Postdoctoral Scholar Initiatives

Postdocs are in a unique position to contribute to inclusion, dialogue and outreach in the division. They represent a population of diverse ethnicities, nationalities, and educational backgrounds.

The Diversity Committee includes postdoc reps. Please email to find out how you can get involved.


It is our responsibility to provide opportunities for postdoctoral fellows to develop and hone leadership skills and demonstrate their commitment to diversity, and their ability to contribute as a scholar to campus diversity and cultural climate.

Participating in and facilitating the IA training workshops and/or the professional topics seminars helps prepare you for your role as a future educator and lets you demonstrate your awareness of the importance of diversity to future employers outside of academia.

STEM Education and Diversity Discussion Group

If you are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education, teaching, diversity and other policy issues, join this group. For more information and to be added to the mailing list, contact Antonia Darragh.

Teaching Diversity Initiatives

  • Post-doc led design and implication of workshops focusing on diversity, equity and inclusion within the department of Biology IA Professional Development courses BSP195, BGGN500.
  • Gain teaching experience, learn modern teaching practices for creating an active, inclusive classroom that fosters diversity and inclusion. If you are interested contact Neil Grimsey
  • Look at descriptions of postdoc time commitments and impact and goals and learning outcomes for IAs.

UCSD Postdoctoral Association – Biology Career Development Chapter

The UCSD Postdoctoral Association – Biology Career Development Chapter is committed to providing career development opportunities for all postdoctoral researchers in the Division of Biology. The PDA – BCDC organizes academic and non-academic career development seminars, teaching opportunities and training workshops.

An open, fluid leadership of postdoctoral researchers guides event organization with assistance from Division staff and a faculty mentor. The UCSD PDA – BCDC envisions our postdoctoral scholars having every opportunity to succeed in academic and non-academic careers.

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