Badger Buddies Program: Postdocs Helping Postdocs

The University of Wisconsin-Madison Postdoctoral Association (UWPA) is happy to announce the Badger Buddies Program. This peer-to-peer mentoring program aims to help reduce the stress of starting a new postdoc at UW-Madison by matching newer postdocs with a senior postdoc buddy. Our goal is a faster and happier integration of incoming postdocs into the university and city communities.

Senior buddies can help with some of the challenges that come with transitioning to a new job in a new city (or country). Our goal is to have mentors provide guidance connecting with other postdocs, finding local transportation options, locating housing, and understanding community resources (shops, banks etc.). The UWPA aims to match buddies based on their shared disciplines and interests. For postdocs that come from outside the US, we will also attempt to pair you with someone who speaks your native language or comes from your part of the world.

To provide support to our new postdocs during their transition period, we are looking for volunteer postdocs that are already established and ready to assist a new postdoc “Badger Buddy”. Once a new buddy is assigned to a mentor, the UWPA expects: 1) the mentor to initiate e-mail correspondence with their buddy before or upon arrival to answer any questions they have and 2) for the mentor to meet in person with their buddy soon after they arrive to help introduce them to the UW, UWPA, Office of Postdoctoral Studies (OPS), and other resources. 

After the initial in-person meeting, the time commitment and any future meetings will be agreed on by the two buddy postdocs. Mentors are encouraged to check in with their buddy regularly over the first 3-6 months of the new postdoc's appointment.

Please sign up here if you are interested in becoming a mentor Badger Buddy, or if you are an incoming postdoc looking to meet a mentor Badger Buddy.

Questions? Contact Christopher Konop (ckonop@wisc.edu).