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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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In This Issue


Volume 17, Issue 1 (January 2019)

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NPA Looks to the Future with New Board Members

Simone Otto


One of the fundamental parts of running a national association like the NPA is the direction and oversight the group gets from a duly elected Board of Directors. The POSTDOCket posed a few questions to our newest members to introduce them and would like to share their responses below.

Funding Opportunities for International Postdoctoral Scholars

Camile Castilho Fontelles


Many postdoctoral scholars aim to obtain funding to start their own research. This task can be particularly challenging for non-U.S. citizens. With that in mind, we compiled a list of resources and grants that any international postdoc can use to find the perfect funding opportunity.

The Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars Strives to Improve Lives, Training and Work Experience

Joseph S. Sparling


The Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS) is a not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of Canadian postdocs – a group comprised of all postdoctoral scholars working in Canada (regardless of citizenship or nationality) as well as Canadian citizens and permanent residents working as postdocs abroad.

Advocacy in Action: Working with the ASPET Washington Fellows Program

Stephanie Davis and Jared Tur


Participation in the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Washington Fellows program allows trainee scientists to see that any graduate student or postdoctoral scholar can be an advocate for science. Although some participants in this program have previous advocacy experience, it is designed to familiarize graduate students and postdocs with the policy-making process.

A Constellation of Change: the Broadening Experiences of Scientific Training (BEST) Program

Ian Street


The Broadening Experiences of Scientific Training (BEST) program was competitively funded at 17 sites across the United States, in which BEST consortium members aimed to develop unique programs to guide graduate students and postdocs in career path decisions. BEST funding will be ending in 2019 and assessments of its overall impact on training and career development are beginning.

Letter from the Executive Director

Julie Fabsik-Swarts


I don’t know about you, but for me, this year seems to have flown by in the blink of an eye. It feels like yesterday that we were preparing for the NPA Annual Conference in Cleveland, OH. As I think about 2018, I am reminded of all of the good work the NPA accomplished this year.

Associate Editors for January


Thanks to our January associate editors, Avanti Dey, PhD and Irina Tiper, PhD!

Thank you to new and 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.



Thank you for your continued support!


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University of Texas at Dallas


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Temple University

West Virginia University

The Florida State University


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Simone Otto, Ph.D.

Editor in Chief

Simone Otto, Ph.D., received her doctoral degree in neuroscience from the University of
Vermont in 2013, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of

Environmental Health Science (NIEHS), focusing on adult neurogenesis. Otto contributed to the award-winning Environmental Factor, an online news publication, and has served on the NIEHS postdoctoral association for several years. Her commitment to a career in science communication led her to serve on the career symposium planning committee, including organizing panel discussions, updating a website and producing a publication for the symposium. In addition, Otto, who is devoted to change, has frequently sought out opportunities to mentor non-traditional students.


Otto'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.


Ian Street, Ph.D.

Deputy Editor

Ian Street, Ph.D., has a doctoral degree in plant biology from Washington University and was a postdoc in the Schaller lab at Dartmouth College. He is currently a virtual lab manager at HappiLabs. He writes and edits at his science blog, The Quiet Branches, as well as Botany One, and The POSTDOCket. He is also a cohost of The Recovering Academic podcast.


Associate editors include: Viviane Callier, Ph.D., Kristy Hentchel, Ph.D., Stephani Page, Ph.D., Lina Chuey, Ph.D., Irina Tiper, Ph.D., and Joyonna Gamble-George, Ph.D.

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