Postdoc Life at OHSU - Community

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Whether meeting potential collaborators at a public or department lecture, or making friends at an OHSU Postdoctoral Association meeting, there are many ways in which you can get involved in the postdoctoral or greater OHSU community.

Postdoctoral & Community Groups

OHSU Postdoctoral Association

The mission of the OHSU Postdoctoral Association (OPDA) is to enhance the academic, professional, and social experience for all postdoctoral scholars at OHSU. The OPDA fosters a postdoctoral community through scientific collaboration, networking opportunities, and career and professional development seminars. The OPDA also host the monthly Research in Progress Seminar Series (RiPSS), a forum for postdocs to represent their research to an audience of their peers. The OPDA meets every third Wednesday of the month.

Portland Women in Science

The Portland Women in Science organization provides professional and personal development opportunities to early career scientists and professionals, particularly students and post-docs, placing special emphasis on the support and growth of women in science. The group meets the first Monday of every month.

Special Interest Groups

The OPDA and Portland Women in Science collaborate to host special interest groups, including:

Science Policy Interest Group - This informal group meets monthly to discuss government policies that affect the research enterprise. Often, meetings feature invited government officials or policy experts to foster discussion and field questions.

Peer Mentoring Group - This informal group meets twice a month to share career planning and job search tools, resume and interview tips, and to provide a comfortable environment to support each of its members to reach their short-term and long-term career goals.

Management Consulting Group - coming soon!

Employee Resource Groups

OHSU and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion sponsors Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), employee-managed groups comprised of people from underrepresented backgrounds or who share a common background or similar interest, including their allies. The ERGs include:

Ability Resource Group
Asian Pacific Islander Employee Resource Group
Black Employee Resource Group
International Employee Resource Group
Native Employee Resource Group
OHSU Pride
Veterans Employee Resource Group
Women's Employee Resource Group