Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week


National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week  occurs annually on the third week of September. This year NPAW is Sept. 20 – 24, 2021.

Thank a Postdoc

We are celebrating more than 500 research postdoctoral associates and fellows at Baylor College of Medicine. Take a moment to acknowledge their contributions and accomplishments. Here are a few ways to thank a postdoc!

  1. Post an appreciation message on the Kudoboard. More details are below.
  2. Send a personal note of thanks and give a small token of appreciation.
  3. Highlight their contributions on Twitter (use #NPAW2021) and elsewhere.
  4. Leave a recommendation or kudos on their LinkedIn page.
  5. Nominate them for awards.
  6. Create opportunities to introduce them to colleagues in the field.

Kudoboard for Postdocs

The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs is hosting a Kudoboard for faculty, staff, students, and postdocs to post messages and images of appreciation for research postdoctoral associates and fellows at Baylor College of Medicine. The Kudoboard is open for contributions and will close on Sept. 20, 2021. The final Kudoboard will be shared during NPAW.


Monday, Sept. 20, 2021

NPAW Kickoff Celebration: Values and Virtues of Being a Postdoc at noon | The opening virtual session will highlight the diverse identities of postdocs, the substantial contributions to society, the virtues you uphold as researchers that continue into your careers, while providing practical career planning. Welcome by the Honorable Sethuraman Panchanathan, director, National Science Foundation and speakers Robert Pennock, Ph.D., board chair, Sigma Xi, and Keith Micoli, Ph.D., assistant dean, New York University. From the National Postdoctoral Association. Register here.

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021

Rising to the Top: Self-Advocacy at noon | The BCM Academic Success Center presents guidance on how to be your own advocate. In partnership with BCM LIFE and the Office of Well-Being the content is based on NIH’s Resiliency Training. Speaker: Brianna Etoria, M.B.A., M.A. Register here.

Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021

Centering Your Identity and Interests While Preparing for Your Next Career Step at noon | The Postdoc Academy will present a virtual hands-on workshop along the theme of “I Am a Postdoc” with practical training on finding preferred career paths. Register here.

Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021

Free Professional Headshots at the Debakey Library Museum at noon | The BCM Career Development Center is sponsoring professional headshots for postdocs. Please sign up here to reserve a time-slot. Spots are limited.

Friday, Sept. 24, 2021

Postdoc Association Social-Networking at the Japanese Garden at 4:30 p.m. | Meet other postdocs while exploring the Japanese Garden at Hermann Park. Walk over together or meet at the Garden. Register here.