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 and show appreciation for the Postdocs' contributions. Institutions across the U.S.A. will be hosting virtual and in-person events that are open to all postdocs and faculty mentors. View the national event listing to find virual events. The UF event listing is included below. UF Scripps is also hosting a week of events celebrating postdocs. To learn more about UF Scripps NPAW events, contact Rosie Albarran Zeckler, email@example.com.
If you have questions about UF's celebration of National Postdoc Appreciatino week, or would like to have your unit's UF events included on this page, please contact LilyRLewis@ufl.edu.
All events are FREE and open to UF postdocs, their families and faculty mentors
Look for the UF Postdocs Sign at all Events
Download NPAW badges to print and hang in lab and office 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 (#NPAW2022). 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.