Upcoming PDA Announcements and Events – May 2021

UCLA welcomes applications from current postdoctoral scholars to serve on the Executive Board from June 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022. Apply Now! Applications are due Monday, May 10th, 2021.


Executive Board members will: 

  1. Engage in campus leadership opportunities 
  2. Develop professional skills through interaction with other campus leaders, meeting facilitation, project management, and professional development feedback 
  3. Increase community engagement amongst UCLA Postdocs by planning and hosting professional and social events.
  4. Attend 3 hours of leadership training per quarter
  5. Receive a $450 leadership award for a one-year term 


The description of each Executive Board position can be accessed here.  

Thursday, June 3, 2021

3 Minute research Contest

1:00- 3:00 PM

Calling all postdocs! We challenge you to explain your research on Zoom in just 3-minutes. Generous cash prizes available for top three competitors and people’s choice! To participate in the competition, please register before May 21, 2021. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with your colleagues and faculty, showcase your research, hone your communication skills, and win huge prizes! Registration can be done here and the guidelines to participate in the event can be found here. To help participants prepare for the event, recorded workshops on “Crafting a Compelling Presentation” by Megan Eigenbrod, Professional Development Program Manager at UCLA will be made available. Register ASAP and make the most of this excellent opportunity!


Sunday, May 16, 2021

Get out and dance: Bollywood dance class with postdoc Amrita Pal 

3:00-4:00 PM

Join the PDA for a fun dance class to get moving, destress, and take your mind off work. Postdoc Amrita Pal is a native of India and she has been enjoying dancing throughout the pandemic as a way to stay active even while stuck at home. All levels and experience welcome, including beginner. This is a fun activity and we welcome families, partners, and friends to join! Find a space in your home or outdoors, wear comfortable clothes, bring some water and get ready to have some fun! Register here.


Interested in connecting with the PDA or fellow postdocs? Connect with us on Slack, LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook

Want to get involved? We are currently looking for postdoc volunteers to help the PDA in organizing the 3-Minute Research Contest and for postdocs who want to help us redesign our website. Email us at pdaucla@ucla.edu to get involved!


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