The Graduate School in partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies and the Office of the Provost opened an office for postdoctoral training (PDO) in January of 2008. The Michigan State University PDO is directed by Antonio Nunez, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the Graduate School and it endorses the definition of a postdoctoral scholar that was jointly adopted in 2007 by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The definition sees a postdoctoral scholar as:
"An individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path."
Consistent with that definition the MSU-PDO’s mission is to provide the necessary resources for principal investigators to become effective mentors and for postdoctoral scholars to develop the professional skills necessary to establish themselves as independent investigators.
The PAI program is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. It provides to postdocs from underrepresented groups who are US citizens mentoring and professional development activities, as well as opportunities to network with faculty and postdocs from participating Big Ten Academic Alliance institutions. For additional information contact Associate Dean Antonio Nunez. Click here for the PAI page on btaa.org.
The core aim of this initiative is to enhance the preparation of our Postdocs and Research Associates for academic careers that include teaching and the scholarship of teaching. This mechanism will provide the selected postdoc $1,000 to be used for projects that relate to teaching as research. For details and instructions on how to apply click here or contact Associate Deans Antonio Nunez or Rique Campa.