National Postdoc Appreciation Week

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Since 2009, the National Postdoctoral Association has sponsored National Postdoc Appreciation Week to recognize the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to research and discovery. We hope that all supervisors recognize the efforts of their postdocs during this week of celebration.

UBC, and especially the PDFO, would like to take this opportunity to thank our postdocs for their hard work and for all the contributions they make to UBC's research enterprise.

A thank-you collage of the 2022 NPAW donors.




This year, the PDFO is excited to host a series of both online and in-person events celebrating UBC's postdoc community.

National Postdoc Appreciation Week Events Schedule

Due to the newly-announced federal and provincial holiday and subsequent University closure, the kickoff breakfast and keynote event scheduled for Monday, September 19, 2022 has been postponed.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022 - Orientation for Postdoctoral Fellows - Fall 2022 (In-Person) (Info Fair at 8:30 AM, Session from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM, and a Networking Lunch from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM)

New postdoctoral fellows are invited to attend our fall Orientation for Postdoctoral Fellows. This half-day session will cover a range of important campus and academic information and advice geared to help you and your families obtain the most from your Postdoc experience at UBC. Orientation will begin with an info fair and networking at 8:30 AM, with presentations from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM and a networking lunch from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM.

Click here for more information and to register.

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - Tips and Tricks for Crafting Compelling Grant Applications (Online via Zoom) (9:00 AM - 10:00 AM)

Learning to develop grant applications is a vital skill both within and outside of the academe. Join Dr. Erica Machulak, Founder and Lead Facilitator of Hikma Strategies, for an hour-long talk on tips, tricks and actionable advice on crafting competitive grant applications.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2022 - Virtual Grant Writing Support Session with Dr. Erica Machulak (Online via Zoom) (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)

Join Dr. Erica Machulak for hands-on, interactive support sessions that are designed to provide immediate, hands-on feedback on participants’ draft proposal summaries. Drafts may be partial and at any stage of development. Feedback will be shared in an interactive small group session  with postdoc peers.

Due to the interactive nature of these support sessions, there are limited seats available in this session. So that our facilitator can prepare for the session, participants will be asked to submit the one-page project summary that they wish to work on during the support session by Monday, September 12, 2022.  

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Thursday, September 22, 2022 - From Postdoc to PI: Transitioning to a Faculty Position (Panel, Online via Zoom) (1:00 PM - 2:30 PM)

Hear from a panel of former UBC postdocs about life as a full-time faculty member and the process of preparing for life after a Postdoctoral Fellowship. Moderated by Associate Dean, Postdoctoral Fellows Dr. Mary De Vera (Associate Professor, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Medication Adherence, Utilization, and Outcomes), this panel features:

  • Dr. Tara Cookson - Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy and Global Affairs and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Gender, Development, and Global Public Policy; UBC
  • Dr. Paula Duarte-Guterman - Assistant Professor, Social Sciences and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Behavioural Neuroscience; Brock University
  • Dr. Gareth Lim - Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Adipocyte Development; Université de Montréal
  • Dr. Dylan Robinson - Associate Professor, School of Music and Advisor to the Dean on Indigenous Arts; UBC

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Friday, September 23, 2022 - National Postdoc Appreciation Week Barbecue (In-Person) (12:00 PM - 2:00 PM)

After a two-year hiatus, we are delighted to be hosting our traditional barbecue in celebration of UBC's postdocs! Join us for check-in at 11:45, followed by the barbecue at 12:00. The event is expected to last between 1.5 to 2 hours. As part of this event, postdocs will be eligible to win prizes from a variety of on- and off-campus donors; in order to receive a prize, attendance is required at the time of the draw.

As we have to provide numbers to the caterer in advance of the session, the deadline to register for the barbecue is Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 10:00 AM PT.

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The PDFO is pleased to feature a prize draw as a part of our NPAW events, but we could not offer this draw without the generous support of our donors. We would like to thank the following organizations for their generous donations in support of 2022 National Postdoc Appreciation Week.

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PDA Pub Social - Thursday, September 22, 2022 - 3:00 PM

Join the UBC PDA for happy hour at Brown's Craft House on the UBC - Point Grey Campus (6111 University Blvd) on Thursday, September 22, 2022. Visit the PDA website to register.

Poster advertising the UBC PDA NPAW Social


If your faculty, department/unit or research group will be offering events for National Postdoc Appreciation Week, please let us know