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Graduate School Observes National Postdoc Appreciation Week

October 24, 2016

In September, the University of Maryland observed National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) for the first time. Sponsored by the university’s newly-formed Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, a collaboration between the Graduate School, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, and the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Graduate School hosted several events allowing postdocs from across campus to network and learn about resources available to postdocs at the University of Maryland.

There are more than 500 postdoctoral scholars across campus, located in all colleges. These scholars make significant contributions to the university’s teaching and research missions, as well as drawing additional research funding to the university.

The week kicked off with a “How to Maximize Your Postdoc” event where postdocs had the opportunity to learn more about resources available to them from across campus. In addition to meeting with Mark Arnold, Director of Faculty Initiatives in the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, and Blessing Enekwe, the new coordinator for the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, the postdocs heard about services they could access from the Graduate School’s Writing Center, Office of Graduate Diversity and Inclusion, and Office of Professional and Career Development, as well as the university’s Teaching and Learning Transformation Center. Other events held during the week were a coffee social, and a special “write-in” at the Graduate School Writing Center to give postdocs a specific place to work on their own writing projects.

The National Postdoctoral Association has observed National Postdoc Appreciation Week in the United States and Canada since 2009. In 2015, 122 institutions in the United States and Canada participated and organized events to recognize postdoctoral researchers. For more information, visit www.nationalpostdoc.org.