National Postdoc Appreciation Week

Sept. 21 - 25, 2020

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With challenges, comes innovation. Join us for the first virtual National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) celebration, a multi-institutional collaboration, on September 21-25, 2020!

NPAW is about celebrating Postdocs and the contributions they make to U.S. research and discovery. In light of COVID-19, organizations across the country are opening up events to allow for more virtual collaboration among postdocs. This year, we want postdocs to get social, at a distance!

Events include a keynote facilitated by the NPA with speakers, John Beacom, Ph.D., and Christine Pfund, Ph.D., discussing best practices for mentorship; virtual networking; workshops hosted by the National Research Mentoring Network, and The Postdoc Academy; and other curated events. All, including postdocs and PIs, are welcome to join. For the full schedule of events during NPAW, please visit these links: calendar // events by category and day.

Join the Celebration

Use these visual assets to create spaces of appreciation both online and in shared spaces.

Meetings

Download a NPAW Zoom background to use in your meetings throughout the week. (If text is showing up backwards, open video settings, and deselect "Mirror my video").

Zoom Background

Zoom Background

Century Tower - Full Color

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Zoom Background

Zoom Background

Century Tower - Blue Filter

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Shared Spaces

Download NPAW badges to print and hang in lab and office spaces.

Happy Postdoc Appreciation Week

Happy Postdoc Appreciation Week

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Thank a Postdoc Today

Thank a Postdoc Today

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We Value UF Postdocs

We Value UF Postdocs

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Postdoc Powered Lab

Postdoc Powered Lab

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Heart Postdocs

Heart Postdocs

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For PI's

Ideas for Showing Appreciation to the Postdocs you Mentor

Provide Positive Feedback

Plan a meeting with your postdoc or send an email to tell them what you think they are doing well.

Promote on Social Media

Recognize your postdocā€™s contributions to research @UF on social media (#NPAW2020). If you do not use social media, email Lilyrlewis@ufl.edu a message of appreciation for your postdoc to have a tweet sent from the UF Postdocs account. Please provide a photo of the postdoc or their research if possible.

Meet to Discuss Professional Development

Meet with your postdoc to co-strategize their professional development. Here is a list of Fall 2020 professional development programs as well as technical skills trainings available through the Health Science Center Library to contribute to the discussion. The Postdoc Resource Guide also lists opportunities and resources for your Postdoc.

Check in and Connect

An overwhelming number of postdocs are struggling with mental wellness according to a recent survey by Nature. Check in on your postdocs to see how they are doing, and if necessary help them find health and wellness resources such as those listed in the Postdoc Resource Guide (p.3). Postdocs are eligible for free mental wellness counseling through the UF Employee Assistance Program.