Mission Statement

We are the post-doctoral association of USC and CHLA. We are postdoctorate volunteers that are united together in our desire to help and support the postdoctorate population. We understand the difficulties and problems that come with postdoctorate life, but we want to make this message clear  –  we are all in this together!

Fight on!


2020-2021 Action Plan


Community Building

Which do you prefer most: Coffee, beer, camping, or sports?

Having difficulties deciding? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

We will be hosting either coffee hour or happy hour every month so that you can get to know other postdocs working on your campus. Twice a year we will be hosting a two-day camping trip around the Los Angeles area. And last, but not least, we will be hosting cross-campus events with UCLA and Caltech such as picnics, hikes, and skiing so that you can network with postdocs from other institutions.


Mental Wellness

Stress, frustration, and anxiety goes hand-in-hand with doing a postdoc. This year we will focus on improving the mental health of postdocs at USC.

How do you find the right work-life balance, or navigate those difficult conversations? We are here to help you find those answers.

We will be hosting bi-weekly exercise regiments with coach Kevin Robinson to help you work off your stress in his ‘power hours’. We will also be hosting seminars and info sessions so that you can get tips and tricks on how to navigate the difficulties accompanying postdoc life as well as tailored events for women in the workplace.


Professional Development

What are your professional career goals? Do you want to become a PI, an entrepreneur, or go down a non-academic route?

We are here to help you network with career professionals so that you can make the best possible decision.

We will be co-hosting Beyond the PhD – a symposium aimed at graduate students and postdocs to interact with professionals from all fields. Furthermore, in collaboration with the PDAs of UCLA and Caltech, we will be hosting the second Los Angeles Postdoctoral Research Symposium where you can form new collaborations or network with a sleuth of companies.


If you have any questions or suggestions please email us at uscpda@usc.edu

You can also join us over on Slack at uscpostdocs.slack.com. To join our Slack group, use this invite: join.slack.com/t/uscpostdocs/signup with your USC or CHLA email.