2016  1:00-5:00PM
Sorenson Molecular Biotechnology Building (SMBB, 36 S. Wasatch Dr.)

Congratulations to our 2016 Postdoc Poster Competition finalists!
1st Place ($500 Travel Award)
Laura Lupi from Chemistry for “Role of stacking disorder in homogeneous ice nucleation”
2nd Place
Jeremy Duncan from Surgery for “Emx2-Cre Defines Transcriptionally Distinct Populations of Vestibular Hair Cells Organized About the LPR”
Co-3rd Place
Judith Simcox from Biochemistry for “Global analysis of plasma lipids identifies liver derived acylcarnitines as a fuel source for brown adipose thermogenesis”

Natalia Torres from the Cadiovasculary Research & Trainin Institute (CVRTI) for “Activation of Reverse Na+/Ca2+ Exchanger by Skeletal Na+ Channel Isoform Increases Excitation-Contraction Efficiency in Rabbit Cardiomyocytes”

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

Contact Us

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

Get Involved! Join the UPDA Board

Interested in becoming more involved?  We are looking for new board members!  Our next board meeting is January 20, from 12:00 – 1:00 pm in HSEB 5100A. See upda.utah.edu for more details or contact us at upda@utah.edu with any questions.

Upcoming Lunch and Learn Meeting

Are you interested in a job in industry?  Do you need tips and tricks on crafting a competitive resume? Or learn how to express your academic training in terms of the transferable skills that hiring managers are seeking? 

Join us for our March Postdoc Lunch & Learn, which will be on creating a resume from your CV for job applications on industry. Francine Mahak, a Career Counselor from the Graduate Students in Science and Engineering, will lead this session.

The event will be held from 12:00 – 1:00 pm on Wednesday, March 15th in HSEB 2600Pizza (including vegetarian options) will be provided! If you plan to attend, please RSVP so that we can ensure we have neither too much nor too little food:


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