Posdoctober Fest 2023 – National Postdoc Appreciation Week

National Postdoc Appreciation Week is September 18 – September 22, 2023. Since 2009, the National Postdoc Association has sponsored National Postdoc Appreciation Day/Week to recognize the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to U.S. research and discovery. Organizations from across the world participate by holding special events. In 2010, this week was officially recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives.

At UCLA, we celebrate our postdocs throughout the month of October with programming, workshops, and social events. Check out or schedule of events!


New Postdoctoral Scholar Orientation
Tuesday, October 3 at 2:00 PM in Biomedical Sciences Research Building (BSRB) Room 154
615 Charles E. Young Drive, South Los Angeles, CA 90095
The orientation will include a Q&A for postdoctoral appointments and policy, campus resources, and a brief presentation by the Postdoctoral Association (PDA at UCLA). Postdoc representatives from the postdoc union (UAW Local 5810) will answer questions about the postdoctoral contract and union membership. This orientation is mandatory for all *new* postdoctoral scholars.

Postdoctober Fest Welcome Celebration
Thursday, October 5 at 4:30 PM in James West Alumni Center, Founder’s Room
325 Westwood Plaza Los Angeles, CA 90095
Join us to celebrate Postdoctober Fest 2023, UCLA’s monthlong celebration of our postdoctoral scholar community! Enjoy a snack and chat with current and former UCLA postdocs, faculty mentors, and campus community. RSVP is strongly encouraged. Sponsored and hosted by UCLA Division of Graduate Education

Postdoctober IBLAQ Social Event
Tuesday, October 10 at 4:00 PM in Boyer 159 (UCLA Map)
Join us to for a social event for Indigenous/Black/Latinx/Asian/Queer postdoctoral scholars to network and meet. Refreshments provided. Sponsored and hosted by UCLA Bioscience Graduate Programs & Postdoctoral Affairs

Professional Development Planning for Postdocs
Friday, October 27 at 9:00 AM in BSRB 154 (UCLA Map)
This interactive workshop leads you through the development of a personalized professional development plan for your time in postdoctoral training. You will leave with a customized professional development plan that considers your academic and career goals, the duration of your program and the resources available at UCLA to include in your professional development plan. This event is sponsored and hosted by Division of Graduate Education and Bioscience Postdoctoral Affairs



Make the most of your postdoctoral training by claiming your FREE Affiliate Membership with the National Postdoc Association! Access an extensive Resources Library, attend virtual trainings and webinars specifically designed for postdocs, and network with other postdocs at other institutions. Follow these easy steps to claim your affiliate membership today!

  1. Visit https://www.nationalpostdoc.org/general/register_member_type.asp 
  2. Register and provide your information using your UCLA email address.
  3. Cilck “Submit” and NPA staff will review your Affiliate membership within 5 working days, and you will receive an email once it has been approved.
  4. Once approved, you can access resources and register for webinars!

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