Welcome to the Berkeley Postdoctoral Association!

The Berkeley Postdoctoral Association (BPA) is a volunteer organization of postdocs working for all postdocs.  On our website you can find information on social events, schedule of orientation for new postdoctoral scholars, policy issues of interest to Berkeley postdoctoral scholars, announcements for seminars for professional development, and lists of useful resources

Meet the Board 2016 - 2017 

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Events and Announcements for February 2017

The BPA board is always looking for volunteers to help organize fun and enriching events for our postdoctoral community. In particular, we currently need a new volunteer to coordinate the All Talks Considered series, designed to bridge communication across the many fields of research found on the Berkeley campus; if interested, send an email to vspa@berkeley.edu.  For other ways to get involved, please join us at our next board meeting and share your ideas!

Check out the great events for the month of March on our own UC Berkeley campus below.




April 5

BPA Happy Hour with beer and pizza, 6:00 PM in front of Pat Brown’s Grill



April 10

Teaching Workshop, 3:00 PM 309 Sproul Hall



April 13

PTOP Board Meeting, 1:00 PM 421 Stanley Hall



April 20

BPA Monthly Board Meeting, 12:00 PM CR11 California Hall



April 29

BPA Spring Cookout, Live Oak Park, 12:00 - 4:00 PM





NightLife at the California Academy of Sciences



Last Monday of each month

BPA Movie Monday needs volunteers to help pick up refreshments, set up the room, etc. Please contact Valentine Trotter (vvtrotter@lbl.gov).



1.    BPA Happy Hour:  Please come join us Wednesday, April 5 for free pizza, wine, beer, cider and soft drinks, on the Wayne and Gladys Valley Plaza, at 6 PM (outside of Pat Brown’s Grill near Koshland Hall and Li Ka Shing).

IMPORTANT:  Please note that UC Berkeley's Police Department is now requiring us to check IDs.   Postdocs who wish to consume alcoholic beverages will need to show their CAL ID and their guests will need to show a form of ID that indicates they are over 21.  Those who do not bring proof of identification that they are over 21 years old unfortunately will not be permitted to drink alcoholic beverages at the BPA Happy Hour.

Email the BPA at vspa@berkeley.edu if you have any further questions. 


Teaching Workshop from the GSI Teaching & Resource Center

“Preparing Future Faculty: How to Teach a Large Lecture Course”

Monday, April 10, 3:00 – 4:30 PM 309 Sproul Hall

While your experience as a GSI prepares you for guiding student learning in a small-group setting, how will you know how to teach a large lecture course? Come learn from Berkeley faculty members about issues particular to the teaching of large courses, as well as strategies for addressing them. Featuring the following award-winning faculty members:  

Alex Filippenko

Department of Astronomy
Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient
Maura Nolan
Department of English
Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs 
Martha Olney
Department of Economics
Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient
Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentorship of GSIs


Please pre-register at https://goo.gl/forms/22bp0UGVNvytFXyC3

This event is wheelchair accessible. For disability-related accommodations, please call our office in advance.


Postdoc Teaching Opportunities Program (PTOP) Board Meeting

PTOP will be holding its monthly board meeting on Thursday, April 13 at 1:00 PM in 421 Stanley Hall. We will discuss summer teaching opportunities for postdocs and visiting scholars at Bay Area universities and colleges.

For those who are interested, please contact Dr. Marta Vuckovic at martavucko@berkeley.edu to learn more information about PTOP and attendance at the board meeting.


BPA Monthly Board Meeting:

Would you like to get involved in the Berkeley Postdoc Association?  Do you have ideas about issues that affect postdocs, social events to recommend, or programs you'd like to start?  Come join us!  The BPA is holding regular monthly meetings the third Thursday of every month, and the meeting is open to all UC Berkeley Postdocs.  The BPA is a great way to meet other postdocs, gain leadership experience, and make a difference in the postdoc community.  Come join us at 12:00 pm in CR11 California Hall, Thursday April 20.  Food is included. Because of the location in California Hall, registration may be required beforehand—stay tuned for more information.



BPA Potluck Picnic


Come join us at the BPA Potluck Picnic on Saturday, April 29 at Live Oak Park at 1301 Shattuck Ave from 12:00 - 4:00 PM for food, fun, and friendship! BPA will provide the main course, but please bring a side, drink, or dessert to share with others. This event is suitable for children and adults. We look forward to seeing you there!


For more information, look us up at http://postdoc.berkeley.edu/ or to sign up for postdocnet; an informal list to exchange info and look for furniture, housing, etc. - go to  https://calmail.berkeley.edu/manage/list/listinfo/postdocnet@lists.berkeley.edu

If you know someone that doesn’t receive our emails, but would like to, they need to REGISTER their email address.  To register or to change the address your emails are sent to, write to vspa@berkeley.edu

Your Berkeley Postdoctoral Association (BPA) http://postdoc.berkeley.edu/ or find us on LinkedIn and Facebook  

 Interested in Outreach? 

Community Resources for Science:  www.crscience.org

Community Resources for Science (CRS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to connecting and engaging educators, students, and scientists in a vibrant community working together to excite all children about learning through the scientific exploration. CRS is funded by foundation and corporate grants, including UC Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, and private donations. Through the Bay Area Scientists in Schools (BASIS) program, CRS recruits, prepares, and places Cal scientists and science students into local classrooms to deliver hands-on science lessons aligned with state standards, and to serve as enthusiastic and diverse role models.  CRS also facilitates classroom placements for various Cal education outreach groups, provides information and support services to teachers in Berkeley, Oakland, Emeryville and other local schools, and partners with Cal campus programs for pre-service teachers including CalTeach and Environmental Leadership Pathway