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MU Postdoctoral Association (MUPA)

MUPA’s mission is to foster professional development and social interaction to provide community and a collective voice; and to liaison between postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and administration.

MUPA Board Members

MUPA Bill of Rights

The MU Postdoctoral Association created a Bill of Rights to outline how the condition of Postdoctoral Fellows can be maintained and improved.

MU Postdoctoral Association’s Travel Grant Application

MUPA Travel Awards – Call for Applications

Every year the MU Postdoctoral Association allocates special funds to help support postdoc attendance at conferences during their time at MU. We strongly encourage all postdocs to apply for this award. Post-docs may receive up to $300 towards costs, limited to registration fees, lodging, poster printing, and childcare (please see note below), for any Meeting/Conference and/or training program taking place within the specified funding period to be considered for that funding round. We particularly encourage postdocs who have not yet received an award from MU Postdoctoral Association, as well as those who are presenting work done whilst at Mizzou.

Travel Award funding cycle:

The MU Postdoctoral Association Travel Award follows a three-round funding cycle per year. The application deadlines for each funding round are described below:

  • Fall: Deadline November 1st
    • Conference/training attended from September 1st to December 31st
  • Spring: Deadline March 1st
    • Conference/training attended from January 1st to April 30th
  • Summer: Deadline July 1st
    • Conference/training attended from May 1st to August 31st

Only conferences attended in the specified date range for each funding round are eligible for the award. Travel award applications may be awarded only once per funding cycle, per person, for a meeting/conference/training program and are to cover only the costs of registration, lodging, poster printing, and/or childcare expenses.

If you wish to apply, please review the Travel Award Instructions, complete the application package, and return it to

Note: There is now an option to apply the travel grant award towards childcare expenses incurred while attending a meeting/conference.

National Postdoc Appreciation Week

September 18th –  23rd 2022

Winners of the STEAM Art and Abstract Competition

1st Place
Name: Johana Goyes Vallejos
Department: Biological Science
Title: Caring moms?

2nd Place
Name: Ming Yang
Department: Surgery
Title: Delivery systems combat drawbacks of cancer immunotherapy

3rd Place
Name: Kimberly Davenport
Department: Animal Science
Title: Characterization of the transcriptome of cell populations in the bovine placenta

NPAW Events

Sunday, Sept. 18th, 2:00-5:00 pm
NPAW Kickoff Family Picnic
Happy Hollows Shelter at Stephen’s Lake Park
Columbia, MO 65201

Monday, Sept. 19th, 1:00-2:00pm
Employee Assistant Program Services
by James Hunter, Director, EAP
Zoom Meeting ID: 998 1140 8163

Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Bridge Overview
by Meredith Schmitz, Diversity & Outreach Coordinator, College of Education & Human Development
Zoom Meeting ID: 938 8181 6914

Wednesday, Sept. 21st, 7:00-8:00 pm
Trivia Night at International Tap House
308 S. 9th St. Columbia, MO 65201

Thursday, Sept. 22nd, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Introduction to Writing a Teaching Statement
by Dr. Lydia Bentley, Associate Director of Teaching for Learning Center
Zoom Meeting ID: 910 9243 6998

Thursday, Sept. 22nd, 2:00-3:00 pm
Are You Ready Today: Keep Your CV and Cover Letter Ready!
by Dr. Valli Sarveswaran, Director of Postdoctoral Education
Zoom Meeting ID: 933 0200 7812

Friday, Sept. 23rd, 5:00-7:00 pm
Postdoc Social Logboat Brewery Yard
504 Fay St., Columbia MO 65201