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June 10, 2014

The fifth annual celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) will be held September 15 - 19, 2014.

During this week-long celebration, institutions are encouraged to plan activities that increase awareness of postdocs and recognize the contributions they make to research and development in the United States. 

NPAW evolved out of National Postdoc Appreciation Day, and has become the nation's largest celebration of postdoctoral scholars. In 2010, NPAW culminated with the passage of H.RES. 1545 by the U.S. House of Representatives. The resolution, which was passed on September 24, 2010, nationally recognizes NPAW.

Since 2009 participation for the event has grown: in 2013, 264 events were hosted at 108 institutions in 36 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Past events have included wine and cheese receptions, postdoc picnics, professional development workshops, and networking events. View events from 2010, 20112012, and 2013.

NPAW is coordinated by the NPA Outreach Committee, which works to promote the mission, values, goals, and business objectives of the NPA. Majda Haznadar, Ph.D., and Barbara Natalizio, Ph.D., serve as co-chair of the committee.

For more information about NPAW and to view events across the nation, visit


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