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Michigan State University
Office for Postdoctoral Training


The MSU-PDO in Nature magazine

Individual Development Plans for Postdocs

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.

Last Modified: 7/17/2014

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