Postdoctoral Association






As an association run by postdocs for postdocs, the WSU-PDA's mission is to promote the professional development and social well-being of the postdoctoral community at Wayne State University. We aim to:

  • Optimize the professional development of postdoctoral scholars at Wayne State University in order to facilitate their successful transition to a professional career
  • Promote social interactions between its members by creating a forum for social gathering and discussion of issues related to the postdoctoral experience at WSU.
  • ​Recognize outstanding postdoctoral scholars at WSU, highlight the impact of postdoctoral research within WSU and connect WSU postdoctoral scholars to regional and national postdoctoral organizations.
  • Organize community outreach efforts by the postdoctoral scholars of WSU.

The WSU-PDA is run by a steering committee composed of a dedicated team of postdocs from various departments across the WSU campus. In addition to the steering committee, several standing committees have been set up to effectively carry out the mission of the WSU-PDA. These include the Professional Development, Advocacy, Media and Networking, Events, and Fundraising and Publications committees. The advisor for the PDA is Associate Dean of Postdoctoral Affairs, Dr. Tim Stemmler.

​Please read the WSU-PDA's bylaws for further information.


Annual Postdoctoral Association Picnic on Belle Isle

Noon to 3 p.m., Sunday, September 17, 2017

Directions and picnic flyer


Michigan Regional Postdoctoral Symposium

Friday, September 22, 2017, Student Center Ballroom

Michigan State University, University of Michigan, Van Andel Research Institute, and Wayne State University are among the Universities/Institutes attending. The Symposium will offer Professional Development Seminars, Posters, 3MT presentation competition and great networking opportunity for all attendees. RSVP


8:30 a.m. - Breakfast and registration
9.00 a.m. - Welcome and opening remarks from Dr. Keith E. Whitfield, Provost, Wayne State University and Dr. Timothy Stemmler, Associate Dean, The Graduate School, Wayne State University
9.15 a.m. - Introduction: Participating postdoc offices and PDAs
10.00 a.m. - Schmooze or Lose: The mindset and mechanics of working a room, Mary M. Mitchell
12.00 p.m. - Lunch with Dr. Ambika Mathur, Dean, The Graduate School, Wayne State University
1.00 p.m. - Poster session 
2.00 p.m. - 3MT presentations (concurrent sessions - Sciences and Humanities)
3.00 p.m. - Coffee break
3.15 p.m. - Workshop (concurrent sessions - Industry and Academia)
4.15 p.m. - Awards and closing remarks

Meet the PDA

PDA 2017 committee member bios

Want to join the PDA? Complete this form, and a committee member will be in touch with you. Sign up to get timely email alerts of all our activities and other relevant information for postdocs. You can also follow us and join our group on Facebook and LinkedIn.

We are always looking for postdocs who would like to get involved.  If interested, please contact Nadia Saadat, or Chitra Thakur,

Spotlights and publications

In an effort to promote awareness of all the great work being done by postdocs at Wayne State, the PDA collects and shares recent publication highlights and professional accomplishments from postdoctoral scholars. For information about sharing these notices with the PDA, contact Amy Pennar,

*If you would like to be removed from the WSU-PDA e-mail list, send an e-mail (from the e-mail address you would like removed) to LISTSERV@LISTS.WAYNE.EDU with the text: signoff POSTDOCS