Tag Archives: Postdocs

National Event Celebrates Postdocs

  From September 21–25, the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) sponsored the sixth annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week. During the week-long celebration, which was officially recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, institutions in 28 U.S. states and Canada organized nearly 250 events and activities to increase awareness of postdoctoral fellows and recognize the… Read More »

National Postdoctoral Association Meeting Highlights Critical Role of Professional Societies

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) thirteenth annual meeting, hosted by the University of Maryland, Baltimore, March 13 to 15, 2015, included several sessions emphasizing opportunities available to postdoctoral scholars through professional society membership. This complemented the findings and recommendations of the December 2014 National Academies’ study, The Postdoctoral Experience Revisited, which called for an increased… Read More »

National Academies Report Urges Significant Reforms to Postdoctoral Training

By Yvette Seger On December 10, the National Academies’ Committee to Review the State of Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers released its report and recommendations to improve the postdoctoral training system in the United States (U.S.) Building upon the findings of several other groups, including those of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Advisory… Read More »

National Postdoctoral Association Releases Findings from Institutional Policy Survey

By Yvette Seger Earlier this week, the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) released its report, National Postdoctoral Association Institutional Policy Report 2014: Supporting and Developing Postdoctoral Scholars. Representing the culmination of several years of data collection from 92 NPA member institutions, the report characterizes existing institutional policies related to postdoctoral scholars, identifies best practices, and points… Read More »

News from NIH

By Yvette Seger The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently released several notices of interest to the biological and biomedical research community, ranging from clarifying the role of graduate students and postdocs supported by research grants to the suspension of funding for certain types of research. On October 10, NIH issued a notice that is particularly significant… Read More »

New Survey Data Show U.S. Graduate School Enrollments in Biomedical Sciences Continue to Rise; Academic Job Growth Greatest in Non-Tenure Positions

By Howard Garrison The National Science Foundation recently released new data from two national surveys. Together, these surveys provide an updated perspective on changes in training and employment in science, engineering, and mathematics. The Survey of Graduate Students and Postdocs (GSS) is based on information collected from administrators at degree granting institutions and updated annually. Analysis of… Read More »