The Benefits committee focuses on informing, interpreting, and advocating for postdoc health care and rights. A few things the committee helps keep postdocs informed on what their healthcare plans cover, what they have for sick and parental leave, what they have for vacation days, and what are their hiring and firing rights. The committee also advocates and lobbies for changes related to these topics to alleviate the financial and mental burden that postdoc life can entail.

Current projects include:

  • Report any changes to healthcare plans to the PDA
  • Advocate aid for postdocs during the Covid-19 pandemic
  • Create PowerPoints to aid in navigating the Aetna website for various tasks including finding In-network doctors by name and/or specialty, what to do if their claim is denied, etc. 
  • Create additional PowerPoints for MetLife (dental) and VisionMed (eye)

Current committee members: Chair - Jeremy Didion (

The Immigration and Visa committee primarily works to bring visibility to the experiences, strengths, and challenges of international postdocs and their families. They began initiatives to help improve and streamline visa-related procedures for international postdocs as well as uplift their concerns to CWRU administration. They also help to provide helpful workshops, informational sessions, and valuable resources related to life in Cleveland and the United States.

Current projects include:

  • Streamline various visa procedures and protocols by working with respective university officials
  • Update the PDA community with the latest ongoing visa and immigration issues and changes
  • Invite immigration experts as guest speakers to present on various visa and immigration issues pertaining to PDA members
  • Creating a resource page for upcoming or current postdocs for easy onboarding.

Current committee members: Co-Chair - Rehan Khan (, Co-Chair - Sreelakshmi Vasudevan (

The PDC aims to provide postdocs meaningful and timely resources to support their professional growth at CWRU. They coordinate various workshops, webinars, and professional development opportunities to improve skills related to grant writing, conference presentation, networking, and academic and non-academic interviewing knowledge.

Current projects include:

  • Recruiting knowledge experts in the area of remote interviewing
  • Disseminate best practices in research-related activities, grant writing, and professional development
  • Increase knowledge of the various on-campus resources and programs available for PDA members

Current committee members: Chair - Mohammad Siddiqi (

The role of the Public Relations committee is to inform the public and university members about the activities and achievements of the CWRU PDA and promote the association's service projects and activities on different platforms, including print and social media. Having strong public relations ensure that people realize the credibility of the association and its contribution to the community as a whole. When the CWRU PDA has a positive public image, current members are motivated to be active and prospective members are eager to join.

Current projects include:

  • Increasing social media presence by establishing Instagram and Twitter accounts. 
  • Increase post frequency and activity on Facebook
  • Establish a CWRU PDA website with all information pertaining to activities and accomplishments

Current committee members: Chair - Ankit Sharma (

The Social committee is focused on all things fun. Historically, the PDA has held two annual postdoc parties open to all postdocs and their immediate families, as well as occasional happy hours and outings to places like Think[box]. This year, we are focused on establishing virtual and physically distanced get-togethers to allow postdocs to continue to build friendships and bonds with their peers while remaining safe.

Current projects include:

  • Establishing an active movie-watching community using WhatsApp and Zoom
  • Identifying opportunities for smaller outdoor coffee hours or other physically distanced meetups
  • Researching the feasibility of having an online party in place of our standard in-person party in December
  • Holding a graphic design contest to create a unique PDA graphical element to represent us

Current committee members: Chair - TBD

The Women's Affairs committee focuses on empowering and providing opportunity to women-identifying postdocs. The primary goal of the committee is to open lines of communication between the current postdoctoral research scholars by providing venues for discussion, collaboration, and support. The committee's aim is to foster an environment that promotes mentoring, networking, and career development to postdocs.

Current projects include:

  • Collecting survey responses from postdocs to solicit topics for upcoming lectures and events
  • Plan a series lectures and events for postdocs in 2021-2022
  • Work with the Social Committee to organize and advertise events targeted at women-identifying postdocs and postdocs with families such as coffee breaks for Postdoc Parents 

Current committee members: Co-Chair - Sreelakshmi Vasudevan ( and Co-Chair - Emily Creamer (

Faculty Senate Committee Representatives

Graduate Studies: Jeremy Didion (

Information and Communications Technology: VACANT (

Main Faculty Senate and Intercouncil Leadership: Nidhi Shukla (

Minority Affairs: VACANT (

Research: Sagar Regmi (

University Libraries: Ankit Sharma (

Women Faculty: Emily Creamer (