The Postdoctoral and Graduate Student Association (PGA) at Dana-Farber was founded in February 2005 by a group of postdoctoral fellows with the guidance and support of the Postdoc and Graduate Student Affairs Office (PGSAO). The PGSAO supports PGA initiatives by serving as a liaison between postdocs/grad students and the Institute.
The PGA aims to build a strong postdoc and grad student community with the ultimate goal of improving the postdoc and grad student experience at Dana-Farber on several levels (i.e., scientific, professional, social, etc.) through training, mentorship and organized activities. Postdocs and grad students who have their primary appointment at Dana-Farber are automatically members of the PGA.
Mission & Principles
The mission of DFCI PGA is to address the needs and concerns of individuals affiliated with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute who hold a doctoral degree but are not tenure-track faculty, and grad students.
The Dana-Farber PGA will support and advocate for postdocs and grad students at Dana-Farber in all aspects of their professional research training and career development.
Members will strive to promote interactions among Dana-Farber postdocs and grad students on an academic, social and cultural basis, while assisting the PGSAO in this endeavor.
The PGA will act as a liaison between the postdoc/grad student populations at large and the PGSAO to represent the interests of postdocs and grad students.
All actions of Dana-Farber PGA shall be undertaken without discrimination on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability.
The PGA bylaws were assembled by the PGA to give a defined structure and organization to our association.
In addition, the PGA has outlined a set of current and future goals that we hope to achieve in the next few years.
1. Organization of an annual retreat for postdoctoral fellows and graduate students
The PGA will continue to organize this valuable event to build a stronger postdoctoral and graduate student community while also striving to increase active participation in the retreat. The PGA will continue to recognize outstanding oral and poster presentations by offering awards.
The PGA will continue to have an active role in recognizing exceptional mentoring and improving mentorship opportunities at Dana-Farber.
3. Alumni Network
The PGA will use established social networking websites to identify DFCI alumni who are willing to give talks, participate in PGSAO seminars, or provide career and networking guidance to current Dana-Farber postdoctoral fellows and graduate students.
4. Salary and benefits
The PGA will continue to advocate for postdoctoral fellows to receive (a) better pay and (b) equal benefits, regardless of funding source.
5. Increase active participation in the PGA
The PGA will continue to provide information about our association to new and existing postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in order to encourage their involvement within the PGA.
6. Periodic review of the PGA bylaws
The PGA will continue to examine and revise our bylaws on a regular basis in order to reflect the changing needs of the PGA.
1. Network with other LMA/Boston postdoc associations
The PGA should establish strong relationships with other postdoctoral associations within the Boston area so that we can learn how to speak with a collective voice for issues that matter to us as a population.
2. Fundraising for events and awards
The PGA hopes to establish and maintain relationships with the Dana-Farber Development Office in order to obtain independent financial support to fund PGA-sponsored events, internal fellowships, and travel awards.
3. Child care
The PGA should advocate for more inexpensive daycare for the Dana-Farber postdoctoral community.
The PGA meets during lunchtime on the last Tuesday of every month, excluding holidays. See the following schedule for more details, as the times and locations vary.
2016 PGA Meeting Schedule
Your active participation is more than welcome. If you would like to get involved in the PGA, please come to one of our meetings, or email any of the leaders listed in the following section.
2016 PGA Leadership Statement
Click on individual names to email a committee leader directly, or send general questions to
Jennifer Spangle, Co-Chair
Alison Taylor, Co-Chair
Jennifer Spangle, Treasurer
Josephine Hai, Webmaster
Meghan Bushway, Co-Chair
Tobias Otto, Co-Chair
Nadia Hassounah, Co-Chair
Patrick Grossman, Co-Chair
Michalina Janiszewska, Chair
Muhammad Ekram, Co-Chair
Tim Branigan, Co-Chair
Per Hydbring, Co-Chair
Anne Fassl, Co-Chair
The PGA Post is a quarterly newsletter written by and dedicated to Dana-Farber postdocs and grad students.