National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2021

Celebrate with us!


Happy National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW), postdocs!

NPAW is happening from September 20-24, 2021. Check out some of the awesome things we have lined up for you this year:

Questions? Contact Graeme Northcote!

Postdoc Pick-ups

September 20 - 24, 2021

As a thank you for all of your hard work as a valued postdoctoral fellow, Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) is pleased to offer you the opportunity to pick up a free gift: a custom postdoc UWaterloo mug. Supplies are limited and must be picked up in person in GSPA, room 2201 on the 2nd floor of Needles Hall. You can pick up your gifts any day from Monday September 20 to Friday September 24, between 9:00 am - 12:00 noon; 1:00 - 4:00 pm. 

If you have ordered a Clay@Home kit (see below), or if you have earned the $10 W Store gift card by sharing your postdoc story (see below), you can also pick these up in GSPA at the same time. 

If you can't be on campus in person during PAW to pick up your gifts, get in touch with us. We may be able to hold onto your gifts until you are able to return to campus, or you could arrange for a third party to pick them up in your place. 

NOTE: This section previously stated that pick-ups would happen elsewhere. This was changed to facilitate a more seamless pick up process; the above information is now correct. 

Postdoc Showcase

Launches Monday, September 20

Share your story! We strongly believe that the work you do as postdocs is incredibly important, and we want to do more to showcase you and your work within the University of Waterloo community. All through September we will be collecting your stories (who you are, what you're working on, why other people should be interested) through the online web form above. As thanks, we are offering a $10 gift card to the W Store to everyone who shares their story with us. Then, starting on Monday, September 20, we will launch the Postdoc Showcase through the Daily Bulletin and the GSPA Twitter account. This will include daily profiles on our amazing postdocs, built from the information you have shared with us. The purpose of the showcase is to celebrate you and the work that you are doing, while also helping you get to know your fellow postdocs a little better. All profiles will be gathered and saved on our People Profiles page, which we hope to expand with more and more postdoc profiles over time. 

Research Data Management Workshop

Monday, September 20, 1:00-2:00pm

Register now! With the release of the Tri-Agency Data Management Policy, it is more important than ever for postdocs to be aware of and proficient with data management practices. This online workshop, facilitated by the University of Waterloo Library staff, will outline the guiding principles for research data management and stewardship, and help you develop best practices for your work. 

Virtual Social and Game Night

Tuesday, September 21, 4:00-6:00pm

Register now! Join your fellow postdocs for a virtual social and game night. You will have a chance to meet other postdocs within or beyond your field, followed by a chance to compete with or against them in a variety of virtual games organized and facilitated by the GSPA. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of different games. So come on out postdocs! Meet new people, play some games, and have a great time!

Clay@Home Virtual Crafts Workshops - sold out!

Wednesday, September 22, time 3:00 - 4:00pm (Building with Clay)
Thursday, September 23, time 2:00 - 4:00pm (Mug Making) 

Update: We have reached capacity on the Clay@Home kits, and so unfortunately we cannot accept further orders at this time. Thank you all so much for your interest! 

Get creative with a free DIY Clay@Home Kit from The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. Each kit contains all the materials and tools you need to make your very own ceramic artwork. Once you've registered and picked up your kit, join us Wednesday for a live introductory workshop to help you get started on your project! If you are interested in making your own mug by hand, you can also attend the specialized workshop on Thursday. If you can't attend either of the workshops, don't worry! You can still register to receive your free kit and make something amazing at home. 

Wellness Webinar

Thursday, September 23, time 4:00-5:00pm

Register now! The past couple of years have highlighted just how important it is to support each other and take care of ourselves during our work. Join us for a workshop on how to balance productivity with self-care within the professional academic environment. You will get a chance to learn about and participate in research-based mindfulness techniques and concrete self-care strategies that can help you take care of your mental well-being. There will also be a chance to discuss challenges and successes related to wellness with other postdocs here at UWaterloo. 

Postdoc "Happy Hour" at the Grad House

Friday, September 24, 3:30-4:30pm

Register now! Join your fellow postdocs at the Graduate House for "Happy Hour" with GSPA representatives, including Jeff Casello (Associate Vice-President) and Shawn Wettig (Assistant Vice-President). There will be free food, free drinks, and lively discussions (also free). You will also receive a Waterloo Warrior face mask upon entry, to help ensure that we adhere to all current health and safety guidelines.