Welcome to the UCSC STEM Postdocs webpage!
The USPA is a postdoctoral-led organization that aims to provide career training and resources to postdoctoral scholars here at UC Santa Cruz. Each year the USPA organizes a symposium, and a series of workshops to highlight postdoctoral research, provides postdocs with career planning support, and build a stronger postdoc community. Our goal is to create a welcoming environment for new postdocs and a supportive group of peers to navigate this pivotal career stage together.
Activities of USPA include:
- monthly postdoc science and social hour
- career development workshops
- annual symposium
Coming soon: 3rd Annual Postdoc Symposium on March 1st 2018!
Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Check out our upcoming events and join us:
The USPA is sponsored by the following departments, divisions and institutes:
Latest from USPA
We would like to thank all the postdocs who submitted applications and their faculty advisors for sending support letter!
We reviewed all the applications carefully and were very impressed by everyone's accomplishment. However the amount of the award is limited. So after lengthy consideration, we have chosen two recipients: Dr. Justin Suraci and Dr. Katlin Bowman. Congratulations Justin and Katlin!
Dr. Justin Suraci is a postdoc at the Environmental Studies Department. He has been conducting experimental and observational studies on large carnivores (including pumas and lions) and their prey (e.g., smaller predators, ungulates) from
Canada, Kenya, and here in Santa Cruz testing how human induced behavioral changes affect
food web regulation by top predators, and the conservation implications for large carnivores and
the ecosystems in which they occur. Because of his exceptional work in the field, Justin has been invited to give a talk at the highly influential Gordon Research Conference on Predator-Prey Interactions.
Dr. Katlin Bowman is a postdoc at the Department of Ocean Sciences. She combines marine genomics and chemistry to study a gene cluster in microorganisms that convert mercury to the toxic methyl-mercury. She has gone on multiple oceanographic expeditions and obtained promising results, which she will present at the bi-annual Ocean Sciences Meeting.
Did you know as an eligible UC postdoc you are automatically enrolled in retirement plans and making contributions?
Would you like to know where the "DCP Safe Harbor" deduction on your paycheck goes to?
Would you like to know how you can plan and save for retirement?
We have invited a financial expert from Fidelity to answer all your questions about your retirement accounts! Free lunch will be provided!
Science and Social Hour: Understanding and Saving for Retirement
Oct 19th (Thu) 1-2PM
Free food and beverage!
This week is the National Postdoc Appreciation Week!
Being a postdoctoral scholar requires support from mentors and institutions, to continue to work towards the dual role of providing contributions to the research enterprise and career development training. With the start of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, we are reminded of the importance of protected time for postdocs to explore opportunities, network, and connect with fellow postdocs. The National Postdoctoral Association identified six core competencies that all postdocs should develop during their training.
The UCSC STEM Postdocs Association (USPA), run by postdoc volunteers, is dedicated to provide career training and networking opportunities for our own community. Subscribe to our google group to receive emails and check our website for events!
What type of career are you planning for? What kind of career training do you wish to receive? Let us know! Join us for lunch and chat:
Special Science and Social Hour for Postdoc Appreciation Week
Sep 21st (Thu) 1-2PM
Free lunch and ping pong for fun!
Funding opportunities from private foundations with deadlines coming up in the following months, provided by David States (dstates at ucsc.edu). Please contact David if you are interested in any private fellowships.