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The University of Minnesota Post-Doctoral Association got its start in Fall 2002, initiated by a small group of postdocs on the Minneapolis campus who were interested in helping to improve conditions for postdocs at this university. The shared vision that developed out of those early meetings has resulted in a formal organization, open to anyone in the postdoctoral ranks at the U of MN. The U of MN PDA is a channel through which postdocs can express their views to the university administration, and also from which they can find help and proactive support on issues of employment, professional development, and life at this university. Beyond that, we hope that the U of MN PDA will serve as a core in the formation of a vibrant community of non-tenure-track researchers on our campus, where information, ideas, and inspiration are shared. To that end, the U of MN PDA maintains close ties with the Council of Academic Professionals and Administrators (CAPA), and other representative organizations on campus. We also are an organizational member of the National Postdoctoral Association.