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Wayne State University Postdoctoral Association

Our mission

As an association run by postdocs for postdocs, the WSU-PDA's mission is to promote the professional development and social well-being of the postdoctoral community at Wayne State University. We aim to:

  • Optimize the professional development of postdoctoral scholars at Wayne State University in order to facilitate their successful transition to a professional career
  • Promote social interactions between its members by creating a forum for social gathering and discussion of issues related to the postdoctoral experience at WSU.
  • ​Recognize outstanding postdoctoral scholars at WSU, highlight the impact of postdoctoral research within WSU and connect WSU postdoctoral scholars to regional and national postdoctoral organizations.
  • Organize community outreach efforts by the postdoctoral scholars of WSU.

The WSU-PDA is run by a steering committee composed of a dedicated team of postdocs from various departments across the WSU campus. In addition to the steering committee, several standing committees have been set up to effectively carry out the mission of the WSU-PDA. These include the Professional Development, Advocacy, Media and Networking, Events, and Fundraising and Publications committees.

​Please read the WSU-PDA's bylaws for further information.

We are always looking for postdocs who would like to get involved.  If interested, please contact Nadia Saadat aw2490@wayne.edu or Chitra Thakur chitra.thakur@wayne.edu.

About the WSU-PDA

  • Join the WSU-PDA
  • Sign up to get timely email alerts of all our activities and other relevant information for postdocs. You can also follow us and join our group on Facebook and LinkedIn.


2017 Steering Committee

Nadia Saadat, Chair                                                 

Chitra Thakur, Vice-Chair                                         

John Anneken, Secretary/Treasurer                          

Veronica Chiu, PDA Chair of Events and Fundraising

Stefanie Baier, PDA Chair of Professional Development

Amy Pennar, PDA Chair of Publications


Upcoming events:

See the full 2016-2017 Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development (GPPD) Seminar schedule.

Mark your calendar! Postdoctoral Appreciation Week is Sept. 17 - 22, 2017 

We will kick off with our annual picnic at Belle Isle on Sunday, Sept. 17, followed by few events during the week at different campus locations (like coffee and donuts, pizza luncheon etc). We will conclude our week with Annual Postdoctoral Symposium at the Student Center, Friday, Sept. 22. Stay tuned for more information.

If you would like to be added to the NEW Postdoc e-mail list, click the link below and enter your name and e-mail address


If you would like to be removed from the WSU-PDA e-mail list, send an e-mail (from the e-mail address you would like removed) to LISTSERV@LISTS.WAYNE.EDU with the text: signoff POSTDOCS