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Volume 15, Issue 5 (May 2017)

Special Issue: Spotlight on the 15th NPA Annual Meeting

The 15th NPA Annual Meeting was held March 17-19, 2017, in San Francisco, CA. This issue features highlights from meeting sessions and profiles of award recipients

Lasting Impressions from the 15th NPA Annual Meeting

Tiewei “Leo” Cheng, Kerry Kauffman, and Jennifer Lamberts


The 15th NPA Annual Meeting in San Francisco showcased an impressive array of sessions and networking events, where postdocs and administrators from across the country met, learned professional development and techniques, and made lasting connections.

Unexpected Outcomes: Diversity in the NIGMS IRACDA Program

J. Marcela Hernandez


A recent analysis finds high diversity and faculty placement rates among postdocs awarded Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA/K12), which provide mentored teaching experience in addition to research support.

Training the Next Generation of Scientists: Malene Hansen, Recipient of the 2017 NPA Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. Mentor Award

Irina Tiper


Malene Hansen, PhD, received the 2017 Mentor Award. Despite many demands on her time as a successful professor at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, she always makes time to work with mentees to help them develop the skills and confidence needed to become independent researchers.

Using Your Total Research Experiences to Make You Business-Ready and Qualified for Your First Professional Job

Christopher Smith


To land a job in industry, postdocs not only need to sell themselves as scientists, but must also be in tune with their business and social identities. This was the focus of an NPA Annual Meeting session presented by the founders of SciPhD that offered practical tips for honing your professional interviewing skills.

Pioneering Postdoc Support: The Icahn Postdoc Executive Committee, Recipient of the 2017 NPA Distinguished Service Award

Lining Zhu


The Postdoc Executive Committee at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai was presented the 2017 NPA Distinguished Service Award in recognition of their accomplishments in addressing the unmet needs of their postdoctoral community. This interview with outgoing co-chairs highlights the trials and tribulations of running an effective and ongoing postdoc-driven organization.

Supporting the Next Generation of Researchers and Leaders: Profile of an NPA Donor, Mahadeo Sukhai

Julie Fabsik-Swarts


Mahadeo Sukhai, longtime supporter of the NPA, discusses why he gives to the NPA and why it is a powerful agent for change in shaping the future direction of research in this country.

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.


Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Columbia University

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

East Carolina University

Penn State University

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Rutgers University Biomedical and Health Sciences

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

University of California, Irvine

La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Mayo Clinic

University of Oklahoma

Medical College of Wisconsin

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research



Volume 15, Issue 4 (April 2017)



Volume 15, Issue 3 (March 2017)



Volume 15, Issue 2 (February 2017)



Volume 15, Issue 1 (January 2017)

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