Michigan State University Postdoctoral Association Election and get together on Friday 22nd of April 2016 at noon in Chittenden Hall

Dear MSU Postdocs,

Please join us at the annual ELECTION OF OFFICERS for the MSU Postdoctoral Association Steering Committee and presentation of the Postdoctoral Excellence in Research
Awards! This is also a good occasion to get in touch with the other postdoc, so every postdoc at MSU is the most welcome to participate (but please RSVP ASAP!!).

Tuesday, April 22nd 2016, at 12:00 NOON in Chittenden Hall.

Also we are seeking individuals for the following PDA positions:
Webmaster – 2 positions
Secretary – 2 positions
Awards committee Co-chair – 1 position
Social committee Co-chair – 1 position
Social committee members – 3 positions
Handbook committee Co-chair – 2 positions

Please send in your nomination(s) to msu.pda@gmail.com with information if you are interested in any of these position.

If you do not wish to hold a specified PDA position but have creative ideas that could benefit the postdoc community, you can become a member-at-large and attend our
monthly PDA meetings.

We will have current subcommittee co-chairs briefly provide information to recruit possible candidates. We will also be accepting nominations at the meeting.

Food is being catered from Sultan’s, so please mark this date and join us at the Elections!


We hope to see you!

MSU Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award

The Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies (OVPRGS) and the MSU Postdoctoral Office announce a new initiative to recognize exceptional postdoctoral fellows and research associates for their contributions. Nominations/applications are due by February 5th, 2016, to be awarded during the Spring 2016 semester.
The detailed call for the MSU Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award is below.
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the MSU-PDA (msu.pda@gmail.com)

Regional Postdoc Networking Lunch @ MSU

This year the Michigan State University Postdoctoral Association (MSU-PDA) celebrated National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week bigger! Together with the MSU Graduate School and PDAs from the University of Michigan and Wayne State University, MSU-PDA hosted a Regional Postdoctoral Appreciation & Networking Lunch featuring our famous MSU exhibitor show on Tuesday, September 22 at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center.

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Non-academic Job Search seminar by Dr. Julia McAnallen

The celebratory 3-course lunch was preceded by a seminar on Conflict Management & Communication (presented by Dr. Antonio Nunez and Dr. Anna Kopec), followed by two concurrent seminars on Academic Job Search (presented by Dr. Rique Campa) and Non-academic Job Search (presented by Dr. Julia McAnallen).

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Conflict Management & Communication Workshop by Drs. Antonio Nunez and Anna Kopec
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Academic Job Search Seminar by Dr. Rique Campa

In addition to thematic discussions over lunch covering issues important to the Postdoctoral Community, welcome speech was delivered by Dr. Pallavi Singh, followed by greetings on behalf of the VP for research by Dr. Douglas Gage, Assistant Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and information on MSU BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) by Julie Rojewski BEST Grant Project Coordinator.

Networking Theme Lunch at Kellog Hotel and Conference Center

Postdoc Researchers also had an opportunity to visit 15 different MSU Exhibitors, including: Academic HR and Human Resources, Center for Statistical Training and Consulting (CSTAT), Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER), MSU Federal Credit Union (MSU-FCU), Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS), Residence Education & Housing Services, Recreational Sports and Fitness Services, The Graduate School, Women’s and Family Resource Centers, MSU Teaching Assistant Programs, Faculty and Organizational Development, Counseling Center, Testing Office and Sexual Program, and MSU-BEST.

A record attendance of 119 Postdocs from the 3 universities and 35 exhibitors attended the event. Continuing with the festivities, coffee social was hosted by the MSU-PDA later in the week (Thursday, Sep, 24th) where the post doc researchers met for an informal gathering.

For more information about upcoming Postdoctoral events at MSU, please email msu.pda@gmail.com

Please find here below the slides of the presentations on academic, non-academic job search, Conflict resolution and about the MSU PDA association.

Welcome slides from the MSU post doctoral associations

Seminar on academic job search

Seminar on conflict management

Seminar on expanded careers for post-doc

Three Science Career events for post-docs !!

Next week there will be three Science Career Events for Postdocs:

9/22, 6-8 PM Science Networking Prep Session (110 Chittenden Hall)

9/28, 6-8 PM Science Connect for Graduate Students, Postdocs, Alumni & Employers (110 Chittenden Hall)*

9/29, 2-6 PM Science, Agriculture, Food, Environment + Health Career Fair (Breslin Center)