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Postdoc Appreciation Week

About Postdoc Appreciation Week

Since 2009, the National Postdoctoral Association 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 tenth annual celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) will be held September 16-20, 2019.

2019 NPAW Events and Activities at UC Davis

National Postdoc Appreciation Week events for the UC Davis community will be announced in August 2019.
Please visit this page periodically for updates.


Professional Portraits and Parfaits for Postdocs
Sponsored by the FUTURE Program
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
8:00 am - 10:00 am
Register via Eventbrite

Thank you, Postdocs!  Let us 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. This event is hosted by the FUTURE Career Exploration program. Ready to grow your network and build your job search skills? We are offering our second-ever Sacramento workshop series this Fall - sign up by September 16! This event is for UC Davis Postdoctoral Scholars


Postdoctoral Scholar Appreciation Dinner
Sponsored by UC Davis Graduate Studies
Tuesday, September 17, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Register via Eventbrite


Get the Scoop at the Internship and Career Center
Sponsored by the UC Davis Internship and Career Center
Friday, September 20, 2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Register via Eventbrite


Postdoc Appreciation Bowling Social
Sponsored by Services for International Students and Scholars (SISS)
Thursday, September 26, 2019
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
RSVP via Qualtrics

Learn more about this event on the SISS website.

In recognition of Postdoc Appreciation Week, Services for International Students and Scholars within Global Affairs invites all UC Davis postdocs to join us for few friendly games of bowling as we celebrate the knowledge and passion your bring to our community! Come mingle with fellow postdocs at the Memorial Union and enjoy complimentary pizza and refreshments. Registration is required, the deadline to RSVP is Thursday, September 19. We look forward to seeing you there! 

If you're interested in hosting a NPAW event, please contact
Kathryn Raley, Program and Event Manager, at

Have You Registered for Handshake?

New and continuing postdocs sign-up for Handshake, UC Davis's new modern career development platform! With Handshake you can search for career positions, sign-up for career workshops and events, schedule one-on-one career advising appointments and more!

To access Handshake postdocs first need to create an account. On the sign-up page, select "student/alumni"  and complete the form.