UCLA is celebrating National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2020 from September 21 to September 25, 2020. In recognition of your many contributions to the university community, several organizations from around campus have planned a series of virtual activities and opportunities in your honor. Please join us for National Postdoctoral Scholar Appreciation Week at UCLA!

Schedule of Events

Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Family Movie Night

Sunday, September 20 from 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – RSVP

Join your Postdoctoral Association at UCLA for a family friendly Netflix party to kick off National Postdoc Appreciation Week! Please fill out a form here to indicate your interest and vote for which movie will be played. Netflix Party link will be sent to all email addresses on the form the day of the event, 15 minutes before the start of the movie.

Virtual 5k

Monday, September 21 – Friday, September 25 – RSVP

Celebrate the 2020 National Postdoc Appreciation Week as we bring recognition to our Postdoctoral Scholars at UCLA! Come join us for a virtual 5k event and show your UCLA pride – wear UCLA gear! You will enter a lottery to win professional development book bundles.

How to participate?
Register for the event here and upload your selfies to enter a lottery and win professional development book bundles!
Take part in any kind of physical activity between September 21 and September 25, 2020! Need ideas? Check out what virtual activities the UCLA Recreation is offering here.
Post photos of your activities/selfies and show your UCLA postdoc pride on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter and use #NPAW2020UCLA and #NPAW2020.
We have created a list of professional development books, and the winners will have the opportunity to select which books you prefer to receive. The books will be mailed to you.

Making the Most of Your Mentoring Relationships

Tuesday, September 22 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – RSVP

Are you currently benefiting from having an influential mentor? Would your mentees say the same about you? Are these new concepts to you? Are you looking to learn more about mentoring?
In this workshop, we will discuss the many reasons why mentoring is both critical and unavoidable for careers inside and outside of academia. We will explore tools for building effective mentoring relationships, including how to identify and address obstacles that can arise in the mentoring process. Learn how to find and be the mentor you have always wanted.

Presenter: Daniel Wong, Assistant Dean of Academic and Postdoctoral Services, Graduate Division

Unmasking SARS-CoV-2: UCLA Postdocs at work

Tuesday, September 22 from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM – RSVP

Join the PDA for a lively discussion of SARS-CoV-2 research with three postdocs who have adapted their research to tackle key questions during this pandemic.

Madhi Hasani, PhD
Assistant Project Scientist, Dept. of Bioengineering
T-cell based vaccine development

Evann E. Hilt, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Clinical COVID-19 testing

Longhua Guo, Ph.D.
Post-doctoral Fellow, Dept. of Human Genetics
SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing

Virtual Chat for International Postdoctoral Scholars

Wednesday, September 23 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – RSVP

Join us for a virtual chat with the J-1 team at the Dashew Center to hear the latest J-1 visa and COVID related information for international postdocs. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions!

PDA Cocktail Happy Hour and Recipe Share

Thursday, September 24 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM – RSVP

Join the PDA for a cocktail happy hour to celebrate postdocs during National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Prepare your own cocktail at home, and then join fellow postdocs over Zoom to share and discuss your creation. Everyone will take a turn explaining the cocktail they prepared and post the recipe -or source of it- using the chat function. A member of the PDA board will collect all the recipes and share them with all the participants, at the end of the event so that you can get inspired and recreate them at home. The event is intended to be an informal gathering and networking event. Mocktails are also welcome! Didn’t get a chance to make your own cocktail, no worries–join us anyways! Please drink responsibly.

*RSVP required in order to obtain Zoom link and meeting password. You will receive the Zoom link and password via email about an hour prior to the workshop/event that you registered for.

Co-Sponsored by UCLA Graduate Division, DGSOM Office for Postdoctoral Affairs for the Biomedical and Life Sciences, and Postdoctoral Association (PDA) at UCLA