Postdoc Appreciation Week

September 21-25, 2020

Join us for the 11th celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week!

The Postdoctoral Association of the University of Minnesota welcomes you to Postdoc Appreciation Week 2020 - a series of events to bring UMN postdoctoral researchers together and showcase their excellent contributions to research and the community during National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW).

Let's celebrate Postdocs!

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NPAW Multiple days events

September 23-24

Documentary Screening: Picture a Scientist

Join Empowering Women in Science (EWIS) and the UMN Postdoctoral Association in a virtual screening and group discussion of this documentary. See the flyer attached.

PICTURE A SCIENTIST chronicles the groundswell of researchers who are writing a new chapter for women scientists. Biologist Nancy Hopkins, chemist Raychelle Burks, and geologist Jane Willenbring lead viewers on a journey deep into their own experiences in the sciences, ranging from brutal harassment to years of subtle slights. Along the way, from cramped laboratories to spectacular field stations, we encounter scientific luminaries - including social scientists, neuroscientists, and psychologists - who provide new perspectives on how to make science itself more diverse, equitable, and open to all.

PICTURE A SCIENTIST was an official selection of the 2020 Tribeca Film Festival. Watch the trailer here.

Register to get a link to the virtual screening room. You will be able to access the film any time during Wednesday, September 23 and Thursday, September 24. Then join us for a discussion on Zoom on Friday, September 25 @ 12-1pm.

@ any time during this 48h

Via zoom: Via Online: virtual screening room| RSVP here, (Please RSVP by Friday, September 18th).

NPAW Multiple days events

September 21-25

NPAW 2020 Multi-Institutional Collaboration

NPAW is about celebrating YOU and the contributions you make to U.S. research and discovery. In light of COVID-19, organizations across the country are opening up events to allow for more virtual collaboration among postdocs. This year, we want postdocs to get social, at a distance!

Events include a keynote facilitated by the NPA with speakers, John Beacom, Ph.D., and Christine Pfund, Ph.D., discussing best practices for mentorship; virtual networking; workshops hosted by the National Research Mentoring Network, and The Postdoc Academy; and other curated events. All, including postdocs and PIs, are welcome to join. For the full schedule of events during NPAW, please visit these links: calendar//events by category and day.

Lastly, don’t forget to keep your NPA membership updated by visiting this link.( UMN postdocs NPA membership is supported by the PDA, so update or join free selecting “Affiliate individual Postdoc membership”).

@ check full schedule

September 21-25 | @ check full schedule

Via Online | RSVP here (Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 16th).


September 21

NPAW Kickoff with the Office of Postdoctoral Initiatives

The Graduate School's Office of Postdoctoral Initiatives (OPI) in collaboration with the PDA and the Office of Professional Development in the Medical School. Agenda:

9:00 a.m. Opening remarks and Excellence in Postdoctoral Advising Award.

9:15 a.m. Round-table discussions on a variety of topics relevant to postdocs with University leadership and faculty.

Roundtable discussions on a variety of topics relevant to postdocs with University leadership and faculty, including job prospects for postdocs; writing a diversity statement; self-promotion in the workplace; working in interdisciplinary teams; and building professional networks.

@ 9-10:30 am

Via zoom: | RSVP here, add to calendar (Please RSVP by Friday, September 18th).


September 22

NPA workshops for Tues, Sep 22, capitalize in the multiple options.

The PDA wants to highlight the NPA commitment recognizing the efforts and work of Postdocs and Research fellows with a series of workshops and events. We want to highlight some of those national wide events here;

Networking: Speed Networking

Connect virtually with your fellow postdocs from across the globe. You’ll have multiple opportunities to meet and chat with peers in your discipline.

@ 12:00 p.m. ET | add to calendar | RSPV

Webinar: Adapting Your Research for Undergraduate Education

Joyce Fernandes, PhD; Professor, Department of Biology; Director of Undergraduate Research; Miami University

@1:00 p.m. ET| add to calendar | RSPV

Webinar: Mentoring Up

Juan Pablo Ruiz is a creator of the Mentoring Up curriculum, which empowers postdocs to manage their relationships with their mentors. Juan Pablo will share the themes of Mentoring Up, his own mentoring experiences, and thoughts about the effects of the current climate on training and mentorship.

@ 2:00 p.m. ET| add to calendar | RSPV

Webinar: Green Cards for Scientific Researchers: Trump’s June 2020 Immigration Order Explained

Join this webinar presented by U.S. immigration lawyer Brian Getson, to learn more about Trump's June 2020 Immigration Order and what that could mean for you as a postdoc or scientific researcher.

@3:00 p.m. ET| add to calendar | RSPV

Panel discussion: Careers in Academia Panel

Careers in Academia Panel *Craig Goergen, PhD - Leslie A. Geddes Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Purdue University

*Briana Konnick, PhD - Associate Director, Graduate Career Development at University of Chicago

*Mark Maienschein-Cline, PhD - Director of the Core for Research Informatics at University of Illinois at Chicago

*Giselle Sandi, PhD - Deputy Division Director at Argonne National Laboratory

@ 5:00 p.m. ET| add to calendar | RSPV

Webminar,interactive: Kickstart Your Career Exploration! An info session on how to join the PhD Career Ladde

The PhD Career Ladder Program (PCLP) is a peer-led career mentoring program for postdocs pursuing any career pathway, inside or outside academia. Learn in this info session how to use this framework to go “up the ladder” of career exploration and how to easily adapt it to you and your institution. Whether you are an individual postdoc, a postdoc association board member or a postdoc office administrator, join us and ask us what PCLP can do for postdocs and how you can bring it to your institution!

@ 6:30 p.m. ET| add to calendar | RSPV

Via online| RSVP here (Please RSVP by Wednesday, September 16th).


September 23

Postdoc Online Coffee Hour co-hosted with Duluth campus postdocs

Let's profit from our new online live and join us to meet our colleagues from other UMN campuses by having a home-made coffee and maybe some pastries while socializing.

@ 11AM-12AM

Via Zoom (link)


September 24

Postdoc Coffee Morning

Just to keep the good times rolling, we are having our Postdoc Coffee Mornings hosted by CBS Postdocs - all postdocs and research associates are welcome to join us as we socialize.

@ 9AM-10AM

Via Online | Via Zoom (link)

Scientific Communications Workshop: How to give a winning Elevator Pitch

From convincing someone to hire you, to networking, to establishing collaborations, a well-crafted Elevator Pitch is key. The first part of this work shop will consist of a panel discussion to provide tips on crafting and delivering a killer pitch, with a specific focus on how to accomplish this in the current climate of virtual meetings and interviews. This panel will include the expert communicators: Ellen Nordine M.A.E. - from the University of Florida Center for Public Interest Communication and College of Journalism and Communications, Claire Wilson and Caitlin Looby both from the UMN Department of CBS. A moderated Q and A session will follow and then participants will get to practice their pitch in smaller moderated peer groups.

Specifically there will be a break out group geared for industry moderated by Ryan Dawes, Ph.D., Senior Scientist at Vertex Pharmaceuticals. If you want to learn more about careers in industry before or after the event, please feel free to connect with Ryan on LinkedIn ( Also, there will be a break out group geared for an academic audience moderated by Sam Nemanich, PH.D. , MSC, former PostDoc at the UMN and current Assistant Professor at Marquette University (

@ 1PM-2:30PM

Via Zoom (link) | RSVP


September 25

Picture a Scientist documentary discussion

After seeing the documentary Picture a Scientist during Wednesday and Thursday you can not miss the discussion led by the EWIS. We want to hear your thoughts about the film!

Picture a Scientist documentary discussion

@ 12PM-1PM

Via Zoom (link coming soon)

Social distancing Picnic

The PDA has reserved a Picnic Shelter for you to have the opportunity to socialize with other postdocs while maintaining social distancing. Individual meals and drinks will be provided. Following COVID-19 restrictions only 25 guests are allowed in the shelter, so it will be first come first serve.

Please, bring your Mask and practice social distancing.

@ 3:30PM-5:30PM

Como park shelter (location) | RSVP (Please RSVP by Satuday, September 24th).