Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766 and celebrating a milestone 250th anniversary in 2016, the University is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. More than 67,000 students and 22,000 faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world.
The first Postdoctoral Association at Rutgers was actually not at Rutgers–it was formed at the University of Dentistry and Medicine of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in 2009 under the direction of Dr. Richard Nowakowski. The following year, Dr. Martha Soto picked up where Dr. Nowakowski left off, instituting monthly professional development luncheons for biomedical scientists and leading several postdocs in organizing an annual research symposium during National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Dr. Soto continued to advise the PDA after Rutgers and UMDNJ merged in 2013. The merger led to the creation of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), where the PDA was now housed.
In 2016, in preparation for the opening of a new Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the PDA expanded its scope and dedicated itself to building a stronger and more cohesive postdoctoral community across all of Rutgers University, regardless of campus or department.
Learn more about the PDA Executive Council here.
Check out the happenings at the Newark PDA chapter here.
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