National Postdoc Appreciation Week

Celebrating the work of postdoctoral researchers everywhere




September 19th – 23rd, 2022

Postdocs play a crucial role in the lab: balancing research, mentoring peers and supporting their lab any way they can! National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) is the perfect time to show our appreciation and celebrate the research and achievements of postdoctoral researchers.

Click on the links below for more information!
Careers Panel

Is academia for you? Join our "Transitioning from Academia to Industry Workshop"

Pizza Party Raffle

What better way to celebrate a postdoc than with a pizza party? Enter our raffle to win a free pizza party for your lab!

Local Events

 Hello Chicago! Are you a postdoc at a local institution? Check back every day for updates on local events! 

Virtual Events

Check out more virtual events hosted by the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA)

Hall of Fame

See current and past winners of our annual Postdoc Mentor Award!

Careers Event 

Careers Workshop: Transitioning from Academia to Industry

Date: Friday, September 20th 2022 - 12:00 PM CST - Zoom

Breaking into an industry career can be tough, especially if you don't know what careers are available or how to curate your resume/CV for the position you want. Join our webinar and learn tips and tricks for transitioning from an academic to industry position!

Register for the event here (Can't make the event? All registrants are sent a recording of the workshop!)

Confirmed panelists:

Dr. Afrida Rahman-Enyart

Scientific Liaison and Product Manager, Proteintech Group

Dr. Tara Little

Mid-Atlantic Account Manager, Proteintech Group

Dr. Jacob A Culver

Senior Scientist, Proteintech Group

Dr. Laura T. Brown

Technical Account Manager, Proteintech Group

Careers Workshop: How to succeed in an interview

Thursday, September 22nd @ 6:00 AM CST

Join our experts to industry and academia providing advice for early career scientist on how to stand out in your next interview.

Register for the event here (Can't make the event? All registrants are sent a recording of the workshop!)

Confirmed panelists:

Professor Tammaryn Lashley

Professor of Neuroscience, University College London

Dr. Frank Schestag

Commercial Director, Europe, Proteintech Group

Pizza Party Raffle 

The entry period is now closed! Winners will be announced on September 28th, 2022.

  1.        Only entries with a valid institutional email address will qualify for the drawing.
  2.        Eligible entry begins on September 19th at 12:01 AM, and ends at 11:59PM CST on September 23, 2022. 
  3.    Two Winners will be chosen at random and announced on September 28, 2022.
  4.        Each winner will receive a pizza party for their lab from a restaurant of their choice. Pizza parties must be hosted before December 31st, 2022. 
  5.        Proteintech reserves the right to cancel or refuse this promotion at any time.

Local Events  and Proteintech Sponsorships

Join your fellow researchers in celebration of Postdoc Appreciation Week! Proteintech has organized some local events for fellow post docs.

National Postdoctoral Association
Event Date Location Details
National Postdoc Association (Events)
September 19th - September 23rd 2022 Virtual Find Events
University of Illinois, Chicago
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UIC - Career Development Symposium
September 16th, 2022 (11:30am - 6:30pm) University of Illinois, Chicago

Thompson Rooms at Student Center, West

(828 S Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60612)

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UIC - Postdoc Appreciation Picnic
September 23rd, 2022 (4:00pm - 6:00pm) University of Illinois Chicago

Atkin's Gardens Outside AOB 

(1737 W. Polk St., Chicago, IL 60612)

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University of Wisconsin, Madison
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 UW- Madison - Postdoctoral Research Symposium 
September 23rd, 2022 University of Wisconsin- Madison 

Hosted at the Discovery Building

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University of Pennsylvania
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UPENN - Ice Cream Social
September 19th, 2022 (2:00pm - 4:00pm) University of Pennsylvania 

Biomedical Research Building II/III 14th Floor Lounge

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UPENN - BPC Free Professional Headshots Sessions
September 20th, 2022 (11:00am - 1:00pm) & September 23rd, 2022 (11:00am - 1:00pm) University of Pennsylvania

Biomedical Research Building II/III | Reservations Required

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UPENN - Speed Networking with Postdoc Alumni 
September 20th (3:30pm - 6:00pm) University of Pennsylvania 

Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Pediatric Research Center, 123-ABC, 3515 Civic Center Blvd

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UPENN - Combatting Imposter Syndrome Workshop 
September 21st, 2022 (11:30am - 12:30pm) University of Pennsylvania

Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Pediatric Research Center, 123-ABC, 3615 Civic Center Blvd

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UPENN - Careers in Government Agencies 
September 21st, 2022 (3:00pm - 4:00pm) University of Pennsylvania (Virtual)

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UPENN - Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Information Session
September 22nd, 2022 (10:30am - 11:45am) University of Pennsylvania 

Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Pediatric Research Center, 123-ABC, Civic Center Blvd

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UPENN - BBQ Celebration
September 22nd, 2022 (4:30pm - 6:30pm) University of Pennsylvania

Ruth and Tristram Colket Jr. Translational Research Building, Lobby, 3502 Covoc Center Blvd

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UPENN - Closing Reception
September 23rd, 2022 (4:00om - 6:00pm) University of Pennsylvania

Penn LGBT Center, The Goodhand Room, 3907 Spruce Street

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University of Chicago
Event Date Location Details
UChicago - Yoga & Meditation
September 19th, 2022 The University of Chicago 

Lawn outside UChicago Wellness Center (Between Ellis and Maryland)

840 E 59th St., Chicago, IL 60637

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UChicago - Professional Headshots
September 20th, 2022 The University of Chicago

5 minutes time slots

Register to receive location details

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UChicago - Leveraging your Online Presence for Career Advancement 
September 21st, 2022 (3:00pm - 4:00pm) The University of Chicago

LinkedIn Networking: by Mike Tessel, Senior Director, UChicagoGRAD

Building Personal Website: by Connor Haggarty, Postdoc, Psychiatry UChicago

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UChicago - Using Improv for Public Speaking and Interviewing
September 22nd, 2022 (12:00pm - 2:00pm) The University of Chicago

Talk by Byron Stewart, Adjunct Lucturer, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University

MCP 201 (933 E 56th St, Chicago, IL 60637)

UChicago - Postdoc Social
September 23rd, 2022 (4:30pm - 7:00pm) The University of Chicago

MCP 3rd Floor Atrium (Michelson Center for Physics, 933 E 56th St., Chicago, IL 60637)

*Food and drinks provided

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Purdue University
Event Date Location Details
Purdue Pizza Event
September 21st (11:00am - 1:30pm)

Purdue University 


Two Locations:

1. Wilmeth Active Learning Center (Room 2124)

2. Burton Morgan (Room 2124)

Hall of Fame - Past and present winners of Proteintech's Best Postdoc Mentor Award

The world is filled with wonderful, positive people that make an impact each day. Proteintech's annual  Best Postdoc Mentor Award  honors one such group, postdoctoral fellows who go above and beyond their duty in acting as mentors.

Congratulations to this year's winner, Dr. Cleide Souza!
2022 Winner

Dr. Cleide Souza University of Sheffield, UK

"Dr Cleide Souza is a senior post-doctoral research associate in the Ferraiuolo lab at the University of Sheffield. She has been an outstanding post-doctoral mentor to me over the last few years while I have been working on my PhD. She has always been available and approachable, providing invaluable scientific advice as well as pastoral advice. In recent years she has taken on more of a leadership role in the lab and become a mentor to several other PhD students and junior post-docs in the lab. Cleide is an expert on cell culture and the maintenance and differentiation of induced pluripotent stem cells. She is a brilliant teacher and has taught many members of staff, from junior level to senior level, and her expertise and enthusiasm has always come across very clearly. Cleide is passionate about promoting diversity and wellbeing in science, particularly in encouraging the role of women in science. She always encourages me and other junior members of the lab to put our mental health first and to try to work toward a good work-life balance. For all these reasons and more, I believe Cleide deserves recognition for her role as a post-doctoral mentor."

- Nomination by Jannigje Kok

2021 Winner

Anna M. Hagenston Hertle,  Heidelberg University, Germany

"I was so deeply touched and honored simply to have been nominated for the best postdoc mentor award. Teaching and science are unquestionably my two greatest passions, and I delight in combining them as a mentor. My heartfelt thanks goes out to my students and former students for nominating me, and to all those who have supported me over the years and as a part of the voting process. It feels wonderful to be acknowledged in this way."

2020 winner

Tejeshwar Rao - University of Alabama at Birmingham, United States

“'I once read somewhere, that 'You don't need to have all the answers, you just have to be willing to share what you know'. And that is what mentoring is to me. It feels great to be appreciated for sharing my knowledge and things I have learnt with my juniors and colleagues. I want to thank them for nominating me and 'Proteintech' for acknowledging the same. This recognition makes me want to continue the good work, knowing that I am being admired and appreciated for my efforts."

2019 Winner

Isha Sharma

Northwestern University, United States

"I am overwhelmed to receive best post doc mentor award. Blessed to receive all love and appreciation from peers as well as from my juniors. Thanks a lot. Thank you so much Proteintech for giving me this recognition. This award boosted my morals. Certainly its going to propels me to become better version of myself. I never knew that so many people out there support and admire me because of my mentorship."

- Isha Sharma

2018 Winner

Dr. Callie Kwartler 

University of Texas Houston, United States

“Her ability to juggle her own projects as well as advise on other projects is admirable and demonstrates qualities of a PI. She has challenged me as a PhD student to approach questions and data in different ways. She provides a positive learning environment where I can hone my research skills and become a great scientist. Dr Kwartler has provided mentorship and guidance in balancing professional and personal life. When I joined the lab a year ago my house flooded during Hurricane Harvey, she helped me find stability in balancing work and the move out of my house. She has been a constant support throughout the year as both a mentor and a friend and I strive to become a mentor like her in the future.”

- Statement from Jamie Wright (University of Texas Houston Medical School)

2017 Winner

Dr. Janet Kumita

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

“I am continually amazed by her efforts, and cannot think of another person more deserving of this recognition. As stated in the introduction for this award, “many critical mentors in science go unheralded.” Janet does not take on the vast responsibilities that come with playing a key role in managing an entire Centre on top of mentoring many researchers to get recognition, but I am certain there is no one in the Centre who does not appreciate and respect all that Janet does for us. Our Centre is undoubtedly a better place because of Dr. Kumita, and we are all most fortunate and grateful for her guidance.”

- Statement from Ryan Limbocker, University of Cambridge

2016 Winner

Dr. Joshua Morgan

University of Delaware, United States

“Josh consistently bolsters the quality of work and scientific questioning, student motivation, and collaborative atmosphere among every lab in the department, and he deserves to be recognized for his contributions. Talking to Josh when grad school is downright discouraging helps to remind me that I love research, and I wouldn’t rather do anything else. His mentoring has inspired me to be a better mentor to my undergrads and to younger grad students in the department.”

- Statement from Jilian Melamed, University of Delaware.


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