Graduate Division Postdoc Support

The Division of Graduate Studies serves both postdoctoral scholars and graduate students. For assistance on postdoc issues, reach out to Vice Provost and Dean of the Division of Graduate Studies Peter Biehl, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs Don Smith, and Professional Development Coordinator Sonya Newlyn.

Graduate Division Staff Supporting Postdocs
Peter Biehl Peter Biehl, Ph.D.
Vice Provost and Dean
Division of Graduate Studies
Don Smith

Don Smith, Ph.D.
Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs

Sonya Newlyn, professional development coordinator for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the Division of Graduate Studies Sonya Newlyn
Professional Development Coordinator for
Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars

VPDGS Peter Biehl and Associate Dean Don Smith are available to meet with postdocs on any topic and work closely with the UCSC Postdoc Association (USPA) to support postdocs and their needs. Sonya Newlyn, in addition to providing professional development events, can offer help with or directions to the correct contacts to assist with resources listed on the left menu. Contact the USPA to get involved by emailing

The Graduate Division, in collaboration with campus partners, the USPA, and the Graduate Student Commons governance board, provides career and professional development events to both postdoctoral scholars and graduate students. Additionally, the USPA sponsors:

  • An annual postdoc research symposium in the spring
  • Social networking events for postdocs throughout the year

The Graduate Division and the USPA also co-manage a Google Group for postdoctoral scholars. If you have not been added to this group, email the USPA at to be added to it. USPA officers email the group to notify members about events and opportunities for postdocs.