About Us

Our History

In 2005, a group of UTHealth postdoctoral research fellows began meeting regularly to discuss career opportunities.  Subsequently, scientists from several professions were invited to speak about their careers.  Out of this success, a core group of postdocs decided to formalize their cooperation into an association, creating a platform for peers to share their concerns and communicate with university administration.  In the fall of 2009, the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) was officially registered as an organization of the institution.


Our Mission

The Postdoctoral Association (PDA) is a group of postdoctoral fellows with diverse backgrounds yet a common goal of creating a healthy academic environment for postdocs at UTHealth in collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.  Our mission is to provide resources for postdoctoral professional development, to foster a sense of community among postdocs, and to ensure all postdoctoral research fellows at UTHealth are treated equally and fairly.

Our Strategy

To accomplish these goals, we help postdocs learn about possible career pathways and expand their professional network through interactions with different professionals at career forums and monthly coffee break seminars.  We encourage scientific productivity through biannual travel award competitions.  The PDA also offers information to new postdoctoral research fellows as they adjust to life in Houston and their job at UTHealth.  Finally, we work with postdocs, faculty, and administrators to maintain an academic atmosphere of equality for all postdoctoral research fellows.

Our Invitation

We constantly seek interaction and cooperation among UTHealth postdocs; we welcome your valuable comments and fresh ideas.  Please feel free to contact us to share your experiences, difficulties, and successes.

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