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The Postdoctoral Scholars Association (PSA) 
The PSA at UCSF is at the very heart of the UCSF postdoc community. The group organizes social and professional networking opportunities and fosters meaningful dialogue around postdoc issues throughout the year. Be sure to consult the list of postdoc interest groups (PDIGs) the PSA has created with postdoc needs and concerns in mind. 

International Scholars
Over half of UCSF's postdocs are from outside the United States, so if you find the country's health care system or lack of bidets perplexing, you're not alone. In addition to helping international learners handle the necessary paperwork to study and work in the U.S., the International Students and Scholars Office also organizes city hikes, game nights, and other activities. 

BIPOC Scholars and Allies
Do your labmates seem to have come from a different set of life experiences than you did? Do you want to be part of creating a community where every individual feels valued and supported? From whatever angle you are drawn to this effort, you are warmly invited to be part of it. Please contact us and get involved, or check out these active groups.

  • The Postdoctoral Scholars Association oversees an array of postdoc interest groups, so please check to see if there is one for you! Don't see one? Start your own!
  • Office of Diversity and Outreach focuses and amplifies diversity efforts throughout UCSF. Your first stop might be to check out their searchable Diversity Hub.
  • SACNAS — The UCSF chapter of the national Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. 
  • Scientists for Diversity (S4D) – Fosters a supportive community for the professional development of traditionally underrepresented individuals in scientific research.

Women Scholars
Check out the Women in Life Sciences (WiLS), which provides a community for networking, career building, and mentoring for women through events and meetings at UCSF. The PSA also hosts a women's postdoc peer-mentoring group that welcomes membership throughout the year.

Postdoc Parents and Guardians
Taking care of dependents while juggling your postdoc? Get an extra hand with resources and programs available on the UCSF MyFamily portal.

IRACDA Postdoc Program
The UCSF IRACDA Scholars Program, funded by NIH/NIGMS, presents both a funding opportunity, and a chance to be a part of a cross-disciplinary and mutually supportive group of UCSF postdocs.

Postdoc Community Pop-Ups: Open Lunches for Open Minds 
Hosted in partnership with the IRCADA Program, Postdoc Community Pop-Ups are community lunches, where our diverse postdocs build community, share experience, and network, over lunch. These pop-ups are offered on a quarterly basis, and all current UCSF postdocs are encouraged to attend. 

Events

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UCSF Health and Campus COVID-19 Response Town Hall

Date: December 4, 2020
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Fri
11

OCPD: Finance for Scientists

Date: December 11, 2020
Time: 1 - 3 p.m.
Fri
18

UCSF Health and Campus COVID-19 Response Town Hall

Date: December 18, 2020
Time: 4 - 5 p.m.
Wed
24

OCPD: Manage Up - Having a Career Conversation with Your Research Mentor

Date: February 24, 2021
Time: 1 - 2:30 p.m.