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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 27, 2003

UI Named Among Top Ten Best Places For Postdocs

The University of Iowa was recently named the ninth overall best place for postdoctoral research fellows out of 150 institutions by the international science news magazine The Scientist.

The Scientist developed a survey that aimed to identify institutions that provide the best benefits and services to postdoctoral research fellows, also referred to as "postdocs." Survey participants gave high marks to institutions that emphasized collaboration and provided training and counseling among colleagues.

The Scientist determined its rankings from survey responses from 2,800 postdocs representing 681 institutions in the United States, Canada and Western Europe. Respondents evaluated their postdoctoral experience by indicating a level of agreement with 34 statements about various topics. Only 150 institutions, which had five or more responses in the institutional rankings, were included in the overall rankings.

Rutgers University in New Jersey was ranked number one in the survey.

In individual categories, the UI placed fifth in remuneration and compensation (pay and benefits), eighth in lab colleagues and ninth in family and personal life.

"The UI offers a very interactive environment in which few barriers exist between laboratories, where cooperation and the sharing of resources is the norm," said Michael Apicella, M.D., UI professor and head of microbiology. "This environment really enhances the broad experience necessary for high quality postdoctoral training."

"While at the UI, I had the opportunity to interact one-on-one with scientists who are outstanding in their fields, and I gained hands-on experience with new scientific instruments that other academic institutions simply didn't own," said Peter Giardina, Ph.D., senior research scientist at Wyeth Research in West Henrietta, N.Y. Giardina was a postdoc in microbiology at the UI from 1996 to 2001. "Also, Iowa was a great place to start a family. Overall, it was a wonderful experience."

The survey appeared in the Feb. 10, 2003 issue of The Scientist. More information can be found at The Scientist reports on research and technology developments; legal, ethical, political and policy issues; and employment and funding opportunities for academic life scientists.

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