OPA - Oregon State University Postdoctoral Association

Welcome to OPA!

The Oregon State University Postdoctoral Association (OPA) aims to provide a network (social and professional) for all OSU-affiliated postdocs and a framework for liaising with and advising the Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Programs (OPP) at OSU. For the purposes of this organization, an OSU postdoc is defined as anyone who is affiliated with OSU and holds a PhD or equivalent degree, but does not hold a professorial position. The OPA is an auxiliary enterprise of the OSU Graduate School

*******As many of you know, the Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Programs, Barb Bond, will be retiring at the end of spring term. The OPA seeks input from the postdoc community regarding candidates who will fulfill the Director position in addition to other duties in the Graduate School. Candidates will be interviewing in the near future (9, 14, and 23 May) with time dedicated for discussion with OSU postdocs; individuals interested in contributing to these meetings are urged to contact Rebecca Hutchinson (rah@eecs.oregonstate.edu) for more information.***********

Please join us for the next event:                          

       

flyer for OPA brown bag lunch August

 


 

  

Board news

Thank you to all the postdocs who took the time to complete our Spring 2014 Postdoc Survey!

Click here for a review of your responses and look forward to several new events!


  


OPA logo

Postdoc Survival Guide (2.8 MB pdf file) - a great resource for recently (or yet to be) hired postdocs at OSU... Check it out !!

 

OPA-LINKS:

OSU Postdoc stats (courtesy of B. Bond, OPP)

National Postdoctoral Association, a non-profit organization that seeks sustainable change and improvement for the postdoctoral experience.

Postdoc Journal, a Journal of Postdoctoral Research [JPR] and Postdoctoral Affairs [JPA], is a professional peer-reviewed multidisciplinary and cross-disciplinary Open Access international publication. The journal has no submission fee.

Thanks for visiting! We hope you have found the information you were looking for. If you have any comments or just want to get in touch, please send us an e-mail and we will reply as soon as we can!.


This page was created on March 8, 2012.
Last updated: May 7, 2014

About Us

OPA logo

Our Mission 

    OPA's mission is to bring together OSU-affiliated postdocs in a social setting in order to build a postdoc community on campus, to identify needs for professional development and well-being, and to communicate those needs to the university. 

To download a PDF copy of the OPA Charter click here.

Our Goals

OPA Board

    OPA's Board currently consists of eight individuals, devided into two categories: executive members and additional positions. Please click here to meet all current members of the OPA board. OPA board members meet on a regular basis to discuss about issues relevant to OSU postdoc community. Minutes from our meetings may be found here.

Membership

    All postdocs at Oregon State University are automatically members of the OPA. They may choose to participate in any or all the events that are organized, or may opt out of our mailing list if they choose not to participate in or be advised of any of our activities.

Board Meetings

OPA Board Meetings

    The OPA holds board meetings on a regular basis, usually once a month, where its members discuss about issues relevant to OSU postdoc community. Minutes from these meetings are publicly available (most of them, at least) and may be downloaded as PDF files. Please click on the following links.

2012

    May, June, July, August, September, October and November.

2013

    January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

2014

    January, February, March, April

OPA - Board members

Meet the Board!

Board members were voted by the OPA community and began their term July 2013. 

The new Board will work hard to ensure OPA provides you with support and opportunities during your postdoctoral experience.

Please never hesitate to contact us with ideas, suggestions, or concerns.

President - Rebecca Hutchinson:  Rebecca is a Postdoctoral Fellow with mentors in both Computer Science (Tom Dietterich) and Forest Ecosystems and Society (Matt Betts).  Briefly stated, her research develops new machine learning methods for problems in ecology like species distribution modeling (more info at www.engr.oregonstate.edu/~rah).  Rebecca holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.S.E. from Bucknell University.  She started her first postdoc at OSU in 2009, and transitioned from a Postdoctoral Scholar to a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2012 when she received an NSF SEES (Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability) Fellowship.  Rebecca served on the 2012-2013 OPA board as Committee Coordinator before taking on the Chair position for 2013-2014. 

 

Vice-President - Yasmeen Maisha Nkrumah-Elie: Yasmeen Maisha Nkrumah-Elie, PhD is an NIEHS Postdoctoral Training Fellow in the labs of Drs. Emily Ho and Robert Tanguay through the Environmental Health Sciences Center. She started her postdoctoral training at OSU in October of 2012 and research involves identifying biomarkers of zinc deficiency, evaluating the susceptibility to environmental toxins during zinc deficiency and zinc depletion, and developing metabolome models for nutritional deficiencies and environmental exposures. Yasmeen received her PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences, specializing in Environmental Toxicology and her BS in Biological and Agricultural Systems Engineering, both from Florida A&M University. She is a member of the Society of Toxicology, American Society for Nutrition, and the National Postdoctoral Association. She is the proud wife of fellow postdoc, Marc Elie, and their two sons Xavi and Khalil.

 

Secretary - Sumit Saha: Sumit is currently working as a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry, a National Science Foundation Center for Chemical Innovation at the Department of Chemistry, Oregon State University. Sumit earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Miami, Florida in Nov. 2013. During his graduate studies at the University of Miami, Sumit served as Graduate Student Association Vice President and Media Relations Officer. He received the “Excellence in Education” Award, “Lifetime Teaching Assistant” Award, and the prestigious “Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges” Award from the University of Miami. He is a member of American Chemical Society and National Postdoctoral Association. Sumit is very excited to be a part of the Executive Board of OSU Postdoctoral Association and looks forward to serve the OSU postdoc community.

 photo of Sumit Saha

Treasurer - David Dickson: David earned his PhD in Biological & Ecological Engineering here at OSU in 2011, studying hydrogen production in cyanobacteria. He completed a 1-year appointment as a postdoctoral scholar on the same project before starting his current position as Academic Advisor and Internship Coordinator in the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences in July 2012.

 

Professional Development Coordinator - Jim Rivers: I am currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society where I study the influence of environmental change on the behavior and physiology on vertebrates. Throughout my career I have enjoyed being involved in leadership activities, which has included positions that have involved funding, planning, and executing activities for student and early professional groups at both national and international conferences.

 headshot of Jim Rivers

Webmaster & Public Relations Coodinator - Sascha Hallett: I'm based in the department of Microbiology, where I study fish parasites (identify, describe, determine life cycles and develop molecular-based diagnostic methods). I undertook all my tertiary studies at the University of Queensland, Australia then was awarded an Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship to pursue my research in Munich, Germany for two years. I came to OSU in 2003 to do my second international postdoc, and continue to enjoy life and science here (I'm now a Research Associate). My time here has spanned significant changes in the postdoctoral community (there is one now!) and I have benefited from the professional development workshops and other activites offered recently. Thus, I'd like to give a little back to the community and offer to be Webmaster for the OPA. I am familiar with Drupal (OSU's CMS) and as part of my position I create and maintain webpages for our lab. To have a look at what I've done online, come visit me at:http://microbiology.science.oregonstate.edu/sascha-hallett

 

Industrial Exploration Program Coordinator - Linnéa Andersson: Linnéa arrived in Oregon a year and a half ago from Sweden and works as a post-doctoral fellow in Environmental Engineering, studying geological carbon sequestration. As a Public Relations Coordinator, Linnéa will work to increase the awareness of OPA both on-campus and off-campus, with a particular emphasis on outreach to potential employers in the nearby region. During Linnéa’s PhD she served as a vice-chair for the PhD council and on various committees at the Department of Materials and Environmental Chemistry at Stockholm University, Sweden, as well as a chair for the Empowerment Network at Stockholm University. In her spare time Linnéa enjoys hiking small and tall mountains in the nearby region as well as watching her garden grow.

 

Membership & Volunteer Coordinator - Donelle (Doni) Schwalm: I am in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife; I am working with Clint Epps on a vulnerability assessment of American pika populations in 8 national parks; Our research involves modeling the impact of global climate change on pika populations in each park, focusing on changing occupancy, gene flow and metapopulation dynamic patterns.

 Headshot of Doni Schwalm

Social Activities Coordinator - Robert Kokenyesi: I am a graduate of Oregon State University in the Field of Materials Science, and currently hold a Post-doc Scholar position in the Chemistry Department. In our research we seek to maximize the functionality of semiconductor materials, currently focusing on materials for photovoltaic application. In the Committee Chair position I plan to work with committee members the Executive Board to facilitate the success of OPA undertakings, and get to know and serve the OSU post-doc community.


 headshot of Robert Kokenyesi

2012 - 2013 Board Members

  • Siba Das [siba.das AT oregonstate.edu], Chair. Environmental and Molecular Toxicology Department.
  • Michelle Kappes [michelle.kappes AT oregonstate.edu], Vice-Chair. Fisheries and Wildlife Department.
  • Kerry Grimm [kerry.grimm AT oregonstate.edu], Secretary. College of Forestry.
  • David Haim [david.haim AT oregonstate.edu], Treasurer. Department of Forest Engineering, Resources and Management.
  • Rebecca Hutchinson [rah AT eecs.oregonstate.edu], Committee Coordinator. School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
  • David Dickson [david.dickson AT oregonstate.edu], Grants Coordinator. College of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciencies.
  • Julie Alexander [alexanju AT science.oregonstate.edu], Membership Coordinator. Microbiology Department.
  • Linnéa Andersson [linnea.andersson AT oregonstate.edu], Public Relations Coordinator. School of Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering.
  • Guillermo M. Díaz Méndez [guillermo.diaz AT oregonstate.edu], Webmaster. School of Civil and Construction Engineering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OPA events

OPA events

The following is a list of past events on which the OPA has hosted, organized or participated. Also included are events which OPA will host, organize or participate.

 

Regular Events:

 

 

2014

The Graduate School and the OSU Postdoctoral Association have teamed up to offer a FREE viewing of the webinar “Permanent residence options for foreign researchers and postdocs coming to the US”.  Webinar details are in this link, but disregard the registration and fees information!  Instead, please use the link provided below to sign up to attend this webinar free of charge.  Your RSVP is requested so that we can ensure we have enough room and seating for attendees.  In addition, there is a possibility that we will have a recorded version of the webinar to distribute to interested parties who are unable to attend – this is not 100% certain yet, so please plan on coming if at all possible.

Here is the sign-up link to view the webinar at OSU:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ae_EQqUpMI8jqM2Urcve5q1Hog7KBuiFpECCJDJD0pA/viewform

And here is the associated pdf and MP4.

The OPA will provide lawn games, basics for the grill, and beverages.  Please bring a side or dessert to share.  This year, we will also be celebrating Barbara Bond’s contributions to our community over the past three years as the Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Programs.  At 4 PM we will take a few moments to express our thanks and shae some cake as Barb begins her retirement.  Hope to see you there!

Postdocs families and mentors are welcome. 

RSVP using this link and please note any dietary restrictions in your response. : https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1S-djRNWflpZsdYOJxmy-6ficPRkuogrw8OPoUuFMJgk/viewform?usp=send_form 

If you are interested in a career in research at a federal agency this event is a must for you. Well established researchers and research leaders from USGS, USDA, EPA and the Forest Service are coming to campus to talk about their background and experience of working in a federal agency. You are invited to interact with and learn from these researchers in a panel discussion on “Research in Federal Agencies” co-organized by the OSU Postdoc Association through its Industry Exploration Program (IEP) and the OSU Graduate School.

The panel discussion is open to both graduate students and postdocs. Space is limited, so sign uphere to secure your spot now!

The Director of the Office of Sponsored Programs, Pat Hawk, will share information and tips and answer your questions on how to prepare a research budget.  Pat runs the office that reviews all grant proposals that go out of OSU, and there is hardly anything she doesn’t know about the expectations for budgets both within the university and by various funding agencies and organizations.  If you want to know how institutional overhead is calculated, and why it changes every once in a while, or why OSU’s rate is different from other institutions, you can ask Pat.  If you want to know where to find the information you need to calculate employee overhead, Pat can tell you.  If you want advice on how to even get started in creating a budget, Pat can help.  In addition, she is an absolutely delightful person!!  Pizza provided.  Please use this link to sign up: 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1q4aBmckfZ3-eCK-rETj2yp4-xPtXopFzv-RbX5FS-h4/viewform?usp=send_form

We will make this presentation available for remote participation via Polycom – you will need to call in to IP address: 128.193.184.38, and you should also sign up like everyone else using the link provided and note that you’ll be participating remotely.

As you are toiling away with your experiments and research, have you ever wondered what research in industry is like compared to academia? Or maybe how you can bridge that gap between academia and industry to land that R&D job or to initiate an industry collaboration? You are invited to explore these topics and many more in a panel discussion on “Research and Development in Industry” co-organized by the OSU Postdoc Association through its Industry Exploration Program (IEP) and the OSU Graduate School.

Local professionals with a background in research, both from academia and industry, will act on the panel to answer your questions on their experience of research and development in industry. Our panel members this time are a postdoc in chemistry with over 15 years of experience from Intel and a founder of his own company, an OSU head of department with close to 20 years of experience from Kraft Foods and Quaker Oats, and an HP R&D Engineering Manager who holds several patents and publications. The event is open for both graduate students and postdocs and will be limited to 54 attendees. Sign up here to secure your spot now!

 

Coffee and tea will be provided.   

Please use this link to sign up for coffee hour.

The OPA coffee hour provides a relaxed setting wherein postdocs can converse with a faculty member or administrator about their experiences and thoughts as a professional in their field and as an academic in general.  Join us for a hot cup of liquid pick-me-up and conversation! More about Dr. Ho can be found here:  http://health.oregonstate.edu/people/ho-emily.

Less than 25% of all PhD graduates will stay in academic research [1]. The number of permanent positions available in academia is limited and it is therefore natural for the majority of PhDs to eventually look for other options. You are invited to explore these options in a panel discussion on “Career Paths outside Academia” co-organized by the OSU Postdoc Association through its Industry Exploration Program (IEP) and the OSU Graduate School.

Local professionals with a background in research, both from academia and industry, will act on the panel to answer your questions on the paths they have taken to a career outside academia. The event, taking place 10-11 am on March 12th in the Joyce Powell Journey Room (MU), is open for both graduate students and postdocs and will be limited to 50 attendees. Sign up here to secure your spot now!

The OSU Postdoctoral Association (OPA) has partnered with the OSU Graduate School, Coalition of Graduate Employees, and ASOSU Graduate Affairs Task Force to bring you a much deserved entertainment break. Please join us for an upcoming showing of the comical and insightful film, the PhD Movie: Piled Higher & Deeper, based on the widely popular comic strip webseries by Jorge Cham.

Free admission and refreshments starting at 6:30pm!

Take a break from Winter quarter and join your fellow colleagues for a  good laugh, socializing, and community connections.

For more information or to request accommodations, please contact: Courtney Everson, Courtney.Everson@oregonstate.edu<mailto:Courtney.Everson@oregonstate.edu>

2013

OPA Spring Social 2013

postdocs at spring picnic

 

postdocs at spring picnic

 

postdocs at spring picnic

2012

OSU Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW)

 
PAW

 Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW)

The National Postdoc Appreciation Week being promoted by the National Postdoctoral Association was held from September 17 through 21 of 2012. OPP and OPA hosted the following activities for all OSU Postdocs.

1. Monday 9/17 (12:00-1:00pm @ RICH 313): Lunch/forum for postdocs.  This was a time for postdocs across campus to get together to meet each other and talk about subjects of mutual interest.

2. Wednesday 9/19 (12:00-1:00pm @ RICH 115): A workshop on financial planning for postdocs presented by a representative from the Clarity Wealth Development group.

3. Thursday 9/20 (4:30-7:00pm @ MU 109): Postdoc Poster Session (POPS). This event was meant for the postdocs to show case their research to the campus community and have an increased interaction among themselves. The event was attended by many administrators, faulty, postdocs and students. The Gazette Times ran an article on the event and the Postdoc Appreciation Week. 

 

Sponsors

OSU Graduate School

OSU Research Office

Linus Pauling Institute

Colege of Agricultural Sciences

College of Forestry

College of Engineering

Colege of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences

Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife

Dept. of Agricultural Resource Economics

Dept. of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology

Dept. of Botany & Plant Pathology

logo    logologo

 Click here for sponsorhip informaiton

OSU Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW) 2012

 
PAW

 Postdoc Appreciation Week (PAW)

The National Postdoc Appreciation Week being promoted by the National Postdoctoral Association was held from September 17 through 21 of 2012. OPP and OPA hosted the following activities for all OSU Postdocs.

1. Monday 9/17 (12:00-1:00pm @ RICH 313): Lunch/forum for postdocs.  This was a time for postdocs across campus to get together to meet each other and talk about subjects of mutual interest.

2. Wednesday 9/19 (12:00-1:00pm @ RICH 115): A workshop on financial planning for postdocs presented by a representative from the Clarity Wealth Development group.

3. Thursday 9/20 (4:30-7:00pm @ MU 109): Postdoc Poster Session (POPS). This event was meant for the postdocs to show case their research to the campus community and have an increased interaction among themselves. The event was attended by many administrators, faulty, postdocs and students. The Gazette Times ran an article on the event and the Postdoc Appreciation Week. 

 

Sponsors

OSU Graduate School

OSU Research Office

Linus Pauling Institute

Colege of Agricultural Sciences

College of Forestry

College of Engineering

Colege of Earth, Ocean & Atmospheric Sciences

Dept. of Fisheries & Wildlife

Dept. of Agricultural Resource Economics

Dept. of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology

Dept. of Botany & Plant Pathology

logo    logologo

 Click here for sponsorhip informaiton

OSU Postdoc Appreciation Week (OPAW) 2013

OSU Postdoc Appreciation Week

October 28 - November 1, 2013

The OPP and OPA with support from the Graduate School will be hosting the following activities for all OSU Postdocs:

1. Monday 10/28 (5-9pm @ Laughing Planet): Fundraiser/social event for postdocs at Laughing Planet.  Everyone is welcome to join us at this downtown café Monday evening. 20% of the profits will go to the OPA to fund future events.

 

2. Tuesday 10/29 (12:00-2:00pm @ RICH 115): Tax seminar for postdocs and grad students sponsored by the OPP.

Postdocs and Graduate Students often face complex and confusing tax challenges – especially those who are international or in “trainee” employment categories.  Robert White from HR Block has generously offered to meet with Postdocs and Grad Students to help address some of these issues.  The workshop is free and lunch will be provided, but you must register in advance.  The presenter would appreciate it if you’d share two tax questions in advance so that he can be prepared to answer them. 

Use this link to register and share your questions:    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rT-ZcZ0UzKi_jRhyoU5VOFTncVdLQpKvl0rEB3DAGhA/viewform

3. Wednesday 10/30 (2:30-6:30pm @ MU Ballroom): Postdoc Poster Session and vendor show. OSU postdocs will show case their research to the campus community. Light refreshments provided (wine from 5pm). All welcome.

From Barbara Bond, OPP: This is the “REALLY SPECIAL” event of OPAW and will be 4:30-6:30 in the Memorial Union (MU) Ballroom.  Poster setup starts at 2:30.  Snacks and soft drinks will be available throughout the poster session, and bar service for beer and wine will open at 5:00.  This was a truly wonderful event last year and we have every expectation that it will be even better this year, but the success depends on YOU. As many of you as possible need to share posters that showcase your research.  It is fine to ‘recycle’ posters you’ve used previously, but remember that most people in the audience will not have expertise in your field so it is best either to choose a poster that is aimed at a broad audience or to be prepared to offer a lot of explanations!  Another important ingredient for success is to invite your supervisors, lab mates, and other faculty and administrators in your unit.  This is a FREE event and open to everyone who is interested in the research that postdocs are doing. 

Please use the link below to sign up to attend and bring a poster.  If you absolutely can’t bring a poster, please sign up and come anyway. 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1--QAdD4cWB0vrlvKrrPZfw5jUQe8hEDbSXQ_9XE6Te0/viewform

 

4. Friday 11/1 (5-6pm @ Bomb's Away Café): Peers & Beers - wrap up the week by joining other postdocs for this regular event on Monroe Street Friday evening.  


Sponsors

OSU Graduate School


 Click here for sponsorship information

OSU Postdoc stats

Stats and metrics about us!

This compilation of statistics is a courtesy of Barb Bond, the director of the Office of Postdoctoral Programs.

    About a year ago, the OPP and OPA agreed to define the postdoctoral community at OSU in its broadest sense as those people who have earned PhD’s or similar advanced degrees and hold non-professorial positions.  We know that Research Associates are not actually postdocs, but they have many similarities, interests and concerns as postdocs, so it makes sense to include Research Associates in the communications to and about postdocs. We’re compiling information about the postdoctoral community to share with funding agencies, administrators, and potential employers and we thought you might like to see what this information looks like.  Keep in mind that yours is a very dynamic community, so this is just a snapshot as of May, 2012

For an updated report (prepared January 2013), please click here.

Postdoc categories at OSU Postdoc distribution at OSU

    There are currently about 300 people in one of OSU’s five non-professorial job categories (left) that require PhDs. Their distribution along the OSU campus is shown to the right. In addition to the above, there are many PhD-holding employees in other job categories that do not explicitly require PhD’s (including some Instructors and Faculty Research Assistants) – but we don’t have any straightforward way to keep track of those people so they are not included in these figures.

For detailed & up to date statistics, please contact Barb Bond at the OPP.