Coming soon! 2021 National Postdoc Appreciation Week at UCSF

UCSF's 2021 National Postdoc Appreciation Week is September 20 - 24, 2021. Check back frequently for updates!

Read below to learn more about how we celebrated postdocs in 2020:

UCSF celebrates the eleventh annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) from September 21 through September 25, 2020. This year, the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars and our partners will focus on connecting postdocs to resources, professional development opportunities, community-building activities, and amplifying the appreciation efforts of faculty, students, and staff!

Connect on Social Media

Celebrate postdocs on social media by using the hashtags #ucsfNPAW, #ucsfpostdocs, and #NPAW2020.

► PIs, students, staff, and other postdocs fans: Enter our NPAW 2020 Social Media Challenge to appreciate and applaud your postdoc colleagues and you could win Amazon gift cards!

Connect on Zoom

Celebrate postdocs all week long with an NPAW Zoom virtual background!

National Postdoc Appreciation Week Zoom Background


Calendar of Events

Check out what we have lined up for NPAW! All events are free for UCSF and Gladstone postdocs. 

A note about UCSF's NPAW virtual events: Modeling off of UCSF's Office of Career and Professional Development practice, please feel free to attend our virtual events as you are. We welcome your attendance and participation, with your camera and/or microphone on or off. 

UCSF is committed to making its facilities and events accessible in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request an accommodation for any of the events below, please contact Jenny Min at [email protected] at least four days in advance.

All scheduled times below are Pacific Daylight Time.

Social Media Challenge

We invite fans of postdocs to participate in our NPAW 2020 Social Media Challenge! 

Who: Any UCSF PI/staff/students (Sorry postdocs, you're not eligible for this appreciation challenge because we want you to sit back and revel in the recognition!)

What: UCSF postdocs are engaged in a wide range of research and community activities. During the week of NPAW, we ask the UCSF community to share the discoveries and community impacts – both big and small – that UCSF postdocs have made in the past year.


  1. Reflect on something your postdoc(s) have discovered or contributed to your labs/research team discoveries OR share with us one thing you appreciate about a postdoc.
  2. Write a summary or caption an image describing their discovery/contribution OR words of appreciation and encouragement.
  3. Share on Twitter with #NPAW2020 AND #ucsfNPAW, and tag the UCSF OPS Office @UCSF_Postdocs.
  4. The top two most liked tweets of each day during the week of NPAW will win a $5 Amazon gift card for yourself and another $5 Amazon gift card for the postdoc you are honoring! 
  5. At the end of week on Friday 9/25, there will be a random lottery drawing and two postdocs mentioned in the tweets during the week of NPAW will each win a $75 Amazon Gift Card!

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Steering Committee

Thanks to the following committee members for contributing their ideas, time, and energy to celebrate UCSF postdocs!

In alphabetical order by last name:

  • Gaia Andreoletti, PhD
  • Joel Babdor, PhD
  • Neal Bennett, PhD
  • Jessica Crosby
  • Jhia Jackson, MS, PhD(c)
  • Sudha Krishnamurthy, BDS, PhD
  • Jenny Min, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, PhD(c)
  • Gabriela Monsalve, PhD
  • Mike Mullen
  • Erik Rotman
  • Lin Song, PhD
  • Anne Sufka​​​​​
  • Taman Upadhaya, Msc, PhD