National Postdoc Appreciation Week

Postdoc Appreciation week is Sept. 19 - 23, 2022!

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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,

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

Join the Celebration - Events

All events are FREE and open to UF postdocs, their families and faculty mentors
Look for the UF Postdocs Sign at all Events

Postdoc Appreciation Week Kick-Off Picnic at Lake Wauburg

Saturday, Sept 17th 2022, noon - 4pm
Lake Wauburg North Shore, 133 Regatta Dr., Micanopy, FL 32667
RSVP so we know how much food to bring!
Find carpool opportunities by connecting with other postdocs via the UFPDA Teams group. Catered Lunch and activities will be provided.
Highlights: Family friendly, no conflict with work hours, meet other postdocs
Hosted by the Office of Postdoc Affairs and UF Postdoc Association

Grab-n-Go Breakfast & Coffee from Einstein Bagels

Monday, Sept. 19th 2022, 10am – noon
Harrell Medical Education Building – Outside patio next to Live Oak Park (View Map)
RSVP so we have enough food!
Drop by on your way into the lab or office and pick up a complimentary breakfast and coffee.
Highlights: Flexible time, easy drive-up access, space to hang out and meet other postdocs or grab-n-go
Hosted by the Office of Postdoc Affairs and UF Postdoc Association


Professional Head Shots with UF's Strategic Communications & Marketing Photography Team

Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 2022, 10am - noon
Reitz Union Room 2355
UF's Strategic Communications & Marketing Photography Team will be offering FREE professional head shots for postdocs. Refreshments will be available during the photo-shoot event. Photos will be distributed digitally following the event. There is no reservation required, this is a drop-in-event. 
Hosted by the Office of Postdoc Affairs and UF Office of Strategic Communications & Marketing

Meet & Greet Lunch for Faculty Mentors

Wednesday, Sept 21st, 2022, Join us anytime between 11:30am – 1:30pm
Keene Faculty Center, Dauer Hall, 228 Buckman Dr., Gainesville, FL
Please RSVP & tell us your lunch preference.
Meet faculty peers that also serve as mentors to postdocs and build community, find support, and share best practices.  This is a casual luncheon and will not include formal programming. Lunch will be provided. 
Hosted by the Office of Postdoc Affairs and Office of the Provost, Faculty Affairs

UF Innovate Invites Postdocs to Participate in the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022
The Hub, 747 SW 2nd Avenue, Gainesville, FL
Join UF Innovate for 2 free, engaging and fun events:
3:30 – 4:30 pm - Meet UF Innovate I Tech Licensing officers and learn about commercialization of academic innovations and how you can build a career in technology transfer. Please register.
4:30 – 6 pm – UF Innovate | Accelerate @ The Hub welcomes all North Central Florida entrepreneurs to Innovation Hour a regular networking hour, full of great conversation, refreshments and snacks. Please RSVP by the day before the event at noon.

Craft Night at the UF Arts & Crafts Center

Wednesday, Sept. 21st, 2022, 6pm - 8pm
Reitz Union Arts & Crafts Center, 686 Museum Rd, Lower Level, Gainesville, FL
Reserve Your Spot (this even is limited to 30 participants)
Paint a mug, decorate a wooden gator, or stamp a metal gator with your postdoc peers. All craft materials will be provided at no cost to postdocs and their family members. Children are welcome but must be supervised. 
Highlights: Family friendly, no conflict with work hours, meet other postdocs, take home a piece of art!
Hosted by the Office of Postdoc Affairs and UF Postdoc Association

Research Support & Refreshments at the Health Science Center Library

Friday, Sept. 23rd 2022, 11:00am-12:30pm
BITS computer Lab at the Health Science Center Library (Biomedical Information Teaching Space B.I.T.S. – C1-121, View map & directions.)
Drop by the B.I.T.S.lab and learn how the Academic Research Consulting Services (ARCS) Researchers and Health Science Center Library Liaisons can help you meet your research goals. Snacks and refreshments will be served. There is no reservation required, this is a drop-in-event. 
Hosted by the Health Science Center Library and Academic Research Consulting & Services (ARCS)

UF Mindfulness Invites Postdocs to Join ‘Art and Mindfulness: Seeing with Clarity’

Friday, Sept. 23, 2022,  3-4pm
Harn Museum of Art, 3259 Hull Road, Gainesville, FL
Learn more & RSVP

Visual Assets for 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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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 postdoc’s contributions to research @UF on social media (#NPAW2022). If you do not use social media, email 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. 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. 

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. 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.