National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW)

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National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) is an annual celebration designed to recognize the significant contributions postdoctoral scholars make to U.S. research and discovery. Institutions from across the globe participate by holding special events, and the VSPA is pleased to celebrate UC Berkeley postdocs this year from September 19-23, 2022. See our news article on last year's NPAW and pictures and social media shoutouts from past events!

NPAW 2022 events include 

Cal Night with the Oakland A’s (special registration for UCB postdocs)

Thursday, September 8th, 6:40 PM @ RingCentral Coliseum, 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland

To kick off NPAW 2022, the VSPA is excited to invite Postdocs, Visiting Scholars, & Visiting Student Researchers to a Major League baseball game! If you haven't been to a game before, this is your chance. Attendees will receive a free Cal beanie! 

Check out our article on Cal Night!

Postdocs, We Love you a Latte and Professional Photography Session

Monday, September 19th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ UC Berkeley Alumni House Patio

Join your fellow postdocs and bring your faculty members to enjoy coffee, pastries, and a chance to win raffle prizes!

Check out our article on the Latte event!

Careers After Your Cal Postdoc: Berkeley Postdoc Alumni Career Panel (Virtual Event)

Tuesday, September 20th, 12:00 - 1:30 PM PST

The VSPA and Berkeley Postdoc Association (BPA) are pleased to co-host a virtual career panel discussion of former Cal postdocs. Please join us as our postdoc alumni share their experiences and perspectives about the job search process, how they managed the transition into academic and non-academic careers, and their insights on the career environment in the time of COVID-19. 

Check out our article on the panel!

PostdocFest and Professional Photography Session

Wednesday, September 21st, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM @ UC Berkeley Alumni House

Join your fellow postdocs for the highlight of NPAW! We'll have music, food, and the chance to win more raffle prizes! In Addition, the 2022 Faculty Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring and the Postdoc Achievement Award will be presented by the Vice Chancellor for Research, Dr. Katherine Yelick. There will also be opportunities to have your portrait taken by professional photographer Brittany Hosea-Small. Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your LinkedIn profile, Twitter, professional blog, or other media for your professional career. 

Check out our article on PostdocFest!

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Social Networking Event: Finding Your Balance

Friday, September 23rd, 10 AM - Virtual Wellness Topics

Social Media Shout Outs

We encourage faculty supervisors to personally celebrate their postdocs via our social media campaign! Use these hashtags on your favorite platforms like Twitter and Facebook:






Past NPAW celebrations include:

September 20 - Postdocs, We Love you a Latte and Professional Photography Session

September 21 - Virtual Professional Development Workshop "Thriving Through Imposter Syndrome"

September 22 - PostdocFest and Professional Photography Session

September 23 -  Careers After Your Cal Postdoc: Berkeley Postdoc Alumni Career Panel, co-sponsored by the Berkeley Postdoc Association (BPA)

September 24 - Professional Photography Session


September 21-25, 2020 - NPAW Postdoc Surprise Pack

September 22, 2020 - Tahitian Dance Lesson and Get Creative! Paint Party

September 23, 2020 - Careers After Your Cal Postdoc: Berkeley Postdoc Alumni Career Panel 

September 24, 2020 - Tahitian Dance Lesson and Live Band Concert

September 25, 2020 - Guided Beer Tasting Event


September 16, 2019 - Postdocs, We Love you a Latte 

September 17, 2019 - Let's Chill: Postdoc Ice Cream Social

September 18, 2019 - PostdocFest, co-sponsored by the Berkeley Postdoctoral Association

September 19, 2019 - NPAW Seminar: "How to Make Stress your Friend" presented by Dr. Kelly McGonigal 

September 19, 2019 - Say Cheese: Professional Photography Session, co-sponsored by the Berkeley Postdoctoral Association