Postdoctoral Association

The CMNS Postdoctoral Association brings together UMD's math and science postdocs, individuals who have earned a PhD within the past 5 years and are engaged in advanced training and research under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The Postdoc Association organizes monthly research and career-related events as well as other programs. If you are new to the postdoc community at UMD, welcome!

Information for Postdocs

Postdocs at University of Maryland, College Park, whether fellows (supported by external fellowships) or associates (employees of the University), please:

  • Email cmns-postdoc umd edu to be added to our postdoc event announcement lists.
  • Register online at the postdoctoral office in the Graduate School.
  • Check out the UMCP Postdoctoral Manual, which covers, among other topics, postdoctoral benefits and information for international postdocs.


10 Sep 2012

Fall Postdoc Orientation

On May 29, 2012, we will hold our Fall Postdoc Orientation from 1:30pm to 3:30pm in room 1103 of the Biosciences Research Building. All new and continuing postdocs at UMD are welcome. The event will feature presentations on benefits and campus resources for teaching (TLC), transportation (DOTS) and resolving problems with the university (Ombudsoffice). And, of course, light refreshments will be provided.

29 May 2012

Executive Committee Elections

On May 29, 2012, we will hold elections for the Executive Committee of the CMNS Postdoc Association for June 2012 to May 2013. This is an excellent opportunity to help choose the association events over the next year and contribute to the postdoc community. Find out more about the executive committee elections and email cmns-postdoc umd edu to nominate yourself today!

6 April 2012

Academia to Industry Special Event including Lunch

Join us for a special lunch event featuring a guest speaker, Dr. Grace Wong. She will speak on the the Yin and Yang of lessons learned from working many years in the start-up, biotech and pharma industries.

6 March 2012

Postdoc Poster Symposium Winners

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our Postdoc Poster Symposium. Charles Hogg of MSE won first place and a $500 travel grant. John Bienapfl of PLSA won second place and a $250 travel grant. Sandra J. E. Langeslag of Psych and Chyong-Yi Wu of AAS tied for third place and won $100 travel grants each. Thanks to all who participated!
Postdoc Poster Symposium Image 1 Postdoc Poster Symposium Image 2 Postdoc Poster Symposium Image 3

January 2012

Present at the Poster Symposium!

Postdocs: Present at the CMNS Postdoc Poster Symposium and win a travel award worth up to $500! Any new poster for an upcoming event, or existing poster for a previous event is OK. Acceptance into the Symposium is non-competitive so submit an abstract today!

3 May 2011

Newly-Elected Officers
Congratulations to the new PDA Officers!
President: Earl J. Wagner
Vice-President: Carlos Toro
Secretary: Laura Ellestad
Members-at-Large: Courtney Davis, Andy Schiffmacher

30 March 2011

CMNS PDA attends NPA Annual Meeting
Thanks to Earl Wagner and Joe Ross for representing the CMNS PDA at the annual meeting of the National Postdoc Association, and congratulations on winning the poster session there! Read more at the NPA Website

24 September 2010

Congrats to our Poster Session winner!
Congratulations to Masato Yoshizawa, who took home the grand prize in our Association's first annual research poster session. Thanks also to Jon Dinman, Vincent Lee, and Leslie Pick for judging!

postdocs visiting at our inaugural event


The mission of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences Postdoctoral Association is to improve the training and success of its postdoctoral members by providing career development and community-building opportunities.


The Postdoctoral Association of the College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences at the University of Maryland, College Park was established in 2008 to address a common goal of the postdoctoral staff and the College and University administration: to bring the postdoctoral community together and build a framework for addressing its professional and personal needs.

postdoc networking with an alumna
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