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Beryl Lieff Benderly

Self-governing association to represent postdocs at MIT

A new, independent postdoctoral association will take over from a university-established advisory council as the representative of the 1100 postdocs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, reports The Tech, an independent student publication at MIT.  Individuals serving on the Postdoctoral Advisory Council, which currently represents postdocs and operates out of the office of MIT’s vice president for research, worked on creating the postdoc-run Postdoctoral Association (PDA) over the past year.  The association, currently run by a group of volunteers, will be electing officials in the near future according to a member of the group.  The PDA is also reportedly looking into a number of issues to improve opportunities for postdocs both on the campus and in the labor market.  More information is available at the PDA website.