National Postdoctoral Scholar Appreciate Week at UCLA

UCLA is celebrating National Postdoc Appreciation Week: Postoctoberfest during October 2021. In recognition of your many contributions to the university community, several organizations from around campus have planned a series of in-person and virtual activities and opportunities in your honor. Please join us for National Postdoctoral Scholar Appreciation Week at UCLA!

Schedule of Events


PDA Postdoc Fall Kickoff

Thursday, October 7 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM – RSVP

UCLA Botanical Garden La Kretz Garden Pavilion

Come join us for the Postdocs Fall Kickoff! and meet & greet your fellow postdocs on Thursday, October 7 from 5-7 pm at the Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden. Meet other postdocs on campus while enjoying free pizzas and snacks.


Making a Professional Development Plan for UCLA Postdocs

Wednesday, October 13 from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM – RSVP

Zoom Workshop

Join us to develop a personalized professional development plan and take advantage of UCLA’s resources in a way that best meets your needs. During the workshop, postdocs will create a personalized professional development plan that identifies the professional skills they want to develop, when during their training to pursue each skill, and where to access each type of training.


The Art of Conversation: How to Talk to (Almost) Anyone and Network Effectively

Tuesday, October 19 from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM – RSVP

Zoom Workshop

Do you find it hard to talk to people you’ve just met? Do you ever feel intimidated by the idea of “networking”? Are you ever worried that you don’t “have what it takes” to be an effective networker? This workshop is designed to help alleviate these concerns by offering concrete strategies for how to meet new people, engage in conversations, and build your confidence in “networking.” Participants will leave with practical tips for beginning and maintaining conversations and networking relationships, while learning how to manage the anxiety involved in the process. Whether an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert, you can be an effective networker–this workshop will teach you how!


UCLA Postdoc Mixer at the Botanical Gardens

Friday, October 22 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM – RSVP

UCLA Botanical Garden La Kretz Garden Pavilion

Enjoy dinner and drinks with fellow UCLA postdoctoral scholars and UCLA postdoctoral scholar alumni! The UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden will also be open until 5PM. Postdoctoral scholar mentors welcome!


Developing Your Craft as an Equitable and Inclusive Educator

Tuesday, October 26 from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – RSVP

Zoom Workshop

Are you looking for more ways to hone your craft as a teacher? Are you interested in creating inclusive and equitable environments? Join us for this interactive workshop hosted by the UCLA Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL@UCLA). We will explore barriers to inclusive learning, discuss inclusive and equitable teaching strategies that can be used both in- and outside of the classroom, and discover ways that you can continue to hone and practice your craft as an educator during your time at UCLA.


*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,UCLA Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL@UCLA, and Postdoctoral Association (PDA) at UCLA