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Join us for 2019 National Postdoc Appreciation Week

The NPA is pleased to announce the 10th annual celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW): September 16-20, 2019! Submit your 2019 events to the NPA via this form. Scroll down to see the events planned for this year!

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.

The NPA and Elsevier are pleased to offer the 2019 Elsevier National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) Awards. The nation’s largest celebration of postdocs, NPAW was established in 2009 with the goal of acknowledging the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars (“postdocs”) make to U.S. research and discovery. Continue to this link for details.

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 post or pass out.

In 2018, 108 institutions in the United States, Canada, Germany, and the United Kingdom participated and organized 432 events to recognize postdoctoral researchers. View the NPAW Archives to see the complete list.

Northeast Region

Listed below are events from NPAW celebrations in the Northeast region of the United States

Yale University, New Haven: The Yale PDA advocacy committee will hold a pop-up coffee hour on Science Hill, at the medical school, and on West Campus. On Thursday, September 19, the mentorship committee is sponsoring a meet-a-mentor afternoon tea. Then on Friday, September 20, the community and networking committee will round things out with September’s postdoc social at The Trinity Bar.

Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Scarborough: Happy-ness hour will be a social and wellness event with stress-relief activities (coloring books) in a health promoting environment (Go Maine Commuter Connection and Mindful eating encouraging practice). Myers-Briggs workshop will be an individual career development event for those willing to know more about personality type differences and to improve the relationship with themselves and others.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole: The organizations will host a community-wide picnic for the postdocs, postdoc sponsors/advisors, and their families from Woods Hole's six main scientific organizations (WHOI, MBL, NOAA/NMFS, USGS, WHRC, SEA). It will also hold a series of workshops related to preparing faculty job applications covering: CV, research statement, teaching statement, cover letter and diversity statement.

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge: On Monday, September 16, postdocs are invited to the annual trainee breakfast featuring french toast, coffee, and mimosas! On Wednesday, September 18, there will be a trainee town hall and social which will allow trainees the opportunity to give their ideas for how to enhance the training experience at Broad, followed by a social reception. Finally, the NextGen Association for Postdocs and Graduate Students at Broad Institute will host a luncheon and open house for all trainees interested in hearing about the work they do in the Broad community.

Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston: In partnership with Harvard Medical School, the following events are planned: taco networking party, where you can enjoy tacos with the PDA in a casual networking environment on Mnday, September 16, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; stop by the information table on the Pike on Tuesday, September 17, from 11:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. to learn about the postdoc leadership council and resources available to postdocs at BWH; all are welcome to enjoy ice cream and appreciate all our postdocs do for the BWH research community and across the nation. View this page to see the complete list.

Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge: On Monday, September 16, postdocs are invited to the annual trainee breakfast featuring french toast, coffee, and mimosas! On Wednesday, September 18, there will be a trainee town hall and social which will allow trainees the opportunity to give their ideas for how to enhance the training experience at Broad, followed by a social reception. Finally, the NextGen Association for Postdocs and Graduate Students at Broad Institute will host a luncheon and open house for all trainees interested in hearing about the work they do in the Broad community.

Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge: Have Blue Ribbon BBQ at the FAS-wide BBQ. Attend a presentation and overview on financial literacy by the Harvard University Credit Union. There will also be a happy hour for NPAW.

Boston Children's Hospital, Boston: Boston Children's Hospital has two events planned: Networking 101 with Sarah Cardozo Duncan and an ice cream truck social co-hosted by Harvard Medical School.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge: The MIT Office of the Vice President for Research welcomes all postdocs to attend the 10th annual MIT postdoc appreciation luncheon on Tuesday, October 1. The event honors postdocs with delicious food and the chance to meet other postdocs and faculty.

Boston Children's Hospital, Boston: Boston Children's Hospital has two events planned: Networking 101 with Sarah Cardozo Duncan and an ice cream truck social co-hosted by Harvard Medical School.

Joslin Diabetes Center, Boston: The Joslin Fellows Council will host a happy hour to recognize all the hard-working fellows. It will provide a variety of beer and wine, a spread of Mexican food, and all fellows can fill the board with fun facts about themselves to cheers to our diversity!

Dartmouth College, Hanover: The Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, Dartmouth College PDA, and the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning have organized several events for NPAW. A faculty/staff appreciation reception at the Teaching Center will be a celebration of the campus community of postdoctoral scholars and teachers (Wednesday, September 18). Join in and prove Dartmouth has the smartest teams in town as they join up for dinner and trivia games the local community pub trivia night (Tuesday, September 17). Also being held is a night at the museum, a cocktail reception and private tour of the campus art museum (Thursday, September 19). Participate in apple picking, a family friendly event offering a free tote & 5 lbs of apples (Monday, September 16). Wrap up the week with a free scoop of gelato (Thursday, September 19) and lunch with the dean (Friday, September 20).

University of New Hampshire, Durham: This is an all-you-can-eat (on the house) lunch for UNH postdocs. They will talk about the exciting recent developments in postdoctoral affairs at UNH, and discuss what the university can do to better serve the postdoc community.

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York: The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is celebrating our postdocs with the following list of events for NPAW: pizza & soda/water on Monday, September 16, at 12 p.m., Annenberg 5th floor, classroom A5-212; brunch on Wednesday, September 18, at 11:00 a.m., Annenberg 5th floor, classroom A5-212. Enjoy bacon, french toast, bagels, croissants, OJ, coffee & tea; and ice cream day on Friday, September 20, at 3:00 p.m. Arrive promptly, before it melts. Being held on the Annenberg 5th floor, classroom A5-212.

Columbia University, New York: Columbia has many NPAW events planned for 2019: Lamont Campus lunch & learn: MBTI workshop; faculty career panel and lunch for social science/humanities postdocs; dessert extravaganza; full wellness day with free chair massages; and an NPAW off-site happy hour.

University at Buffalo, Buffalo: The UB Office of Postdoctoral Scholars will hold a postdoc appreciation luncheon. The activity provides an opportunity to welcome new postdocs, networking, and briefly present a summary of the services available to postdocs.

Stony Brook University, Stony Brook: "Choosing the Best Postdoc For You," a panel for graduate students and early-career postdocs on finding a postdoc position that suits the individual and the individual's long-term goals. Postdoc appreciation ice cream social is a get together for our postdoc community, including their families, kids and postdoc supervisors, to chat and enjoy our make your own ice cream sundae bar. View the event page to see complete details.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Buffalo: Roswell Park will hold 5th annual postdoc symposium organized by the PDA committee. They will host guest speakers from academia and industry. Kick off NPAW and celebrate hard work of postdocs with complimentary breakfast and networking lunch!

Cornell University, Ithaca: Meet at Caldwell Hall and join fellow postdocs in a walk to the Cornell Dairy Bar for ice cream or non-dairy sorbet. The first 20 postdocs to arrive will receive vouchers for a free scoop. Tuesday, September 17, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Join a relaxed social event and award ceremony honoring the winners of the Postdoc Achievement Awards. They will serve pizza and other refreshments in a family-friendly setting. Wednesday, September 17 at 5:00 p.m. at the Big Red Barn. Are you applying for academic jobs now or in the near future? Come join a lunch discussion with others in the same stage. Bring questions and we’ll provide lunch! RSVP required, lunch Friday, September 20 at 12:00 p.m. in 221 Weill Hall. View the event page to see complete details.

Cornell University, Ithaca: Pizza party and award cerremony on Wednesday September 18, 5:00 p.m. -7:00 p.m., at Big Red barn. Postdoc ice cream stroll on Tuesday September 17, 2:00 p.m. Job search discussion group on Friday September 20, noon.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx: "Telling Your Science Story" is a four-hour intensive workshop to develop the skills to better communicate your science to a wide audience. Lunch and dessert served as well. Cookie break for postdocs! Postdocs invited to stop by the Career & Professional Development Office to grab a delicious cookie treat, pick up fun "Thank A Postdoc" buttons, flyers for career & professional events, and feel appreciated! Creating Your Elevator Pitch Seminar - Participants learn how make a great first impression with a powerful elevator pitch to use for introductions at networking events, career fairs, or job interviews. Happy hour for postdocs! Also Postdoc Service Award Recipient is announced!

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs (ATOP) and University of Pennsylvania’s (UPenn) Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs (BPP) will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of NPAW. The goal is to recognize and celebrate the hard work of our postdoctoral fellow population with a variety of giveaways, development events and networking opportunities. These events include an ice cream social, building successful mentoring relationships seminar, preparing for career in industry workshop, postdoc health & wellness fair, barbeque, and reception/happy hour.

Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia: NPAW events at Thomas Jefferson University include an NPAW kick-off day, in which gifts and coffee will be offered to all Jefferson postdoctoral fellows; a yoga class; and an American Association for Cancer Research open day. Event details. Events planned with the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Temple University, the Wistar Institute, and the American Association for Cancer Research.

Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia: Tuesday, September 17, career panel, theme "Work/Life Balance" with breakfast. They will host four speakers from academia and industry. Tuesday, September 17, happy hours with Philly's postdoctoral associations: Upenn, Drexel, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Temple, and Wistar Institute. Meet at Post. Wednesday, September 18, salsa dance class. Thursday, September 19, keynote talk "Insight into Scientific Publishing." Speaker: Paul-Andre Genest, Ph.D., senior editor, Wiley. Thursday, September 19, "Lunch with an Expert." Paul-Andre Genest, Ph.D., senior editor, Wiley. Friday, September 20, volleyball game (open to postdocs and PIs). Social hours, after game, Strangelove's bar. Event details.

Penn State University, University Park: The Penn State postdoctoral society has seven events planned for NPAW: On Sunday, September 15, hike Mt Nittany to obtain sunset views of Happy Valley and the Penn State campus! The hike is family-friendly and transportation will be provided. Meet at Berkey Creamery at 4:30 p.m. Arrive at Berkey Creamery between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Monday, September 16, for ice cream networking at Creamery. Receive a voucher for a free cone or dish of ice cream. This year VJM Studios will be on campus taking professional headshot photos in 317 Mueller from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17. Each person will get a five-minute slot with our professional photographer. Please bring $10 in cash. The 12th annual postdoc research exhibition will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, in the HUB. Sign up to present a poster, attend the lunch, give a talk, and listen to an industry career panel. Coffee hour will be from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, in Mueller 317. Show up and leave during this time as you please. No RSVP needed! Mindfulness for Stress Management takes place from noon until 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20. At this session you will learn about and practice mindfulness techniques including, but not limited to, breathing, guided imagery, poses, and loving-kindness meditation. Finally, on Saturday, September 21, join the PSPS social hour. Meet at Federal Taphouse downtown from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the end of NPAW with snacks and drinks This is a great chance to meet other postdocs at Penn State!

Brown University, Providence: The BioMed Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (OGPS) and the dean of the faculty are hosting our annual Postdoctoberfest on Wednesday, September 18. Postdoctoberfest is an evening social where postdocs from all departments have the opportunity to meet each other over food and drinks. To end NPAW, on Friday, September 21, the OGPS is hosting a BioMed NPAW breakfast. Postdocs will have the chance to meet with the OGPS staff, including the associate dean, learn more about the office resources, receive a NPAW gift, and enjoy some tasty gourmet donuts!

University of Vermont, Burlington: The PDA at the University of Vermont is holding a symposium, "Mentorship and Communication Skils," that will include two presentations discussing professional development and mentorship.

Midwest Region

Listed below are events from NPAW celebrations in the Midwest region of the United States

University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago: The PDA at the University of Illinois at Chicago will organize the third annual career development symposium on Friday, September 13, from 12:00 to 6:30 p.m. The invited keynote speaker is Adam Ruben. More information can be found on this Web page. UIC, together with Northwestern University PDA, Rush University PDA, University of Chicago PDA, Loyola University, Illinois Institute of Technology, and CHIentist, will host the Chicago postdoctoral associations social. This is a networking event from six different organizations in the greater Chicago area, taking place Friday, September 20 at Headquarters in North Loop. Come meet other Chicago postdocs, escape lab, make new friends, play free arcade games, and expand your professional network. Details here.

Argonne National Laboratory, Argonne: The Postdoctoral Program Office at Argonne National Laboratory offers postdocs the opportunity to have a professional photo taken for their use on LinkedIn, website or other professional purposes. The special seminar, "How to Get a Job after the Postdoctoral Appointment: Lessons from Sports" is another NPAW event taking place. Dr. Stan is an award-winning postdoc mentor and research program lead with the Applied Materials Division at Argonne. Marius will give a motivational talk and offer career advice to postdocs. The annual Postdoctoral Awards for Outstanding Performance in Research will be presented at a special reception as part of the NPAW events. Awardees are selected through a blind review of nominations illustrating leadership in research.

University of Chicago, Chicago: Join postdocs for TWO coffee and networking events: Monday, September 16, networking for postdocs with coffee and Stan’s donuts, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in UChicagoGRAD HQ and Thursday, September 19, coffee and bagels for postdocs, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. in ERC lobby. Need a new headshot? Professional headshots for postdocs, 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. on the 4th floor of the UChicago Bookstore Building. Finally, the annual postdoc picnic takes place from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 20 in North Science Quad (between BSLC and ERC, rain location BSLC Lobby). All university postdocs are invited to the annual picnic to mingle as we begin another academic year! Read more about the events on this page.

Rush University Medical Center, Chicago: Rush Postdoctoral Society will host a lunch with ice-breakers activities for postdocs and their mentors; there will be an activity for creating a motto for the society, and flyers for the other two events in the week will be distributed. Rush Postdoctoral Society will offer a two-hour space for coffee and snacks; postdocs will be able to submit their motto-ideas for the society. The voted best motto will be chosen by the committee, and the winner will get a prize. Joint PDAs around Chicago are hosting a happy hour at Headquarters Beercade (213 West Institute Place, Chicago, IL 60610). These events were organized with Northwestern, Loyola, University of Illinois Chicago, Illinois Institute of Technology, University of Chicago, and CHIentist. Read more about the events.

Northwestern University, Evanston: The PDA at Northwestern University has lots planned for NPAW! Meet other Chicagoland area postdocs, make new friends, play free arcade games, and expand your professional network at the joint social of the Chicago-area PDAs! “Navigating the Research Enterprise” is an annual seminar series for early-career faculty and postdoctoral fellows at Northwestern University who have protected research time. Lunch will be provided for this special NPAW occurence. Attend the interactive seminar, "Jobs Outside the Lab: Explore New Careers in Business & Industry: Perspectives from an Executive Recruiter," to learn about jobs outside of academia that include medical writing, account management, research, marketing, public relations etc. Read more.

Purdue University, West Lafayette: Enjoy a pizza lunch on Wednesday, September 18, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., in PGSC 105b. Stop by for pizza anytime! Come join the dean of the graduate school and other fostdocs for a wine and cheese reception on Friday, September 20, 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Event details here.

Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington: Attend the IU postdoc appreciation meet-and-greet on Monday, September 16, 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., State Room West. Get some IU swag while you enjoy light breakfast snacks and coffee and meet other postdocs around campus. Meet your fellow postdoctoral women colleagues at the IUB postdoc women networking event. This event will start out with short welcomes from the Center of Excellence for Women & Technology and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Finally, make plans for the biology, biochemistry, and chemistry postdoc appreciation meet-and-greet. Get some IU swag while you enjoy light breakfast snacks and coffee and meet other postdocs in the sciences.

Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis: Postdoc lunch – Monday, September 16, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at The Eskenazi Health SkyFarm. Join them on top of The SkyFarm (720 Eskenazi Avenue) at Eskenazi Health for lunch and networking with your fellow postdocs! Professional headshots for postdocs – Tuesday, September 17, in MS Atrium 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) is partnering with IU Communications so that you may have professional headshots. Postdoc & faculty mentor appreciation reception – Friday, September 20, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in MS Atrium. To conclude NPAW we will thank postdocs and postdoc faculty mentors for their efforts. Fancy desserts & coffee/tea for postdocs from grad students – Monday, September 16, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. in R3 Atrium. To recognize all that postdocs do to aid and support graduate students, we are hosting desserts and coffee during NPAW. Procaffeinating postdocs on 16th Street – Wednesday, September 18, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. in NB 100. Need coffee or something to eat to start the morning? The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will be in Neuroscience (NB) 100 this morning. Stop by and pick up something! Postdoc game room – Wednesday, September 18, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. in MS 5072. Need a way to relax for an hour with your colleagues? Join us any time from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in MS 5072. Bring your favorite game or come play one of ours! Snacks will be provided! Postdoc science crafty hour & lunch – Thursday, September 19, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in R3 303/305. Scientists sometimes need a creative outlet, so get some lunch and make some crafts! Join us anytime from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in R3 303/305 for lunch and fun. Postdoc recreation & yard games – Thursday, September 19, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Lockfield Green Space. Come join us for some fresh air in the Lockfield Green space. Feel free to bring yard games, etc to play, but some will be provided.

University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City: Join them for Jayhawk coffee break in the Murphy Lobby for FREE coffee and pastries! Also, attend a workshop where participants will learn about NIH Career Development (“K”) awards, including the different types of K awards, eligibility, the application process and review and other pertinent details. Be sure to attend the happy hour for all postdocs with free apps & more! Read NPAW details.

Van Andel Research Institute, Grand Rapids: VARI will host a postdoc breakfast on Tuesday, September 17 and a lunch on Thursday, September 19, both sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Also on Tuesday, September 17 will be the annual group photo of all VARI postdocs. Finally on Friday, September 20, Brains & Beer trivia night, the annual institute-wide event to recognize postdocs, will take place. All employees are invited to enjoy snacks, drinks and trivia sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs.

Wayne State University, Detroit: In honor of NPAW, the Wayne State University PDA is inviting postdocs, graduate students, and their friends and families to join for a potluck picnic and games at Belle Isle in Michigan. There will also be a day-long workshop featuring Josh Henkin, Ph.D., focused on career opportunities and development will be held for postdocs and graduate students from Wayne State. Members of Michigan State and the University of Michigan have been invited to attend.

Michigan State University, East Lansing: MSU postdocs will meet at the Dublin Square Pub for a social networking happy hour on Monday, September 16, and are welcome to join the MSU-PDA for a coffee hour on Tuesday, September 17. Throughout the week, MSU postdocs can learn more about backward design and teaching practices, the fundamentals of grant writing and how to make the most of their postdoctoral training. All postdocs are invited on Friday, September 20m to celebrate 2019 NPAW over lunch and visit the resource fair to know more about what is available on campus! Events sponsored by MSU Graduate School. More details here.

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis: The PDA at the University of Minnesota kicks off NPAW with the Office of Postdoctoral Initiatives: Hear from the OPI and network with university deans and faculty. There will be round table discussions on diversity and inclusion, writing innovative grant applications, work-life balance, etc. Next, on research day, share your work in a five minutes talk in the Research Slam, then gain information from university offices and groups and local companies at the Career Resource Fair. Finally, retreat to Itasca Biological Station for networking, career development workshops and grant/paper writing sessions. On-campus workshops available to those that are unable to travel off campus. More details here.

Mayo Clinic, Rochester: Afternoon tea time: a chance to mingle and network with other postdocs and research leadership. Desserts and drinks are provided. Family movie night: a chance to spend time with your family and get to know other postdoc families while watching a 2019 Disney movie! Popcorn and drinks provided. Limit 150.

Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis: Together with HR Wellness Connection, WashU Postdoc Society (WUPS), the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Developmental Biology Department, and the School of Engineering, the following events are planned for NPAW: HR Wellness Connection will hold health screenings on both campuses for postdocs. Postdocs can sign up for screening slots and "Know Your Numbers!" The HR Wellness Connection team will also have information on other resources, like the Mindfulness. The WashU Postdoc Society (WUPS) will host a happy hour at Modern Brewery where postdocs can mingle and learn about the science of beer while enjoying pizza. Postdocs and their families are welcome! And be sure to attend a celebration of postdocs with St. Louis treats from Crown Candy and pretzels directly after monthly new postdoc orientation, engineering breakfast on Danforth Campus. All postdocs and their faculty advisors are welcome. Also lunch for lab postdocs. More details here.

University of Missouri, Columbia: The keynote speaker at the symposium will talk about postdoc survival, in particular navigating professional relationships, connecting with other postdocs, setting boundaries, and mapping your career for success. Following the keynote address there will be a poster session with postdoctoral fellows presenting from a wide variety of fields and departments along with a reception. There are also several workshops planned for the week including ones on funding opportunities and how to manage applications and awards, sessions for international postdocs, and workshops on creating a useful individual development plan.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln: The Office of Graduate Studies is hosting a postdoc appreciation reception for current postdocs, PIs, faculty, and administrators on Wednesday, September 18 at the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery. The evening promises food, drinks, and fun!

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, Cleveland: Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute, along with the Cleveland Clinic Alumni Association and The Lerner PDA, have planned a family and friends hike and picnic in the historical Lake View Cemetery and Park (pet friendly). They will provide snacks. Next, come for coffee and donuts and meet your LPDA representative. Coffee and donuts will be provided. The resume swap: peer review roundtable requires that postdocs RSVP ahead of time and indicate their preference of focused career goal discussions related to their resume format. Career choices are academia, industry, science writing, and teaching. See details on page 9 of the newsletter.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati: They are sponsoring a career symposium, with keynote speaker, Tracy Costello, Ph.D. Additional sessions will include discussions on training opportunities for translational science careers and teaching/academic careers, the NPA, and a CV review session. To be officially launched at the career symposium during NPAW, the new PDA will announce they are hosting a potluck lunch in October.

The Ohio State University, Columbus: On Monday, September 16, postdocs can enjoy a sweet treat from Graeter's Ice Cream at the ice cream social. On Thursday, September 19, postdocs can pick up a free OPA stainless steel tumbler.

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland: The CWRU Postdoc Affairs Office, PDA, and the Grad Professional Dev. Ctr. have planned some great events to show appreciation for CWRU postdocs. Join them for events throughout the week! Details here.

Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee: During NPAW enjoy donuts and fruit, a trivia contest and lunch, and yoga and ice cream.

South Region

Listed below are events from NPAW celebrations in the Southern region of the United States

University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham: Kick off NPAW with an afternoon tea and coffee break. Interested in sharing a sweet dish that represents you and your culture? Please bring it to share with other postdocs. Sometimes you don’t know where to start in search of resources or information. Peer group is here to help connect you to people and resources on campus. Postdoc alumni, Ore Adedoyin, Ph.D., will join the group to discuss her transition out of academia during this wellness event. Bring your mentor and join us at the symposium to thank you for all you do as a postdoc at UAB. Awards will be presented at 12:25 p.m. Details on upcoming events can be found here.

Florida State University, Tallahassee: The FSU fall postdoctoral symposium includes a poster competition and the five-minute research (5MR) competition. It is scheduled for Friday, September 20. There will be a special lecture by Rachel Herz, Ph.D., centered around her new book "Why you eat what you eat." It is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18. Celebrate off campus with fellow postdocs at FSU. The social is scheduled for Monday, September 16. Details here and here.

University of South Florida, Tampa: Take part in the following events for NPAW: "The Academic Job Search" will provide an overview of the academic job search process and tips for postdocs on how to prepare for the market; a postdoc happy hour & trivia at Peabody's; and the fall 2019 postdoctoral research symposium, bringing together postdocs from all over campus to present their research to a broad audience in form of quick five-minute "lightning" talks. Details here.

Scripps Research, Jupiter: The International Services Office, Society of Research Fellows, Education Outreach, Graduate Program, and Graduate Council, Human Resources have many fun NPAW events planned! Scripps Research is looking forward to recognizing our postdocs, their hard work and accomplishments. On Monday, September 16, postdocs will be treated to a 15-minute free chair massage. Tuesday, September 17, stop by for donuts and coffee, learn about education outreach opportunities and enter the raffle for a chance to win fabulous prizes! Wednesday, September 18, postdocs will build their own sundaes while socializing with colleagues. Everybody is welcome to attend. Thursday, September 19, postdocs are invited to learn about tips, tactics and strategies to improve their communication skills with a “techno-etiquette” workshop. Wrap up 2019 NPAW and start the weekend on Friday, September 20, with an outdoor party with Chipotle, drinks and outdoor games! Families are welcome to attend.

University of Miami, Coral Gables: Join the University of Miami Postdoctoral Programs Office and the PDA for a town hall meeting for all campuses. Postdocs will be able to speak publicly and ask and questions they may have and get to know more about upcoming events. Followed by professional head shot sessions on all campuses on Tuesday, September 17. Wednesday, September 18, they will do digital raffles throughout the day. On Thursday, September 19, they will highlight postdoctoral research in our "research spotlights." To wrap up the week, they will be doing a "Donuts with Duerk," an event with university provost Jeffrey L. Duerk and then a happy hour social that evening. Access the event website to learn more.

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton: On Wednesday, September 18 have lunch with the vice presidents for research (Boca campus). Then on Friday, September 20, join the pizza party (Jupiter campus). Hosted by university pillar directors and postdoc mentors.

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton: Postdoc appreciation lunch: Join the VPs for research on Wednesday, September 18, on the Boca campus to celebrate your achievements. Drs. Blakely and Fields invite postdocs to join them in celebrating your many contributions at "Itza Pizza Party!" Friday, September 20, Jupiter campus.

University of Georgia, Athens: The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is hosting a postdoc resume/CV critique by professionals from the UGA Career Center and Training & Development. OPA has plans to host a pizza lunch for postdocs at UGA, and a breakfast-to-go for postdocs at UGA.

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta: Georgia Tech will be hosting its 6th annual postdoctoral research symposium on Thursday, September 19. This event will feature lightening talks, posters, and a networking reception. They are also excited to be launching a new NSF-funded AGEP program later in September. This program is a partnership between Georgia Tech, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Rice University, and the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs.

Emory University, Atlanta: Reception to celebrate postdocs and the start of NPAW. Free popsicles, ice cream, books, and swag! At 4:45 p.m., there will be a raffle for iPads and iPad minis. The OPE is offers FREE headshot photos taken by a professional photographer to all School of Medicine postdocs - appointment required. A digital version will be provided within 7 to 10 business days. "Making the Choice to Connect & Crafting Clear and Vivid Verbal Communication," a half-day skill-building interactive plenary & workshop. Guest fcilitated by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Attend an academic CV and cover letter writing workshop. OPE is offering FREE business cards to all postdocs for orders placed by the end of NPAW.

University of Kentucky, Lexington: In honor of NPAW, the society of postdoctoral scholars secured branded gifts from a variety of University of Kentucky colleges to be given to postdocs during a lunch. The Office of Biomedical Education is organizing an ice cream social for to show their appreciation for postdocs.

Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge: A ongoing PowerPoint show highlighting research, professional and personal information on postdocs. Brief presentations by executive director and others on value of postdocs and our appreciation for their contributions. Group photo.

National Institute on Aging, Baltimore: Postdocs and special guests (PDOs) will perform for postdocs in a talent showcase! Four awards will be given to postdocs at the NIA for mentorship, leadership and service.

CCR Fellows and Young Investigators Association, Bethesda: On Thursday, September 19 take a trivia respite from the lab with a trivia and networking event at True Respite Brewery from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Grab coffee and donuts at building 37's entrance lobby from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on Monday, September 16. Finally, on Thursday, September 19 at building 37, room 2041/2107, there will be a life after postdoc panel, "What I Wish I Knew," from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

CCR Fellows and Young Investigators Association, Frederick: Enjoy coffee and donuts in 549 lobby from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. on Monday, September 16. Next, on Thursday, September 19, participate in the life after postdoc panel, "What I Wish I Knew," 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. in 549 auditorium. Finally, on Friday, September 20, take part in a networking event from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Rockwell Brewery.

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda: The VFC will have a hike for the NPAW. They will walk the Glover Archibald Trail near Tenleytown. The hike will be on Saturday, September 21.

National Institutes of Health, Bethesda: The "Gallery of Us- NIH Fellows" is a small exhibit of pictures and uplifting stories about NIH fellows by NIH fellows. The pictures will be exhibited at FAES terrace during the Fellows Appreciation ice cream social* on Wednesday, September 18 at 3:30 p.m.

National Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research, Fellows and Young Investigators Association, Bethesda: Join for dark roast and donuts on Monday, September 16 to network with your peers and get your sugar and caffeine fix! Free coffee and donuts (not purchased with gov. funds) will be provided at the entrance to Building 37 from 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. "What I Wish I Knew" will be an interactive discussion with former postdocs that recently transitioned to permanent positions at the FDA, NIH, and AstraZeneca. Join them on Thursday, September 19 in Building 37, Room 2041/2107 at 12:00 p.m. Bring your lunch! Get off campus and test your trivia skills at True Respite Brewing Company. Take a "trivia respite from lab" and form a team at District Trivia night on Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. Details found here.

National Cancer Institute, Center for Cancer Research, Fellows and Young Investigators Association, Frederick: Join for dark roast and donuts on Monday, September 16 to network with your peers and get your sugar and caffeine fix! Free coffee and donuts (not purchased with gov. funds) will be provided in the lobby of Building 549 from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. "What I Wish I Knew" will be an interactive discussion with former postdocs that recently transitioned to permanent positions at the FDA, NIH, and AstraZeneca. Join them on Thursday, September 19 in the Building 549 Auditorium at 12:00 p.m. Bring your lunch! "Brewing your Network" will be a chance to relax with other fellows and celebrate the end of the week! Join us at Rockwell Brewery on Friday, September 20 beginning at 5:00 p.m. Details found here.

NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education, Bethesda: Planned with the NIH FelCom and the NIH VFC: Gallery Of Us, an exhibit of pictures and uplifting stories of us - NIH fellows-- by us (the NIH fellows). The NIH relay is an all NIH annual event, and we will specifically celebrate the postdocs participating in the run. Celebrate the fellows who have won the "Fellows Award for Research Excellence" at the FARE awards ceremony. At "Assertiveness for Scientists" learn how to ask for what you want in lab and life. At "Careers in Scientific Support" (FELCOM event) learn about careers in lab safety, grants management, and more. Join fellow trainees to celebrate with a make-your-own-sundae event (sponsored by NIH Federal Credit Union). Details found here.

Uniformed Services University, Frederick: Postdocs can enjoy free professional headshots, a field trip to Astrazeneca to visit the campus and meet with program managers, and a free pizza lunch. Details found here.

University of Maryland, Baltimore, Baltimore: Events at UMB include a URecFit 5K/mile walk, a kickoff "Willy Wonka" lunch, a social, "Invention Lab: Design Your Own Trail Mix," a free week at URecFit, a postdoc retreat and keynote, an apple cider day, and postdocs vs. mentor trivia.

University of North Carolina Charlotte, Charlotte: The University of North Carolina Charlotte Center for Graduate Life has planned the following events: "Writing Competitive Grant Proposals" is a workshop in which Michael Dulin, Ph.D., will discuss strategies for successful proposal writing, drawing from his own successful experiences in this domain and as a reviewer for a number of funding agencies. Join us as we chat with Karen Kelsky, Ph.D., of the acclaimed The Professor Is In. The hour-long webinar, "Hacking the Academic Job Market: A Webinar with Dr. Karen Kelsky," examines all aspects of the job search. The webinar will be followed by Q&A. Finally, "Communicating Your Research to a Non-Expert Audience" will share practical tips for crafting an effective elevator pitch about your research. Participants will learn techniques for making the most out of these short interactions and how to avoid common pitfalls. Event details here.

National Institute of Environmental Health Science, Research Triangle Park: 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. | Coffee, breakfast* and mindfulness monday (cafeteria): Kick off the week with fellow trainees for coffee and breakfast. Denise Saunders, Ph.D., will join them with reminders on how to explore mindfulness, self-care and overall wellbeing. 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Ice cream social* hosted by principal investigators (cafeteria): Join your fellow trainees for ice cream! 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | FAES health insurance orientation (F193 or WebEx). 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Doughnut social* and paper plane competition (F193): Join your fellows for doughnuts and friendly competition to see who can make a paper plane that flies the farthest! 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. | Postdoc bagel breakfast* (cafeteria): Open to all postdocs! Come grab a bagel and coffee and chat with your fellow postdocs about life at NIEHS. 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Introduction to bullet journaling (Lakeview Conference Room): Learn about bullet journaling for organizing daily task lists. Alison Harrill, Ph.D., will present and share different styles and tips. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Cold coffee and key lime creations* at Keystone (Keystone Building, 1009): Join them in Keystone for a social hour and make an edible creation of your scientific project (supplies will be provided). 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | Discovery Lake walk (meet on patio by cafeteria): This is a kick-off for a weekly walk or run around the lake! Enjoy time to talk and exercise with your co-workers. Meet on the cafeteria patio by the tables with umbrellas! 6:00 p.m. | Dine rround the world: International fellow-hosted Diners Club (multiple area restaurants): International fellows will be “hosting” dinners at their favorite restaurants around the Triangle by recommending favorites on the menu. 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | Orientation for new fellows (A262): Join Tammy Collins, Ph.D., the director of the Office of Fellows’ Career Development (OFCD), to learn about professional development opportunities available to you. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Professional brown bag lunch series: Academic (D450): Are you considering an academic career at a university or research institute? Come to meet individuals who landed faculty positions. 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Professional brown bag lunch series: Industry (A262): Are you considering a scientific or a science-based non-traditional job in a company? Come to meet individuals who are going to talk about their own experience. 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Pizza party*, general assembly meeting, 10th annual trivia challenge and winner recognition! (F193): Come join your fellow trainees to celebrate Postdoc/Fellow Appreciation Week with pizza and trivia! Daily photo scavenger hunt - watch your email for daily photo clues and go searching around campus! The winner will receive a prize at the general assembly meeting on Friday, September 20. Event details here.

Wake Forest School of Medicine, Winston-Salem: Tuesday, September 17, 1:00 p.m., 5203 BGCME: The Center for Advancement of Teaching (CAT) discusses the college-level teaching preparation program for postdocs interested in an academic career, as well as book clubs and discussion groups targeting instructional activities. Wednesday, September 18, noon, 1064 Hanes: Building Resources for Increasing Diversity in Gainful Employment (Wake-BRIDGE) is a new program for postdocs interested in careers in private sector industry. The program will be initiated by highlighting careers in science consulting by its own postdoc alumni now in the field. Thursday, September 19, noon, 155 BTP: The Wake Forest School of Medicine Clinical and Translational Science Institute oversees core facilities for research equipment, statistical consulting, a K Class for preparing mentored K grants, and libraries of videos, and other research services. Join PDA leadership for informal coffee and treats before starting the day. Two days, two campuses. Let your hidden artist come out with friends while improving your skills at painting. Strictly social event hosted by the WFU PDA. Don't worry, be happy: fun, games, food, networking, and socializing.

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill: Monday, September 16 from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m., social media Monday: The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs will release a list of locations on social media. You will have one hour to take a photo in one of those places during this time and share how you are starting #NPAW 2019! Tag us @UNCPostdoc and use #UNCNPAW2019 to be entered into a drawing for a prize! Monday, September 16 from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Fed Ex Global Education Center, international coffee hour: Make international & American friends over coffee & cookies. Learn more about global opportunities. Tuesday, September 17 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Bull McCabe's in Durham, PDA Triangle social: Join other postdocs in the triangle from Duke, NCSU, NIEHS and NCCU at Bull McCabe's in Durham. Appetizers provided. Wednesday, September 18, appreciate your postdoc day: Faculty mentors do something special for your postdocs and send us a picture! Tweet your picture to @UNCPostdoc using #UNCNPAW2019 #UNCpostdocs. Thursday, September 19, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Hitchcock Multipurpose Room, Stone Center: Attendees will learn about essential features of presenting the key element of their research in an interactive workshop, Chalk Talk Clinic w/ Ed Krug. Friday, September 20, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Fedex Global Education Center: Join the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs for a FREE lunch and receive a gift. Lunch including hamburgers, hot dogs and veggie burgers will be provided for attendees that register by Wednesday, September 18.


The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City: Monday, September 16, from 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., go to the rise and shine breakfast and start the week off right with pancakes, fruit, coffee and tea. Bring your “A” game and help the team win at trivia night! Appetizers will be provided. This happens on Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. During de-stress day, enjoy free chair massages, pet the therapy dogs, and enjoy snacks to get zap away the mid-week stress. Takes place Wednesday, September 18, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Event details here.

Clemson University, Clemson: Clemson University College of Engineering and Science will have coffee and donutes on Monday, September 16 at Riggs 100A from 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Meet up to kick-off NPAW and get some free treats. Specials guests will include the provost, associate provost and VPR! Swing by and get professional headshots for free on Tuesday, September 17! There will also be free T-shirt giveaways going on so make sure to mark your calendars. Takes place from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at Riggs 101. Come by and enjoy a complimentary lunch on us! Also, stay and hear about Jessica Larsen, Ph.D., and other newly hired faculty members journey into academia. The faculty member talk and lunch takes place Wednesday, September 18 from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Riggs 100A. Details here.

Savannah River National Laboratory, Aiken: Postdoctoral researcher breakfast - postdocs, their mentors, and managers are invited to an informal breakfast. This is the first meeting, let alone “event,” that we will be having with our postdocs as a group.

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio: In partnership with the UTHSA PDA, the following events are being planned: a research symposium to showcase the San Antonio area postdocs from UTHSA, UTSA, the U.S. Air Force, Army, and Naval Research units, and TX BioMed; a career path networking lunch; and a, evening networking event. More details to be found at

University of Texas at El Paso Graduate School, El Paso: Postdocs are invited to enjoy lunch and conversation with dean, Stephen Crites.

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston: Drop in on Tuesday, September 17, for breakfast tacos from 9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m. and drop off your CV/resume (optional) to have it reviewed in three business days. Later, head to DeBakey Museum from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. to have a free professional headshot taken. Attend the ice cream social & t-shirt sale on Wednesday, September 18, in Alkek Lobby from 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. On Friday, September 20, from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in M319.01-03, join a breakfast social & project management tips. Event website.

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston/UTHealth, Houston: There will be a graduation celebration for UTHealth postdocs that have completed the postdoc certificate program. Celebrations include a chocolate fountain dessert, a music program, and a photobooth! Monday, September 16, 3:00 p.m. at MSB 5th floor gallery. Postdoc-invited speaker, Xiaoqian Jiang, Ph.D., will share his exciting research with us. This event is open to the greater TMC community. Bring your friends! Tuesday, September 17, GSBS large classroom, 3:00 p.m. Pastries, posters, and professional pictures - start your day off with breakfast and coffee. Bring a poster, new or old, and present your research! A professional photographer will be on hand to take your headshot. Wednesday, September 18, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., IMM. Night at the museum - bring your family and friends on an expedition around the Houston Museum of Fine Arts! Taking place Thursday, September 19; meet at Webber Plaza, 5:30 p.m. Come join them for puppy therapy as the charitable organization, Smiles and Fur Friends, brings their wonderfully trained therapy dogs to show their love for postdocs. Friday, September 20, noon to 1:00 p.m. TMC-wide postdoc networking at Third Coast. Come out to meet postdocs from across the TMC. UTHealth and the TMC host Rice, Baylor, Methodist, MD Anderson, and UH! Institutional badge indicating a postdoc position req'd. Friday, September 20, 5:00 p.m.

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston: Open NPAW with the first-ever reception that includes our president. All will receive gifts. Ten postdocs active in the PDA (along with their faculty mentors) will be formally recognized for initiating opportunities to enhance the postdoc experience. Recruiters from MD Anderson's office of recruitment will spend approximately 15 minutes with each postdoc who pre-registered to have their resume or CV reviewed.

University of Virginia, Charlottesville: The UVA PDA's community building committee is hosting a picnic for postdocs and their families at noon on Saturday, September 14 in Pavilion Garden of historic UVA grounds. The Office of Graduate and Postdoc Affairs (OGPA) and UVA PDA's career development committee has invited a professional photographer to take professional headshots of postdocs on Tuesday, September 17 at 10:00 a.m. The OGPA and UVA PDA's career development committee are hosting FLASH talks over lunch on Tuesday, September 17. FLASH talks are two-minute research summary using one slide. Presenters attended a prep workshop on research communication.

West Virginia University, Morgantown: At noon, everyone on campus is invited to stop by and network with postdocs who will be presenting research posters. We will also be serving pizza and cake.

West Region

Listed below are events from NPAW celebrations in the Western region of the United States

Arizona State University, Tempe: Arizona State University Graduate College will hold a series of events: on Monday, September 16, a postdoc appreciation breakfast; on Tuesday, September 17, a lunch & learn, "Writing Academic Papers and Getting Published"; and the "Arizona Postdoc Research Conference: Research Talks and Poster Session," co-hosted with the University of Arizona Postdoctoral Affairs Office.

University of Arizona, Tucson: The University of Arizona, in collaboration with Arizona State University, will celebrate NPAW with several events. Come join the University of Arizona PDA for happy hour! Meet board members, talk about postdoc issues, or just hang out meet some new folks and enjoy a cold beer! There will also be a coffee hour: casual coffee time for postdocs at the Postdoctoral Affairs building! Come when you can during this time. Finally, the Arizona Postdoctoral Research Conference, a research symposium and poster session for postdoctoral scholars in Arizona, will take place. Visit for details.

Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla: Salk Institute for Biological Studies will kick off NPAW with breakfast on Monday, September 16. An appreciation lunch hosted by the PDO and PDA takes place on Wednesday, September 18. On Tuesday, September 17, extend your networks! Professional photo shoot for individual head shots for postdocs to use on LinkedIn, etc. On Thursday, September 17, business cards and NPA Affiliate membership enrollments. Finally, "Postdocs @Petco Park," an evening event for postdocs at Petco Park to watch the San Diego Padres.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles: The Office of Graduate Research Education will host an elevator pitch contest, where postdoc's are given 60 seconds to give an elevator pitch about their research. Also, the postdoctoral scientist program invites Cedars-Sinai Research community to join the postdocs as it recognizes the significant contributions that postdoctoral scientists make to research and discovery. Another event taking place is a non-academic career panel: a panel discussion about non-academic careers in science. Guest speakers to be announced.

University of California, Davis, Davis: Please join Graduate Studies and the postdoctoral scholar association for a meal in celebration of NPAW, to thank postdocs for their contributions to UC Davis. Then, let UC Davis set you up for a great day and a great online presence with a parfait buffet and professional headshots. Bring a coffee mug and whatever you would like to wear in your headshots. Next, the Internship and Career Center appreciates postdocs! Come by the second floor of South Hall to get the scoop about ICC services for UC Davis postdocs at the ice cream social. There will be ICC staff and advisers on hand to discuss career related questions. Finally, in recognition of NPAW, Services for International Students and Scholars invites all postdocs to attend the postdoc appreciation bowling social.

University of California, Irvine, Irvine: At UC Irvine meet the new Office of Postdoctoral Affairs team on Monday, September 16! Drop by for coffee, donuts and free giveaways! Take a moment to breath. Come by and meet the counselors available to postdocs on Tuesday, September 17. They will answer your questions on work-life balance, stress management and more! Finally, learn about the services available to postdocs at UCI at the resource fair & mixer on Thursday, September 19. Speak with the people who can help you advance your research. Light refreshments will be provided.

University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley: The UC Berkeley Visiting Scholars & Postdoc Affairs program has many fun NPAW events planned: Postdocs, UC Berkeley loves you a latte. Kick off NPAW with coffee and pastry amongst peers and faculty mentors. First 100 postdocs will receive a free NPAW coffee mug! Let's chill: postdoc ice cream social. Come and celebrate postdocs while enjoying delicious ice cream, shaved ice, and gelato. PostdocFest co-sponsored with Berkeley PDA (BPA). Live music, BBQ, & kid-friendly activities. 2019 Faculty Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring & Postdoc Achievement Award presented by vice chancellor of research Randy Katz, Ph.D. First 250 postdocs get free shirt. Also taking place: How to Make Stress your Friend, presented by Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., lecturer, Stanford University and author of The Upside of Stress and The Willpower Instinct. McGonigal is a health psychologist whose mission is to translate insights from psychology and neuroscience into practical strategies that support personal well-being and strengthen communities. Say cheese! Professional photography session Co-sponsored by BPA. Event links: and Get a free professional portrait taken by a professional photographer. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your LinkedIn profile, Twitter handle, professional blog or whatever tools you use to project your professional image. On two days of NPAW!

University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles: In partnership with UCLA Graduate Division, Office for Postdoctoral Affairs for the Biomedical and Life Sciences (DGSOM at UCLA), PDA at UCLA, Caltech PDA (CPA), and USC PDA, the following events are taking place: PDA wine night at the Blending Lab Winery (7948 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048) on Saturday, September 14, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.; PDA happy hour and game night at Wolfgang Puck Express on Thursday, September 19, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.; PDA cross-campus picnic with USC and Caltech on Saturday, September 21, from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Los Angeles State Historic Park (1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012); Postdoctoral scholar mixer on Friday, September 20, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at La Kretz Garden Pavilion, UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Gardens. UCLA postdoctoral scholars and postdoctoral scholar alumni invited. Details on alll events can be found here.

Scripps Research, La Jolla: The International Services Office, Society of Fellows, and the Executive Office at Scripps Research is celebrating their postdocs, starting on Monday, September 16 with complimentary, professional headshots for their social media profiles. On Tuesday, September 17, postdocs will take some time to unwind with a free 15-minute chair massage. The festivities continue on Wednesday, September 18, with the lightning talk competition, sponsored by the Society of Fellows. Experience a whirlwind of science in three-minute bursts! Everyone is invited to attend. Thursday, September 19, postdocs can participate in a Bollywood dance lesson, join the “postdoc karaoke sing-along," where there will be games, raffle prizes, and tacos will be served! Close out NPAW 2019 with a happy hour on Friday, September 20, sponsored by the Executive Office.

University of California, Riverside, Riverside: UC Riverdale, UCLA, USC, Caltech, City of Hope, Cedars-Sinai, UCI, and all affiliated postdocs and their families are invited to the cross-Angeles postdoc picnic at the Los Angeles State Historic Park on Saturday, September 21, at 3:00 p.m. In honor of NPAW, the Riverside PDA invites postdoctoral scholars and graduate students to coffee hour on Thursday, September 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (UCR Entomology Courtyard).

University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco: UCSF is celebrating UCSF postdocs and their multiple contributions as innovators, educators, and scholars all week long! Join them for the annual rock-climbing wall and ice cream social; all are welcome! Next, join them for a professional headshots at both Mission Bay and Parnassus to spruce up your LinkedIn or job-talk flyers! Finally, join the 4th annual postdoc slam competition! 10 UCSF postdoc finalists face off to give three-minute TED-style talks on their research ( Come cheer them on! See all UCSF NPAW events at this page.

Stanford University, Stanford: Together with the Stanford University PDA, Stanford has several fun events planned for NPAW: gourmet coffee cart for postdoc and postdoc administrators, with giveaways for both populations; guided meditation session; an ice cream social; coffee for postdocs every morning at various locations across campus; yoga at lunch hour Tuesday, September 17, Wednesday, September 18, and Thursday, September 19; a BBQ with 2000+ postdocs and postdoc family members gathered, featuring live bluegrass, a kids station with facepainting, and giveaways; family friendly movie night; hike the Stanford Dish; open mic night at Scottie's Palo Alto; NPaws therapy doc wellness event; and a SURPAS end-of-week happy hour. Visit this page for a listing of all events.

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, La Jolla: Here are the NPAW events at Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute: Monday, September 16 - coffee & smoothie cart; Tuesday, September 17 - first annual postdoc town hall & ice cream social; Thursday, September 19 - 18th annual postdoc research symposium; Fishman Fund Award ceremony; Tuesday, September 24 - careers & coffee – science & medical writing; Wednesday, September 25 - CV/resume review session; Friday, September 27 - annual postdoc appreciation BBQ lunch for postdocs and their mentors.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley: During the Berkeley Lab research SLAM, contestants are challenged to present a compelling three-minute presentation of their research in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. A reception for all LBNL postdocs will follow the competition.

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena: The PDA at Caltech (CPA) has various NPAW events planned for its postdocs! An international food fest/happy hour, the CPA invites our diverse postdoc community for an international potluck & karaoke happy hour. PDAs from the L.A. area are getting together to host a potluck picnic at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, in celebration of NPAW 2019. The Caltech Science for March is the CPA annual outreach lunch session that serves ~2500 people of all ages. Event website.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley: The PDO organized a postdoc breakfast to kick off the NPAW at LBNL followed by the hanging of the NPAW 2019 banner at the entrance of the campus. The Berkeley Lab PDA invites its diverse postdoc community to celebrate NPAW during the great cultural game and international potluck summarizing a year of the "cultural lunches" series. Event website.

Gladstone Institutes, San Francisco: Kick the week off with a breakfast and giveaway for each postdoc, followed by an interactive, hands-on workshop to help postdocs explore and discover their various career path options from bench to business. In the interactive workshop, "Science Communication Through Improv," learn improv and storytelling techniques to improve communication and presentation skills. The Gladstone postdoc-investigator BBQ cookout is the annual BBQ cookout for postdocs and investigators. See all NPAW events at this page.

University of California, San Diego, La Jolla: The UCSD community nominated postdocs for recognition for their contributions to mentoring, teams, and/or to research. Nominees will be honored at a happy hour on Friday, September 20, on the UCSD campus and one nominee will win $100 for their career development. UCSD PDA ( is hosting an open house to kick off NPAW on Monday, September 16 where you can learn about the events, opportunities and goals for postdocs at UC San Diego and how you can engage with your fellow postdocs over lunch. All UCSD postdocs and family members are welcome to join the fun on Saturday, September 21 at the PDA-EDI committee's inaugural event of the year. Bring a cooked dish/snack item best representing you to share with your fellows postdocs while enjoying our lovely beach!

Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla: Salk Institute for Biological Studies will have photos and lunch.

Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles: On Tuesday, September 17, join taco Tuesday lunch with a presentation on individual development plans and mentorship and career development discussion panel with four faculty members. On Wednesday, September 18, a diverse career panel with four professions from academic and industry fields is planned. The discussion focus is on the backgrounds, pathways and advice of the four panelists and their respective fields. Then on Thursday, September 18, a happy hour mixer event to provide a social and networking opportunity for the trainee community will take place. Finally, on Friday, September 20: Dogs, dogs and ice cream. A hotdog lunch with a visit from the therapy dogs from CHLA’s Amerman Family Dog Therapy Program will be followed by an ice cream sundae bar.

University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder: The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is excited to kick off NPAW Monday, September 16 with a postdoc & mentor appreciation lunch, recognizing CU Boulder postdocs and postdoc mentors. Awards will be issued for outstanding postdocs and outstanding postdoc mentors during the luncheon, and postdocs who have completed a professional development track will be recognized. The PAC Boulder, the volunteer group of postdocs on campus, will also recognize recent winners of its travel award program. On Tuesday, September 17, come celebrate NPAW with fellow postdocs at the Fiske Planetarium, one of the most awesome attractions for the campus and community. Refreshments will be available from 5-6 p.m. with a laser show from 6-7 p.m. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is pleased to offer postdocs complimentary professional portraits as part of NPAW on Wednesday, September 18. Strategic Relations will provide postdocs with a professional photo for your campus unit website, your LinkedIn profile, or any other sort of professional page. Then, Thursday, September 19, celebrate being a CU Boulder postdoc with your fellow postdocs, friends, and family at the PAC Boulder social at Rayback Collective. Rayback Collective is an outdoor/indoor gathering space with multiple food trucks, adult beverages, and games for kids. The social is organized by the Postdoctoral Association of Colorado Boulder (PAC Boulder) as part of NPAW. To conclude NPAW, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs invites postdocs to a workshop on how to effectively deliver a chalk talk. Chalk talks are typical in the academic job search and involve leading a discussion of your research agenda without prepared slides. Serge Campeau, Ph.D., a professor in psychology & neuroscience, will offer best practices and strategies on how to deliver a compelling chalk talk for faculty positions on Friday, September 20.

University of Colorado, Aurora: The PDA at the University of Colorado (Anschutz Medical Campus) has organized a networking strategy workshop with lunch; a professional photo headshot session; a scavenger hunt, where teams of postdocs will work together to find resources on campus and win a team prize worth $200; a career panel with participants from diverse workplaces as well as including both American born citizens and immigrants; a happy hour/trivia night; and a coffee hour. NPAW events listed here.

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University of Nevada Reno, Reno: On Wednesday September 18, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. the postdoc panel, "Optimizing your Post-PhD experience" is planned. Lunch for any postdocs who would like to offer their advise to graduate students on the postdoc experience. Graduate student enrollment limited to an R.S.V.P. Monday, September 23, enjoy happy hour and learn about opportunities available at UNR campus from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

University of Washington, Seattle: NPAW events taking place: fall 2019 postdoc resource fair and pathway to independence workshop, followed by reception; 15th annual postdoc research symposium and reception; and a happy hour with UW PDA on the University Avenue, social gathering for all postdocs. These events are organized with the Graduate School, University of Washington PDA, and the UW postdoc diversity alliance.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle: Beer hour and pizza will be a postdoc celebration with games, pizza, and beer. The brown bag lunch PI panel provides postdocs the opportunity to get career advice and ask questions to a panel of faculty members at Fred Hutch. Postdocs will have the opportunity to de-stress and play with some furry friends at this event with the Seattle Humane Society's MaxMobile. Some may even find their furry soulmate. At coffee, donuts, headshots & Hutch organizations, postdocs can stop by and grab some coffee and donuts, get a professional headshot taken, and get to know some of the amazing organizations at Fred Hutch. Postdocs are invited to a breakfast and coffee hour followed by a discussion lead by a senior member of the director's office. Postdocs have the opportunity to help provide basic needs items to at-risk young people ages 13-25. Another event will provide postdocs the opportunity to register to vote.


Listed below are events from NPAW celebrations outside of the United States

University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario: University Health Network will hold workshops during NPAW: curriculum vitae (for academia-bound postdocs on Monday, September 16) and resume (for industry-bound postdocs on Tuesday, September 17) where advice and feedback from experts will be provided. Also being held are academic (Wednesday, September 18) and industry (Thursday, September 19) career events where five panelists will discuss their experiences and answer audience questions, followed by a networking session. Additionally, a networking lunch with the executive vice president of science and research at the University Health Network will take place.

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta: Join on Monday, September 16 for workshops on building a public profile and working with the media with special guest presenters. Lunch is provided and a chance to get a professional headshot from an onsite photographer Join them on Thursday, September 19 for the research communication and presentations skills workshop for postdoctoral scholars Finally, Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute invites postdoctoral trainees for an afternoon of food, networking, and thought-provoking conversation as they kick off a new academic year

SickKids Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario: During NPAW, enjoy wellness events with the running/walking club and the yoga club; a grants writing workshop; an after-work social, networking event; and an open house & breakfast, where you can have some breakfast and learn about what the PDAC does. They will also be recruiting members for 2019-2020 and there will be a raffle for a FREE one-year membership at the Wellness Centre gym! Registration required! Event details.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia: The Postdoctoral Fellows Office at UBC, would like to take this opportunity to thank its postdocs for their hard work and for all the contributions they have made. As a token of our appreciation, they will be hosting the annual BBQ on Thursday, September 19. Get more details here.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia: The UBC PDA is teaming up with the Simon Fraser University PDA to celebrate being a postdoc while enjoying drinks and dinner. Get more details here.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia: The Department of microbiology & Immunology at UBC organized a microbiology & immunology postdoc and research associate appreciation & research night on Tuesday September 17, 2019, 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (LSC, West Atrium), UBC. The event includes a social, poster presentation (optional), dinner & drink, and prizes and gifts. Invited are postdocs, research associates, and the department's faculty. Please RSVP.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia: Postdoctoral fellows from the Biodiversity Research Centre are invited to the Black Hole at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 17, for coffee and cake.

University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario: Enjoy these events during NPAW: postdoc services fair; mindfulness meditation; postdoc career mistakes workshop - Larry Smith; express home workouts; lunch with the president and AVP; express entry presentation; and a postdoc social at Uptown Waterloo. The event page can be foundhere.

University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia: MSL will be serving cupcakes and dessert in the multipurpose room at 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, in advance of the kickoff for this year's MSL seminar series. Everyone is encouraged to come for the brief snack and express your appreciation.

University College London, London, England, United Kingdom: The University College London will hose the UCL postdoc appreciation week festival. The week comprises of fun, informal and informative activities, including: advanced research skills, personal and professional development workshops, wellbeing events, an unconference, family-friendly socializing, networking, and useful resources. Visit the institution's website for more details.

University of Manchester, Manchester, England, United Kingdom: The University of Manchester will celebrate NPAW with its 'Postdocs Assemble' main event, a social media campain (@UoMPostdocs), a thank you card scheme and various local events. Visit the website for more details!

Queen's University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom: As a demonstration of recognition, staff and students are encouraged to wear "Love Postdocs" badges, available throughout the university, to show their appreciation of postdocs. In addition, they are encouraged to share pictures and recognition messages with #LovePostdocs. The Postdoc Showcase brings together postdocs, presenting their work as short pitches or posters, with stakeholders from public, private and voluntary sector. Focused on engaged research, this event will promote interactions and fun! Postdoc prizes will be given to recognize the exceptional contributions of postdocs to the university, including their research, support of staff and students, public engagement and citizenship. These will be awarded at the end of the Postdoc Showcase. To launch their brand-new postdoc society, the volunteers from the faculty of engineering and physical sciences invite their fellow faculty postdocs to a pizza night! It will be a convivial way to network and meet the society members. Finally, the movie + Q&A event involves the projection of the science-fiction classic "GATTACA" at Queen's Film Theatre, followed by an interactive discussion between a panel of postdocs and the audience (open to the public). See details on the event website.

Central European Institute of Technology, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic: The first annual CEITEC postdoc retreat will be held Monday, September 16 through Tuesday, September 17 at Castle Křtiny. It is envisioned as an event where postdocs can meet and network, share their results and learn more about the research taking place at the CEITEC institutes. CEITEC MU will host "CEITEC tea time," weekly networking event at our institute, which will on this occasion draw attention to postdocs and NPAW. Details on this website.

APC Microbiome Ireland, Cork, Ireland: Satyananda yoga instructor Karen Mortell will teach a holistic type of yoga where the focus for beginners is on relaxation. Wednesday, September 18, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. BSI seminar room (1.13). A career event with prof. Colin Hill to chat about life in research. Thursday, September 19, 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. BSI cafe. A fun networking event at Tom Barry's on Thursday, September 19, 5:30 p.m. onwards.

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