National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2022 (9/19 – 9/23)


National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2022

Happy NPAW!!!

The BWH Postdoc Association has been hard at work planning a great week of celebration for this year’s National Postdoc Appreciation Week, including contests, giveaways, and plenty of free food. Check out the details below!

At-A-Glance Navigation

Launches 9/19: BWH Postdoc Survey

Vote through 9/22: Logo Design Contest

Ends 9/23: NPAW Raffle


1st Annual Postdoc Survey 2022

BWH PLC Advocacy Committee

The BWH PLC Advocacy Committee is proud to launch our first annual Postdoc Survey to collect information on the needs and challenges faced by the BWH postdoc community. The survey is anonymous and all questions are optional.

Enter a drawing after filling out the survey for a chance to win one of three prizes!

The questions are designed to collect data on diverse areas, including finance, work environment, training quality, and visa sponsorship. The answers will help us work with the hospital leadership to address the most urgent, unmet needs to create a better experience for the postdoc community.


PDA Logo* Design Contest

Submissions Due Friday, September 16

Voting through Thurs, September 22

The BWH PDA is looking for eye-catching new artwork to spruce up our communications! Submit your idea for a design by Friday, September 16, and then there will be public voting throughout the week of NPAW (Monday, September 19 – Thursday, September 22). The winner will be announced on Friday, September 23 and will receive a special prize.

Contact BWH PDA Interim Communications Chair Stecia-Marie Fletcher with questions.

*(Please note that your design should not include the BWH pillars logo in any way, as per brand guidelines it is not appropriate to modify the MGB brand.)

Voting is now OPEN through Thursday, 9/22!

NPAW Raffle 2022

Entries Close Friday, September 23th

Thanks to the generosity of BWH Development, we are once again able to raffle off Samsonite wheeled carry-on suitcases and Keurig K-1500 coffee makers! All current BWH postdocs are eligible to enter for FREE.

Submit the raffle form ONCE before Friday, September 23 at 5pm.

You can also gain an additional entry by attending one of our NPAW events below (not counting the headshots), and a third entry by attending all four eligible NPAW events: Annual General Meeting, Ice Cream Social, Smart Art, and Advocacy Town Hall with High Tea!

Be sure to sign in for attendance at the event to be counted. Only submit the raffle form once, we will cross-reference with event attendance.


Monday, September 19

NPAW Kickoff at RC Live

12:00 – 1:00PM
Carrie Hall (or Zoom)

Join Postdoc Leadership Council (PLC) President Eshaani Mitra, PhD, and the BWH PLC to celebrate our postdocs and kick off the 2022 National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW)! The winners of the 2022 Postdoctoral Scholar Award for Excellence in Mentoring will be announced. We will unveil the PDA Logo Design Contest submissions (see above) and open online voting through Thursday, September 22. There will also be a preview of the events planned for the appreciation week.

All postdocs are encouraged to join and get excited about NPAW!

Register below and please mark whether you intend to come in-person or virtually.

Tuesday, September 20

BWH PDA Annual General Body Meeting

4:00 – 6:00 PM
Wolf Conference Center (or Zoom)

All postdocs are invited to attend this Annual General Meeting of the BWH PDA to meet the Postdoc Leadership Council (PLC), hear about the PLC’s plans for the year, and make your voices heard as to what YOU want to see from the BWH PDA in 2022 – 2023.

Register below to receive the Zoom link automatically.

(Note: for a short time, the below link erroneously said registration was full. We have resolved the issue and you should now be able to register and get the Zoom link. Apologies for the inconvenience!)

Wednesday, September 21

Sundae Party

1:30 – 3:30PM
BWH Cohn Courtyard
(Downstairs from Garden Cafe)

Build your own ice cream sundae while relaxing with your fellow postdocs – enjoy a frosty treat on us!

Thursday, September 22

Smart Art

4:00 PM onwards
Wolf Conference Center

Flyer for the BWH PDA NPAW 2022 Smart Art Event on Thursady Sept 22

Put down your pipettes and pick up a paintbrush! Join us for an afternoon of art-making. We will have prompts for inspiration, or you can follow wherever your muse takes you. Come to hang out and de-stress while letting your creativity flow! Prizes to be awarded.

Light snacks and drinks will be provided!

Professional Headshots for Postdocs

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Wolf Conference Center Alcove
(just before exit to terrace)

Register in advance for a 10 minute slot to have a professional headshot taken free of charge. Walk-ins are allowed if they can be accommodated between booked slots, but we cannot guarantee that there will be room for you.

We are thrilled to announce that due to great turnout, we have been able to expand slots to include Friday 9/23, Monday 9/26, and Wednesday 9/28!

We hope to serve as many postdocs as possible, so please keep signing up. If all slots fill up, you can fill out this new interest list to add even more days in October.

Friday, September 23

Advocacy Town Hall (with High Tea)

12:00 – 2:00PM
Zinner Board Room (or Zoom)

Spill the tea! Join this open forum to share your views on our postdoc community’s most important issues. Learn about the BWH PDA Advocacy Committee’s work to improve postdocs’ working and living experiences, ask questions, and raise issues for discussion. We hear you! Refreshments, a light lunch, and snacks will be served.

Plus, the winner of the 2022 PDA Logo Design Contest will be announced to close out NPAW!

Register below to receive the Zoom link.

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