Committees & Members

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PDA Executive Board

Sr. Co-President: Popular Pandey (

Jr. Co-President: Vacant

Secretary: Yalitza Lopez Corcino (

Treasurer: Nisha Bhattarai (

PDA Committees

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
  • Adding to website resources for healthcare FAQs and explanations of the benefits, costs, how to find care, and plan details. 
  • Working to identify resources available to CWRU postdocs such as mental health support, wellness resources, etc.
  • Highlighting LGBT resources in the postdoc insurance plan
  • Policy on vacation transfer
  • Exploring Flexible Spending Account (FSA) options
  • Working with CWRU leadership on the Childcare Subsidy

Current committee members: Chair - Bernadette Schneider (

Created in Fall 2023, the Fundraising committee is focused on creating a revenue stream for the Postdoc Association. This includes managing the annual Vendor Fair, writing grants, running fundraisers, seeking sponsorships, or finding cooperations across the university. 

Current committee members: Chair - Sina Ahmadi (

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 CWRU postdocs
  • Creating website resources for incoming postdocs about SSNs, bank accounts, housing, spoken English programs, taxes, etc.
  • Work directly with the CWRU VISA office staff

Current committee members: Chair - Suza Mohammad Nur ( and Satendra Kumar (

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:

  • Disseminate best practices in research-related activities, grant writing, and professional development.
  • Continue the Postdoc Career Series to bring in recent postdocs who have since found permanent positions. They share insights on professional development, their career field, making the transition, and interview/resume tips.
  • Continue moderating our Discord server for postdocs to communicate, share ideas, and create a supportive community. 
  • Increase knowledge of the various on-campus resources and programs available for postdocs.
  • Pre/Post doc networking events
  • Postdoc retreat
  • Etiquette training, UCITE teacher training, and Resume Roundtable

Current committee members: Chair - Eric Mosher (, Popular Pandey (, Nisha Bhattarai (, Sekhar Jaggarapu (, Arpan Mahanty (, and Yalitza Lopez Corcino (

The role of the Public Relations committee is to inform the public and university members about the activities and achievements of the CWRU postdocs and promote the PDA'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 on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn for social events, professional development, job opportunities, and community engagement.
  • Continuing the Postdoc Spotlight of the Month to highlight our CWRU postdoc's accomplishments beginning in June 2023
  • Continue the Kudos form on the website to gather information about postdoc accomplishments; this allows the committee to share them in the Daily and on social media.
  • Photo contest of postdocs working in their labs/offices
  • Community service projects

Current committee members: Chair - Jonnelle Edwards-Glenn (, Suza Mohammad Nur (, and Lamyae El Khalki (

Social Media Ambassador for The DailyFacebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn: Jonnelle Edwards-Glenn (

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].

Current projects include:

  • Planning more postdoc get togethers including Game Night, Pumpkin Carving, Jolly Scholar, Night at the Orchestra, Paint night, Wade Oval Wednesday, etc. 
  • Created a website dedicated to upcoming and previous Events held by the CWRU postdocs. 
  • Community service project
  • Learn to play Cricket night
  • Sports team

Current committee members: Chair - Syam S. (, Reza Ferdousi Beirami (, Prateek Dwivedi (

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:

  • 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 
  • Putting together panels focused on issues faced by women identifying postdocs such as negotiating
  • Spotlighting the funding and support offered by the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. 
  • Developing a cooperation with other groups serving women-identifying individuals.
  • Spotlight our postdocs for International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Current committee members: Chair - Akshaya Radhakrishnan (

Faculty Senate Committee Representatives

Campus Planning, Facilities, and Space: Sina Ahmadi (

Graduate Studies: Imdadul Khan (

Information and Communications Technology: VACANT

Main Faculty Senate and Intercouncil Leadership: Popular Pandey (

Minority Affairs: Nisha Bhattarai (

Research: Arpan Mahanty (

University Libraries: Sekhar Jaggarapu (

Women Faculty: Athar Khalil (

Ad hoc Committee; University Media and Social Media Safety and Protection Plan: Sina Ahmadi (

Cleveland Biomedical Trainee Alliance (CBTA) Representatives

Sekhar Jaggarapu (, Arpan Mahanty (, Satendra Kumar (, and Rushdhi Mohamed Rauff (