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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.

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Dartmouth College, Hanover: The Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies and the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning have organized several events for NPAW. A faculty/staff appreciation reception will be a celebration of the campus community of postdoctoral scholars and teachers. 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. Also being held is a night at the museum, a cocktail reception and private tour of the campus art museum.

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Midwest Region

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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.

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South Region

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West Region

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

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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 https://postdoc.arizona.edu/calendar 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 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.

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International

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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.



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