Researcher looking at petrie dish culture

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:

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.


Stay Tuned and Please Join Us For:

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:



Recent Events:

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.