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2013 National Postdoc Appreciation Week Recap Print Email

The 4th Annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week was held September 16 - 20, 2013, and during the week a total of 108 institutions in 36 states, Washington, DC, and Canada organized 264 events. Events ranged from symposiums and speeches by distinguished guests to picnics and happy hours.

Thanks to everyone who planned, hosted, and participated in appreciation events. Your efforts helped to recognize the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to U.S. research enterprise. Below are photos from some of the institutions that held National Postdoc Appreciation Week events.


Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

 CS 1 
"Here are some photos from our faculty/postdoc volleyball game and BBQ. The postdocs won 3 games to 2!! It was a lot of fun and the weather was perfect."



Gladstone Institutes

Gladstone 1  Gladstone 2
"@gladstonelabs #postdocs share why they love Gladstone!" "State of the #postdocs address by GPAC during happy hour kickoff!"
Gladstone 3  


"Happy @nationalpostdoc appreciation week! Can't celebrate #postdocs enough!"  


Moffitt Cancer Center

MCC 1  MCC 2
NPAW breakfast NPAW breakfast
 MCC 3  
NPAW breakfast  


Oak Ridge National Laboratory

The celebration of NPAW at ORNL was very successful organized by the Oak Ridge Postdoc Association (ORPA)



Penn State University


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PennState 2 


Coffee hour 

 PennState 3

PennState 4 

 Penn State Postdoc Research Day

Bowling night 



Simon Fraser University

"It's @nationalpostdoc appreciation week - so we treated our postdocs to a bbq on the mountain!"



University of Kansas

2013 National Postdoc Appreciation Week Mixer Photos

University of Nebraska-Lincoln

UNL 1  UNL 2 
"@nationalpostdoc display from our 5th Annual Postdoc Appreciation Week reception..." "@nationalpostdoc Postdoc Advisory Council members recognized at 5th Annual Postdoc Appreciation Week reception...9/19"
 UNL 3  
"@nationalpostdoc conversation and camaraderie at our 5th Annual Postdoc Appreciation Week reception...9/19"  


University of North Carolina

UNC 1 UNC 2 
"Thanks to all who joined us for our International Coffee Hour! Congrats to our raffle winners!" "Thanks to Alan Laederach/Biology for supporting and sharing with us their 'Appreciate Your Postdoc' Day"
 UNC 3  
"Thanks to the Center for Alcohol Studies for sharing their postdoc 'leg game' and luncheon pic today!"  


University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

"The newly formed postdoc association (UP - UTHSCSA Postdocs) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio held its first NPAW event Tuesday, September 17, 2013.

The half day research symposium featured a poster competition among postdocs with faculty judges choosing 3 winners, who received travel awards for their sterling research posters. 

We also had a keynote speaker, Dr. Gayle Slaughter, Sr. Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Diversity Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology Baylor College of Medicine.  She spoke about the myriad of career opportunities for biomedical scientists. 

Following these events a networking event was held to allow for postdocs, faculty and students to learn more about their colleagues and collaborative opportunities on campus.   By all accounts, this first year event was a huge success!" 

UT Southwestern Medical Center

 UTS 1  UTS 2
"NPAW kicked off with an informative and successful General Meeting (with lots of pizza!)" "'Professional Networking for the Life Scientist' was great! Ice Cream Social & happy hour tomorrow"
UTS 3 UTS 4 
"My talk today was well attended! UTSouthwestern fosters a great environment for postdocs!" "UTSouthwestern NPAW Ice Cream Social was sweet! (get it?) Happy Hour tonight at the Moth" 
 UTS 5 UTS 6 
 "UTSW's NPAW Happy Hour was so much fun-Excellent eats, luscious libations, and fantastic friends." "Today's UTSW NPAW Workshop taught postdocs to leverage their transferable skills to boost the CV" 


Washington University in St. Louis

"And then there was cake!"

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