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Nationwide Events Honor Contribution of Postdoctoral Scholars‎ During Annual Celebration

Tuesday, September 25, 2018  
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September 25, 2018


The week of September 17 - 21 marked the ninth annual celebration of the National Postdoctoral Association’s (NPA) National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW).


In 2018, a record 410 events were hosted at 104 organizations in 76 cities in 31 states. NPAW continues to grow beyond the United States, with events being reported in Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Events included professional headshots for University of Nevada Reno postdocs; complimentary stretching massage on the Scripps Research Institute Jupiter campus; trivia night at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; and a job search discussion at Cornell University. Other popular events included symposiums, breakfasts, ice cream socials, and happy hours.


Sponsored by the NPA, NPAW was established with the goal of acknowledging the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars (“postdocs”) make to research and discovery. Now the nation’s largest celebration of postdocs, the celebration grew out of National Postdoc Appreciation Day, initially held September 24, 2009. In 2010, NPAW culminated with the passage of H.RES. 1545 by the U.S. House of Representatives, which nationally recognized NPAW.


NPAW is coordinated by the Outreach Committee, which works to promote the mission, values, goals, and business objectives of the National Postdoctoral Association. In 2019, NPAW will be held September 16-20. For more information about NPAW and to view events across the nation, visit this page.