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    University of Missouri

    Postdoctoral Fellow

    Handbook

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    Table of Contents

    Greetings! …………………………………………………………………………………………………...Page 3

    New Postdoctoral Scholar Arrival…………………………………………………………………Page 4

    Getting Settled …………………………………………………………………………………………….Page 5

    Office Of Postdoctoral Education ………………………………………………………………...Page 6

    Conditions and Characteristics of Postdoctoral Appointments …………………...Page 7

    International Postdoctoral Scholars……………………………………………………………..Page 8

    National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)……………………………………………………..Page 9

    MU Postdoctoral Association (MUPA)………………………………………………………...Page 10

    Benefits Information ……………………………………………….………………………………...Page 11

    Additional Benefits ……………………………………………………………………………………..Page 12

    Office for Financial Success ………………………………………………………………………..Page 13

    Career Development Resources ………………………………………………………………...Page 14

    Professional Development/ Training Opportunities …………………………………...Page 15

    Research Support ……………………………………………………………………………………….Page 16

    Living in Columbia ……………………………………………………………………………………...Page 17

    Health and Safety ……………………………………………………………………………………..Page 18

    Getting to Columbia …………………………………………………………………………………...Page 19

    Discrimination and harassment ………………………………………………………………….Page 20

    Campus Map ……………………………………………………………………………………………..Page 21

    City of Columbia Map ………………………………………………………………………………...Page 22

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    Greetings!

    Welcome to the University of Missouri. On behalf of the Offices of Graduate

    Studies and Postdoctoral Education and MU Postdoctoral Association (MUPA), we

    are thrilled that you have joined Mizzou as a postdoctoral scholar. Mizzou

    employee over 200 postdoctoral scholars in departments throughout campus.

    The majority of postdocs are in research positions; however, we have a number

    of postdocs whose primary responsibility is teaching.

    We want your training experience at Mizzou to be as rewarding as possible. We

    know much of your time will be dedicated to working closely with your mentors,

    but we hope that you will carve out time to engage with other postdocs on

    campus, take advantage of professional development opportunities sponsored by

    MUPA and the Office of Graduate Studies, and enjoy living in Columbia.

    We hope that this handbook will give you a glimpse into postdoc life at Mizzou.

    Don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Postdoctoral Education if you have any

    questions about resources available to you.

    Best wishes,

    Jeni Hart Assistant Vice Provost for Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs

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    New Postdoctoral Fellow Arrival Checklist

    Welcome to the University of Missouri! As you get settled on

    campus, please consider the following:

     Check in with PI

     Register for New Employee Orientation

     Find out when the Postdoc Orientation is happening next (Jan/July/Sept is a planned cycle), by

    contacting the Office of Graduate Studies

     Identify Mentor Team (beyond primary advisor) and connections to campus resources

     For information on parking, commuting, maps, refer to the following websites:

    MAPS

     http://map.missouri.edu/

    TRANSPORTATION

     MU Parking

     CoMo

    Living In Columbia

     http://gradstudies.missouri.edu/about/columbia-missouri.php

     International Postdocs on J-1 exchange visitor visas: Check in with the MU International Center

     Sign-up for Emergency Alerts

    Office of Postdoctoral Education

    210 Jesse Hall, Columbia, MO 65211

    Local calls: 573-884-1402

    Toll-free: 800-877-6312

    http://postdoc.missouri.edu/

    http://hrs.missouri.edu/training/all-employees/new-employee-orientation.php http://gradstudies.missouri.edu http://map.missouri.edu http://parking.missouri.edu http://www.como.gov/publicworks/getabout http://gradstudies.missouri.edu/about/columbia-missouri.php http://mualert.missouri.edu http://postdoc.missouri.edu/

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    Finding housing

    The International Center (http://international.missouri.edu/come-to-mu/living-in-columbia/index.php)

    has good information for anyone interested in living in Columbia and finding housing around campus

    and in Columbia. The Wellness Resource Center also has a comprehensive list of places around

    Columbia, geared toward undergraduates, but may be a useful starting point (http://

    offcampus.missouri.edu/).

    Mailing

    US Post Offices – There are several post office locations around Columbia. The main office is located

    downtown 511 E. Walnut St . There is one location at the Columbia Mall 2300 Bernadette Dr. #200 and one

    location on Southside of town at 1408 Forum Blvd. Other facilities include:

     On campus located in the student center

     FedEx – located downtown

    25 S 6th St.

    (http://local.fedex.com/mo/columbia/office-0110/)

     UPS – multiple locations

    Closest to campus: 2000 E Broadway

    Visit their website for more information(http://columbia-mo-2380.theupsstorelocal.com/)

    Social Security office

    803 Gray Oak Dr., Columbia, MO 65201

    More information can be found at: http://www.ssa.gov/

    Libraries

    MU campus libraries (http://library.missouri.edu/)

    Daniel Boone Regional Library (www.dbrl.org)

    Getting Settled

    http://international.missouri.edu/come-to-mu/living-in-columbia/index.php http://offcampus.missouri.edu/ http://offcampus.missouri.edu/ http://local.fedex.com/mo/columbia/office-0110/ http://columbia-mo-2380.theupsstorelocal.com/ https://www.ssa.gov http://library.missouri.edu/ http://www.dbrl.org

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    The Office of Graduate Studies (OGS) is responsible for campus administration of the Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) at the University of

    Missouri. Administrative responsibilities of OPE include the establishment of

    policies, benefits, and services available to postdoctoral scholars. In addition,

    OPE coordinates the university's Postdoctoral Education Advisory Committee

    and provides administrative support for MUPA. We are invested in a productive

    postdoc experience .

    OGS and OPE addresses the following functions:

     Policy Coordination and Oversight

     Centralized Resources

     MUPA

    Office of Postdoctoral Education

    http://gradstudies.missouri.edu http://postdoc.missouri.edu

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    Conditions and Characteristics of

    Postdoctoral Fellow Appointments

    Office of Postdoctoral

    Education

    The policies underlying postdoctoral fellowships, postdoctoral scholars,

    responsibilities of postdoctoral scholars, international postdoctoral

    fellows, and faculty mentors can be found at the following website :

    http://postdoc.missouri.edu/policies/

    http://postdoc.missouri.edu/policies/

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    Topics covered:

     Postdocing in the U.S.

     Going in With Your Eyes Open

     Signposts to Living in the U.S.

     So, Nobody Will Give You a Credit Card?

     A Quick Guide to Visas

     Beginner’s Guide to Income Taxes for International Postdocs

     Been There, Done That! Advice from Experienced Postdocs

    http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/?page=SurvivalGuide

    National Postdoc Association (NPA) International Postdoc Survival Guide

    Survival Kit

    Important Documents for International Postdocs

    In addition to your passport, visa and other immigration-related documents, you may need to obtain a Social Security card or driver's license:

    Social Security card: Required for all international students and scholars who will be employed during their time at MU.

    Driver's license: Required for anyone who plans to operate a motor vehicle or motor-driven cycle on public roadways.

    Nondriver ID card: A government-issued photo identification card that can be used as a primary form of identification in many situations (e.g., opening a bank account).

    If you are unsure whether you should obtain any o