Mobile: The POSTDOCket Table of Contents

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


Table of Contents


Volume 16, Issue 1 (January 2018)

Mobile version

Discovering Community, Careers & More at NPA Annual Conferences


As the NPA prepares for its 16th Annual Conference, three previous attendees highlight the benefits they’ve gotten out of attending.

Learning the Lingo of U.S. Healthcare Plans

Steve Johnson


Navigating the U.S. healthcare system is a challenge for Americans, let alone an international postdoc experiencing it for the first time. Learn some of the language surrounding healthcare in the United States.

A Portable Career Coach

Hanaa Hariri


A review of “Think like an Entrepreneur, ACT like a CEO” by Beverly E. Jones with relevant advice for postdoctoral scholars on ways to develop professional skills beyond the technical.

Standing at the Crossroads: When PhDs Abandon the Tenure Track Faculty Career Path

Dara Wilson-Grant


At the crossroads, we can either step back and decide that we’re not ready to tackle the situation and stay where we are, or we can face our fears and find the courage to make changes.

Letter from Executive Director: Looking Back and Ahead

Julie A. Fabsik-Swarts


The NPA had a big year in 2017 with several reports, the biggest Annual Meeting yet, and 2018 promises to be just as productive with a recently debuted a new logo and another Annual Meeting coming up.

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.



Welcome to the NPA!

Carnegie Mellon University



Thank you for your continued support!


Oak Ridge Associated Universities

University of Rochester

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

University of Texas at Dallas

Temple University

University of Texas at El Paso

The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital

University of Washington

University of Colorado - Boulder

USEPA/Office of Research and Development

University of Louisville

West Virginia University

University of Oklahoma