Ministerial Talks

PDFA President Richard Kanyo, left, met with Marlin Schmidt, Alberta minister of advanced education, on March 23, 2018. The PDFA has been in regular contact with the Alberta government regarding the future of postdoctoral fellows in the province.

The University of Alberta Postdoctoral Fellows Association (PDFA) is aimed at serving the needs of postdoctoral fellows from all faculties.

The PDFA is designed to provide information, resources, support, professional and career development opportunities. We also host various social events for PDFs on campus.

PDFA members are postdoc fellows from all university faculties. Our activities are overseen by the PDFA executive committee, elected annually by PDFA members.

The PDFA offers several events that are highly relevant to PDF campus life each year, including career seminars, coffee and cookies networking activities, annual Research Day, and annual travel award for PDFA members. The topics of our networking sessions are to be decided in discussions with the members of the PDFA community to determine their needs and critical issues. The PDFA Executive Committee will then decide, organize, and execute the chosen activities. Keep an eye on our News and Events or PDFA on Facebook for updates!

Latest News

Fall 2017 Travel Award Winners

Five individuals received travel funding to defray costs of attending a conference between June 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. Each award is worth a minimum of $500.

  1. Abel Torres Espin
  2. Alexander M. Clifford
  3. Kirsten Inglis
  4. Ling Han
  5. Nevin Hammam

Watch the website for the PDFA's next Travel Award competition in 2018.

  • 2017 Research Day
    The PDFA hosted a successful 2017 Research Day. Check out this link for details.
  • 2017 Spring Travel Award Winners

    The PDFA is pleased to announce the awardees of the 2017 Spring Travel Award. The competition was really close, which is why we opted to give out 6 rather than 5 awards. The winners are: Daniel Schmidtke, Kumari Alka, Martha Funabashi, Miranda Brun, Shantanu Shukla, and Wenkai Hu.

  • 2017 Summer BBQ
    The PDFA hosts a number of social events throughout the year, including a BBQ last summer. See here for more details.