Office of Postdoctoral Affairs


The Office of the Postdoctoral Affairs serves the University Park postdoctoral community, providing them with information and development opportunities to make their training experiences rewarding and successful. With approximately 400 trainees on the University Park campus, the office provides services to a highly diverse postdoctoral community and works closely with  Penn State Postdoc Society to enrich and advance their careers.


An opportunity for postdocs and research associates to attend panel discussion on academic career paths, present posters, participate in lightning talk competition, meet postdocs and research associates from all across the campus and win prizes. 

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Penn State Postdoc Society are hosting the Tenth Annual Postdoc Research Exhibition on September 22, 2017 from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 HUB  

Postdocs and research associates from departments across the campus will be presenting their research in a manner that can be understood by a broad audience.

Poster session, Lightning talk competition, Outstanding Faculty mentor and Outstanding Postdoc Awards ceremony is open to all. Faculty, Students and staff are encouraged to attend and see the range of research being conducted at Penn State. This event is being held in conjunction with the National postdoc Appreciation Week Celebration.

Poster session is from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in HUB Heritage Hall.

Lightning Talk Competition is from 3:45p.m. to 4:15 p.m. in 134 HUB.

This year,Penn State Postdoc Society (PSPS) is pleased to announce Dr. Suvrath Mahadevan as the 2017 Outstanding Postdoc Mentor for his exceptional dedication to the mentoring of postdoctoral scholars in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Mahadevan was nominated by multiple postdoctoral scholars for his exceptional availability and responsiveness, ability and willingness to provide recognition to his students for their work, and his commitment to providing priority to professional development opportunities and exposure to new skills and knowledge. PSPS recognizes Dr. F. Joseph Pollock with 2017 Outstanding Postdoc Award. Dr. Pollock was nominated by his faculty mentor Dr. Monica Medina for his outstanding contribution to research, teaching and service while in the Department of Biology at Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Pollock's exceptional achievements include not only an impressive publication record and grant writing leading to international multi-laboratory projects, but also teaching and mentoring several undergraduate and graduate students and founding an international program for high school students interested in marine science. 

The awards ceremony is open to postdocs, research associates, faculty, staff and students and will take place at 4:15 p.m. in 134 HUB.








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