This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
2012 NPAW Events
Share |

National Postdoc Appreciation Week

September 17 - 21, 2012

2012 Schedule of events
Scroll down to see the 2012 events! View photos from various events!




Alabama | Alaska | Arizona | Arkansas | California | Colorado | Connecticut | Delaware | District of Columbia | Florida | Georgia | Hawaii | Idaho | Illinois | Indiana | Iowa | Kansas | Kentucky | Louisiana | Maine | Maryland | Massachusetts | Michigan | Minnesota | Mississippi | Missouri | Montana | Nebraska | Nevada | New Hampshire | New Jersey | New Mexico | New York | North Carolina | North Dakota | Ohio | Oklahoma | Oregon | Pennsylvania | Rhode Island | South Carolina | South Dakota | Tennessee | Texas | Utah | Vermont | Virginia | Washington | West Virginia | Wisconsin | Wyoming | Canada

Arizona Phoenix In celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix Postdoc Association is hosting a Postdoc Social Networking Reception on Friday, September 21, 2012 starting at 5:00 p.m. in the Arizona Center Mi Amigo Restaurant. For more information please contact
California Berkeley The University of California, Berkeley will provide a luncheon for all postdocs on Thursday, September 20, 2012at 12:00 p.m. At this event, the Berkeley Postdoctoral Association will present the annual Faculty Award for Postdoctoral Mentoring ($3,000) to the selected faculty winner.
  Davis In appreciation of their contributions to the University of California, Davis, the Office of Graduate Studies and the Postdoctoral Scholar Association (PSA) would like to invite postdoctoral scholars to a welcome dinner at the Gunrock Pub on Monday, September 17, 2012. This is a great opportunity to meet other fellow postdocs and to get to know the PSA representatives and the Dean of Graduate Studies. They will also have information about campus resources and other events that will be taking place throughout the week.
  La Jolla Here are the details of the National Postdoc Appreciation Week events taking place at The Scripps Research Institute: The Career and Postdoctoral Services Office will host an open house in the Office's Resource Center with free donuts and coffee on Monday, September 17, 2012, and will sponsor free onsite seated massages for postdocs on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.

Scripps Research Institute's Career and Postdoctoral Services Office and Society of Fellows will hold the Institute's annual postdoc research symposium on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 when TSRI postdocs will be presenting some of the highest impact projects on campus. The symposium, taking place in the Beckman Center, will also feature two distinguished keynote speakers, an Outstanding Mentor Award for an exceptional postdoc advisor, and a raffle for prizes, including: two tickets to Disneyland, 15-minute massages, Scripps apparel, gift cards, and more.

Additionally, the Society of Fellows will also host a Happy Hour on Friday, September 21, 2012 to coincide with National Postdoc Appreciation Week.
    Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute will be holding a postdoc appreciation breakfast on Friday, September 21, 2012.  Postdocs on the La Jolla campus will be treated to a hot breakfast buffet, served by members of the Office of Training & Academic Services, International Office, and Human Resources.  The Sanford-Burnham CEO, Dr. John Reed, will join the postdocs at breakfast and share his thoughts regarding the important contributions of postdocs at Sanford-Burnham.

Los Angeles

The NPAW events at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA are as follows: On Tuesday,September 18, 2012, the Postdoctoral Scientist Program, Postdoc Society and Academic Human Resources are hosting an open house for the entire research community from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to profile resources, and celebrate the achievements of Cedars-Sinai postdocs over the past year. Refreshments include a big cake to celebrate the Postdoc Society's 3rd Birthday!! Then on Thursday, September 20, 2012, Janine Bilsborough, Ph.D. (Head of IBD Drug Development at Cedars-Sinai) will give a presentation about Career Opportunities in Industry at 11:30 a.m.

Social events, including those with other LA area postdocs, are also planned.

L.A.-wide Postdoc Social: Postdocs from UCLA, Cedars-Sinai, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Information Sciences Institute, House Research Institute, USC, Caltech, and City of Hope will meet at 7:00 p.m. at Weiland Brewery Underground in Downtown LA: 505 S Flower St, Suite #B-410, Los Angeles, CA 90071 for drinks, food and socializing.  Note: participants will have to pay for their own food and drink.

L.A.-wide Postdoc Hike: Postdocs from all Los Angeles Institutions will meet for a hike in Pacific Palisades at 4:00 p.m.  For details, please see:

    The University of Southern California's Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and USC Postdoctoral Association will be celebrating National Postdoc Appreciation Week by hosting a number of events across Los Angeles. Here's a quick look at events scheduled for September 17-20:Luncheons hosted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 (Health Sciences Campus), and Wednesday, September 19, 2012(University Park Campus); A special Thank You event from The Saban Research Institute - Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Dr. Brent Polk: Tuesday, September 18, 2012 (CHLA); Networking socials & professional development seminars throughout the week organized by the USC Postdoctoral Association at the House Research Institute, University Park and Health Sciences Campuses. For additional details and information please visit:
  Merced The University of California, Merced will host a Coffee & Muffins event for all postdocs on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. at the Management Building - Wawona Room (117). The Acting Executive Vice Chancellor, Sam Traina, will say a few words around 9:00 a.m.

Mountain View

The Takara Bio Facebook page will be running an essay contest from Tuesday, September 18, 2012 through Friday, September 28, 2012. Takara Bio fans can share a story about a postdoc who has helped them or who has inspired them. The essay with the most votes will be awarded a $25 Amazon gift card for the nominator and a $50 gift card for the postdoc they have written about. (Yes, self-nominations are accepted!)

To submit an essay, visit

This contest is open to individuals ages 21 and over in the US and Canada only. Please visit the URL above for full terms and conditions.


For the very first year, the Buck Institute for Research on Aging is officially celebrating NPAW, hosted by its newly formed PDA. Events include a banner on the Buck website, a special postdoctoral affairs meeting, and a blow-out barbeque for young and old. Sauce not included.
  San Diego The University of California, San Diego Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs will be hosting an Appreciation Day Luncheon on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Price Center Ballroom East. Special guest speaker will be Professor Roger Tsien, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry. The University of California, San Diego Post-Doctoral Association will be sponsoring their 2nd Annual Vendor Fair on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at SOM Liechtag Lawn. There will be prizes and lunch.
  San Francisco The J. David Gladstone Institutes will celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation week with a BBQ picnic on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
    The University of California, San Francisco Postdoctoral Scholars Association (PSA) presents the 1st UCSF Postdoc Symposium, Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at UCSF Mission Bay, Genentech Atrium and Auditorium. No registration fee to submit your abstract and there will beprizesfor best presentations. All postdocs are encouraged to participate. There will be free coffee, and lunch during the symposium.

Then, join the National Postdoc Appreciation Day celebration with free BBQ, music, and games from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Koret Quad.
  Irvine The events planned for National Postdoc Appreciation Week at the University of California, Irvine:

PostDoc Appreciation Mixer: The UCI Postdoctoral Association (PDA) will be hosting an Appreciation Mixer at the University Club for all UCI Postdocs on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. This is a collaborative effort between the PDA, the Postdoc Union and the University Club to create a relaxed atmosphere outside of the lab to show appreciation for the role postdocs play. All PIs, mentors, family and friends are welcome to come and enjoy drinks, a special array of warm and cold appetizers, and the collegial company of your fellow researchers outside of the work environment.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. is the launch of PostDoc Pickup Games. Come to University Hills for the start of the Weekly Pickup Games. The event will start with Basketball, but every few months there will be a change to different sports. Do you need to know how to play? No! This is non-competitive. Come learn something new, meet other postdocs and relieve some of the stress from the lab.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012: Kick-off workshop on Non-Academic Career paths for PostDocs series. This is a multi-part series design to demystify the transition of academic postdocs into industry. Topics will include discipline-specific panel discussions with former postdocs who have made the switch to industry, workshops on translating academic research into a private venture, and practical how-to's like converting a CV to a Resume and setting up a consulting business while being a postdoc at UCI...

Lastly:  The UCI PSA is releasing their own UCI PDA website!  At long last, they will have their own web-presence to keep UCI postdocs informed of upcoming events and help address any questions or concerns and direct them to all the resources at their disposal at UCI.


The Stanford University Postdoctoral Association is leading a week full of activities in appreciation of Stanford postdocs, their mentors and their families.The following is the list of events planned for the coming week:

Monday, September 17, 2012: Happy Hour at 5:00 p.m. – Till the last beer is drank, at LKSC Lawn.Come to interact with fellow postdocs over beer and pizza.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012: SUPD BBQ at 5:00 p.m. – Till the fun is over, at Bechtel Lawn.Bring your family and have fun over drinks and food and other fun activities.Note: Family friendly event.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012: 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. New Postdoctoral Scholar Quarterly OrientationOffice of Postdoctoral Affairs.
5:00 p.m.Postdoc Pizza and Beer Social: LKSC, Alumni Lawn.

Thursday, September 20, 2012: Stanford Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., at LKSC Berg Hall Conference Center.Come over to honor the fantastic research being performed by Stanford postdocs.Distinguished Keynote Talks from Prof. Krosnick, Prof. Osheroff and Dean Phil Pizzo, stellar presentations from Best Postdoctoral Research Awardees, the opportunity to recognize Best Postdoc Mentors and Extraordinary Faculty and Administrators that advance Stanford Postdocs, Science, Interaction and Fun!

Friday, September 21, 2012: Town Hall Sessions from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., at Clark Center.Come to interact and brain storm with fellow postdocs on whatever issues you'd like to discuss. Let your voice be heard!
Morning-Session: Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., Session I: 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Afternoon-Session: Session II: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m., Session III: 5:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Social: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
No registry required; just come!

Saturday, September 22, 2012: Sailing Cruise on the San Francisco Bay: 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., San Francisco Bay.What else to say? Come to enjoy yourself, the sun, the Bay and the fantastic company!Note: Postdoc only, event.

Sunday, September 23, 2012: Cliff House Hike and Beach Social: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Golden Gate Park / San Francisco.Bring your family and friends to walk (~ 2 miles total) and chat over spectacular views of the Bay. Then, enjoy the Beach over refreshments.Note: Family friendly event.

National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week leads:Simal Ozen and Antoine deMorree


The Postdoctoral Training Office at City of Hope would like to thank their Postdocs for their hard work and for the contributions that they have made.As a token of appreciation, they will be hosting a BBQ on Thursday, September 20, 2012, from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Heritage Park.

There will be live music, food, and drinks. The first 100 postdocs will receive t-shirts.  For information on this event please contact Yvette Lane (ext. 68204).

Colorado Aurora The Postdoctoral Association at the University of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus is hosting a Postdoc Appreciation Pancake Brunch for postdocs and their mentors on Friday, September 21, 2012.
District of Columbia    
Florida Gainesville The University of Florida Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week with several events for postdocs including a New Postdoc Orientation session on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.
  Jupiter The Scripps Research Institute Career and Postdoctoral Services Office will host an open house in the Scripps Florida's Elizabeth M. Fago Library Postdoctoral Resource Center with free donuts and coffee on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 and will sponsor free onsite seated massages for postdocs on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.

The Career and Postdoctoral Services Office and the Kellogg School of Science and Technology will be thanking postdocs with a new networking event titled, "Connecting Emerging Leaders in the Life Sciences (CELLS)" on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The event will unite the growing life sciences community in and around Palm Beach County, Florida and will allow postdocs to network with potential employers.

Lastly, the Society of Research Fellows at Scripps Florida will be hosting a Pizza and Movie night on Friday, September 21, 2012 as a finale to National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week.
  Miami The University of Miami Postdoctoral Programs Office will host their Annual Postdoctoral Fellows Research Day on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 to celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week. The event will feature a poster session from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Schoninger Research Quadrangle which will offer postdocs a great opportunity to practice their presentation skills, share their research, and learn about their colleagues' work. The University will also recognize the significant scientific contributions our postdocs make every day to our advance research through a social filled with food, drinks, and fun at the University Restaurant and Patio from 4:00 6:00 p.m.
  Tampa The Moffitt Postdoctoral Association at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa will again host a family friendly movie night on Wednesday, September 19, 2012. A classic comedy will be screened and a variety of movie snacks will be available for attendees. Moffitt postdocs, their families and USF postdocs are invited to attend. On Friday, September 21, 2012 a breakfast reception honoring Moffitt postdocs will be held; attendees will enjoy coffee and bagels and participate in a drawing for door prizes.
    The University of South Florida is having a Postdoc Welcome Happy Hour on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  Orlando The Sanford-Burnham Lake Nona campus celebrated National Postdoc Appreciation Week a week early.  On Wednesday, September 12, 2012, the Sanford-Burnham Office of Training & Academic Services held a leadership workshop for postdocs, and on Thursday, September 13, 2012, the Office of Training & Academic Services and the International Office treated Lake Nona postdocs to a hot breakfast buffet as a small token of appreciation for all that they have done to help the Lake Nona campus grow.



The Emory University Postdoctoral Assocition has the following NPAW events planned: an ice cream social is scheduled for Monday, September 17, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.  On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, a Postdoctoral Career Symposium is planned for 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  A reception immediately follows.  Then on Thursday, September 20, 2012, the Minority Postdoctoral Council hosts A Talk with the Provost from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


In honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the postdocs from the University of Hawaii Cancer Center will be convening for dinner on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at Kiss My Grits.
Illinois Argonne This year, Argonne National Laboratory is celebrating NPAW with their 5th Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium and 2nd Annual Postdoctoral Career Fair. These events are truly a celebration of postdoctoral research accomplishments and recognition that part of their job is to find a job. Postdocs from Argonne and regional universities will have a chance to network, socialize and hopefully land that coveted "permanent position."
  Champaign The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is having a reception for postdoctoral scholars on Thursday, September 20, 2012.
  Chicago The University of Illinois at Chicago will be hosting the following events: Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. at GEMS Suite, a postdoc appreciation lunch hosted by Dr. Mitra Dutta, Vice Chancellor for Research. Also on Thursday, September 20, 2012 in the MBRB Auditorium at 5:00 p.m., there will be a screening of "PhD The Movie," followed by a meet and greet reception. This event will take place at 900 S. Ashland (enter on Marshfield).
    The University of Chicago Postdoctoral Association is planning the following events this fall to occur around National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Friday September 7, 2012 is the Postdoctoral Association Annual Fall Kick-Off Picnic at 4:00 p.m. on the Science Quad. On Thursday, October 25, 2012 is the 2nd annual University of Chicago Postdoctoral Symposium. The symposium will featuring guest speakers Dr. Philip S. Clifford who will lead a career development workshop and Dr. Timothy J. Ley who will offer a keynote address, a lunch, postdoc talks, a poster session and an awards ceremony.

The University of Chicago Postdoctoral Association will also host an Ice Cream Social open to all postdocs on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. on the Crerar Lawn.
  Evanston On Saturday, September 15, 2012, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and The Graduate School of Northwestern University will host a picnic for the postdoctoral population in celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) along the Lakefront of the Evanston campus. This recognition of the contributions made by our postdocs will include food, field games, giveaways, a photo booth and our first ever Postdoc Relay Race. Postdocs and their guests, as well as faculty members and administrators working in the humanities, social sciences, natural and physical sciences, biomedical sciences, engineering, mathematics, communications, education and social policy, management and civic engagement will be in attendance.
Indiana Bloomington The Indiana University School of Medicine will celebrate NPAW by serving coffee and desserts from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. Join them in Medical Science, Daly 186.
  Indianapolis The Indiana University School of Medicine Postdoctoral Office in Indianapolis, IN is having a reception for postdoctoral scholars on Tuesday, September 17, 2012.
Iowa Iowa City In celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the University of Iowa Graduate College Office of Postdoctoral Scholars and the University of Iowa Postdoctoral Association, co-sponsored by the Carver College of Medicine, will host a pizza party from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 17, 2012for all UI postdoctoral scholars and fellows in the EMRB Atrium. Meet and mingle with your colleagues. Registration is required. On Tuesday, September 18, 2012, postdoctoral scholars are invited to participate in Speaking for Success, a workshop presented by Paul Casella. For more information, please visit for Success.pdf.

In addition, the University of Iowa Postdoctoral Association is organizing the following events to celebrate the National Postdoc Appreciation Week: a Happy Hour on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at Mondo’s Saloon.

Also a Postdocs' Families Picnic is scheduled for Friday, September 21, 2012, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., at Iowa City Park.
Kansas Kansas City The University of Kansas Medical Center (KUMC) is hosting a luncheon for its postdoctoral scholars on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
  Lawrence The University of Kansas Postdoctoral Association (KPA) is sponsoring a postdoc appreciation event on Monday September 17, 2012.Postdocs will meet over the lunch hour to enjoy trivia, prizes, and treats provided by the KPA.


The University of Louisville held its 4th annual postdoc appreciation luncheon on Thursday September 13, 2012. The early date was to avoid a scheduling conflict with the Institutional “Research!Louisville” event. Postdocs from around the campus were invited to the luncheon, which was catered by “Upper Crust” of Louisville. Dr. Marcia Cole, a recently hired Assistant Professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was invited to speak about the transition from post-doc to permanent position and how postdocs could prepare now for this next step in their professional career. There were door prizes and each postdoc received a canvas University of Louisville tote bag.
Louisiana Baton Rouge Pennington Biomedical Research Center is hosting an appreciation luncheon for its postdocs and hosting a reception for postdocs attending the annual Meeting of The Obesity Society in San Antonio, TX.
Maryland Baltimore The University of Maryland, Baltimore will celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week by hosting a networking breakfast for postdocs and their faculty advisors from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in HSF II 600. On Friday, September 21, 2012 UMB will also kickoff a new monthly research seminar series that provides postdocs the opportunity to showcase their work to fellow postdocs across disciplinary boundaries.
    The Johns Hopkins PDA has several events planned to recognize National Postdoc Appreciation Week this year, including the annual Postdoc Appreciation BBQ on Wednesday, September 19, 2012from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. They've also arranged for a number of businesses both on- and off-campus to offer discounts to postdocs during the week ranging from reduced prices on certain food/beverage items to 10-20% discounts on purchases. Additionally, there will be a Minority Postdoc Alliance (MPA) meeting/happy hour on Tuesday, September 18, 2012from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and there will be a few promotional giveaways in collaboration with some other organizations on campus.
  Bethesda Join the National Cancer Institute CCR FYI for free ice cream on Wednesday, September, 19, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.! Ice cream will be served on the bldg 37 patio (between bldg 37 and bldg 40).
Massachusetts Boston Boston University has planned two events for the National Postdoc Appreciation Week: On Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. an ice cream social takes place on Talbot Green BU School of Medicine, 72 East Concord St., Boston, MA 02118. Then on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:50 p.m. a screening of the movie, Losing Control, and after the movie screening a panel discussion in 670 Albany Street Auditorium, Boston, MA 02118.
    The NPAW events scheduled at Harvard Medical School/Harvard School of Dental Medicine Office for Postdoctoral Fellows are as follows: a Postdoc Research Day on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Elements Cafe, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur. Hot Talks happens on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Finally on Thursday, September 20, 2012, an Appreciation & Awards Reception is scheduled. For more information go to:
    In celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the Harvard School of Public Health's Office of Faculty Affairs and Postdoctoral Association (PDA) will host a reception for postdocs and mentors on Friday, September 21, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 the Kresge cafeteria. The winner of the PDA Mentor Award will be announced. For more information, please e-mail


Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) Office for Research Careers (ORC) celebrates National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) annually to recognize the significant contribution that postdoctoral scholars make to the U.S. scientific research enterprise and to increase awareness of this contribution. BWH ORC celebrates NPAW with fun events and a prize drawing! They're also thanking BWH postdocs and celebrating BWH placing 20th in annual survey: Best Places to Work for Postdocs 2012 in The Scientist Magazine.

Join the Brigham & Women's Postdocs Facebook Group by Thursday, September 20, 2012 and enter drawing to win 15 great prizes! Prizes include; Aquarium tickets, Museum of Science tickets, iTunes gift cards, Starbucks gift cards, various restaurant gift cards, and a surprise grand prize!

Postdoc Pub Night - Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - Free drink tickets for first 50 people who arrive, free appetizers, trivia and more!

Learn to be an Effective Mentee and Pizza Party - Thursday, September 20, 2012 - Meet the new ORC Faculty Director, Robert C. Fuhlbrigge, MD, PhD, who will talk about being an effective mentee, hear about ORC resources and programs, get your ORC t-shirt, water bottle or other cool giveaway, hear the winner of the grand prize drawing. This will be immediately followed by a Postdoc Pizza Party!



The Children's Hospital Boston is holding a make your own sundae event on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., in the Karp 4 Atrium. REGISTER here. Then on Friday, September 21, 2012, from 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., in Karp 7 Atrium, a fellows' pizza social is planned. Continue here to REGISTER.
  Cambridge The Harvard University FAS Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has the following events planned for NPAW: On Monday, September 17, 2012 a group photo of all postdocs will be taken on the steps of Widener Library, followed by a social gathering with coffee and pastry on the steps of Memorial Church, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 18, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., 20-minute chair massages will be raffled off to 27 lucky postdocs! Next on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 a postdoc picnic featuring Blue Ribbon BBQ and a Postdoc Jazz Quartet, is scheduled from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. in the Biolabs Courtyard. Finally, on Friday, September 21, 2012 a Keynote Address with Laure Haak, Executive Director of Open Researcher & Contributor ID (ORCID), takes place from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., at Pfizer Lecture Hall, Mallinckrodt.
    MIT's event will take place a week before NPAW. It will be a buffet barbecue luncheon sponsored by the Office of the Vice President of Research & Associate Provost along with the deans, with a welcome by them as well as by the MIT postdoctoral association president. It will be primarily a social event for postdocs and faculty members.
  Woods Hole In celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will host a community-wide picnic on Thursday, September 20, 2012 for the postdocs, postdoc sponsors/advisors, and their families from Woods Hole's six main scientific organizations: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the Marine Biological Laboratory, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Sea Education Association, and the Woods Hole Research Center.
Michigan Ann Arbor The University of Michigan will hold the following NPAW events: On Appreciation Monday, September 17, 2012 at 4:30 p.m., join the UMPDA for a reception honoring the finalists for the Excellence in Mentorship Award and find out who the 2012 winner is! On Appreciation Tuesday, September 19, 2012 at 10:00 a.m., in the GAP Lounge (2960 TML), take part of a MICHR Coffee Hour. Brenda Eakin and Lise Anderson will present an overview of services and resources provided by MICHR: Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Resources, whose mission is to enable and enhance clinical & translational research, and we live it each and every day. Learn more at Learn about "Improving Your Packaging: How to be the best candidate for a job in industry" on Appreciation Wednesday, September 19, 2012. At 3:30 p.m., in NCRC Building 10 [Research Auditorium], join any combination of the following: [3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.] Dress for Success: HR Representatives will provide the dos and don'ts of applying and interviewing; [4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.] Panelists David Tice (MedImmune), Kevin Townshend (Pfizer) and Eric Anderson (Terumo) will discuss their experiences in industry and answer audience questions; [5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.] Network with the panelists, postdoc colleagues, and members of BioArbor ( NCRC Dining Hall); and [6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.] BioArbor Meeting - No Job's Too Big, No Job's Too Small: Collaboration Comes in Any Size (NCRC Dining Hall). Next on Appreciation Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 4:00 p.m., come out and celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week at the Postdoc Appreciation Picnic! This is a great event that all postdocs and their families are invited to. Drop in any time between 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Come out and enjoy the food and drinks provided by the Postdoc Association and the Office of Postdoctoral Studies at Island Park (off Island Dr near Maiden Lane). Finally, on Appreciation Friday September 21, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. in Dow Auditorium, will be the Biomedical Research Core Facilities Lunch and Information Session. The Biomedical Research Core Facilities (BRCF), part of the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research, is a collection of centralized labs and services offering state-of-the-art instruments and resources to faculty and staff. The BRCF Director, Cassandra Wong, will present an overview of all biomedical research core facilities on campus, followed by breakout sessions for networking with each core's director over lunch.
  Lansing The Michigan State University PDO and PDA are hosting a Networking and Information Fair for postdocs. It is scheduled for Friday, September 21, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Missouri St. Louis To celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week and the 10th Anniversary of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, OPA and the Washington University in St. Louis Postdoc Society will host a Happy Hour for postdocs and their faculty advisors. All postdocs and their faculty advisors are invited to join us for snacks, cake, beer & wine. They hope to see you there on Monday, September 17, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. in the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center Hearth Room.

This is the fourth annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week organized by the National Postdoctoral Association. WU joins other institutions nationwide with events held throughout the week and across the country to create awareness of and recognize the contributions that postdocs make to the U.S. scientific research enterprise.

Please register via the postdoc calendar on the postdoc website at Questions? Contact Mary Bradley at
  Kansas City The Stowers Institute for Medical Research in Kansas City is celebrating with a lunch for postdocs on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. Stowers has also reserved Boulevard Brewery on Thursday, September 20, 2012 to host a dinner to celebrate postdocs.
Nebraska Lincoln The Office of Postdoctoral Studies at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln will once again host its National Postdoc Appreciation Week Reception on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Great Hall of the Van Brunt Visitors Center. Postdocs, PIs, faculty, and administrators are invited to attend.
New Hampshire Hanover The Dartmouth College DCAL Future Faculty Reception & Postdoc Appreciation Event takes place on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., in the DCAL Teaching Center, 102 Baker Library. Graduate students and postdocs are invited to join them to talk about DCAL workshops, services, and outreach opportunities. This is also a great time to say thanks to a postdoc during National Postdoc Appreciation Week.
New Jersey Piscataway Join the 4th Annual Postdoc Appreciation Day Symposium hosted by the UMDNJ/Rutgers Postdoctoral Association. The symposium, which coincides with National Postdoc Appreciation Week, will highlight the work done by postdoctoral researchers at institutions in New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, and surrounding as well as provide opportunities for networking and career counseling. The symposim takes place Thursday, September 20, 2012, in the West Lecture Hall, UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, from 9:00 a.m. - 5:45 p.m.

Postdocs, graduate students, faculty, and administrators are all welcome. The program includes presentations by postdoctoral researchers; seminars on mentoring, networking, and CVs and resumes; career panels; mock interviews; and a keynote lecture by the President of Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), Dr. Judith S. Bond. There will also be a poster competition and awards will be given for the top posters.

For free registration, to view the program, and to submit an abstract visit: Registration includes food and refreshments throughout the day.
  Princeton The Princeton University School of Engineering & Applied Science will celebrate the important contributions of postdocs at the Postdoc Appreciation Lunch to be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
New Mexico Albuquerque Sandia National Labs will be celebrating National Postodoc Appreciation Week with an ice cream social.
New York


The University at Buffalo is celebrating by hosting lunches for postdocs, both at the North and South campuses.

Attending the lunch will be representatives from Human Resources, International Students and Scholar Services, the Teaching and Learning Center, and information will be provided about upcoming programs for postdocs at UB.

Come and meet other postdocs and find out what UB services and programs are provided for you!

Dates and times: 
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 280 Park Hall, North Campus, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Friday, September 21, 2012 - 136 Farber Hall, South Campus, 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Cold Spring Harbor

In celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory will be hosting a postdoc/faculty volleyball game and barbeque on Friday, September 28th at 4:00 p.m. It is their chance to say "thank you" for all that their postdocs do to help make Cold Spring Harbor a world-class research institution and great place to be a postdoc!
  Ithaca Cornell University will host a Pizza Party for all postdocs and their families, Monday, September 17, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Big Red Barn on the Cornell Campus.
  New York City Columbia University's Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will be hosting a Postdoc Appreciation Reception and Poster Session on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Riverview Lounge, 4th floor, Hammer Health Sciences Center (701 West 168th Street). All University-wide postdocs and their mentors are invited to attend. For more information please visit the event's calendar on the OPA website at
    The NYU School of Medicine has a great week planned for NPAW: On Friday, September 14, 2012 a Networking and Conversation Skills Workshop with Mary Mitchell will be held. Then on Monday, September 17, 2012 an All Postdoc Town Hall meeting will be held to discuss the results of our annual postdoc survey. Next on Tuesday September 18, 2012 a New Postdoc Orientation and Postdoc Appreciation Party takes place.And finally, on Monday September 24, 2012 a workshop, Putting Your Science to Work, with Peter Fiske take place.
    The Belfer Institute of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, New York is hosting a party to celebrate postdoctoral population on Thursday, September 20, 2012, in the Glass Cafe, from 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Food and drink will be served, and all Einstein postdocs are invited to attend.


A National Postdoc Appreciation Week Reception will be held at the Washington Square campus of NYU on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  The reception will be held at Torch Club Tap Room (18 Waverly Place, New York, NY 10003).
  Rochester Join the University of Rochester for NPAW! On Monday, September 17, 2012: NCBI workshops from Miner Library: Sequences, Genomes and Maps and Proteins, Domains and Structures. On Tuesday, September 18, 2012: NCBI workshops from Miner Library: NCBI Blast Services and Human Variation and Disease Genes. Then on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, a seminar by Donald Asher on Negotiation and Networking. Thursday, September 20, 2012 will involve a Postdoc Poster Session. Also on September 20, 2012, a Postdoc Happy Hour and presentation of poster awards takes place. Finally on September 21, 2012, a Postdoc Coffee Hour is planned to allow postdocs to meet the staff of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs.
  Stony Brook During this year's 2012 National Postdoc Appreciation Week Stony Brook University will be holding its first Postdoctoral Research Symposium, a full-day event that is being planned and expedited by SBU's Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) along with an organizing committee made up of volunteer SBU Postdocs. The Postdoc symposium participants will not only be from Stony Brook but also from neighboring Brookhaven National Laboratory and Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Faculty, staff and local employers will be invited to attend.

On Thursday, September 20, 2012from 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. postdocs will be presenting their research to a general audience in 10-minute intervals throughout the morning. The break for lunch will coincide with a poster review session during which time attendees will be asked to vote for the best poster in three different categories. Directly after lunch there will be a keynote speaker followed by the poster award presentations and closing remarks.

This event was conceived by SBU's Postdoc Working Group, which is made up of volunteer Postdocs and is led by the Assistant Dean for Postdoctoral Affairs. The group meets monthly to discuss Postdoc issues and plan Postdoc events. The group's main impetus for the Research Symposium is to share ideas and research with colleagues on campus along with those Postdocs at the two research laboratories that logistically straddle SBU. The group also thinks it is important to practice communicating science to a non-discipline specific audience as well as have the opportunity to network in a supportive, Postdoc-friendly environment.
North Carolina Chapel Hill The University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Postdoctoral Affairs will be hosting the 4th Annual Ice Cream Social in honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, Friday, September 21, 2012,12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. on the patio of the FedEx Global Education Center. UNC postdoctoral association will also host coffee breaks and happy hours throughout the week.
  Research Triangle Park The Trainees Association at the National Institute for Environmental Health Science and the National Toxicology Program will be celebrating Postdoc Appreciation Day on Friday, September 21, 2012. We will have a lecture highlighting resources available to improve and demonstrate postdocs' soft-skills (leadership, teamwork, etc.). The lecture will be followed by a trivia game and ice cream!
  Winston-Salem In celebration of NPAW, Wake Forest University holds its annual Take Your Postdoc for Coffee at multiple sites across campus.
North Dakota    


The postdoc association at the University of Cincinnati has finalized their plans for National Postdoc Appreciation Week. They are hosting a discussion panel on "Alternative Career Paths for Scientists" followed by a CV/resume review table on Tuesday, September 18, 2012. Refreshments will be served at the event.
  Cleveland Case Western Reserve University will host a Postdoc Appreciation Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, September 19, 2012.  The event will take place from 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the Wolstein Research Building Lobby.
  Dayton For this year’s celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the postdoctoral association at Wright State University has become a Sustaining Member of the NPA and invites all PDA members and their mentors for a Happy Hour on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 4:30 p.m.


The new Office of Postdoctoral Programs (OPP) at Oregon State University is partnering with the even-newer OSU Postdoctoral Association (OPA) to plan three events for NPAW:A lunch/forum hosted by the OPP for postdocs to provide an opportunity for them to get together as a cohesive group and talk about subjects of mutual interest; a wine/cheese evening poster session co-organized by the OPP and OPA with posters to showcase research by postdocs from all over campus - funded by donations from department heads and deans and hopefully attended by a large number of faculty and administrators; and a workshop on financial planning organized by the OPA.


This year, the Thomas Jefferson University Postdoctoral Association is hosting a Speed Networking Event between postdocs and scientists from a variety of career paths. The idea is to initiate a timed one-on-one interaction (10 minutes) between a postdoc and a scientist. At the end of each time interval, the postdocs will rotate so as to get an opportunity to interact with several professionals throughout the hour.

The event will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at 233 South 10th Street, Room 101, Philadelphia PA 19107. A reception will follow from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    On Monday, September 17, 2012 The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania will jointly host Dave Jensen, Managing Director of Kincannon & Reed Global Executive Search and author of the popular “Tooling Up” column for monthly career tips at, who will present on “Street Savvy Science: Elements of Job and Career Success”(9:00 a.m., UPenn Biomedical Research Building II/III Auditorium) and“Job Offer Negotiation Strategies for the Scientist”(1:30 p.m., CHOP Abramson Research Center 123ABC).

On Tuesday, September 18, 2012, the Penn Biomedical Postdoc Council will host an Ice Cream Social for Penn and CHOP postdocs at 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the UPenn Biomedical Research Building II/III 14th Floor Lounge. On Wednesday, September 19, 2012, they will follow with an afternoon of Science Trivia (12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.) in the UPenn Biomedical Research Building II/III, Room 251. Prizes will be awarded to game winners.

On Thursday, September 20, 2012 a Technology Transfer/Industry Career Panel,“Breaking Into the Business of Science: Tech Transfer, Business Development, Patent Law and Everything In Between”, will be moderated by Ellen Purpus, Ph.D., Director of the CHOP Office of Technology Transfer. This event, taking place at 3:00 p.m in the CHOP Colket Translational Research Building First Floor Conference Rooms, will include career professionals from throughout the Philadelphia area. Immediately afterward, fellows from both CHOP and Penn are invited to our National Postdoc Appreciation Week Reception at 4:30 p.m. in the CHOP Colket Translational Research Building Lobby.

On Friday, September 21, 2012, National Postdoc Appreciation Week will be closed out with a Happy Hour event in the UPenn Biomedical Research Building II/III 14th Floor Lounge. The Biomedical Postdoctoral Council Social Committee invites all Penn and CHOP Postdocs to join the event from 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Children’s Hospital postdocs can also pick up free coffee and giveaways from the CHOP Office of Postdoctoral Affairs on both September 17 and 20 in the Abramson Research Center Lobby.
  Pittsburgh The University of Pittsburgh is holding an Annual Family Picnic for all postdocs and their families on Thursday, September 20, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association. The Office of Academic Career Development, Health Sciences and University of Pittsburgh Postdoctoral Association are also sponsoring "Lunch On Us", distributing $5 Meal Tickets to all postdocs during Postdoc Appreciation Week that are redeemable at any of the Medical Center's cafeterias.
  University Park The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at University Park, Penn State organized a picnic for postdocs to kick-off the National Postdoc Appreciation Week on Sunday, September 16, 2012. Penn State Postdoc Society, University Park chapter is organizing coffee hours, lunch, movie night and bowling all through the NPAW.
  Hershey The Penn State Hershey Medical Center Postdoc Society is having an Evening of Bowling and Fun for all postdocs and family members on Friday, September 21, 2012 at 6:00 p.m., at ABC East Lanes (1001 Eisenhower Blvd. Harrisburg, PA).
Rhode Island


Brown University Office of Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies and the Graduate School will hold two events for NPAW: A Paw Sox Ticket Giveaway will be held on Sunday, September 2, 2012 at 6:05 p.m. atMcCoy Stadium, 1 Columbus Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02860.Win up to 2 tickets to a PawSox game (followed by fireworks). See the PawSox versus Scranton/WB Yankees. Postdocs are encouraged to wear Brown logo hats or shirts so you can easily identify one other.Meet and mingle with other postdocs, and enjoy Octoberfest inspired food & drink at Postdoctoberfest on Friday, September 28, 2012. The event will take place from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at The Underground at the Roberts Center (basement).
South Carolina    
South Dakota    


Vanderbilt University Medical Center's is holding their Annual Postdoc Family Picnic on Thursday, September 20, 2012. The picnic will be held after the kickoff of this year's Discovery Lecture, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Food and Fun at Fannie Mae Dee/Dragon Park and the Balloon Man will be back! Food by Famous Dave's.


Here is how The University of Texas at Austin is celebrating our postdocs at their institution:

Monday, September 17, 2012:  Seminar: Singapore University of Technology and Design Recruitment Event
The Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) will be holding a recruitment seminar for graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows, in any of the following and related areas:

Basic sciences;
Disciplines related to SUTD's four pillars (architecture and sustainable design, engineering product design, engineering systems and design and information systems and design);
Humanities (Economics, History, Literature, Sociology, Philosophy, Psychology)

Presented by: Professor Aditya Mathur,
Where: FAC 328

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 (SP 802): Postdoc Series: COS.Pivot training
Learn how to navigate and reap the benefits of this funding opportunity database.  Pivot gives Research Administrators, Research Development Professionals, and their institutions the edge to bring together the right research opportunities, funding, and people quickly and easily. It provides global and local connections that strengthen research by exploring new avenues for funding and collaboration for faculty, staff researchers, and graduate students.

Presented by: Jason High,
Where: Avaya Auditorium (ACE 2.302)

Friday, September 21, 2012 (SP 803): Well-Being Brown Bag Series:  "From Stress to Success"

Like the tree whose branches bend and sway in a storm rather than crack under pressure, we have the power to remain flexible and strong amid life's challenges... to be resilient!  Resilience is defined as the process of bouncing back and fully recovering in the face of change and stressful situations. Being resilient doesn't mean a person won't experience difficulty or stress. However, resilient individuals respond to stress in ways that help them not only recover, but grow and thrive.  Join us to learn how.


Presented by: Prof. Mary Steinhardt, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education

Where: FAC 328


For more information, look for the Postdoctoral Office link at:



The Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC), will host a lunch social during NPAW on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 12:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by the office of the Executive Vice President for Research.


The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Postdoctoral Association has coordinated a series of events in honor of postdocs! Come join the celebration!

Monday, September 17, 2012:1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.- PDA General Meeting in NB11.120conference room. Lunch will be provided.Stay after the meeting and help make Busy Books for Children’s Medical Center.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., there will be a Postdoc and Mentor Coffee Break in NA7Lobby. Tea and pastries will be available, too. This event is sponsored by the Postdoctoral Affairs Office.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012, a Science Salon will be held in NL3.114 from5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Free refreshments will be available.

Thursday, September 20, 2012 from1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., a Career Seminar on Effective Networking, moderated by Dr. Reddick, takes place inNL3.120. Free refreshments.

Also on Thursday, September 20, 2012:a Happy Hour is planned at The Ginger Man, 2718 Boll Street for 7:00 p.m.Free Appetizers.

Friday, September 21, 2012:10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., there is a Network Meeting scheduled.RSVP only (at

Friday, September 21, 2012, an International Postdoc Potluck Lunch will take place from 12:30 p.m. - 2:00p.m. in ND11.218.Come and bring your favorite dish to share.



The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is hosting three Postdoc Cake and Coffee Breaks during the afternoons of Monday - Wednesday, September 17 -19, during which a Postdoc Appreciation Week gift will be distributed to each postdoc.  On Tuesday, September 18, 2012, the MD Anderson Postdoctoral Association is hosting a Monthly Event entitled "Organizing Research Articles and Files," featuring Janice Simon, MA, CPO®, Project Director, MD Anderson Faculty Development.

Salt Lake City

The University of Utah will be holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 in HSEB 1730 @ 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., to update our postdocs and new committee members of the current state of affairs regarding the Utah Postdoctoral Association. Pizza and light refreshments will be provided. They will also hold a reception for the 3rd Annual Social Event on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at Gracie's 326 South, West Temple, SLC @ 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. to celebrate and recognize the postdocs at the U for their efforts as workhorses in laboratories and classrooms across campus. This will be a catered event. Work colleagues, significant others and friends are welcomed - must be over 21.


In honor of National Postdoc Appreciation Week, the Office of Postdoctoral Services and the postdoctoral association of Virginia Commonwealth University will host a postdoctoral scholar poster session on Wednesday, September 19, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. The poster session will be held in the Jonah L. Larrick Student Center - Court End Ballroom. Lunch will be provided.


The Postdoctoral Assembly at the Society of Toxicology will kickoff National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week with a greeting to all postdocs by PDA President William Slikker and the publication of blogs by postdocs from academia, government and industry. Two former postdocs will also blog about their restrospective view of their postdoc experiences. The SOT homepage will also post special greetings to SOT postdocs throughout the week. The highlight of the week will be a webinar on Thursday, September 20, 2012 entitled “Finding Funding for Early Career Scientists” by Donna Vogel, M.D., Ph.D., currently the Director of the Professional Development Office of Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and former program director at NIH. While the events emanate from SOT Headquarters in Reston, they are “virtual” events reaching out via email, web and WebEx to our widely-dispersed community of SOT postdocs across the US and overseas.
  Charlottesville Please join the University of Virginia Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in their inaugural career development workshop. On Monday, September 17, 2012 as a kick-off to National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW), the OPA and Graduate Career Development will present: "Leveraging Social Media in Your Career Development." Get an introduction to the use of popular social media outlets such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Learn key tips on using these resources in developing a consistent and professional online presence and bolstering your job search efforts. The workshop is scheduled from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. in Jordan Hall 1-14. Registration is required. Please register here: Light refreshments will be served. Be sure to bring a laptop and improve your online profile right away.

Also, on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will be holding a screening of The PhD Movie! from The screening will be happening from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Sandridge Auditorium. This is a free event.


Washington State University SMB will be hosting a Chili Cook-off and Poster Session. This will allow the department to gather, enjoy some excellent food and showcase the research of the postdoctoral scholars in the department.


The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will be having a party for postdocs in our Helix Cafe on Friday, September 21, 2012. Our Center President and Director, Larry Corey, will say words of welcome and appreciation for our postdocs.
    The University of Washington Postdoctoral Association (UWPA) will be hosting a barbeque lunch for Seattle area postdocs in the main campus on the deck between Bagley Hall (BAG), Chemistry Building (CHB) and Okanogan Lane on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. This will be a great opportunity for postdocs to network and to learn more about upcoming events of UWPA. The UWPA will be having its monthly happy hour in Big Time Brewery and Alehouse (4133 University Way NE, Seattle, WA) on Thursday, September 20, 2012starting at 6:00 p.m. All postdocs, friends, and family (over the age of 21) are welcome. Look for the UWPA Happy Hour sign on our table. Finally, the UWPA will host a mini-orientation for new UW postdocs in North Foege Building (Bioengineering Department) room N130, Wednesday, September 26, 2012from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. They will start with refreshments and networking event and continue with speakers from UWPA executive committee, Benefits Office, Graduate Funding Information Services and finish with questions from postdocs to speakers.
    Seattle Biomedical Research Institute is sponsoring a wine andcheese reception for their Ph.D. and M.D. level scientists. It will feature a slide show of our faculty when they were postdocs.
West Virginia    


The Medical College of Wisconsin will be celebrating National Postdoc Appreciation week on Friday, September 21, 2012 by distributing t-shirts in the morning to make the postdocs more visible on ‘their' day and will host a happy hour from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Toronto, Ontario

University Health Network has planned aposter session with coffee and treats for their postdocs during the NPAW. The event is scheduled for Friday, September 21, 2012.

London, Ontario

University of Western Ontario the following events planned for NPAW: Monday, September 17, 2012 -Labatt Brewery Tours -Downtown, 150 Simcoe Street at5:00 p.m. Tours cost $10 (cash only). The tour takes about 2 hours to complete and includes a full guided tourof the brewery during full operation, sampling 5 different brands. All participantsreceives a souvenir tour t-shirt. Everyone on the tour MUST wear closed toe, closedheel and flat footwear (running shoes preferred). No jewelry (rings are ok), Please bring picture ID.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 -Lunch Panel: Successful Postdocs at theDavid Chu Centre (Western Student Services - room 2130). This is an opportunity to hear from current and former postdocs on how theysecured successfully positions in academia, research and non-for-profit organizations. Takes place from12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. andlunch will be provided.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012 -Postdoc Soccer Game - From7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Practice Field One (In campus across from the Labatt Health Science Building). Both players and cheerleaders are needed!

Thursday, September 20, 2012 -Appreciation Lunch for Postdocs - This is a celebration lunch for all Postdocs for their contribution to Western.Come and meet with other Postdocs as well as Deans, faculties, and senior administrations.East Indian Buffet will be provided.At the Graduate Club from12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Friday, September 21, 2012 -Pub Crawl - Come out and have fun with other Postdocs @ Western.Starts @ Morrissey House 361 Dundas St (downtown) to allow postdocs to get to know each other beforeheading out and exploring other pubs in downtown London. Starts at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, September 22, 2012 - Family Day @ Fanshawe Pioneer Village - Starts at 12:00 p.m. at2609 Fanshawe Park Rd. E.Spend a day in the 19th century (1820-1940) at Fanshawe Pioneer Village.The past comes alive through dailydemonstrations of 19th century trades andfarming practices, domestic chores and social pastimes by costumed interpreters. Admission: $7. Child age 3 and under free. For more details please visit their website

Hamilton, Ontario

McMaster University is celebrating National Postdoctoral Fellow Appreciation Week with the following activities hosted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs & Research Training, School of Graduate Studies:Monday, September 17, 2012 -Leadership Skills Workshop from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. "The Four Conversations of a Leader" facilitated by Stuart Knight. Details and Registration:

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 - Appreciation Reception for Postdoctoral Fellows and Supervisors from 3:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. at the Great Hall, University Club. Spouses/Partners of PDFs welcome. Details and Registration:

Wednesday - Communication and Teaching Skills Workshop - 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. "Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)" Training Session. Details and Registration:

Research - 3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. "Intellectual Property: Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights." Details and Registration:

Friday - Workplace Leadership Skills Workshop - 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. "Human Rights in the Workplace" Details and Registration:

More information can be found at:, September 21, 2012 Skills Workshop, September 19, 2012

Halifax, Nova Scotia

At Dalhousie University postdocsare being honored as follows: The Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Dalhousie Postdoctoral Society are excited to announce Postdoctoral Fellows Research & Appreciation Day 2012. The event will be held on October 12, 2012. The Research portion of the day will begin at 10:00 a.m. with a series of presentations, coffee breaks, lunch and poster sessions. We are pleased to announce our keynote speaker (scheduled for late afternoon), Dr. Jorge Cham, creator and writer of the popular comic series "PHD Comics." The Appreciation event will be held in the evening, beginning at 5:30 p.m. It will be a barbecue style reception for Postdoctoral Fellows and their families, supervisors, and administration. The event will include door prizes, a live band, and children's entertainment.

British Columbia, Vancouver

The Postdoctoral Fellows Office at the University of British Columbia is celebrating National Postdoc Appreciation Week by holding a BBQ and networking event on Thursday, September 20, 2012. More details can be found at
    The University of British Columbia Postdoc Association is hosting the following Postdoc Appreciation Events: Monday, September17, 2012 - Coffee Morning in the LSI - 10:30 a.m., in the West Atrium. Tuesday September 18, 2012 - Potluck, 5:00 p.m., Faculty Lounge in the Kaiser building.

Edmonton, Alberta

This year the University of Alberta will be handing out cupcakes and coffee to any and all that pass by on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, from11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Their postdoc Association will be volunteering their time and answering any questions anyone may have about postdocs.