2021 National Postdoc Appreciation Week at UCSF

UCSF celebrates the twelfth annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) from September 20 through September 24, 2021. This year, the Office for Postdoctoral Scholars and the Postdoctoral Scholars Association encourage you to help us spotlight UCSF postdocs!

Looking for more ways to recognize postdocs and their contributions? We have lots of ideas to help you

keep the spotlight on postdocs during NPAW 2021!

Spotlight Postdocs on Social Media

Celebrate postdocs on social media by using the hashtags #ucsfNPAW, #UCSFpostdocs, and #NPAW2021.

► PIs, students, staff, and other postdocs fans: Enter our NPAW 2021 Spotlight Challenge to appreciate and applaud your postdoc colleagues and you could win Amazon gift cards!

Spotlight Postdocs on Zoom

Keep postdocs in the spotlight 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!

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 Rebecca Wolfe at [email protected] at least four days in advance.

All scheduled times below are Pacific Daylight Time.

Spotlight Challenge

We invite fans of postdocs to participate in our NPAW 2021 Spotlight Challenge!

Who: Any UCSF community member

What: UCSF postdocs are engaged in a wide range of research and community activities. During the week of NPAW, we challenge the UCSF community to spotlight the 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 lab and/or research team’s discoveries OR share with one thing (or more!) that you appreciate about your postdoc(s).
  2. Write a summary or caption an image describing their discovery/contribution OR words of appreciation and encouragement.
  3. Share your message on Twitter or via email:

Two randomly selected spotlight challenge messages — one from Twitter and one from email — will be selected each day during the week of NPAW, winning a $10 Amazon gift card for the postdoc you are honoring! On Saturday September 25, there will be a final random lottery drawing, and two postdocs spotlighted via Twitter or email 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:

  • Jenny Min, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC, PhD(c)
  • Gabriela Monsalve, PhD
  • Thaidy Moreno-Rodriguez, PhD
  • Mike Mullen
  • Lin Song, PhD
  • Anne Sufka
  • Rigney Turnham, PhD
  • Putu Ustriyana, PhD
  • Rebecca Wolfe, PhD(c)