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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 6 (June 2017)

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Update from the Chair: Are You Ready to Join the NPA Board?

Kate Sleeth


The deadline for getting your name on the ballot for the 2017 NPA Board of Directors election is July 7, 2017. Members of the NPA are encouraged to apply and help shape the future of the association.

Incorporating Professional Development into Postdoctoral Training

Rachel Mulheren


Postdocs need a range of professional skills beyond research to succeed in their careers, but it can be challenging to find the time and support to pursue them. This article offers tips and resources for postdocs looking to hone these important skills.

Startup Life: An Extraordinary Path for the Brave at Heart

Lining Zhu


In this interview, Marie Rippen, CEO of Lab Launch, describes how her biotech incubator helps scientists and entrepreneurs thrive as they start their own businesses and explains some of the advantages of working at a startup.

Connecting with Science Advocacy Close to Home

Jared Tur


Current events have many people worried about the future of scientific research in the United States. Engaging in science advocacy is more important now than ever. There are ways to get involved locally and make a positive impact.

NPA News and Committee Corner


Read about new developments and ongoing efforts by the NPA committees, as well as ways you can get involved. 

The NPA thanks the following institutions for renewing their Sustaining Memberships!


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.


Boston University

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Society of Toxicology



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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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