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The POSTDOCket is the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) newsletter covering news items and features of interest to the postdoctoral community.


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Volume 15, Issue 11 (November 2017)

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Get Ready to Rock Cleveland at the 2018 NPA Annual Conference

Tiewei “Leo” Cheng and Kerry Kauffman


Early bird registration for the 2018 NPA Annual Conference is now open! Find out about exciting new and returning features.

NPAW 2017: The Year of Self Care and Social Media

Shakira Nelson, Catherine Zander, and Jennifer Aumiller


For National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2017, institutions around the United States and the world held socials and events focused on career development and self-care to thank postdocs for all they do.

Professional Development Beyond the Bench: Look to the National Research Mentoring Network

Sarah Gluck and Meldra Hall


The NRMN program strives to make science more inclusive by supporting mentors and mentees. Culturally competent mentoring, grant-writing skills, and a professional community enhance NRMN scientists’ careers.

Immigration Policies Affect Postdoctoral Scholars

Jared Tur


More than half of postdocs in the United States are on immigrant visas. Proposed changes to the current system are creating uncertainty for many postdocs and their institutions.

The Postdoc Path: Spurring Growth

Ian Street and Irina Tiper


Many start a postdoc to move one step closer to the academic faculty track. Over time, postdocs can gain self-knowledge of desired career paths and develop the skills to reach the faculty track and much more.

Preventing & Dealing with Burnout

Nicole Cranley


Burnout can leave you feeling exhausted, unmotivated, and inadequate. But there are many ways to resources depleted by daily stressors. It’s a matter of finding what works for you.

Thank you to renewing Sustaining Members of the NPA!


Sustaining Members are a vital part of the NPA. Sustaining Members represent a range of professional societies, postdoc associations, postdoc offices, and other organizations that serve the postdoctoral community. Students, postdocs, faculty, and staff at NPA Sustaining Member institutions are eligible to join the NPA, at no cost, as Affiliate Members. Check to see if your institution is an NPA Sustaining Member.


American Association for Cancer Research

University of California, San Francisco
Argonne National Laboratory  University of California, Santa Barbara 
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory  University of Maryland
New York University School of Medicine  University of Nebraska Medical Center
Rush University University of Notre Dame
The Florida State University University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

University of California, Merced

Wayne State University, The Graduate School


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Melissa Vaught, Ph.D.

Editor in Chief

Vaught received her doctorate degree in chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 2008. She continued biochemistry and cell biology research as a postdoctoral fellow at the Immune Disease Institute/Harvard Medical School (2009-2010), and Massachusetts General Hospital (2010-2014). Vaught is a scientific editor at PubMed Commons, contracted to the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) by Medical Science & Computing LLC. In her personal time, she blogs and tweets about the culture of science and her experiences in academia and beyond.

Vaught's involvement with The POSTDOCket and the NPA are personal, and do not represent any endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or National Institutes of Health.


Associate editors include: Viviane Callier, Ph.D., Kristy Hentchel, Ph.D., Stephani Page, Ph.D., Andrew Pike, Ph.D., Ian Street, Ph.D., Irina Tiper, Ph.D., and Elaine Wells-Gray, Ph.D.

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