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Post-Doctoral Association

The WVU PDA met with the Executive Director for the National Postdoctoral Association

The Executive Director for the National Postdoctoral Association, Julie A. Fabsik-Swarts met with the WVU PDA on January 28, 2019 to discuss national initiatives and programmatic opportunities here at WVU.

Julie Fabsik-Swarts visits the PDA


The mission of the West Virginia University Biomedical Post-Doctoral Association is to empower our post-doctoral scholars through enhancing career development, supporting mentor-mentee relationships, and fostering independent growth during this valuable training step. 

Our membership is open to all post doctoral trainees at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center.

Some of the activities and opportunities provided by the WVU Health Sciences Post-Doctoral Organization include:

The Health Sciences Center Office of Research and Graduate Education provides travel awards  (500 USD) for postdoctoral fellows to present their work at a professional meeting. Applications will be considered for conference attendance during spring 2019 (Jan. 1 – June 30, 2019) or fall 2019 (July 1 – Dec. 31, 2019) semesters. The application deadline for spring conferences is March 31, 2019; the deadline for fall conferences is Sept. 30, 2019. Attendance at Postdoc Association meetings will be taken into consideration as applications are screened. Please contact PDA or check for announcements.


Facilitate teaching opportunities

  • Opportunity to attend a Grant Writing Seminar on-campus
  • Advocating for postdoc inclusion in the activities of other campus organizations
  • Access to resources provided by the West Virginia University Office of Graduate Life & Education (e.g. Preparing Future Faculty Workshop, Science Writing Support Non-Native English Speakers, Individual Development Plans, etc.)