Thursday, September 8, 2011

2011 Survey results

This past spring the PDA annual postdoctoral survey had 116 respondents! The results help us target the areas of most concern to postdocs, so we thank all who participated. This year’s survey provided valuable insight. For example, 71% of respondents reported that they wished to receive a yearly performance evaluation from their mentors while only 16% reported actually receiving a performance evolution. The PDA recently developed an Individual Development Plan (IDP), a tool for postdocs to use for career-planning purposes and for yearly performance evaluations.
A template of the IDP is available on the website:

This is just one example of how results the PDA tries to improve the postdoctoral experience. For a copy of the complete survey results and an executive summary, visit the Publication section of this website or email Terrie Vasilopoulos ( with questions.Also, please share your experience with the IDP and any suggestions for improvement.

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