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Posted on 4/23/2015

As a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Ivan Martinez’s laboratory in the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center and a representative of West Virginia Postdoctoral Association (PDA); Karen Hayes, PhD, attended the 2015 National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) meeting at the University of Maryland in Baltimore in March 2015.  The funds provided by the West Virginia PDA allowed her to be one of the 230 new attendees. She participated in several workshops concerning issues relevant to today’s postdoctoral scholars as well as attended seminar, networking events, and the new career connection event in which she meet with representative from several different companies. The over-reaching message of the NPA meeting and workshops was upbeat yet realistic, acknowledging that not all postdoctoral scholars want to or are able to pursue a career in academia. Several workshops addressed the professional training needed to obtain positions in academia, industrial, and governmental. In addition, numerous workshops focused on the necessary steps needed to successfully find and obtain a desired position such as informational interviews and networking. Fortunately for those that were unable to attend the meeting, most of the workshops and sessions are posted online at the NPA’s website (https://npamembers.site-ym.com/?2015AMPres). Karen gave a summary of her experience at the WVU postdoctoral meeting in March 2015. Several topics were addressed including the well-received idea of tracking past WVU postdoctoral scholars to discover their currents position as well as other pertinent information.