Since 2009, the National Postdoctoral Association has promoted National Postdoc Appreciation 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. Events will be held throughout the week and across the country to create awareness. Institutions across the U.S.A. will be hosting events that are open to all postdocs. View the national event listing. The UF event listing is included below.
If you have questions about UF's celebration of National Postdoc Appreciatino week, please contact LilyRLewis@ufl.edu.
All events are Free and open to UF postdocs and their families
Look for the UF Postdocs Sign at all Events
Use these visual assets to create spaces of appreciation both online and in shared spaces.
Ideas for Showing Appreciation to the Postdocs you Mentor
Plan a meeting with your postdoc or send an email to tell them what you think they are doing well.
Recognize your postdoc’s contributions to research @UF on social media (#NPAW2021). 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 with your postdoc to co-strategize their professional development. Focus the meeting on their development beyond just their imediate research goals. If there are specific resouces that your postdoc needs, but you are not sure where to find those resouces on campus, please encourage them to reach out the the Office of Postdoc Affairs for guidance.
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. Postdocs are eligible for free mental wellness counseling through the UF Employee Assistance Program. The UF Postdoc Association provides community and peer support for postdocs that may be feeling isolated.