Postdoc Circles

The postdoc circles are organized by postdocs to enjoy and promote common activities. Please, contact the group leader if you are interested in joining. If you have another idea for a postdoc circle and like to organize a circle, just contact 

Black Postdocs Circle

This group aims to support and build community among self-identified Black/African-American postdocs at The University of Michigan. We hold regular meetups to network and strengthen the sense of community across disciplines. Feel free to contact Regan to be added to the email list so that our circle might grow.

Contact: Regan Patterson –

Postdoc CenterSpace

This group focused on building community among LGBTQ+ postdocs at the University of Michigan. We aim to facilitate both personal and professional connections at monthly meetings. These meetings provide space to meet other postdocs and discuss issues unique to the LGBTQ+ postdoc community. The upcoming CenterSpace meetings will happen on 03/18, 04/15, and 05/20. Please, email Cynthia to get added to the mailing list and receive announcements about other LGBTQ+ postdoc social events.
Contact: Cynthia – for more information or to be added to the email list

Science and Beer

Science and Beer aims to bring postdocs from all disciplines together in a casual environment to network, socialize, and potentially discuss science. We meet monthly on Thursdays, after work, at various venues across Ann Arbor. If you are looking to expand your network,  find collaborations, make friends, or explore local spots, we are the circle for you.

Contact: Charlotte –, Varun,
Dan – 

Postdoc Runners

If you like to join the MCommunity group , just write to

Contact: Zach Norwood –

Postdoc Soccer

We are a Mcommunity group ( with around 90 members in total. We usually play on Saturday at 7 pm at Fuller Park, but sometimes this is shifted depending on the weather. Our group is very diverse and includes international men and women. Even though the group is called Postdoc Soccer we also include graduate students, faculty members, etc. The environment is very friendly and cordial. We are just a bunch of friends playing soccer outside when the Michigan weather allows it. Everybody is welcome to join.

Contact: Ramon Ocadiz Ruiz –

Outdoor Activities in and around Ann Arbor

Ever wondered why Michigan is called “the Mitten”? A trip along the three lake sided borders might help getting an idea about the shape of the state and the nature of its people. Michigan, and Detroit especially, is known around the world for one thing we could hardly imagine our lives without: the car. How about a trip to the Henry Ford Museum?  Ever watched “Chopped” and wished – to quote Emeril Lagasse – to “kick it up a notch”? Perhaps cooking classes at Whole Foods help to upgrade our home menu from “mac and cheese” to “chocolate souffle.”

Contact: Corina Kesler –

Careers outside Academia

Are you interested in learning about or actively pursuing a career outside of academia? Join other like-minded postdocs as we discuss different career options and prepare for our transition to industry through networking, resume building, practice interviews, and providing support for each other. This postdoc circle will supplement the career development opportunity seminars and industry lunches presented by the graduate college and postdoc association.

UMPDA co-chairs –

Teaching Jobs

Are you a postdoc interested in gaining teaching experience or getting a teaching position? Becoming part of this group should provide you with many valuable experiences including: writing text book chapters, guest lecturing for faculty, reviewing other postdoctoral fellow’s teaching philosophies and application packets, teaching outside of the University of Michigan, and countless other experiences!

Jeff Perry –

Community Outreach

We are motivated postdocs with a vision of leading the people in the University in translating their education, knowledge, and strengths to benefit and contribute to the welfare of the people and communities in and around Ann Arbor. We aspire to unite our efforts with those of students, faculty, and staff at the University of Michigan to improve the welfare and general well-being of the under-privileged community, advance efforts towards social and educational  progress, increase appreciation of cultural diversity, improve efforts towards sustainability of natural resources.

Please contact: