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UMD to Observe 2017 National Postdoc Appreciation Week

September 14, 2017

Contact: Blessing Enekewe,

The University of Maryland will be observing National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) next week, September 18-22, 2017, to recognize the significant contributions that UMD’s more than 500 postdoctoral scholars make to NPAW 2017 logoresearch and discovery throughout the university. NPAW is sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA)—a joint effort of the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, the Office of the Vice President for Research and the Graduate School.

Monday, September 18, 12-1 pm
Postdoc Alumni Speaker, Babita Das
2124 Lee Building

Meet Dr. Babita Das, a former postdoc in Public Health who is now working for the FDA. She will discuss her background, her experience as a postdoc and how she was able transition into a Science Fellowship at the FDA.  Lunch will be provided.

Register online

Thursday, September 21, 8 am-8 pm
Future of Research College Park: Ethical and Inspiring Mentorship in STEM
Stamp Student Union

The Ethical and Inspiring mentorship in STEM daylong conference will discuss ethical, effective, and inspiring mentorship practices. Focused on STEM but open to all postdoctoral scholars and doctoral candidates.

Labmosphere and Future of Research are holding a conference in collaboration with The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs with support from The American Society for Cell Biology, The Genetics Society of America, BDSciences and the Union of Concerned Scientists, to discuss current mentorship practices and the ways in which they could be improved upon.

Information and registration

About National Postdoc Appreciation Week

2017 marks the eighth celebration of National Postdoc Appreciation Week worldwide. Since 2009, NPAW has been sponsored by the National Postdoctoral Association. During this weeklong celebration, participating institutions are encouraged to plan activities that honor postdocs and recognize the contributions they make to research and development in the United States. In 2017, 98 institutions in 34 states, Canada and India hosted 350 events to recognize the work of postdoctoral researchers.

Contact Information

The Graduate School
University of Maryland

2123 Lee Building
7809 Regents Drive
College Park, MD 20742