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Who is the UPDA?

The UPDA is you and for you. As a Post-Doc at the University of Utah you are automatically a member of the UPDA and you can be as involved as you want within the organization. The UPDA focus is to serve and promote the social network and career development of Post-Docs at the University of Utah. The UPDA is a free, volunteer-run organization established on August 19, 2010.

Our Purpose

The purpose of the UPDA is to be a sustainable organization that represents, supports, and enhances the postdoc community at the University of Utah. Our mission is to promote the social network and career development of postdocs at the University of Utah.

To do this the UPDA has six main goals:

  • Help incoming postdocs acclimatize to Utah.
  • Foster social interactions and communication between postdocs.
  • Assist in driving career advancement.
  • Be highly responsive to our members’ needs and issues of concern.
  • Provide a forum for interaction between departmental faculty and postdocs.
  • Represent postdocs to Utah Administration and on the National level.

Statement on Diversity & Inclusion

The UPDA is committed to supporting diversity and inclusiveness at the University of Utah. We recognize that a diverse postdoctoral community enhances the effectiveness of the university community. As stated in our bylaws, the UPDA does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion, national origin, language, ancestry, creed, pregnancy, marital or parental status, sexual orientation or physical, mental, emotional or learning disability. All individuals in postdoctoral positions at the University of Utah are eligible to be members of and serve on the board of the UPDA. We strive to maintain a diverse set of board members, who represent various research disciplines, experiences, genders, and foreign national status. We believe that having a diverse set of board members allows us to best serve the diverse population of postdocs at the University of your area of interest.

To view the UPDA by-laws, click on the UPDA by-laws link.

Current Initiatives

The UPDA was established on August 19, 2010 in order to strengthen University of Utah’s postdoctoral community by organizing social and professional development events. Currently, we host several large events each year, including Postdoc Appreciation Week occurring annually in September. Events provide an open forum for postdocs to meet colleagues from across campus.

To see our calendar of events, visit the upcoming events page.

In the News

The UPDA was awarded the 2016 Leadership in Inclusive Excellence Trainee Award by the Office of Health Equity and Inclusion in the University of Utah Health Sciences. This award recognizes individuals and groups that demonstrate leadership in inclusive excellence through a variety of actions, such as nurturing a welcoming and inclusive campus climate, creating inclusive spaces for intercultural dialogue on campus, and spearheading inclusive programming. The UPDA was honored to be recognized for its professional development and social programming initiatives that bring postdocs together from throughout campus.

Get Involved! Join the UPDA Board

Interested in becoming more involved? We are looking for new board members! Our monthly meet-up is the first Monday of every month from 4:00 – 5:00 pm through ZOOM. We also hold hybrid meetings on occasion. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like to attend a monthly meet-up.

Last Updated: 9/25/23