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The University of North Carolina Postdoctoral Association (PDA) is a volunteer organization dedicated to addressing the needs and concerns of all UNC postdocs. In the past, PDA has worked closely with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs to provide resources for professional development, generate awareness about problems common to all postdocs, and to foster a sense of community among postdoctoral scholars.

In addition to organizing events and seminars to enrich the scientific experience of postdocs, we are also interested in promoting programs to encourage social interaction within the community.

We invite you to become part of PDA and welcome your ideas and suggestions to improve the quality of the postdoctoral experience. Your participation and/or leadership in the UNC Postdoctoral Association will assist you in building your own leadership skills, in meeting other postdocs outside of your home department, networking and negotiating with others, and in serving the community, a critical experience for you to list on your CV and share with employers during interviews.

If you are interested in getting involved, please visit the PDA Leadership webpage and contact a PDA leader for more information.  Meetings are held bi-monthly on the third Thursday from 12:00pm-1:00pm in MacNider Hall Rm 321. The next meeting will be on February 18th.





Minority Postdoc Alliance: Spring Mentoring Luncheon with
Dr. Blair L.M. Kelley

Date: Thursday April 21

Time: 12:00 PM1:30 PM

Location: Bondurant Hall G030

Register HERE

Blair L.M. Kelley is an Associate Professor of History and Assistant Dean for Interdisciplinary Studies and International Programs in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at North Carolina State University. She is the author of the award-winning book, Right to Ride: Streetcar Boycotts and African American Citizenship in the Era of Plessy v. Fergu-son. Right to Ride won the 2010 Letitia Woods Brown Best Book Award from the Association of Black Women Historians. Kelley is also leading the Growing Research on Women and Girls of Color (GROW) Project at NC State, which seeks to high-light research that focuses on the women and girls of color. GROW is part of a five-year, White House-led initiative called the Collaborative to Advance Equity through Research.

Parenting Lunch & Learn

Date: Thursday April 22

Time: 12:00 PM1:00 PM

Location: Graduate Student Center

Register HERE

Join us for a Parenting Lunch and Learn! Clare Counihan, from the Carolina Women’s Center, will provide an overview of the parenting resources available to graduate and professional students and postdoctoral fellows. In addition to general information about parental leave, lactation resources, and childcare subsidies, we will also discuss ways to negotiate professional challenges associated with parenting as an academic. Bring your questions! Parents and non-parents of all genders are welcome!

Lunch will be provided.  Registration is required.

International Coffee Hour

Date: Thursday April 28

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Location: FedEx Global Education Center – EspressOasis Café

Join us for a monthly social hour to bring together international UNC community members and students excited about global engagement. All postdocs are invited, as this offers an informal socializing hour for international and American postdocs, students, faculty, and staff. Chat about resources, opportunities, and challenges on campus. Join us for free coffee and refreshments!  Sponsor for this month’s coffee hour is the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. More information

UNC Postdoc Association is hosting a bowling event!
Saturday, April 23rd from 1-3 p.m.
location: The Mardi Gras Bowling Center (6118-A Farrington Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517)

Come hang out with your fellow UNC postdocs and bowl a few frames! This is a family friendly event so consider bringing your significant other and/or kids. Bowling and shoes are free and snacks will be provided. Space is limited. Please RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/zyz6hpo before 4/16.

Past Events:

Coffee Hours, Cookouts, Mentoring Lunches, Ice Cream Socials, Fridays on the Front Porch at Carolina Inn, PDA Bowling Night, Appreciation Day, Holiday Parties, Durham Bulls Games, and lots more!!

This is a volunteer-run organization: if there is a program or service you want, come help make it happen!




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