Postdoc Paper of the Year

The 2017 Postdoc Paper of the Year winner was Dr.Blake Hopiavuori for his paper in Molecular Neurobiology.

Congratulations Dr.  Hopiavuori!


Link for the spring 2017 Call for submissions

OUHSC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

The OUHSC Graduate College hosts the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Our mission is to ensure that Postdoctoral Fellows have opportunities for career and professional development in addition to the focused research training provided by your mentor's laboratory.

Information posted on this page includes policies regarding postdoctoral appointments, benefits, upcoming events, and useful links.

If you have questions about your appointment or suggestions for postdoctoral activities or career development events, please contact us:

Dr. Gillian Air, Associate Dean, Graduate College

Dr. Michelle Staudt, Assistant Dean for Graduate Education and Research, Graduate College

Carla Shackelford, Student Program Coordinator II


OUHSC Postdoc Association

2017-2018 OUHSC Postdoc Association Officers:

The OUHSC PDA was created to facilitate postdoc networking and career development opportunities.


OUHSC PDA Meeting Dates for 2018:

All OUHSC Postdocs are welcome to join PDA meetings - free lunch and presentations.

  • January 22, 2018 - noon, Bird Library, 4th floor, History of Medicine room 418
  • February 5, 2018 - noon, Bird Library Auditorium, LIB 299
  • March 5, 2018 - noon, Bird Library Auditorium LIB 299
  • April 6, 2018 - noon, Bird Library Auditorium LIB  299
  • May 9, 2018 - noon, BRC 1218, Closed meeting-PDA Officers only
  • June 4, 2018 - noon, Bird Library Auditorium LIB  299


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National Postdoc Association

OUHSC is a Sustaining Member of the National Postdoctoral Association so all OUHSC postdocs can register as Affiliate Members and have access to resources on the NPA web site.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Policies and Procedures

Individual Development Plan for Postdoctoral Fellows

In June 2012, a Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD) issued a report on the biomedical research workforce. The report includes recommendations about training of graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in order to attract and retain the best and most diverse scientists, engineers and physicians from around the world. One goal of the Working Group was to better prepare students and postdocs to participate successfully in a broad-based and evolving research and research-related economy. An important contributer to career development is the use of Individual Development Plans (IDPs) for all graduate student and postdoctoral researchers, and this has been implemented at OUHSC.

Were do I start?

  1. Create your IDP using the Science Careers online tool to create your IDP at myIDP.

    Description of the use of IDP’s by OUHSC Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows for section B.4 of NIH Research Performance Progress Reports. The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center Graduate College and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs have established a Mentoring Policy that requires all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows supported by NIH awards to develop and use Individual Development Plans (IDPs). Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows use the Science Careers “myIDP” Program to create and update an IDP and they must discuss it with their mentors on an annual basis.Records of completion of IDPs signed by the mentor are placed in the graduate student and postdoctoral fellow file and the Graduate College is notified that this has been done at the end of each academic year. To further assist with career planning, OUHSC offers several workshops throughout the year that are available to all graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
  2. Complete the The OUHSC Office of Postdoctoral Affairs Self-Assessment Worksheet
  3. Meet with your mentor to discuss your career goals and how to achieve them.
  4. Every year, before June 30th, revise your IDP and discuss it with your mentor as a part of your annual evaluation.

The National Postdoctoral Association Page

The  National Postdoctoral Association is a non-profit organization providing resources for postdoctoral fellows in the United Sates. The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is a sustaining member, so all postdoctoral fellows at OUHSC have access to the "member-only" resources of the web site. The NPA has developed a set of Core Competencies that postdocs should be able to acquire during their training, and other career-development programs. 

Postdoctoral Training


Courses at OUHSC


  • Preparing Future Faculty Program: Information
  • BMSC 5001 (Fall semester).  Integrity in Scientific Research.
  • BMSC 5112 (Spring semester).  Advanced Scientific Writing.
  • BMSC 5102 (Fall and Spring semesters).  Fundamentals of Scientific Writing.


  • Procedure For Enrolling in Courses as a Non-Degree Seeking Student
    Postdoctoral Fellows may enroll as Special Students (non-degree seeking student) for courses that provide professional development. Special Student Application Instruction



You will need to take at least some of these Training modules, required by NIH, other Federal, and State regulations). These do not have course numbers and do not require enrollment.

Financial Resources


  • Current Guidelines for NRSA Stipends: 
    • Google "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Stipends" for the current information.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Awards:
    If the travel award is funded by the Graduate College, the department must contact Catina Jordan, (Graduate College Assistant to the Dean), by email or phone (405-271-2085), prior to making travel arrangements so there is no misunderstanding of what expenses can be covered by the award.
  • ​Information on grants and fellowship opportunities can be found here


Postdoc News

 Dear Postdoctoral fellows and mentors,


I wanted to bring to your attention a new grant mechanism offered through OCAST that is specific for postdoctoral fellows. This is a brand new grant opportunity and I encourage you to work with your mentor to consider an application; the faculty mentor needs to apply as the PI to obtain funding for the postdoctoral fellow.


Please check out the link below for full details as well as the attachment.


Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship Program
Application submission period:
     February 5, 2018 –
     April 4, 2018 (5:00 PM Central Time)


Please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Graduate College if you require assistance with your application.

Graduate Program directors/liaisons, please distribute to other appropriate parties in your departments and programs.


Good luck!

Posted: February 22, 2018