Build Your Community

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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 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, help with English as a second language, and other activities. 

Diversity and Inclusion
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.

  • 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 in Life Sciences (WiLS) – Provides a community for networking, career building, and mentoring for women through events and meetings at UCSF.

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. 



NPAW: Virtual Tour of the National Research Mentoring Network

Date: September 23, 2020
Time: 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

NPAW: Compensation Negotiation for Your First Job After UCSF

Date: September 23, 2020
Time: 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.

NPAW: Career Transitions During the Pandemic

Date: September 23, 2020
Time: 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

NPAW: Virtual Coffee and Chat with Campus Leaders (Thursday session)

Date: September 24, 2020
Time: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.