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The Oregon State University Postdoctoral Association (OPA) is a postdoc organization which provides opportunities for professional development and networking for all OSU-affiliated postdocs. We also work with the Associate Dean of the Office of Postdoctoral Programs (OPP) in the Graduate School to improve the postdoctoral experience across OSU. Check out the OPP newsletters on their site. You can also connect with us and keep up to date with our events and general information relevant to the OSU postdoctoral community by following us on Facebook, or Twitter.



Upcoming events:


OPA spring picnic is June 30th! Please join us, families are welcome.


Joint Event with the University of Oregon Postdoctoral Association: Tentatively set for Friday June 1st in Corvallis from 3-5pm. Please start thinking about a poster contribution!

Here is a form for attendance/poster signups.


Stay tuned for announcements related to Spring Professional Development Awards! Coming soon!



Looking to boost your experiences as a mentor? We are starting a mentoring group for graduate students led by OSU postdocs. Interested grad students will meet up with potential postdoc mentors at a kick-off event and following that mentees/mentors can arrange individual meetings. As a postdoc mentor you can provide students with your personal views on career advice, selection of postdoc positions, job application materials, etc. This is a great opportunity to encourage young researchers as well as improve your mentoring and communication skills. Sign-up ( by Monday April 23rd, if you have questions contact Courtney Roper (


Please see join us for an upcoming session related to Visa and Permanent Residence options for International Academics/Scholars. Guest Speaker David Ware, J.D. Attorney At Law, will provide information for international academics/scholars/Post-Doctoral positions and other employees who are not currently being sponsored by OSU for permanent residence. Topics includes routes to permanent residency, work visa options, 212(e) and waivers for J-1 Exchange Visitor programs, travel and visa renewal.

The session will take place on Wednesday, April 25 from noon-1 in Kelley Engineering Center 1007.

Recent Events:

This coming Tuesday, OPA is hosting a board game night in Nash room 404 from 6-8pm. See the flyer below for more details. It will be a fun way to socialize/network with peers- hope you can make it!

The next OPA Pizza Lunch Seminar will be on March 21st from noon-1pm in the Linus Pauling Science Center Room 402. Join us for a free pizza lunch and to discuss the transition from postdoc to faculty positions with Professor Sandra Loesgen.


On March 14 at 5pm in Kelley Engineering Center 1007, there will be an Industry Exploration Program event titled ‘Business Accelerators in Oregon’. Come join us to hear from the Business Enterprise Center and do some networking. The event is free, but registration is required by Friday, March 10. URL:





Bowling! Friday March 2, 2017 from 5-9pm- MU basement- family friendly!

Welcome and Q&A with new Associate Dean of Postdoctoral Programs, Dr. Yanyun ZhaoJan 30th from 12-1 in the MU. Noon-1pm on Tuesday, January 30th in MU 104. Dr. Zhao and the Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Jennifer Brown, will also speak about recent changes to the Postdoctoral Scholar program. Pizza will be provided. We hope to see you there!

Join us Nov. 15 from 12-1pm in LPSC 402 for a seminar with Dr. Jennifer Field on how to succeed as a mentor.  Pizza will be provided. Hope to see you there!

The OSU-UO Postdoc Research Symposium will take place Friday, November 3rd from 3-5pm in Erb Memorial Union at the University of Oregon. The event will include five minute lightning talks by OSU and UO postdocs followed by a social mixer at Falling Sky. Sign up to attend and present here:

Congratulations to our fall 2017 professional development award winners:

It is our pleasure to share with you the two winners of the OPA professional development Award fall 2017: 

Dr. Jeon Small, College Of Public Health And Human Sciences

Dr. Ivan Lisenkov, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Thank you to those who submitted proposals. We received many excellent proposals this fall, and encourage everyone to keep an eye out for the next call in the spring. Also, many thanks to Armando Alcazar, Professional Development Coordinator, for his work in organizing.


Congratulations to our fall 2017 professional development award winners:

Please join us in congratulating the winners of the 2017 Poster Session: Fadi El-Rami (1st place), Anna Brown (2nd place) and Cleo Davie-Martin (3rd place). Thanks to everyone who came out for the Research Symposium and Vendor Show, to those who helped organize the event, and to the speakers and judges who donated their time to making it a success.





Photos!  Please send us photos of yourselves in action. 


The OPA would love to feature our postdocs and RAs on our webpage. Please send photos to Thank you!


TRIVIA NIGHT- please join your fellow postdocs at Applebee's the 1st tuesday of every month @9 pm.