Major achievements since September 2011
Post-doctoral Representation on MIT Committees: Working with the Vice-President for Research (VPR) office, to ensure inclusion of post-doctoral representatives on key Institute Committees (such as Intellectual Property Committee and Women’s Advisory Group).
Infinite Connection: Worked with leadership in Alumni Association to provide access for post-docs with at least nine-month appointments to an Infinite Connection account for affiliation with MIT Alumni Office.
Professional development seminars: Organized or co-organized professional development seminar by inviting inspiring personalities.
Career Services for Post-docs: Restored one-on-one counseling and related services for post-docs with the help of the VPR office.
Writing & Communication Center: Worked with the VPR Office to restore ongoing services for postdocs.
Athletic Memberships: In collaboration with the Athletics department and the VPR office, the PDA successfully advocated for equal gym membership fee between Post-doctoral Fellows and Post-doctoral Associates.
Postdoc Initiative Grant (PInG): PDA supports a wide range of events/projects initiated by postdocs. Current and previous PInG projects include: Glimpse: the Postdoc Podcast, Yoga Classes, Postdoc Playdates, POWER: Postdoctoral Women Engaged in Research, Open Science Workshop, Postdoc Jogging Club, qtPhDs @ MIT: LGBTQ+ community of postdoctoral researchers.
Social Events: Started creating a community by organizing regular social events monthly with attendance of ~100-150.