National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2022

Celebrate with us!

Celebration balloons on blue background

Thank you for celebrating National Postdoc Appreciation Week with us again this year!

NPAW 2022 ran from September 19-23. We lined up a lot of awesome things for our postdocs this year. Check out details on the events we held:

All events have concluded for this year. If you have questions about future postdoc events, contact Sarah Howard!

Postdoc Appreciation Gift Pick-ups

Event ran from September 19-23, 2022

As a thank you for all of your hard work as a valued postdoctoral fellow, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) was pleased to offer postdocs the opportunity to pick up a free gift: a custom postdoc UWaterloo water bottle. Supplies were limited and went fast this year, but keep an eye out for future postdoc events and remember that each of you is a very important postdoc to us!

Very important postdoc water bottle

National Postdoc Appreciation Week Kick-Off Coffee Hour

Event was held Monday, September 19, 2022, 9:30-10:30 am

Postdocs joined the University of Waterloo Senior Administration, including James Rush (Vice-President Academic & Provost) and Jeff Casello (Associate Vice-President, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs), to kick off our week of celebrations! There was coffee, treats, and an opportunity for postdocs to connect with their peers. Check out photos from the event:

Postdocs conversing in a group.Two people shaking hands in a room. Postdocs having conversationsThree postdoc women standing side by side

Virtual Paint Night

Event was held Tuesday, September 20, 4:00-5:30 pm

Postdocs were encouraged to grab some basic watercolour paint supplies, their partner and/or kids, and log in for a special virtual postdoc paint night class, led by local artist Candice Leyland. During the session, participants learned to paint Fall Leaves in watercolour. All skill levels were welcome, including absolute beginners!

Virtual Lunch-and-Learn, Making the Most of Your Postdoc Experience at UWaterloo

Event was held Wednesday, September 21, 12:00-1:30 pm

Postdoc career advisors from the Centre for Career Action (CCA) hosted a virtual lunch-and-learn. In this workshop postdocs were introduced to a few career strategies to help you make the most of your time as a postdoc at UWaterloo. Attendees also learned how the Centre for Career Action can help support you in your career development.

If you missed the event but are interested in learning more, we have copies of the workshop slides and a recording of the session that can be made available for you. E-mail to request access. 

Virtual Lunch-and-Learn, Navigating the Publishing Process

Event was held Thursday, September 22, 12:00-1:30 pm

Facilitated by the Writing and Communication Centre, this webinar offered an overview of key steps in the publication process. Attendees learned how to identify a target journal, approach revising their manuscript and responding to reviewers’ comments, navigate copyright and licensing issues, and make their research more easily discoverable through the use of an ORCID iD.

If you missed the event but are interested in learning more, we have copies of the workshop slides and handouts, and a recording of the session that can be made available for you. E-mail to request access. 

Postdoc "Happy Hour" at the Grad House

Event was held Friday, September 23, 2:30-3:30 pm

Postdocs joined us at the Graduate House for "Happy Hour" with University representatives, including University of Waterloo's President and Vice-Chancellor, Vivek Goel and Jeff Casello, Associate Vice-President, GSPA. There was free food, free drinks, and lively discussions (also free). Check out photos from the event:

President speaking by a GSPA bannerPostdocs at a table with drinks and foodPostdocs at an outdoor table with food and drinks

Group photo of postdocs at the Grad House