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Alabama Birmingham

Enjoy National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) with fellow postdocs at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB):

Attend a special seminar
Monday, September 15, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Located at the edge of Chaos Atrium, Lister Hill Library, 1720 University Blvd.

Speaker Joe Thomas, Partner & Financial Adviser at Capstone Financial Group “Financial Freedom” Enjoy a delicious lunch and prepare yourself for your financial future!

Enjoy your appreciation luncheon
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Located at Center Court Gymnasium, Campus Rec. Center, 1501 University Blvd.

Enjoy a delicious lunch with giveaways in a fun atmosphere!

Attend a special seminar
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Located at Bevill Biomedical Research Bldg., Room 170, 845 19th Street South

“The NIH wants YOU to create an IDP!” Come learn about the new NIH Individual Development Plan (IDP) requirement for all trainees funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants. Following the seminar, a “walk-in” session will be conducted for one-on-one assistance with IDPs. Enjoy a delicious lunch!

Postdoc social media day
Thursday, September 18, 2014
All day online
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Located in the OPE office at Shelby 170, 1825 University Blvd.

The Office of Postdoctoral Education (OPE) and the postdoc association (PDA) work hard to keep postdocs informed. All postdocs are asked to join and solicit others to join one of the PDA’s social media groups and post as a part of their social media day. Also, join us in the OPE office for a gathering of the minds for ideas and socializing. Refreshments will be served. Presented by UAB PDA & the OPE



The University of California (UC), Berkeley will host a luncheon reception at the Bancroft Hotel on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. The Vice Chancellor for Research, who has governance over postdocs, will preside at the event. The Berkeley PDA will award a faculty member $3,000 for their outstanding job in mentoring a postdoc. Poster sessions with regard to postdoc committees, clubs, organizations and resources will be on show.

At the UC Davis the annual postdoc appreciation dinner will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Putah Creek Lodge on campus. This event is sponsored by the Postdoc Scholars Association and the Office of Graduate Studies at UC Davis. All UC Davis postdocs and their families are encouraged to join for an evening of food, games, networking and socializing!

UC Davis will also host a postdoc appreciation pizza luncheon on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in recognition of all of the work postdocs do. All UC Davis postdoctoral scholars are invited to drop by for pizza and beverages, raffle prizes, information tables, and a chance meet fellow postdocs! The luncheon will take place on the Sacramento campus (2nd floor bridgeway, Education Building).

Please register at:
  La Jolla 

Be sure to check out these NPAW events taking place at the Scripps Research Institute:

Monday, September 15, 2014
Seated chair massage

Postdocs can sign up for a free 10-minute massage on Monday, September 15. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Career & Postdoctoral Services Office (CPSO) open house and raffle

Join the CPSO for coffee and pastries and see the new resource center at the Hazen Theory Building, 1st floor, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Society of Fellows (SOF) lightning Ttlks

Participate in the first annual lightning talk competition brought to you by the SOF and the SOS Toastmasters. Experience a whirlwind of science in 3-minute bursts! Beckman Center, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 18, 2014
SOF distinguished lecture series

Jack Szostak, Professor of Genetics and Chemistry, Harvard University. Timken Auditorium, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Friday, September 19, 2014
Social media photo lab

Complimentary professional photos for your LinkedIn profile will be offered from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. to the first 30 postdocs who register. 

  Los Angeles

The Saban Research Institute at Children's Hospital Los Angeles has the following events planned for 2014 NPAW:

Monday, September 15, 2014
Coffee house and myIDP: Start the Conversation with your Mentor

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Smith Research Tower Courtyard

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Anita S. Watson Courtyard

Coffee card giveaway and Individual Development Plan (IDP) info session

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Career Essentials Workshop with Llewellyn Cox, Ph.D., Cofounder & CEO, Lab Launch
12:00 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Saban Building Room 302

Topics include job searching, resume writing, networking & self-presentation

Space is Limited. RSVP to Laura Rabin,

Lunch provided.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Saban Building Auditorium

Women in STEM: A Dialogue with Luisa Iruela-Arispe, PhD of UCLA

Discussion on challenges and opportunities for women in the Sciences with UCLA distinguished professor

Cupcakes provided!

Thursday, September 18, 2014
From PhD to Public Policy: One Story of an Alternative Career Path with Jennifer Stedron, Ph.D., of Stedron Consulting, Inc.
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Breakfast provided
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch provided

Space is Limited. RSVP to Laura Rabin,

Friday, September 19, 2014
Workshop – Saban Building Auditorium
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Happy Hour

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Anita S. Watson Courtyard

Reaching a Wider Audience: How to Talk to Media with NPR station KPCC Science Reporter, Meghan McCarty


These are the NPAW 2014 events planned at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center:

On Tuesday, September 16, 2014 there will be an open house event for the entire research community to celebrate postdoc achievements and the Postdoc Society's 5th birthday! Featuring resources for research, networking and career development, as well as prizes, gifts for postdocs and cupcakes for everyone!! Also on the 16th, Nerd Nite LA will take place at The Mint, featuring Cedars-Sinai postdoc Jon Sin. Next, on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, a networking social takes place at the 3rd Stop. Thursday, September 18, 2014, will include "Managing Technology and Commercial Partners," a seminar hosted by the Postdoc Society. Finally, on Saturday, September 20, 2014, the LA postdoc family picnic will be held at Dockweiler Beach.
    Here is a list of events scheduled at University of Southern California to celebrate NPAW 2014:



Monday, September 15, 2014
Seminar on big data, 
Professor Arif Ansari
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Information Sciences Institute (ISI) CR 1135


Outdoor film screening of Good Will Hunting with In-N-Out truck

6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
HSC Zilka (ZNI) Courtyard       


Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Taco Tuesday lunch

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
UPC University Club patio


Media workshop by Meghan McCarty (NPR KPCC Science Reporter/Producer)

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
UPC Doheny Memorial Library (DML) 240


Career essentials workshop by Llewellyn Cox (Cofounder/CEO, LAb Launch)

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
HSC Norris Research Tower (NRT) LG503/504


Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Career essentials workshop
by Llewellyn Cox (Cofounder/CEO, LAb Launch)

3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
UPC Doheny Memorial Library (DML) 233 Intellectual Commons


Thursday, September 18, 2014
Coffee break & IDP information
: Start the conversation with your mentor.
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
HSC Norris Research Tower (NRT) 3520


Happy hour

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
UPC Traditions (Ronald Tutor Campus Center)


Friday, September 19, 2014
Social & lunch
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Information Sciences Institute (ISI) location TBD


Media workshop by Meghan McCarty (NPR KPCC Science Reporter/Producer)

 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
HSC Norris Topping Tower (NTT) 5436


Saturday, September 20, 2014
L.A.-wide postdoc family picnic & bonfire

Time TBD
Dockweiler Beach (Playa Del Ray, CA) 

  San Diego 

The University of California, San Diego will be celebrating NPAW the entire month of September! The Office of Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholar Affairs and Postdoctoral Association have the following scheduled for postdocs:


Insights to Industry workshop
Friday, September 12, 2014


Led by Randall Ribaudo and Larry Petcovic for SciPhD, this workshop will introduce 24 business competencies valued in industry, relate them to postdoc research experiences, and demonstrate how to identify those competencies in job ads. After this training, postdocs will be able to use the information to develop resumes, cover letters, prepare for interviews, and for career planning.


How Sweet it is to Be a Postdoc
Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Co-sponsored by Office of Postdoctoral & Visiting Scholar Affairs (OPVSA) and PDA, this event brings together “sweet” campus resources for postdocs, including Center for Teaching Development, Alumni Relations, Payroll (expertise on international taxes/glacier), Faculty and Staff Assistance Program and International Scholar Office, as well as benefits and career development experts. The event will offer tantalizing desserts, including a deluxe ice cream bar, and drawings to win prizes, including the grand prize, an iPad mini.


Postdoctoral association open house
Thursday, September 18, 2014


PDA is hosting an open house that includes a seminar on National Interest Waivers. Attendees will have a chance to win La Jolla Playhouse tickets and many more amazing prizes!


Postdoc Health & Wellness: Tools to Stay Focused During Stressful Times
Wednesday, September 24, 2014


Postdocs face a lot of challenges, which may cause stress and uncertainty. This workshop, presented by the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program in partnership with OPVSA, will share tools on how to manage stress and discuss the available resources at UC San Diego.


Postdoc Individual Development Plan workshop
Thursday, September 25, 2014


At the UC San Diego, as part of their training, postdocs are expected to complete an IDP. Every other month, OPVSA offers IDP workshops and this month we are excited to announce that the two faculty facilitators will be our 2013 Best Postdoc Mentor Award recipients, Victor Nizet, Prof. of Pediatrics and Pharmacy and Michael Sailor, Prof. of Chemistry & Biochemistry.


2nd Annual Postdoc Research Symposium
Friday, September 26, 2014


The PDA will be hosting their annual postdoc research symposium which will showcase the outstanding work of UCSD postdocs.


Postdoc Appreciation Luncheon & Award Ceremony
Friday, September 26, 2014


OPVSA will be hosting the annual postdoc appreciation luncheon and award ceremony where we honor the amazing postdoc cohort and recognize the outstanding mentor and postdoc of the year. This year the keynote speaker will be Lawrence Goldstein, Distinguished Prof. and Director of Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center.


Permanent Residency Pathways for Postdocs
Monday, September 29, 2014


Special topic seminar on “permanent residency pathways” will be presented by Roark Miller, Director of the International Faculty & Scholar Office. For more information, please visit: 

  San Francisco 

The Gladstone Office of Postdoctoral Affairs has organized the following events to celebrate postdocs during NPAW 2014:



Monday, September 15, 2014
Meet your Gladstone Postdoctoral Advisory Committee (GPAC) and happy hour


To kick off NPAW, GPAC will give a "State of the Postdocs" address and postdocs will get a chance to come together to meet each other across our three institutes. They will also have a world map posted so that postdocs can mark where they're from to give the postdoc community a sense of how diverse the program is.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Annual BBQ with mentors


This is the annual BBQ for postdocs and mentors to come together and enjoy a break out on our back patio.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Career development seminars and lunch


With invited speaker, Toby Freedman, Ph.D., author and founder/President of Synapsis Search.


Thursday, September 18, 2014
Ice cream social and "bad data" poster session


This venue will give postdocs the chance to get together, talk about their failed experiments in hopes to get them thinking about ways to improve their research and potential collaborations


Friday, September 19, 2014
Institute-wide happy hour and social


To conclude NPAW, the Institutes will celebrate its postdocs in an open/informal happy hour.


During the entire week, they will highlight postdoc success stories via e-mail. At the end of the week, they will also print and post posters of postdoc success stories during the institute-wide happy hour.


Celebrate NPAW at Stanford University

SURPAS postdoc art exhibit extravaganza
Monday, September 15, 2014 - Friday, September 19, 2014

Lorry Lokey Building


More information here. Sponsored by the SURPAS & Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA).


Monday, September 15, 2014
Hike the Stanford dish
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


Click here. Sponsored by the OPA.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014
New postdoc orientation
11:45 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.


Deadline to register for this event: noon on Friday, September 12, 2014. Click here. Sponsored by the OPA.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Postdoc mixer & BBQ
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
MSOB lawn


Deadline to register for this event: noon on Friday, September 12, 2014. Click here. Sponsored by the OPA & SURPAS.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tour of SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


More details to be e-mailed out via SURPAS e-mail list. Sponsored by SURPAS.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Hoover Tower tour
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Click here. Sponsored by the OPA.


Thursday, September 18, 2014
Tour of Cantor Arts Center
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Sign up here. Sponsored by OPA.


Friday, September 19, 2014
Sunset Magazine Gardens: self-guided tour & brown bag lunch
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Click here. Sponsored by the OPA.


Friday, September 19, 2014
SURPAS ice cream social
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Papua New Guinea Sculpture Garden


Sponsored by SURPAS.


Saturday, September 20, 2014
SURPAS tennis tournament
9:30 a.m. check in


Check in here. Sponsored by SURPAS.


September 2014
On-Going Educational Programs for Postdocs

Click here. Sponsored by OPA.

Colorado Aurora

In celebration of the NPAW, the postdoctoral association (PDA) at the University of Colorado (Denver & Anschutz Medical Campus) is hosting the 4th annual postdoctoral mentor/mentee breakfast. They will be offering a catered hot breakfast, juices and coffee by Syrup, Denver. Dr. Terry Potter, acting Dean of the Graduate School, will speak at 9:30 a.m. followed by a general assembly of the PDA. The address of the event location is 12700 E 19th Avenue. This year, the event takes place on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

The link to the event.
Connecticut Storrs 

Enjoy the following NPAW events at the University of Connecticut:


Monday, September 15, 2014
12:00 pm.
HBL Class of 1947
Finding a postdoctoral position roundtable discussion


Audience: Senior level graduate students and postdocs
Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars are invited to engage in a roundtable discussion on finding a postdoctoral position. Discussion will be focused on the search process, interview preparation and making the most of your postdoc position. Light refreshments will be provided.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
IMS 20
Postdoc interdepartmental research seminar series


Presenter: Varun Vyas, Ph.D. (Institute for Material Sciences)
Title: “Depth Dependent Indentation Profiles of Live Cells and Bipolymers”
Audience: Open to all faculty, postdocs and graduate students
This event marks the first of a monthly research seminar series featuring postdoctoral scholars. Light refreshments will be provided.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014
12:00 p.m.
Whetten 200
From postdoc to faculty position panel discussion


Audience: Postdocs
This event will feature faculty members that have transitioned from a postdoc to faculty position within the last ten years. Come get your questions answered about the process!


Thursday, September 18, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Faculty/Postdoc mixer - Nathan Hale


Audience: Faculty members and postdocs
To celebrate NPAW, the Graduate School will host a happy hour for postdocs and their faculty advisors. All postdocs and their faculty advisors are invited to join for appetizers!

District of Columbia    
Florida Gainesville

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Florida will provide a new postdoc orientation on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.


2014 New Postdoc Orientation
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Emerson Alumni Hall Presidents Room and Classroom
8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

    • GatorCare Health Insurance for Postdocs
    • Human Resource Services
    • Policies Every Postdoc Should Know (General Counsel's Office)
    • Career Resource Center Overview
    • UF Libraries Overview
    • Office of Research Presentation
    • International Postdoc Resources
    • Lunch
    • Keynote Address and Workshop with Dr. Chris Hass, College of Health and Human Performance

Register by Friday, September 5, 2014:

Information about what is planned is available on the Postdoc Affairs website:

The Scripps Research Institute has a number of NPAW events scheduled:


Monday, September 15, 2014
Social media photo lab


Sign up for a 5-minute professional photographer session and receive photos for use on LinkedIn, and for all your professional endeavors. Classroom B158, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Beer PITCHers


Enjoy beer tasting, provided by Specialty Beer Cellar, paired with practice research elevator pitches spoken by Scripps Florida postdocs. Scripps Café, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.


Thursday, September 18, 2014
Time Management for Scientists: Doing More Than Just Surviving


Learn to better utilize your time to be a more effective scientist. Classroom B159, 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Friday, September 19, 2014
Postdoc week finale happy hour and raffle

Co-sponsored by the Society of Research Fellows, Scripps Florida Grad Program, and Career & Postdoc Services. Jumby Bay, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 


During NPAW, the University of Miami will hold its 6th Annual Postdoctoral Follows Research Day. The program agenda for the research day is as follows:


10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. poster set-up
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. poster display
1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. poster presentation/judging
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. award ceremony


The poster presentation will take place in the Lois Pope LIFE Center (Quadrangle Area) on Friday, September 12, 2014.


The Moffitt Cancer Center Postdoctoral Association (MPDA) will host a career panel discussion on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 comprised of former postdocs who have established successful careers in industry, government and academia. Positions held by the featured speakers include health science administrator at the Food and Drug Administration, senior medical science liaison at Amgen, faculty member at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs and assistant member in the Department of Cancer Epidemiology, Moffitt Cancer Center. 

Immediately following the panel discussion postdocs will be treated to a cocktail reception hosted by the MPDA. 

Florida State University (FSU) has a postdoctoral scholars’ symposim planned for NPAW. The symposium is scheduled for Friday, September 19, 2014, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. The event will take place in the College of Medicine, Auditorium and Atrium, 115 West Call Street.

The symposium schedule is at follows:


1:00 p.m. Keynote speaker - Sir Harry Kroto "How to Survive"
2:00 p.m. Communication workshop - Dr. Donna Decker, College of Business, Dept. of Management, "Presenting yourself/your science in three minutes or less"
3:00 p.m. Postdoctoral scholars poster session (group 1)
3:30 p.m. Postdoctoral scholars poster session (group 2)
4:00 p.m. Reception
4:30 p.m. Poster awards presentation and closing remarks: Dr. Keisha John, Assistant Dean of the Graduate School and Director of The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs

Click here to register to attend the symposium, please share this link with your mentor and lab members as the entire FSU community is invited.

Please contact FSU’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs if you would like more information at
Georgia Atlanta 

Be sure to check out these NPAW events taking place at Emory University:


Career Opportunities for Ph.D.s Symposium
Monday, September 15, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Reception will follow.


Postdoc Cupcakes Social
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


More details can be found here:


To celebrate the efforts of Georgia Institute of Technology’s hard-working postdocs, they will be hosting a Postdoctoral Research Symposium and the 2014 postdoc picnic on Friday, September 19, 2014.


1st Georgia Tech Postdoctoral Research Symposium
Friday, September 19, 2014
2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Schedule and abstract book will be available online soon at this link: Organized by Postdocs@Tech and the Office of Postdoctoral Services.


2014 Postdoc Picnic
Friday, September 19, 2014
4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Postdocs, postdocs’ family members, and faculty mentors are invited to have a bite to eat and network with other members of Georgia Tech’s postdoctoral community. Sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Services and Office of Research.




Tuesday, September 16, 2014: The Postdoctoral Society of Argonne is hosting a 5K/3K fun run/walk!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014: City-wide NPAW reception hosted by University of Chicago, UIC, Rush University Medical Center, Northwetern University and Argonne National Laboratory. The event will feature a keynote address by Chicago Innovation Exchange Executive Director, John Flavin, a diverse career panel discussion and a networking reception.

Friday, September 19, 2014: The Postdoctoral Society of Argonne is hosting an open forum with Laboratory Director, Peter Littlewood. This is a chance for postdocs to have a conversation directly with the Laboratory Director!


More information available here.


The faculty and administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will be hosting an ice cream social for postdocs to celebrate NPAW. During the event, faculty and admins will serve ice cream to postdocs. There will also be a short presentation by the vice chancellor for research and the UIC PDA. The event will take place Tuesday, September 15, 2014 from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., and will be held in the Pharmacy Garden.


At the University of Chicago, the annual postdoc fall kick-off picnic will be held on Friday, September 5, 2014 on the Crerar Lawn. This year the Biological Sciences Division (BSD) PDA is extending an invitation to all university postdocs with the support of the Office of the Provost in addition to the BSD Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Affairs.

In addition, the BSD PDA will hold an ice cream social for postdocs on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, and a panel discussion followed by networking lunch with Abbvie Scientists on Monday, September 22, 2014.


Be sure to catch these 2014 NPAW events at Northwestern University:

NPAW 2014 Postdoc Night Out!
Monday, September 29, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Harris Atrium, 3rd Floor of Prentice Women's Hospital (250 E. Superior, Chicago)

Careers in Industry Information Session, by Abbott Molecular:
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Daniel Hale Williams Aud, 2nd FL, McGaw Pavilion (240 E Huron, Chicago, IL)


Thursday, October 2, 2014
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
TGS Commons (2122 N Sheridan Road, Room 140, Evanston, IL) 

Postdoc Appreciation Picnic 2014
Saturday, October 4, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Deering Meadow (1937 Sheridan Rd. Evanston, IL 60201)


Face painting, balloon animals, outdoor activities, music, and lunch will be provided! Giveaways for all attendees!



The Offices of Academic Affairs and Mentoring Programs at Rush University celebrates NPAW to create awareness of and recognize the contributions that postdocs make to the U.S. scientific research enterprise and Rush University Medical Center. Rush University wants to thank its postdocs for their hard work and commitment. Rush postdocs, please invite your fellow postdocs and mentors/supervisors to join us for the following NPAW events and happenings at Rush!


Friday, September 19, 2014
3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
994 AAC

Ice cream, desserts, and refreshments
Elevator speech
Presented by Dr. Susanna Chubinskaya
Associate Provost, Academic Affairs

Speed networking
Presented by Mentoring Programs
Giselle Sandi, Ph.D.
Office of Rush Mentoring Programs


The Postdoctoral Affairs Office at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will host an appreciation reception for campus postdocs on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Also as part of NPAW 2014, the Society of Postdoctoral Scholars will host a potluck and BBQ for campus postdocs on Saturday, September 20, 2014.
Indiana Indianapolis 

Indiana University (IU), School of Medicine is hosting several events to show appreciation for its postdoctoral fellows, and to highlight just how much their postdocs rock!

Events at the IU, School of Medicine include:

Thursday, September 11, 2014
Covance: Women in the Workplace workshop


Monday, September 15, 2014
Brain Challenge kick-off event


Wednesday. September 17, 2014
Leadership Development and Team Building workshop


Thursday, September 18, 2014
Postdocs Rock! ice cream social


Friday, September 19, 2014
Postdocs Rock! coffee and doughnuts 

  Notre Dame 

The University of Notre Dame has the following events planned for 2014 NPAW:

Monday, September 15, 2014
7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.
Appreciation Breakfast for Postdocs and Mentors

Mentors: Appreciate Your Postdoc
Mentors are encouraged to do something special for their postdoc(s) and submit a picture. Postdocs will vote on the best picture. Prize awarded to best photo with most votes.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Demonstration: Academic iNDex – repository for academic and professional information

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
PhD the Movie


Wednesday, September 17, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Wellness Wednesday

Chair massages


5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Seminar: What is Stress? How does it affects us both physically and mentally.


Thursday, September 18, 2014
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Workshop: Academic Job Application Overview


4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Communication Workshop: Presenting Yourself Well: An Interactive Workshop


1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Ice cream social & vote for appreciate your postdoc winner



Iowa State University, Graduate College is hosting four events for NPAW:


Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Orientation for new postdoctoral scholars
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Postdoc office open house
1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
1156 Pearson Hall


Meet and greet over snacks.


Saturday, September 20, 2014
Postdoctoral scholar professional development workshop faculty panel
9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


"Careers: Positioning Yourself to Get the Interview and Start a Faculty Position" and workshop sessions on "Are You Ready for a Faculty Job", "Mentoring Partnerships", and "COS Pivot."

ISU PDA general meeting/lunch
12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.


Immediately following workshop

  Iowa City 

Join the University of Iowa (UI) to celebrate NPAW! The Office of Postdoctoral Scholars (OPDS), Carver College of Medicine, and the UI Postdoctoral Association (UIPDA) have organized several events to celebrate their postdocs!


Pitching Your Research – Communication to Make an Impact
Monday, September 15, 2014
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
283 EMRB


A symposium for postdoctoral scholars and fellows.

8:15 a.m. Registration
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Writing for publication and funding. Presented by Paul Casella.
10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Panel discussion - Faculty journal editors (manuscript reviews)
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Postdoc appreciation lunch (EMRB Atrium) - Network with colleagues and mentors at the annual postdoc appreciation lunch
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Panel discussion – Faculty study section members (grant reviews)
1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Effective scientific presentations, posters and “elevator talks.” Presented by Paul Casella.
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Workshop your “elevator talk”

Register by Friday, September 12, 2014:

This event is open to postdoctoral scholars on a first come, first served basis.


Annual postdoc appreciation pizza party
Monday, September 15, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
EMRB Atrium


The Office of Postdoctoral Scholars and Carver College of Medicine invite postdocs from across the UI campus to participate.

Register by Monday, September 12, 2014:


UI PDA happy hour
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Red’s Alehouse, 405 N. Dubuque St, North Liberty 


Come out and meet postdocs from across campus. The UIPDA is providing FREE appetizers for postdocs and their guest!

Kansas Kansas City 

In celebration of NPAW, The University of Kansas Medical Center will be recognizing postdoctoral scholars with a postdoc appreciation lunch on Monday, September 15, 2014, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Hixson Atrium on the Kansas City campus.

In addition, on Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., postdoctoral scholars are invited to ice cream & social media. This special career development session will provide information on how to use social media, such as LinkedIn, for professional development and networking. Ice cream will be served and a free professional photo booth will be on site for polished profile photos.

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the Office of International Programs will dedicate special attention to postdoc topics during their monthly culture hour session. On Friday, September 19, 2014, the KUMC PDA will host a happy hour in the Westport District, and throughout the week, Kansas City area postdocs will enjoy discounted admission at area attractions such as Science City and the WWI Museum (voucher required). Visit for more information and to register for events (required). 

KAWSE Postdoc Women in STEM, which is under the Kansas State University Office for the Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering (KAWSE), will hold a welcome and appreciation event on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Manhattan Country Club for postdocs. 


An ice-cream and coffee social, organized by postdoctoral staff in the plant pathology department, will be from 2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Thursday, September 18, 2014, at the Willis Conference room on the fourth floor of Throckmorton Hall. The event is sponsored by the plant pathology department office and KAWSE.



The University of Louisville will host its 5th annual postdoc appreciation luncheon at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, September 22, 2014. The featured speaker will be Dr. Harini Aiyer, Research Scientist at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Her presentation will be “At the Nexus of Education and Immigration: Career Options for International Graduates and Postdocs in Life Sciences." In addition to a delicious lunch, all attendees will receive a complimentary gift and a drawing will be held for door prizes.
Louisiana Baton Rouge Pennington Biomedical Research Center will host a postdoc appreciation luncheon on Friday, September 19, 2014 for its fellows.
Maryland Baltimore  The Baltimore National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus plans on celebrating NPAW with a cupcake social on Thursday, September 18, 2014 in the atrium of the Biomedical Research Center. Time TBD.

The Johns Hopkins Postdoctoral Association (JHPDA) at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has a number of events planned in honor of NPAW! JHPDA will be celebrating during the official NPAW, as well an additional week!

Monday, September 15, 2014
"Don't hesitate to advocate! Making effective advocacy a part of your research career"


Speaker, Josh Horwitz


Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Visa seminar


Information about H1 visas and permanent residence, presented by Taylor and Ryan, LLC


Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Research Presentation Club
Trivia night!


Thursday, September 18, 2014
De-stress yoga session


Monday, September 22, 2014
International movie night


Featuring a Dutch film


Tuesday, September 23, 2014
LinkedIn workshop


Hosted by the Johns Hopkins Professional Development Office, with an option to get professional headshots taken on Tuesday, September 30, 2014


Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Postdoc coffee break


Featuring a free JHPDA coffee mugs to the first 50 postdocs


Thursday, September 25, 2014
Career talk


With Dr. Joao Lima



A postdoc appreciation BBQ featuring authentic German food, music, and beverages - as well as free JHPDA mugs


The JHPDA has also arranged for postdoc discounts at a number of businesses, both on- and off-campus. Many of these discounts will be valid the entire two weeks.

  Bethesda  The American Physiological Society's Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee Chair sent out an electronic postcard to all its postdoctoral fellow members worldwide recognizing and congratulating them on all their efforts and reminding them of upcoming programs and opportunities of specific interest.
    The National Cancer Institute (NCI) will celebrate NPAW on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 with a social networking event at 4935 Bar and Kitchen. Then, on Friday, September 26, 2014 they will host an ice cream social to celebrate NPAW. 


The NCI will celebrate NPAW on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 with an ice cream social after the Fellows and Young Investigators Seminar. Then, on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 they will host a social networking event at Barley and Hops to celebrate NPAW. 
Massachusetts Boston

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's (DFCI) Postdoc and Graduate Student Affairs Office (PGSAO), together with DFCI's Postdoc and Graduate Student Association (PGA) will host the following events:

Monday, September 15, 2014 - PGA open house from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - This will be an opportunity for all postdocs, graduate students, faculty and staff to stop by and learn more about what the PGA is doing for the DFCI postdoc and graduate student community and to showcase it's four different committees.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - Annual ice cream social from 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. JP Licks has graciously donated ice cream for this year's ice cream social. This has become a delicious tradition for DFCI postdocs and graduate students!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Lunch with President Edward Benz, M.D. This will be an excellent opportunity for postdocs and graduate students to meet with our President, Dr. Benz, in a relaxed setting to enjoy lunch and ask career related questions (space is limited).

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 10th Annual Postdoc and Graduate Student Retreat, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Simmons College, Boston - This is an extra special event since it marks the 10th annual retreat, as well as the 10th anniversary of the Postdoc and Graduate Student Affairs Office (PGSAO). The morning will begin with a talk from Helen Piwnica-Worms, Ph.D., Vice Provost, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Piwnica-Worms will also be the recipient of the first DFCI Distinguished Postdoc Alumnus Award. Next will be a panel discussion moderated by Lauren Celano, CEO of Propel Careers. After the panel discussion lunch will be served followed by a poster session. In the afternoon, four DFCI postdocs and graduate students will give oral presentations followed by keynote speaker, Tyler Jacks, Ph.D., Director of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The day will end with a cocktail and awards reception where awards will be presented to individuals with the two best posters and two best oral presentations in the amount of $1,000 each. In addition, Chief Scientific Officer, Barrett Rollins, M.D., Ph.D., will present an award to the 3rd Annual Mentor-of-the-Year. Raffle prizes will also be handed out towards the end of the event. The annual retreat is open to all DFCI postdocs and graduate students.

Friday, September 19, 2014 - Donut Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. A variety of donuts will be served with coffee in the Postdoc and Graduate Student Lounge.

The Brigham & Women's Hospital (BWH) Office for Research Careers (ORC) celebrates NPAW annually to create awareness of and recognize the contributions that postdocs make to the U.S. scientific research enterprise. The ORC thanks our postdocs for their hard work and commitment. BWH postdocs, please join them for the following NPAW events and happenings at BWH!

Prize Drawing - Postdoc Pics!
Submit a picture and be entered into a drawing for a Fitbit! All BWH postdocs who submit a photo will be entered into the drawing.

"The Art of Scientific Storytelling" - Tap into your hidden talents and transform your research into a logical narrative - presented by Rafael Luna, Ph.D. Thursday, September 18, 2014, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Shapiro Breakout Room. The first 75 people to arrive will receive free a copy of Dr. Luna's book, The Art of Scientific Storytelling.


Please register here for the seminar and pizza party:


Phase I: Seminar
Research presentations and manuscripts are an integral part of the scientific community and need to be delivered in an impactful manner to convey the significance of one’s research. However, research talks and manuscripts can be difficult and stressful to prepare. By communicating one’s science in a clear and compelling fashion, it is possible make your research standout. We will explore the logic of narrative craft and adapt it to scientific research. This interactive workshop provides instruction on how to transform your biomedical research into a story.


Phase II: Workshop
As postdocs, we have highly technical skills along with unique talents. Participants will work in pairs and apply Dr. Luna’s Scientific Storytelling method toward developing a 1-minute Scientific Storytelling elevator pitch. There is a twist. These 1-minute elevator pitches will be your own story and reveal your hidden talents and skills.

Come to this event prepared to share your story with peers. At the end of the workshop session, Dr. Luna will provide comments on the delivered elevator pitches to each participant in the course. Participants will then have the opportunity to revise their pitches into effective Scientific Stories based on the feedback received from this fun workshop.


Postdoc Pizza Party
Immediately following the workshop, all BWH postdocs are invited to socialize and network over pizza! Thursday, September 18, 2014, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Shapiro Breakout Room. 


The follow events are sponsored by the Harvard Medical School (HMS)/Harvard School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) Office for Postdoctoral Fellows (OPF):


Hot Talks
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Cannon Room, Building C (MAP)


Featured speakers include Ivo Spiegel, Ph.D., Research Fellow in Neurobiology, HMS: "Npas4 regulates excitatory-inhibitory balance within neural circuits through cell-type-specific gene programs."

Evangelos Papadopoulos, Ph.D., Research Fellow in Biological Chemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, HMS:  "Structure of the eukaryotic translation initiation factor eIF4E in complex with 4EGI-1 reveals an allosteric mechanism for dissociating eIF4G."

Chris Sham, Ph.D., Research Fellow in Microbiology & Immunobiology, HMS: "Bacterial cell wall. MurJ is the flippase of lipid-linked precursors for peptidoglycan biogenesis."


Postdoc Research Day
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Elements Cafe, Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur


The OPF will be hosting its 4th annual postdoc research day. This poster session will feature the work of postdocs at HMS and HSDM. Come enjoy a beer and refreshments and network with fellow colleagues. Poster winners will receive a $500 travel award to attend a conference of their choice. Poster winners will be announced at Thursday morning's postdoc appreciation brunch.


Postdoc Appreciation Brunch
Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
NRB 350


Winners of travel awards for best poster presentation will be announced during brunch. There will be coffee, juice, breakfast pastries, and raffle prize giveaways.

GRAND PRIZE: Everyone in attendance will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a $200 travel award.

    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 19, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. in the Kresge cafeteria. The winner of the PDA Mentor Award will be announced.
    In honor of NPAW, the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Office for Research Career Development would like to thank all postdocs for their scientific contributions to the MGH research enterprise. All MGH postdoctoral research fellows are invited to join us for ice cream (served by senior MGH faculty), networking and raffle prizes!   Monday, September 15, 2014 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 pm   In addition to this event, MGH will honor postdocs with a group of posters that hangs in the main lobby of the hospital throughout postdoc appreciation week. And all MGH postdocs are encouraged to plan for other annual event to that recognizes them: the ORCD research fellow poster celebration, which takes place annually in May, and showcases the excellent research done by postdoc trainees. 
    Boston Children's Hospital is hosting the following events: On Monday, September 15, 2014 there will be a make your own ice cream sundae event, featuring ice cream from JP Licks. Also, on Friday, September 19, 2014, there will be a fellows' appreciation luncheon.

The Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard is proud to once again be participating in the annual NPAW. This year, the Office of Academic Affairs and the NextGen Association for Postdocs and Grad Students (NGA) have organized a series of events to say thank you to its dedicated community of trainees:


Careers development panel: "Entrepreneurship: Converting ideas in science and art into groundbreaking products and services"
Monday, September 15, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Yellowstone Room (2nd Floor, 75 Ames Street)


This panel will discuss the opportunities and challenges of doing creative commercial work at the intersection of science, art and code. Coming from MIT's Computer Science, Architecture, and Media Lab - and having successfully started their own companies - the panelists have invaluable insight at crossing the boundaries between academia and entrepreneurship.


NextGen Association for Postdocs & Grad Students (NGA) open Hhuse and lunch
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Cascade Room (11th Floor, 75 Ames Street)


Broad's Postdoc Association (NGA) chairs will be on hand to answer your questions about the association. Feel free to drop by, grab some lunch, and meet with your peers.


Third annual trainee appreciation breakfast
Friday, September 19, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Yellowstone Room (2nd Floor, 75 Ames Street)


There will be hot breakfast (French toast, bacon, breakfast burritos, and oatmeal) and a raffle. Stop by when you have a chance to start your day!


Postdoc/Grad student appreciation social
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Monadnock Room (2nd Floor, 415 Main Street)


All Broad-affiliated postdocs are invited to a special social with members of Broad's core faculty. Dinner and drinks will be served. Feel free to invite your PI (but they're only invited as your guest!).


The Broad Institute wants to thank you all for your hard work throughout the year to help Broad Institute succeed in its scientific mission!


Tufts University will host luncheons on the Boston and Medford campuses in honor of NPAW as take your PI to lunch day. Advisors may attend as guests of the postdocs (but not without them). It's an opportunity for increased interaction with postdocs and advisors over food and conviviality. The events will be catered by Soulfire BBQ (Allston) and there will be BBQ ribs, fried chicken, fried catfish and fixings (including some vegetarian).


The Boston campus event will be held on  Monday September 15, 2014 between 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Sackler 114 (145 Harrison). The Medford event will be held on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. in the Remis Sculpture Court at Aidekman Arts Center (40 Talbot Ave.).


By coincidence, the postdoc officer will have a solo art show on exhibition in the Slater Concourse at Aidekman entitled Archemy: Chemical Drawings by Dan Jay (Sep 15-Oct 31). This is a show of 21 works on paper that use chemical and chemical reactions to generate novel makes on paper and combines art and science. He will provide a gallery talk for the Aidekman luncheon attendees on Tuesday.

  Woods Hole  In celebration of NPAW, the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution will host a community-wide picnic on Thursday, September 18, 2014 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 Detroit  Check out these events scheduled at Wayne State University: On Monday, September 15, 2014, there will be a postdoc luncheonCider and donuts will be served Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Wednesday, September 17, 2014 is Entrepreneur Day. Next on Thursday, September 18, 2014, cider and donuts will be available. Finally, on Friday, September 19, 2014 the annual postdoctoral research symposium will take place.
  East Lansing 

Michigan State University is celebrating NPAW!


On behalf of The Graduate School and The Michigan State University PDA (MSU-PDA), all postdocs and research associates are cordially invite to the annual postdoctoral informational meeting & networking lunch on Friday, September 19, 2014 between 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. taking place in the Molecular Plant Sciences Atrium.


This annual event features a resource fair with multiple vendors from the Michigan State University campus, including representatives from the academic human resources, campus living services, recreational sports and fitness services, federal credit union, office for international scholars, life & wellness center, police department, teaching assistant programs, professional development, family resource center and many others. MSU-PDA will also offer a delicious lunch with dessert and provide a networking opportunity for Postdocs from different departments!

In addition, prior to the big event on Friday MSU-PDA will host free coffee social hours throughout NPAW. 

  Grand Rapids 

The Van Andel Institute will host the following events in conjunction with NPAW:


Postdoc coffee social
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Van Andel Institute Café


Come join your fellow postdocs for a mid-week pick-me-up! Coffee and bagels provided by the PDA.


Postdoc Appreciation Day
Friday, September 18, 2014
4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Cook-Hauenstein Hall


The entire institute is invited to celebrate their postdoc colleagues with food, drinks, and trivia games! Refreshments provided by the PDA. 

Minnesota Minneapolis

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities has several events planned for NPAW.

On Monday, September 14, 2014 and Tuesday, September 15, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. there will be "dine around" dinners with postdocs and a faculty representative at a restaurant along the Light Rail train. Please RSVP to and indicate your campus preference. Further details will be sent once you RSVP.

An ice cream social will be held at the Coffman Riverbend Plaza (behind the Coffman Union) on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.


From 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014 the postdoctoral awards presentation is scheduled at the Mayo Auditorium. Featuring Provost Hanson with a dinner reception to follow. Please RSVP at


Finally, on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., a happy hour will take place at the Big 10 restaurant (East Bank, 606 Washington Ave SE).


Missouri St. Louis  Washington University in St. Louis will have a postdoc-PI happy hour on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. in the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center Hearth Room to celebrate NPAW. All postdocs and their faculty advisors are invited to join for snacks, cake, beer & wine.
Nebraska Lincoln

The Office of Postdoctoral Studies and the Postdoc Advisory Council at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will once again host their NPAW reception on Thursday, September 18, 2014 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.

A light meal and beverages will be served following a short recognition program. Please pre-register by Thursday, September 11, 2014. 
New Hampshire Hanover 

Be sure to attend this NPAW event at Dartmouth College

Postdocs and their advisors are invited to a reception at Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL) on Thursday, September 18, 2014, 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., as a thanks for all they do and to learn about the Dartmouth College Postdoctoral Association (DCPDA), the DCAL, and the Office of Outreach. 
New Jersey Piscataway 

6th Annual National Postdoc Appreciation Day Symposium
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), Rutgers University
Research Tower, Busch Campus


Join the 6th annual postdoc appreciation day symposium hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson/Rutgers PDA. The symposium, held during NPAW, highlights the work done by postdoctoral researchers at institutions in New Jersey, New York City, Philadelphia, and surrounding areas as well as provides an opportunity for networking and career counseling. This year, they are extremely honored to announce their keynote speaker Shirley Tilghman, Ph.D., an outstanding researcher, educator, advocate for biomedical research training and the 19th president of Princeton University. They will also feature an invited talk by Linda Stomato, co-director of the Center for Negotiation & Conflict Resolution at Rutgers University. The theme of this year's symposium is "Negotiate for the Life and Career That You Want."


To learn more and to register for this free event, please visit the following website: 
New Mexico Los Alamos  The Postdoc Program Office at Los Alamos National Lab will be hosting the annual postdoc appreciation social where all postdocs and management at the Lab are invited. A small token gift of appreciation will be given out. 
New York Cold Spring Harbor  The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory will host an ice cream social on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 to celebrate NPAW.
  New York City 

2014 NPAW events at Columbia University:


First annual Columbia University Postdoc Research and Career Symposium
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Columbia University Medical Center


Postdoc research poster session: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Data science career panel: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Networking and awards reception: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


New postdoc orientation
Thursday, September 18, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Columbia University Morningside campus

Dessert extravaganza event for postdocs


Thursday, September 18, 2014
2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Columbia University Morningside campus

Postdoc coffee/tea hour for postdocs


Friday, September 19, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Columbia University Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory

SciPhD halfday workshop: Preparing for a Job in Industry


Saturday, September 20, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Columbia University Medical Center 

    In honor of NPAW, the Belfer Institute of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine is hosting a celebratory party to honor postdoctoral fellows and the wonderful scientific research that they are doing at Einstein. The party will be held on Tuesday, September 23, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the Glass Café. There will be plenty of food and all postdocs are welcome! 

NPAW events sponsored by the University of Rochester PDA:


Monday, September 15, 2014
GEPA SMD Career Development Plans and Coffee hour/meet and greet
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
GEPA Office G-9556


Learn about SMD New Career Development Office, meet the office staff and network with other postdocs (Graduate Education and Post-doctoral Affairs)


Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Brazen Virtual Networking Event with SMD Alumni: Exploring Career Options for PhDs
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


All postdocs and graduate students are welcome to participate. All participants need to register, then will be matched with professional alumni with similar career path interest.

Speed networking event


River Campus Coffee hour/meet and greet
3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Room 363 in Meliora (River Campus)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Job Interviewing Skills: Seminar and Workshop


Scott Morgan (Science Communication Consultant)

All Postdocs and Graduate students are welcome to participate.


Seminar: Tips to succeed a Job Interview
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Class of 1962 Auditorium


Coffee break and networking session
2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Workshop: Get Ready for your Job Interview
3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Northeastern Conference Room (1-9535)


Thursday, September 18, 2014
Poster Session
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Flaum Atrium


All participants need to register; all postdocs are welcome to participate. Prepare a poster, or alternatively use a poster previously presented on a conference.

Prizes: 1st $500, 2nd $300, 3rd $200 travel awards


Poster Travel Award Ceremony/Happy Hour
4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Flaum Atrium/ Med center


Food and drinks provided

  Stony Brook  Stony Brook University will be holding a series of events throughout the month of September to celebrate NPAW.  Tuesday, September 2, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.:Postdoc breakfast. Start your postdoc appreciation early with a special edition of our monthly postdoc coffee to be held in the Graduate School Conference Room, Computer Scienc Suite 2401. Breakfast will be served. Saturday, September 13, 2014, 11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.:NPAW postdoc picnic, Holtsville Park Gazebo, 249 Buckley Road, Holtsville, NY 11742. Celebrate the start of NPAW at a picnic with your fellow postdocs, friends and families. The gazebo at Holtsville Park is situated next to a playground and to the Holtsville Wildlife & Ecology Center (a little zoo of mostly rescued animals). Join us! Food will be served. This event is free. Thursday, September 18, 2014, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.:SBU postdoc spotlight, Wang Center Theater. SBU postdoc spotlight is a celebration of the research performed by Stony Brook's postdoctoral scholars. Postdocs will have the opportunity to spotlight their innovations in a short, accessible talk for a broad audience and provide a snapshot of the world-class research underway at the University. For more information: 
North Carolina Chapel Hill

NPAW events sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) PDA and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs:


UNC PDA t-shirts – Got Research?

The UNC PDA is selling t-shirts online and at selected events during NPAW. For $10 you can pre-order your t-shirt online and pick it up at the cookout on Friday or you can purchase one in person (cash only) at selected events during NPAW.  All proceeds will go to the UNC PDA to help offset the cost of future events. Order your t-shirt today!


Monday, September 15, 2014
Postdoc social media day


The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and UNC PDA work hard to keep postdocs informed. All postdocs are asked to join and solicit others to join us on social media.


OPA Facebook:

OPA Twitter: @uncpostdoc #uncpostdoc

PDA LinkedIn:


Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Industry symposium
10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Please join the UNC PDA symposium. This symposium features biotech-industry speakers and vendors focused on providing essential information to help you with your career and your research. Whether you are in biotech, or would like to learn more about humanities careers in the sciences, this symposium will help you gain industry insight and give you specific skills necessary for entering the job market.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Appreciate your postdoc day


Faculty mentors, do something special for your postdoc(s) and send in your best picture. Ideas for appreciation include snacks/treats, lunch, coffee break, gift cards, etc. Tweet your picture to @UNCPostdoc, AND YOU WILL BE ENTERED FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A FREE PIZZA PARTY FOR YOUR RESEARCH GROUP!


Thursday, September 18, 2014
The Imposter Syndrome with Dr. Valerie Young
2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Kirkland Auditorium, Koury Oral Health Building


How to Feel as Bright and Capable as Everyone Thinks You Are

Dr. Valerie Young is an internationally known speaker, a leading expert on the Impostor Syndrome and author of the award winning book The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of it.


Friday, September 19, 2014
Postdoc appreciation cookout
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Fed Ex Global Education Center Patio, 301 Pittsboro Street


Join the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs on the patio as they host a cookout free lunch, including hamburgers and hotdogs (veggie available). You must register online by September 15 to secure your free lunch. UNC PDA will also be selling the “Got Research?” t-shirts. If you pre-ordered your t-shirt online you can pick it up at the cookout. 



East Carolina University is recognizing its postdocs for the first time during this year's NPAW!


Postdoc mixer
Friday, September 19, 2014
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Brody Building, Room Brody Commons, 600 Moye Blvd


The ECU PDA and PDO will sponsor this event. Come have a bite to eat and find out what ECU postdocs are all about. All postdocs will be recognized for their achievements throughout the year. Also, the first annual "Outstanding Paper Award" will be awarded to a postdoc for their contributions to their field. Come out and help us appreciate postdocs! 


The North Carolina State University PDA has three events planned, two of which occur in the days after NPAW.


During NPAW, there will be a talk each day at lunchtime in the Nature Research Center in downtown Raleigh. These lightning talks are all open to the public and feature stunning visuals in a dedicated "globe."

On Saturday, September 20, 2014, a family friendly potluck picnic is planned at The University Club.

On Thursday, September 25, 2014, there will be a late afternoon postdoc appreciation mixer including refreshments and the announcement for some postdocs of $5000 total of professional development awards.
  Research Triangle Park 

NPAW events taking place at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS):


Pick up “I love my Postdoc _____” stickers from the Office of Fellows’ Career Development (A239)!
All week


Note: No government funds will be used to purchase the food served at the following events.


Fellows' meeting with NIEHS Scientific Director Dr. Darryl Zeldin
Friday, September 12, 2014
11:00 a.m.


Dr. Darryl Zeldin, NIEHS Scientific Director


Scientists teaching science two-hour workshop
Monday, September 15, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Barbara Houtz


New fellows' orientation with the Office of Fellows' Career Development
Monday, September 15, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Tammy R. L. Collins, Ph.D., Director, Office of Fellows' Career Development 

Are you new to NIEHS & wondering how to make the most of your time here? Do you want to learn more about the professional development resources that are available? Are you interested in becoming more involved in the trainee community? If so, please join us during NPAW to learn more...light snacks will be provided!!


Special appreciation event for Environmental Factor (NIEHS newsletter) writers
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Executive conference room


NIEHS Environmental Factor staff


Maintaining resilience in the job search
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Denise Saunders, Ph.D.

A job search in today’s economy can be challenging. Finding ways to stay positive, optimistic and productive are important components to being an effective job seeker. This presentation focuses on building confidence during your search, enhancing optimism and resilience, and challenging participants to find value in the experiences that don’t go as planned. Come learn how to maximize your successes and minimize the disappointments.


2014-2015 brown bag professional development lunch kickoff: life in the science writing/editing industry
Thursday, September 18, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


NTA Steering Committee & Dr. Deepa Singh


Jacqueline Powell, Ph.D.
Present position and company: Medical Science Writer at Education & Training Systems International.
Previous position: Postdoctoral fellow at NIEHS

Jillian Orans, Ph.D.
Present position & company: Scientific Content Manager at Maven Medical & Science Communications

Previous position: Postdoctoral fellow at Duke University Medical center

Do you have a good idea of available career paths for Ph.D.s? Are you interested learning about career options beyond tenure-track academic positions?

To hear more about potential careers in a one-on-one setting, welcome to the 2014-2015 brown bag professional development lunch third Thursdays!

These brown bag lunches will highlight a different set of Ph.D. careers each month to provide fellows the opportunity to meet with a few individuals who have firsthand experience. In contrast to the career symposium, these lunches will provide an informal and more intimate atmosphere for you to ask questions or just hear more about potential career paths!


End of week celebration: group photo, ice cream social, 5th annual trivia challenge & games on the patio
Friday, September 19, 2014
NIEHS cafeteria & surrounding patio


1:30 p.m. Group photo [All trainees invited]
2:00 p.m. Ice cream social & the 5th annual trivia challenge (prizes will be awarded to the winners)!
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Games on the patio


The following events are planned at Wake Forest University for NPAW:


Monday, September 15, 2014
Coffee break

Java by Jeff’s
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Medical Center

Campus Grounds
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Reynolda Campus


Thursday, September 18, 2014
Professional development seminar
Hanes 1064 from
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


“How to Make the Best of Your Postdoctoral Experience”
Speaker: Linda A. Dykstra Hylander, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor/Psychology, Affiliated with Neuroscience Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Friday, September 19, 2014
Postdoc appreciation picnic
Tanglewood Park, Family Shelter
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.


Bring an ethnic dish


Monday, September 22, 2014
Guest speaker
Biotech Place, 155 A&B
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


“What to look for when searching for a postdoctoral fellowship; a perspective from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital”
Speaker: Linda Harris, Ph.D., Associate Director of Academic Programs, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN

North Dakota    
Ohio Cleveland 

Tthe following NPAW event is planned at Case Western Reserve University:


Postdoc appreciation lunch
Thursday, October 2, 2014
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
BRB 1st Floor Lobby


Please join The Ohio State University (OSU) for a casual evening of networking, food, and fun! An event to thank postdocs for their dedication to postdoctoral research at OSU and a unique opportunity for them to network with industry leaders from around Columbus.

Networking social
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
105 Biomedical Research Tower (BRT)


Invited guests include individuals from BioOhio, TechColumbus, and many companies in the area to join in on this event and get to know OSU postdocs. Light refreshments and appetizers will be served. All OSU postdocs are welcome! Please RSVP by Friday, September 12, 2014 at


Wright State University will have a postdoc appreciation happy hour to thank postdocs for all their dedication and hard work in the labs and classrooms. Please join us!

Brio Tuscan Grill at the Greene
4456 Cedar Park Drive
Friday, September 19, 2014
5:00 p.m.


The event is an informal forum for exchanging ideas and discussion of research/career development strategies. Postdocs and their mentors are invited for some drinks and snacks to celebrate NPAW.

Oklahoma Oklahoma City  The following events have been planned by Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) to celebrate NPAW: On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, OMRF PDA will host their annual postdoc awards luncheon where two awards will be given out. The Paul W. Kincade Outstanding Grantsmanship Award is given to the postdoc for the best grant while the Charles T. Esmon Outstanding Publication award is given to a postdoc for the best manuscript. Every year OMRF recognizes the hard work and dedication of their postdocs by singling out two individuals with the best paper and grant. The luncheon is open to all OMRF graduate students, postdocs and their mentoring faculty.On Thursday, September 18, 2014, OMRF PDA will host a happy hour and a "bad science movie night." Snacks and refreshments are provided including the popcorn for the movie. Attendees will get to select a bad science movies for the crowd to enjoy that night along with their refreshments. All OMRF graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to attend this fun social event.
Oregon Corvallis Since the week of NPAW is busy at Oregon State University (OSU) with orientation events, the OSU Postdoc Association (OPA) is planning a poster session on Thursday, October 9, 2014. Robert Tanguay will be the keynote speaker on "Starting a career in academia as an independent investigator" and the poster session will follow. There will be a $100 prize for the best poster presentation, and a vendor show in conjunction with the event. 
Pennsylvania  Hershey 

The Penn State Hershey Postdoctoral Society, at the College of Medicine on Penn State's Hershey campus, has the following events scheduled:


Postdoctoral Society meet & greet social
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
4:00 p.m.
C3700 (Neural & Behavioral Sciences conference room)


All postdoctoral fellows and scholars are invited to attend. Meet your fellow colleagues, the Director of Postdoctoral Affairs, and the College of Medicine Human Resource Representatives.  Come out and enjoy a afternoon of coffee, tea and desserts.

Sponsored and organized by the Penn State Hershey Postdoctoral Society and Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.


Annual postdoctoral picnic
Sunday, September 21, 2014
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Indian Echo Caverns (368 Middletown Road, Hummelstown, PA. 5 minutes from the Hershey campus)


This event is for the entire family! Enjoy a day of fun with your colleagues, family and friends! Please bring a side dish to share. Main dish and drinks will be provided from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Paid and free activities available on site. Sponsored by the Penn State Hershey Postdoctoral Society and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.


The University of Pittsburgh PDA will host Picnic in the Park on Thursday, September 25, 2014. The annual postdoc fall family picnic will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Vietnam Veteran's Pavillion at Schenley Park. Dinner will be served from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with free shuttle service provided from campus.

Registration is required by Sunday, September 21, 2014. Visit for more information.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the University of Pennsylvania have partnered to host the following 2014 NPAW events:

Monday, September 15, 2014 - At 2:00 p.m.,Dr. Heather Steinman, Director of the University of Pennsylvania Center for Innovation, will discuss new perspectives for success in science. An opening reception will immediately follow Dr. Steinman’s talk at 3:00 p.m.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014 - SciPhD co-founders, Dr. Randall Ribardo and Larry Petcovic, will lead a half day training workshop entitled “Preparing for Careers in Industry” from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at CHOP. The workshop will introduce fellows to 24 business competencies valued in industry and relate them to industry job ads and descriptions.


Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - Drs. Sherri Moores and Kate Sasser, industry scientists from Johnson & Johnson, will present “Perspectives on Scientific Careers in Industry” at 1:30 p.m. They will discuss their personal journeys, similarities and differences between academia and industry, and career options for fellows interested in entering industry. An ice cream social will follow at UPenn from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Thursday, September 18, 2014 - A panel of seven scientists from Johnson & Johnson will take postdocs through the process of drug development, from the time of scientific discovery to marketing. The discussion, taking place from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at CHOP, is titled “Drug Discovery: Sharing the Multidisciplinary Personal Experience.” At 4:30 p.m., the entire community is invited to our CHOP/Penn NPAW Reception.


Friday, September 19, 2014 Mallory Fix of Language ConnectED will provide non-native English speakers with tips to engage in effective and comfortable conversations with other scientific professionals, beginning at 1:00 p.m. A closing NPAW happy hour will follow the presentation at 3:00 p.m.

Additional details, including times and locations, can be found at

Thomas Jefferon University (TJU) will have an ice cream social on campus Tuesday, September 16, 2014 and has planned an NPAW happy hour for Thursday, September 18, 2014

The big event will be on Wednesday, September 24, 2014: a mentor breakfast for all postdocs and their PI's. There will be a panel of past Distinguished Mentor award winners (PI's are nominated for this award by their postdocs and it is awarded in the spring at the postdoc research symposium). They will speak about what it means to be a good mentor and how they approach mentoring their postdocs. TJU hopes for this to be an open forum and for the postdocs and PI's to really engage and enjoy the event. 
  University Park 

Below are the social events scheduled at Penn State-University Park campus for NPAW.


Bowling night
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
7:00 p.m.
Northland Bowl and Recreation Center (1521 Martin St, State College, PA 16803)

Movie night


Wednesday, September 17, 2014
9:00 p.m.
UEC Theaters 12 (125 Premiere Dr, State College, PA 16801)


The Hundred Foot Journey


Coffee hour
Thursday, September 18, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Panera Bread (148 S Allen St, State College, PA 16801)


Meeting point: Panera Bread at 5:30 p.m.


Bar night
Friday, September 19, 2014
8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.+
Chrome (222 W Beaver Ave, State College, PA 16801)



Saturday, September 20, 2014
~10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Bald Eagle State Park (149 Main Park Rd, Howard, 16841)

Ice cream social


Monday, September 22, 2014
2:00 p.m.
Penn State Berkey Creamery (119 Food Science Building, University Park, PA 16802)


7th Annual Postdoc Research Exhibition
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.


For all postdoctoral scholars, with cash prizes for the first three posters and several door prizes.

Rhode Island Providence  Brown University will host a Postdoctoberfest event on Friday, October 3, 2014! Postdocs from across campus will gather for snacks, drinks, and good company.
South Carolina Clemson For NPAW, the Clemson University College of Engineering and Science Post-Doc Support Office will hold a dinner to recognize postdocs and their advisors, as well as host open door breakfasts throughout the week.
South Dakota Sioux Falls Sanford Health will celebrate NPAW with their first ever postdoc symposium. Postdocs will compete for a trip to the NPA Annual Meeting by presenting on their current research - great opportunity to learn about all that goes on at Sanford Health, and a great forum for the postdocs to get some presentation experience! 
Tennessee Nashville  Vanderbilt University Medical Center  is celebrating NPAW 2014 by holding its annual postdoc family picnic on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 starting at 5:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET) Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the Vanderbilt Medical Alumni Association (VMAA). Postdocs and their families are encouraged to join in for food and fun at Fannie Mae Dees/Dragon Park! For more information, please visit: Secondly, they will be having a PDA happy hour on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. There will be beer, water, and snacks until they last.  
  Oak Ridge

The PDA at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has the following events planned for NPAW 2014:


Monday, September 15, 2014
Special tour of HFIR facilities
5k Fun Run social at Bearden Beer Market


Tuesday, September 16, 2014
International potluck picnic


Thursday, September 18, 2014
Ice cream social


Follows the professional development series lecture “Leadership Fundamentals” presented by Judith Henry. Ice cream will be provided by Razzleberry’s Ice Cream Lab and Kitchen.


Friday, September 19, 2014
Mentor appreciation happy hour
Casual Pint, Hardin Valley


Additional details, including times and locations, can be found on the internal ORNL website dedicated to ORPA 

Texas Austin

The University of Texas at Austin is planning to celebrate and honor their wonderful postdocs this year by hosting a week-long series of seminars and networking opportunities:

Monday, September 15, 2014: "All About Mentorship" with Dr. Erin Dolan, Executive Director, Texas Institute for Discovery Education in Science


Tuesday, September 16, 2014: Networking social hour


Wednesday, September 17, 2014: "Developing Your Teaching Portfolio" with Dr. Molly Hatcher, Program Coordinator, Center for Teaching and Learning


Thursday, September 18, 2014: Postdoc orientation and resource fair


Friday, September 19, 2014:  "Open Source Publishing" with Colleen Lyon, MLS, Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of Texas Libraries

  Dallas  At UT Southwestern Medical Center there will be the annual postdoctoral research symposium and poster session on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at the Dallas Arboretum in celebration of NPAW.

The following events have been planned for the postdoctoral scientists in the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences:


Presentation — Pathways to Permanent Residency
Tuesday, September 23, 2014
4:00 p.m.
Levin Hall 3.324


Avalyn Castillo Langemeier will discuss the current options for securing a Green Card. Ms. Langemeier is a highly regarded immigration attorney and partner in the international firm of Foster Quan LLP. Frank Garcia, senior legal officer in UTMB’s International Affairs Office, will also be present. Please click here for more information.


Presentation — Postdoc Stress: Your Unique Challenges
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Levin Hall 3.324


Come hear Carol Kerr, M.Ed, LPC, LCDC, CEAP from UTMB’s Employee Assistance Program, discuss ways to improve your work/life balance. She understands the unique pressures postdocs face during this pivotal time in your career, so bring your questions and join us for lunch* and some answers. Ms. Kerr and other licensed counselors are available for free individual confidential consultations. Please click here for more information.


Call (409) 772-2485 or (888) 870-8553 to make an appointment. *Pizza and beverages will be available at 11:30 a.m. – first-come, first-served.


Postdoc Appreciation Event – Farley Girls
Thursday, September 25, 2014
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Upstairs at Farley Girls Cafe


Join your colleagues upstairs at the Farley Girls Cafe, for delicious appetizers, beer and wine after work on Thursday.

Winners of the Outstanding Postdoc Service Awards will be recognized, along with postdocs whose stories are featured in UTMB news articles for National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Please click here for more information.


Postdoc Achievements!


Ali Pohlmeier, Ph.D.
While pursuing her doctorate in nutritional sciences at Texas Tech University, UTMB postdoc Ali Pohlmeier studied the pathophysiology of polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS. She became intrigued by the possible connection between diet, insulin, and the symptoms of PCOS. Read more about Ali Pohlmeier's work here.


To recognize the contributions that postdocs make to scientific research, the Academic and VISA Administration – Trainee & the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will host events throughout the week! Please join them and bring your mentor!


Ice cream
Monday, September 15, 2014
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Onstead Auditorium


Tuesday, September 16, 2014
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
2SCRB / Rooms 5 & 6



Wednesday, September 17, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
2SCRB / Rooms 5 & 6


Thursday, September 18, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Onstead Auditorium

Family movie & game night


Friday, September 19, 2014
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Onstead Auditorium Games in the Foyer


The LEGO Movie. Showtime @ 6:00 p.m. Bring your family or significant other. Pizza and popcorn served

  San Antonio  The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is having a postdoc appreciation breakfast to encourage postdocs to come eat, mingle and learn about opportunities at UTSA that will help their research and career development on Monday, September 15, 2014.
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) is hosting the 2nd annual San Antonio Postdoc Research Forum with keynote speaker, Dr. Frances Colon, poster sessions and presentations, prizes and networking reception on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

The PDA at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio has shared its NPAW events:


On Tuesday, September 16, 2014, they will be hosting the 2nd annual San Antonio Postdoctoral Research Forum, and this year they have brought postdoctoral fellows from across all of San Antonio for the event: UT Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA), UT San Antonio (UTSA), Texas Biomedical Research Institute, and the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research. This is the first time an event like this has been held in San Antonio. The distinguished lecture will be given by Dr. Frances Colón, Acting Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State from the U.S. Department of State, who is traveling from Washington, D.C. for our event. Her talk is titled, “How Scientists Can Change the World.” She will also be meeting with students and postdoctoral fellows at UTHSCSA on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, and at UTSA on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. The event features postdoctoral research posters and two invited postdoctoral research talks with awards for the best posters. 

Virginia Charlottesville  The University of Virginia is hosting a series of postdoc appreciation breakfasts during NPAW. Three breakfasts will be held at various locations across the campus. During the breakfast, postdocs will meet and greet with university staff and administrators, and hear updates on upcoming events, services and programs.

The Society of Toxicology (SOT) has a number of NPAW events planned:


Join the PDA-sponsored webinar on Monday, September 15!


On Monday, September 15, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. ET, the PDA is sponsoring a webinar entitled "Increasing Your Visibility and Participation in SOT as an Early Career Toxicologist." Hosted by PDA Vice Chair Kathryn Page, this session includes a diverse panel of speakers covering several different areas surrounding the value of SOT membership to professional advancement. Panelists include:

  • William Slikker Jr., Ph.D., ATS, Director of US FDA-NCTR, and SOT Past President, who will discuss the hows, wheres and whys of SOT participation.
  • Lauren M. Aleksunes, PharmD, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Rutgers University, will provide insight into SOT membership, including types of membership, how to upgrade your membership, and the benefits.
  • Mary Beth Genter, Ph.D., DABT, ATS, Associate Professor at University of Cincinnati, will address how to organize a session at the Annual Meeting, including how to identify strong topics and speakers, how to prepare a great proposal, and choosing a symposia versus a workshop.
  • Betina J. Lew, Ph.D., Senior Toxicologist at Church & Dwight, will lend her perspective on how to make the post of your SOT ToXchange member profile.

This webinar will show the value of SOT membership with regard to professional advancement. Speakers include members of multiple SOT committees, including Nomination Committee (Dr. Slikker), Membership Committee (Dr. Aleksunes), Program Committee (Dr. Genter), and Career Resources & Development Committee (Dr. Lew). This is an excellent chance to hear how SOT can help you, and to ask questions of some great SOT leaders.

Register for the webinar in advance by clicking on the following link:


Look for the postdoc-themed blog series all week!


Other highlights of the week include a blog series written by recently transitioned postdocs under the theme Advice from the Other Side: Reflections of the Postdoctoral Experience. They will feature authors from each sector, academia, government, and industry.

Articles will be published as Communiqué blogs for all to enjoy. Blog articles will feature:

  • Patrick Allard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor at UCLA “Transitioning into an Academic Position: The Entropy of an Exciting Period of your Career”
  • Chris Banks, Ph.D., Associate Toxicologist at California EPA in the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment ” Transitioning into Government: From Academia to a Stable Government Position“
  • Katie Paul, Ph.D., Scientific Advisor in the Regulatory Toxicology Group at Bayer CropScience “Transitioning into Industry: Steps to Take to Work in Regulatory Toxicology”
Through these events, the PDA joins the NPA in focusing attention on the contributions and achievements of postdoctoral scholars. We hope that all SOT members will take time during NPAW to acknowledge the postdocs in your communities and institutions. 
  Richmond  In celebration of NPAW, the Office of Postdoctoral Services and the Postdoctoral Association of Virginia Commonwealth University will host its 3nd Annual Research Symposium and poster session on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. The poster session will be held in the Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building (Rm 104/105). Lunch will be provided. 
  Roanoke  The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute is hosting a postdoc research blitz and luncheon on Monday, September 15, 2014. Postdocs will have the opportunity to mingle, learn about their colleagues’ research, and practice giving oral presentations in short format. The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in room R3012 of the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, located at 1 Riverside Circle
Washington Seattle 

University of Washington Postdoctoral Association (UWPA) NPAW BBQ

Portage Bay Vista (Foege South, East Lawn, UW Campus)
Friday, September 12, 2014
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

What will they have?

Hamburgers, veggie burgers, hotdogs, snacks, drinks & a slew of on-campus groups with helpful information for new and current postdocs! 

What can you bring?

Weather appropriate clothing and an appetite
Your questions regarding benefits, postdoctoral affairs at UW, and more!
West Virginia    
Wisconsin Madison

The University of Wisconsin-Madison will be holding the events listed below for 2014 NPAW: 


Coffee break and networking
Monday, September 15, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Lobby Balcony, Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research


Bagels and coffee talk


Annual fall postdoc meeting
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
The Sett, Union South


Enjoy food, bowling, and conversation with fellow postdocs!


Postdoc happy hour
Friday, September19, 2014
4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
The Great Dane, 357 Price Place (Hilldale)


Share a pint with your peers 


Further information is available on the University of Wisconsin-Madison Postdoctoral Association website

  Milwaukee The Medical College of Wisconsin will be celebrating NPAW on Friday, September 19, 2014 by distributing t-shirts in the morning to make the postdocs more visible on ‘their’ day.  The institution will also host a happy hour from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 
Canada Burnaby, British Columbia  Simon Fraser University is holding a postdoc appreciation BBQ on Friday, September 19, 2014 from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  Vancouver, British Columbia 

In celebrating NPAW, the University of British Columbia (UBC) Postdoctoral Fellows Office will host an appreciation BBQ for all UBC postdocs on Thursday, September 18, 2014. Join them for an afternoon of BBQ and socializing. For more information please see UBC's PDFO website.

The UBC PDA will be hosting this year's Postdoc Research Day with a reception to follow on Wednesday, September 17, 2014. All postdocs, research associates, Ph.D. students, and faculty are welcome to attend. The event will take place 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the UBC Life Sciences Centre, Room LSC3 and West Atrium. This event will be an opportunity for interested participants to showcase their work, meet peers, and increase their visibility! Registration to present a talk or a poster will open in mid-August. Stay tuned for more details on the UBC PDA website, Twitter, or Facebook page.
  Kingston, Ontario

The new Office of Post-Doctoral Training at Queen’s University is celebrating NPAW for the first time and has organized the following events:

A new and current postdoc orientation session on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. All new and current postdocs are invited to attend the session to meet colleagues and learn about services at Queen’s University. Refreshments will be served!

More details will follow soon on the website of the Office of Post-Doctoral Training:

The Office of Post-Doctoral Training in the School of Graduate Studies invites Queen's postdoctoral fellows and their faculty advisors to the inaugural postdoc appreciation reception! Please join us at the University Club on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and enjoy food and drink and good company while celebrating the many important contributions of postdoctoral fellows to the research community.

More details to follow soon:
  London, Ontario  NPAW events at Western University:


Sunday, September 14, 2014

9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
UCC Concrete Beach
Run and fundraise for the Terry Fox Run - 5/10 km (bike, rollerblade, wheelchair)


10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Storybook Gardens
Family event - Old McDonald's farm, rides, splash area, face painting, games, entertainment and beautiful gardens


Monday, September 15, 2014

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Health Sci Addition H101
Postdoc orientation - Information about postdocing at Western. Lunch is provided.


6:30 p.m.
Palasad Adelaide
Dinner and bowling - Half-price pizza and $1 games of bowling. Significant others welcome.


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
UCC room 147A
Employment opportunities for postdocs and partners - Speakers from TechAlliance of Southwestern Ontario, WIL Employment Connections, London Economic Development Corporation, Mitacs and Western Research Parks. Please bring your partners and spouses. Lunch will be provided.


7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Practice Field North (across from Labatt Health Sciences Building)
Soccer match


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Grad Club
Free happy hour nachos - look for the reserved tables on the patio.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Rec Centre Studio #2
Free Pilates class with Dr. Sherrilene Classen(Professor and Director of the School of Occupational Therapy) - Relieve stress and work your core at the same time!


6:30 p.m.
Under the Volcano (Wharncliffe and Riverside)
Dinner at London’s original Mexican restaurant


Friday, September 19, 2014

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
UCC 147A
MITACS Workshop on Career Professionalism - 24 spots available and lunch is served.


12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Grad Club
Free Indian Buffet Lunch - Look for PAW’s reserved tables.


8:00 p.m.
Local pub tour - Morrissey House (8:00 p.m.); London Ale House (9:00 p.m.); Scot’s Corner (10:00 p.m.); Honest Lawyer (11:00 p.m.)


ALL WEEK (September 14 to 19)

Free access to the Western Recreation Centre with Western ID card and check-in at the reception desk

Free movie pass: First 45 people to inquire get a free pass for themselves and a guest, on request, to Western Film 

Full details:
  Montreal, Quebec For the first time this year, Concordia University will be participating in the NPAW by hosting a social and luncheon in order to recognize its postdocs on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. This luncheon will give postdocs the opportunity to meet and greet with university staff and administrators, and hear updates on upcoming workshops, services, and programs.
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