January 2021 Newsletter

HSPH Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Newsletter: January 2021

Hello everyone- Below we have information on (1) Upcoming Events, (2) Current and upcoming PDA initiatives, (3) Additional resources that you might find interesting.  Please send us any events or resources you would like highlighted in the next newsletter! (tkphung@hsph.harvard.edu)


🗓 Upcoming Events 🗓

** All events are virtual**

PDA monthly meeting: Wednesday 1/27 at 4-5pm 

The monthly PDA Council meeting is open to all members of the Postdoctoral Association (including postdoctoral trainees and research associates) who want to learn about current and future PDA initiatives. A zoom link will be sent the week prior to the meeting. 


🌐 PDA Initiative Highlights 🌐

Career Exploration series:

To support you in your career exploration efforts, we have decided to organize a panel discussion with people working in and outside academia every month until May 2021 (please see the monthly themes at the bottom of this page).

Research Scientist Panel: Friday 1/29 at 12pm 

The first panel in the series will focus on the Research Scientist career track (i.e. another way to stay in academia if you don’t want to become a PI right after your postdoc/research associate position).

Please register and enter your questions for the panelists here. Please note that we won’t be able to record the panel but will share notes with the key takeaways from the discussion, so do not hesitate to register for the event regardless of your ability to attend it.

In February – Exploring Career Options outside Academia – Federal agencies, NGOs, Science diplomacy (TBA)
Please note that there are career resources available for you here, and that you can access the next career workshops and courses organized by the OFA and/or the PDA here.

PDA Poster Day: Thursday 2/18 

The Harvard Chan Poster Day is a valuable opportunity for members of the school to engage in interdisciplinary interaction, share their research results, and generate new ideas. This year’s Poster Day will be a virtual event, including opportunities for both asynchronous Q&As and live poster discussion sessions. A call for abstracts will be sent shortly.


📚 Additional Resources 📚

Harvard Office of Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging

The ODIB highlights a diverse range of events happening across Harvard University and beyond. Harvard is hosting a series of events across campus in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and our shared commitment to justice and humanity. Check out upcoming events here.