Oregon State University welcomes postdoctoral scholars, postdoctoral fellows and their families. During your stay here, you will be provided a full-time program of advanced academic preparation and research training under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Your relationship with your mentor is unique. It is similar to the relationship between graduate students and their major professors in that it is a vital step in the career path for the postdoctoral scholar. It differs in that a postdoctoral appointee brings more academic maturity and technical experience to the relationship than does the typical graduate student and postdoctoral appointees are not awarded degrees or certification in recognition of their experience and/or efforts. Mentors benefit from the education and experience of the postdoctoral appointee and they also accept significant responsibility for the career development of the trainee.