Postdoc Appreciation Week Events

Events to Celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2021

MIT Postdoctoral Services in the Office of the Vice President for Research celebrates National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2021 with these events designed to inspire and support postdoctoral scholars across the Institute.


Monday, September 20, 2021 – 1:00 pm

  • Virtual  NPAW Keynote address, “Values, Virtues and Vocation”
  • Speaker: Honorable Sethuraman Panchanathan, Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Hosted by the National Postdoctoral Association (MIT sponsors free NPA membership for all MIT postdoctoral scholars)


Tuesday, September 21, 2021 – 1:00-3:00 pm

  • In-person  Headshot Clinic, providing MIT postdocs with professional photos for your career
  • Photographer: Justin Knight
  • Hosted by MIT Postdoctoral Services


Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – 1:00pm

  • Virtual  Workshop, “Centering your identity and interests while preparing for your next career step”
  • Presented/hosted by the Postdoc Academy (Boston University/NIH)


Thursday, September 23, 2021 – 11:00-12:30

  • Virtual  MIT Postdoc Resource Fair and call for nominations for the inaugural Excellence in Postdoc Mentoring Award
  • Welcome remarks: Maria Zuber, MIT Vice President for Research
  • Hosted by MIT Postdoctoral Services


Friday, September 24, 2021 – 2:00 pm

  • In-person  Talk, “Growing Your Leadership Competencies as Women in Science
  • Speaker: Angeliki Diane Rigos, Executive Director, MIT Tata Center for Technology & Design
  • Hosted by MIT POWER (Postdoctoral Organization for Women Engaged in Research)

For more National Postdoc Appreciation Week events, visit the National Postdoc Association web site.


Maria Zuber Welcomes Postdocs to MIT

Each September, MIT celebrates National Postdoc Appreciation Week. Many departments, labs, and centers host events in their areas. The Vice President for Research co-hosts, with the Deans of the School of Engineering and School of Science, an invitation-only appreciation luncheon for all resident postdocs and faculty members. Typically, over 400 postdocs and faculty members enjoy animated conversations, a barbecue lunch, and a jazz trio.

If you are an MIT postdoc or faculty member, you will receive an invitation to the next luncheon. Vice President for Research Maria Zuber and the incoming MIT Postdoctoral Association President will provide welcome remarks. PDA officers will circulate to answer questions and encourage participation in committees.

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