OPA Professional Development Award 2022

The OSU Postdoctoral Association (OPA) is pleased to invite applications for Professional Development awards of up to $1000 each!

Applications for fall 2022 professional development awards are due by 5 pm, May 27, 2022
Email Isabelle Logan at [email protected]


The OPA will grant three Postdoc Professional Development awards. Applicants must prepare a description of a proposed professional development experience and explanation of need, a line-item budget and budget justification, and one professional letter of reference and submit these by 5pm, May 27, 2022. Professional development may include support to travel to a professional conference or workshop, support to mentor an undergraduate or graduate student, or support for other training in another location, etc. Preference will be given to applicants wishing to extend their training beyond simply presenting a poster or short talk at a professional meeting. The expenses described must be incurred within one calendar year of the award.


Applications are restricted to postdoctoral researchers as defined by OSU (see http://gradschool.oregonstate.edu/postdocs/definition).

Application Materials and Selection Process

• Explanation of professional development experience and need (max. 1 page)

  • Explanation should address the project, how the experience aids in your professional development, and the need for supplemental funding from OPA

• Line-item budget and budget justification (max. 1 page)

  • Budget should be specific including travel, hotel, and materials costs (even if they exceed the award amount). Please do not use estimates. Look into costs to put together an appropriate budget.
  • All items should be justified in a written-out budget justification. If the amount of the professional development experience exceeds the award amount, please address where remaining funding will come from.

• One professional letter of reference (max. 1 page)

No CV is necessary. The document should be double-spaced, contain 12-point font, and have 1” margins. Please submit materials as a PDF via email to Isabelle Logan [email protected] with “Postdoc professional development award” in the subject line.

Application materials will be evaluated by a Professional Development Award Committee comprised of current postdocs. The Committee provides recommendations for awardees to the Associate Dean of the Graduate School. Applications will be evaluated based on merit and need of the proposed activity.


Postdocs and their mentors can find potential funding opportunities on the OSU Research Office website.




Previous Awardees


Fall 2019

Postdoctoral Excellent Award (PEA)

Priyadarshini Chakrabarti Basu and Susanna Kerio receive the Postdoctoral Excellent Award (PEA) from President Ed Ray at the award ceremony, University day, September 9th, 2019

The OPA granted two professional development awards to:

Dr. Armando Alcazar, OSU Mass Spectrometry Center

Dr. Jenny Urbina, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

And three travel awards to:

Dr. Sarah A. Gravem, Department of Integrative Biology 

Dr. Sara Galbraith, College of Forestry

Dr. Alexandra Nancarrow, College of Public Health and Human Sciences

Spring 2019

Dr. Leanne Giordono, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences

FALL 2018

Dr. Susanna Keriö, Deprtment of Botany and Plant Pathology

Dr. Rachele Nieri, Department of Horticulture

Spring 2018

Dr. Fadi El-Rami, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Dr. Rakesh Awale, Columbia Basin Agricultural Research Center

Fall 2016

Dr. Puerta will use her award to attend the prestigious ICES-PICES conference on the multidisciplinary study of the marine environment.

Dr. Sato will use her award to attend a conference and give a seminar at a research institution in Korea on biological-physical interactions in marine ecosystems.

Dr. Bezerra Da Silva will use his award to conduct research on the mechanisms of insecticide resistance of two major pests of US berries and grapes.

Spring 2016

Carla Schubiger(Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine) - Carla's award will fund travel to Hawaii to research the efficacy of a marine probiotic to preserve coral reefs from bleaching.

Erin E. Gorsich(Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine) - Erin's award will fund travel to a conference ad grant-writing workshop on modeling infection patterns of the foot-and-mouth disease of the African buffalo.

Fall 2015

Christopher Gaulke (Dept. of Microbiology) – Chris's award funded his mentorship of an undergraduate in a microbiome bioinformatics project.

Matthew Jones (Dept. of Forest Ecosystems and Society) – Matt's award funded travel as invited speaker to a national geophysical meeting and attend several workshops for networking.

Cleo Davie-Martin (Depts. of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology/ Dept. of Microbiology) – Cleo's award funded travel and special training to become an expert in PTR-MS (proton transfer reaction mass spectrometer) instruments.

OPA Professional Awards: Requests for Proposals

Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015.