Get involved!

How to get involved in 3 steps

1 Follow PDA
Sign up for the postdoc mailing lists here!
Don’t forget to follow us on social media!
2 Join PDA’s events
Meet PDA Officers and other postdocs in PDA’s events.
Learn about PDA’s work AND make your voice heard in the Monthly Meeting!
3 Get involved in PDA
Want to make a difference? You can help your fellow postdocs by becoming a:

  • volunteer for PDA’s events
  • department representative
  • member of PDA’s Standing Committees
  • PDA Officer (Election will usually be held in August each year; vacancies will be announced when available)

Check out the duties of PDA Committees below and contact the one that fits your interest!

Committee duties

Advocacy Committee
Chair: pda-advocacy@mit.edu

  • Communicate concerns to the faculty & administration on behalf of the postdocs
  • Address issues pertaining to careers, health care, benefits, salary, immigration, child care, grant, funding mechanisms, etc.
  • Establish a unified postdoc voice and increase the profile of postdocs within the MIT community

Alumni Committee
Chair: pda-alumni@mit.edu

  • Establish an MIT Postdoctoral Alumni Network and encourage communication among postdoc alumni
  • Ensure all MIT postdocs are considered alumni of the institution and become part of the MIT alumni association
  • Seek to have every postdoc receive an alum.mit.edu e-mail address

Community Building Committee
Chair: pda-community@mit.edu

  • Encourage participation and involvement within the MIT community
  • Enlist the support of MIT postdoctoral trainees towards PDA efforts through committee participation and involvement
  • Organize networking and social events that create a supportive peer group and integrate postdocs into the larger MIT community

Fundraising Committee
Chair: pda-fundraising@mit.edu

  • Attract a broad range of sponsors and donors from industry in different fields of science
  • Arrange several events for fundraising during the year (such as the vendors event)
  • Review all previous fundraisings contacts, create a vendor library and open it to the postdocs community to review and to add based on their acquaintances

Human Affairs Committee
Chair: pda-humanaffairs@mit.edu

  • Facilitate discussions between postdocs and entities on the MIT campus with goals of making the campus community more inclusive
  • Develop activities or next-steps based on the most predominant or pressing issues
  • Bring PDA issues to the attention of the presidential committee, and draft changes to documents pertaining to campus inclusion with input from PDA

IT and Information Flow Committee
Chair: pda-www@mit.edu

  • Set up efficient communication and publicity systems (i.e. Listserv, LinkedIn, & Facebook)
  • Maintain an up-to-date internet site of resources and information
  • Establish consistency and continuity in the mission, organization, and conduct of the PDA

Professional Development Committee
Chair: pda-professional@mit.edu

  • Promote the ethical conduct of research
  • Establish mutually rewarding mentoring relationships with members of the MIT community
  • Organize regular orientation sessions, career-building workshops, research symposiums, industry ventures, etc.
  • Award travel grants to postdoctoral trainees to support travel to conferences