The Postdoctoral Scholars Association (PSA) at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a cornerstone of postdoc life on campus and is one of the largest and most active postdoctoral associations in the United States. The PSA at UCSF was established in 1995 by about a dozen postdocs who published a survey on postdoctoral training and secured funding for an educational seminar series. Currently, the PSA is led by over 25 highly motivated postdoctoral scholars who volunteer their time and energy to improve the postdoctoral experience university-wide. The association promotes networking, educational, and career development activities for postdocs, as well as appointing individual postdocs to serve on several campus committees and councils. The PSA also implements various ideas and recommendations emanating from the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA).
1. To develop a sense of community by fostering professional and social interactions among postdoctoral scholars throughout the institution.
2. To provide a forum to disseminate accurate information and address issues relevant to postdoctoral scholars.
3. To promote a productive dialogue among postdoctoral scholars, the administration, and the faculty.