The Oregon State University Postdoctoral Association, or OPA, capped off a week of appreciation with a poster session and refreshments in the Memorial Union on campus Thursday afternoon.
The session was a chance for postdocs to present their research and work to a public audience, while simultaneously informing the OSU community about the association and its purposes.
The OPA is a relatively new group within the community, and represents anyone at OSU who holds a Ph.D. or equivalent degree but does not hold a professional position. The association is an auxiliary group of the OSU Graduate School. There are roughly 300 post docs at the university.
"We've gotten a really good response," said Michelle Kappes, vice chair of the assocaition. "It's great to see so many posters. People know more about the association now."
National Post Doc Appreciation Week, which began Monday with a lunch gathering, was also an opportunity for post docs to learn more about their peers. Before last year, they were not represented by a common organization.
There are eight board members of OPA. Chair Siba Das said the poster session highlighted the hard work postdocs do at the university, as they often don't receive the same recognition or appreciation as graduate students.
"It's all about appreciating the contributions made by post docs," Kappes said.
OPA holds a regular social gathering for its members called Peers and Beers at Bombs Away Cafe on the first Friday and third Thursday of every month. As they build their community, Das said, OPA plans on scheduling more activities to inform OSU about the work postdocs do at OSU.