News and Events

Upcoming Events:

Past Events:

May, 2024 - Webinar on "US Immigration and Visa for international postdocs and graduate students".

Program Co-ordinators: Dr. Tu Van Duong


March, 2024 - Webinar on "Women in Science".

Program Co-ordinators: Dr. Richa Singh, Dr. Hemalatha Kilari, Dr. Subhadeep Das


February 20th, 2024 - Webinar on "Explore Industry Pathways - Postdoc to Industry".

Program Co-ordinators: Dr. Richa Singh, Dr. Hemalatha Kilari


January 30th, 2024 - Industry Executive Panel with Dr. Marcus Hanwell, Dr. Eric Anderson, and Mr. Jason Stieg who will be discussing their perspectives on career transition from academia to industry.

Program Co-ordinators: Dr. Viswanath Pasumarthi, Dr. Alexandre Lancelot.


December 21, 2023 - Postdoc Christmas Party

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November 6th, 2023 - Life at National Lab/Research institute panel with Dr. Tai-Yuan Huang and Dr. Subir Biswas who will be discussing their perspectives on career trajectories working in national laboratories and research institutes.


Past Events

October 20th, 2023 - Join us for our monthly coffee hour! October's coffee hour will be held from 4:00-6:00 pm in WALC 3121.


October 13th, 2023 - Immigration & Visa Seminar featuring immigration attorneys from Ellis Porter.


September 12th, 2023 - How to be a good reviewer!


 June 10th, 2023 - This year's Summer Picnic Party in Happy Hollow Park! 


May 18th, 2023 - PPDA Event: U.S. Immigration and Employment Options for International Postdocs and Graduate Students. Invited attorneys from Duna Law Firm, LLP.


April 27th, 2023 - Webinar about the prestigious European Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Fellowship. This exciting seminar featured international research manager, Ana Alonso, and two current MSCA fellows, Maria Vittoria Comacchi and Simon Hettler. 


February, March, April, 2023 - Postdoc Coffee Hour in WALC 3138. Organzied monthly.

March 6th, 2023 - Erganmoics for the workspace with Kristi Evans.


January 19th, 2023 - The Purdue Postdoc Association (PPDA) is hosting a panel for postdoc to industry transition process. Sumon Roy, Ph.D., Debasish Sarkar, Ph.D., and Vito Maltese Ph.D. will be the speakers for this panel.


2022 Events



The Purdue PostDoc Association (PPDA) hosted a Christmas party on Dec. 21, 2022, attended by more than 50 postdocs and their families. Attendees enjoyed food provided by PPDA and a potluck of traditional foods from the postdoc community. Other activities included a Christmas tree decorating competition (with prizes provided by PPDA) and gift/holiday card swaps!



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cannon.pngAdvice for Academic Job Applications

Jason Cannon, Ph.D.

December 1st, 2021 | 04:00 - 05:00 PM EST

Mode: in person & online
Location: DLR Room 131

Registration required. Choose from in-person or online below.

The Purdue Postdoc Association (PPDA) is hosting a seminar for a question-and-answer session for the academic job application process. Jason Cannon, Ph.D. from the School of Health Sciences will be the speaker for this seminar. Dr. Cannon has experience leading faculty search committees within the School of Health Sciences at Purdue. Dr. Cannon will be talking about what faculty search committees are looking for and he will share his advice for the academic job application process for postdocs who are applying for academic positions. In this section, he will answer questions that our postdocs and graduate students have regarding the academic job application process.

About Jason Cannon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Toxicology in the School of Health Sciences; Faculty Associate, Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience; Faculty Associate, Center on Aging and Life Course

Spring 2019 Events:

Summary of Postdoc Events coming up in January and February

Grant Writing Mini-Lecture - NSF Broader Impacts

Career Development Workshops

NIH F32/K99 Info Session

January 24th: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

YONG B64, 155 S. Grant Street, West Lafayette, IN US 47907

Postdoc Travel Grant Application is Now Open!

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 pm on December 13th for travel to take place between January 1 and June 30, 2019.

Life Sciences Postdoc Initiative Events: Open to all Postdocs!

  • January 22, 2019               Meet the Leaders (with Josh Mendell, HHMI, UT Southwestern)
  • February 19, 2019             Grant writing workshop
  • April 12, 2019                    Postdoc Mini Symposium

New Postdoc Orientations

Postdoc orientation is a two-hour information session for new postdocs to learn about resources at Purdue and meet other postdocs. Lunch will be provided. 

New postdocs can select to attend one of the following sessions:

  • Friday, February 1st: 11:30 - 1:30 pm, Young Hall B64
  • Friday, March 1st: 11:30 - 1:30 pm, Young Hall B64
  • Friday, May 3rd: 11:30 - 1:30 pm, Young Hall B64
  • Friday, June 7th: 11:30 - 1:30 pm, Young Hall B64

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Fall 2018

Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) Grant Workshops

The Indiana CTSI offers the Postdoc Challenge Grant that enables life science postdocs to use their facilities for animal studies and human trials. 

To help Purdue Postdocs prepare their applications, Tommy Sors will be hosting two workshops on Wednesday, December 19th

  • 10:00 - 11:00 am: Effective Grant Writing Techniques for Translational Research Proposals, DLR 221
  • 1:30 - 2:30 pm: Overview of an NIH Review Session, DLR 221

To find out more about the CTSI Postdoc Challenge Grant, visit

Questions can be sent to Tommy Sors at

Teaching Tips for Postdocs (PPDA lunch break)

Tuesday, December 4th: 12:00 - 1:00 pm, WSLR 008 (pizza will be served!!)

Postdoc Grant Writing mini-lecutre series

NSF and NIH Grant Review Processes

Thursday, December 6th: 1:30 - 2:30 pm, YOUNG HALL B64

New Postdoc Orientations (Given by Postdoctoral Office)

  • Friday, September 7th: 11:30 - 1:30 pm, Young Hall B64
  • Friday, October 5th: 11:30 - 1:30 pm, Young Hall B64
  • Friday, November 2nd: 11:30 - 1:30 pm, Young Hall B64

Postdoc Appreciation Week: September 17th - 21st 

September 19th: Coffee with the Dean, 3:00 - 5:00 pm, Purdue Graduate Student Center (PGSC)

September 21st: Wine and Cheese at the Dean's Home, 5:00 - 7:30 pm

Life Sciences Postdoc Initiative Events: Open to all Postdocs!

  • August 29, 2018                Mixer at Nine Irish Brothers (119 Howard Ave, West Lafayette), 6 - 8 pm
  • September 27, 2018          Meet the Assistant Professors, “How to prepare for academia”
  • November 8, 2018            Strategies on how to write an effective Specific Aims page

PPDA Coffee Break: Teaching Resources

Join the Purdue Postdoc Association (PPDA) on December 4th for a discussion of teaching resources and training opportunities. 

Dr. Dan Guberman and Dr. Erika Lott from the Center for Instructional Excellence (CEI) will share about upcoming teaching workshops and provide teaching tips to help postdocs prepare for faculty positions.

  • Tuesday, December 4th
  • 12 - 1:00, Whistler room 008
  • Pizza will be served for lunch.
  • No sign-up required.

Postdoc Grant Writing Mini-Lecture Series

The Postdoc Office is hosting a mini-lecture series to help postdocs prepare for faculty positions. These are one hour sessions with presented information with time for questions. All postdocs are welcome to attend! 

All mini-lectures will be held in Young Hall B64.


  • Thursday, Dec. 6th
  • 1:30-2:30 YONG B64
  • No sign-up required.

May 2015

PPDA Annual Dinner

May 11, 2015

5:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Purdue Memorial Union - West Faculty Lounge

July 2014

2014 Callout

July 31, 2014

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Beering Hall Rm B222

March 2014

March 2014 Social

March 21, 2014

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

122 N 3rd Street Lafayette, IN 47901

March 2014 Coffee Hour

March 14, 2014

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Beering Hall Rm 1222

February 2014

February 2014 Coffee Hour

February 28, 2014

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

2331 Brothers Dr, Lafayette IN 47909

February 2014 Social

February 21, 2014

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Beering Hall Rm 1222

January 2014

January 2014 Coffee Hour

January 17, 2014

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

Beering Hall Rm 1222

May 2013

4th Annual PPDA Dinner

May 16, 2013

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Purdue Memorial Union (PMU), West Faculty Lounge

March 2013

March Social Event - Bowling

March 29, 2013


Arrowhead Bowling Alley, 2331 Brothers Drive, Lafayette IN 47909

February 2013

Professional Development Seminar Series

February 27, 2013

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Beering Hall (BRNG) - Room 1245

PPDA Social Event

February 24, 2013

4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

West Lafayette Riverside Skating Center - 100 Tapawingo Dr. West Lafayette, IN

PPDA Monthly Coffee Hour

February 8, 2013

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Purdue Memorial Union (one floor above Starbucks)

January 2013

January 2013 Professional Development Seminar Series

January 30, 2013

4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Beering Hall (BRNG) - Room 1245

Postdoc Office Events

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