Since 2009, the NPA has sponsored National Postdoc Appreciation Day/Week to recognize the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to U.S. research and discovery. Institutions from across the country and other parts of the world participate by holding special events. In 2010, this week was officially recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives. Events will be held throughout the week and across the country to create awareness.
In 2018, XXX institutions in the United States, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, and Asia & Oceania participated and organized XXX events to recognize postdoctoral researchers. View the NPAW Archives to see the complete list.
Here are the 2018 Arizona State University (Tempe) National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) events:
Monday, September 17 - Social Mixer - 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. @ Polytechnic Campus -- Cogburn's on Ray & Power
Tuesday, September 18 - Postdoc Appreciation Breakfast - 8:00 a.m. - Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Sagers, new vice president for research at ASU.
Tuesday, September 18 - Research Blitz - 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. - The Research Blitz is designed to help researchers at ASU connect! Each of the seven presenters is looking for collaborators, research assistants, or student workers to assist with their projects.
Wednesday, September 19 - Lunch & Learn - Using Digital Portfolios - 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Speaker: Shannon Lujan
Wednesday, September 19 - Social Mixer - 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. - Downtown Phoenix Campus - Chambers on First
Thursday, September 20 - Social Mixer Tempe - 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. - Pedal Haus
Friday, September 21 - Lunch & Learn -- Steps for getting a faculty position - 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Speaker and panel: Dr. Heather Bean, Dr. Tamara Underiner, Dr. Jeremy Mills, Dr. Rod Roscoe, Dr. Sara Walker ASU’s experts share their perspectives on the process and steps for applying, interviewing and negotiating a faculty position.
All events are sponsored by the ASU Postdoctoral Affairs Office.
NPAW at the University of Arizona (Tucson):
Wednesday, September 19 - Postdoc Happy Hour - 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Garage, on 4th St
Thursday, September 20 - Postdoctoral Affairs Orientation - 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Old Main, Silver and Sage Room
Friday, September 21 - Weekly Postdoc Buzz - 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Postdoctoral Affairs, 1600 E. First Street (southeast corner of First and Cherry)
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Berkeley) hosted NPAW events:
Monday, September 17 - Kick Off Event - Coffee and pastries for postdocs. Following some coffee & food, postdocs will hang the NPAW banner at the entrance of the lab.
Wednesday, September 19 - "Get the Scoop" Ice Cream Social - Earth & Environmental Sciences Area - Fun and casual ice cream social to thank the postdocs of Earth & Environmental Sciences Area (EESA) and their valuable research contributions to EESA and Berkeley Lab. A celebratory and networking event with peers and other scientists.
Thursday, September 20 - First Annual Berkeley Lab Research SLAM - For postdocs & early career scientists. The first prize winner will take home a grand prize of $3,000, second prize $1,500 and a People's choice award of $750. Following the event we will have a postdoc appreciation event with food and drinks (happy hour style). Each postdoc will get a commemorative gift of special NPAW stainless steel water bottle.
The University of California, Davis has three events planned for NPAW:
Monday, September 17 - Welcome for New International Scholars - 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - International Center, 3rd Floor, Room 3119 - Hosted by Services for International Students & Scholars
Monday, September 17 - Get the Scoop at the Internship and Career Center - 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. - 229 and 234 South Hall - Hosted by the UC Davis Internship and Career Center
Tuesday, September 18 - Postdoctoral Scholar Appreciation Dinner - 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Putah Creek Lodge - Hosted by UC Davis Graduate Studies. Pre-Registration Required | Families Welcome
In honor of NPAW, the Postdoctoral Training Office at City of Hope would like to thank its postdocs for their hard work and the numerous contributions that they have made. As a token of appreciation, City of Hope will be hosting a BBQ! There will be live music, food and fun! (Duarte)
Tuesday, September 18, - BBQ - 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. - Heritage Park
The University of California, Irvine has six events planned to support and celebrate UCI postdocs, including a pre-NPAW event and the 3rd Annual Postdoc Research Symposium scheduled the following week.
Tuesday, September 11 - Planning Your Financial Road Map - 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - UCI Graduate Resource Center - Andrew Smith - Fidelity Investments
Monday, September 17 - NPAW Kickoff- Morning Donuts and Coffee - 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. - Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, 117 Aldrich Hall
Wednesday, September 19 - Improving Your Mentoring Skills - An Interactive Workshop - 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Aldrich Hall 107 - Led by vice provost Frances Leslie and Dr. Sandra Loughlin. Light lunch provided
Thursday, September 20 - Campus Resources Fair for UCI Postdocs with Early Evening Social Hour - 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Natural Science 1- rm 1114 (3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.: Campus groups present to discuss programs and answer questions. 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.: Light dinner with fellow postdoc.)
Saturday, September 22 - International Potluck and Picnic for Postdocs - 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Gabrielino Park, University Hills - Families and friends also invited
Friday, September 28 - The 2018 Annual UCI Postdoctoral Scholar Research Symposium ”Postdocs at the Forefront” - 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - UCI Applied Innovation - 5141 California Ave #250, Irvine, CA 92617
Details are posted on the UCI postdoc association website
The NPAW toolkit is designed to help you decide what kind of event you would like to hold, be it a coffee hour, a happy hour, or a combined event with other institutions in your city or region. There are suggestions for different types of events, how to advertise the event, and getting sponsorship for your event. We've also provided fliers for you to download, customize, print out, and pass out.