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The mission of the Columbia University Postdoc Society (CUPS) is to facilitate a constructive and positive experience for postdocs that will benefit postdoctoral professionals and Columbia University. CUPS is a society run by postdocs for postdocs. CUPS represents all postdocs in the Columbia community and welcomes any postdoc to join their activities.

CUPS holds meetings the third Tuesday of every month on both the Moriningside and CUMC campuses.

Are you interested in representing your fellow postdocs and gaining leadership experience? CUPS is looking for motivated individuals, with a desire to help lead the development of this young organization! 

Committee Positions Available: Community Building (e.g. networking, social hours.), Research and Professional Development (e.g. lunch talks, career building events), Outreach and Communication (e.g. newsletter, website, information events for new postdocs). 

Please email the appropriate council's co-presidents with your request to join (emails provided below). As a token of appreciation for serving on the postdoc councils, Postdoc council members receive an annual membership to the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS).

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CUPS Leadership

Co-President: Yalda Moayedi (CUMC), Dematology

Co-President: Riyaz Maderbocus (Morningside), Biological Sciences

Vice-President: Thomas Postler, Microbiology & Immunology

Secretary: Joon Ahn, Environmental Engineering

Treasurer: Michael Stokes, Biological Sciences

Research and Professional Development Chair: Martha Cagliostro, Neuroscience

Networking and Community Building Char: Gabriel Chiodo, Physics

Outreach, Communication & Advocacy Chair: Thomas Postler

CUPS Members:


Postdoc Mailing Lists

To help facilitate communication between Postdocs and to only receive communication about the items you are interested in receiving from fellow Postdocs, you can join one of the four mailing lists. Please read about each group below and follow the steps below to join as many of them as you would like. Once you receive access to the group, you will be able to email other members of the mailing list. 


Share, plan and discuss social events going on at Columbia or around the city. Connect with other CU postdocs. Invite other postdocs to attend social activities and events around New York City, or alert the community when something is happening at Columbia that is not hosted by OPA.


Do you have a piece of equipment that you are not using in your lab? Do you need something, but don’t know where to get it, or don’t want to spend a lot of money purchasing something? Send an email to this list to see if anyone can help you out. Of course, all exchanges should be legal and allowed by your lab or PI. OPA does not endorse selling/collecting money through these lists.


Get in touch with other postdocs who have children and families. Learn about events and social activities for parents, and kid-friendly events for families. Exchange opinions and recommendations for babysitters, schools, after school activities, etc.


Are you moving? Looking for housing? Post here and see if other members of the postdoc community have any information to share!

To Sign Up for the Mailing Lists:

  1. Visit the following link(s) corresponding to the list(s) you would like to join.
  2. Fill out the form at the website, and submit it
  3. Subscription to these lists requires approval, and you will be notified once our office approves your subscription. Be sure to subscribe using your Columbia email.

Once you are member, you will receive emails from other members. To send an email to the mailing lists, simply write an email to email address (listed above). 

To unsubscribe, visit the same website you used to subscribe to the mailing list. Scroll to the bottom of the page, where you will see an unsubscribe option.

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Network on LinkedIn

Increase your professional network circle with current and former CU Postdocs. Career opportunities that are sent to OPA are posted on our "Columbia University Postdocs and Postdoc Alumni" LinkedIn group.


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Social Events

With the support and help from members of the CUPS, OPA organizes Postdoc happy hours, coffee hours, a Postdoc Symposium in October, a holiday party for Postdocs and their families in December, and an annual ski trip!  

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CUPS Newsletter

CUPS Newsletter Spring 2016


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