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National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW)

The National Postdoc Appreciation Week is held every year in September to recognize the significant contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to research and discovery. Postdoc organizations around the world participate by holding special events. In 2010, this week was officially recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives. At JHU, events are held throughout the week by various committees  to create awareness and celebrate postdocs.

2023 NPAW is from September 18 - September 22

Event Details

Sep. 17, 2023

Orioles Baseball Game
1.35 pm
Oriole Park at Camden Yards

The Orioles baseball game will be a joint event with Homewood PDA. We will be providing up to 40 free tickets with free baseball caps, which can be claimed by completing the registration link on a first-come-first-served basis. Extra tickets can be purchased for $17 (plus fees) in Section 364 if you would like to purchase for friends and family.

Registration link will be emailed.

Sep. 18, 2023

Breakfast Bites
9.30 am - 10.30 am
Restriction Courtyard at PCTB, 
725 N Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD 21205

Enjoy free coffee and donuts!

Donuts and Coffee
Business Networking

NetWORK Your Way to Success: A Postdoc's Guide to In-Person & Digital Connections
4 pm - 5 pm 

In today’s hyper-connected world, effective networking is more important than ever for advancing your academic and professional career. This interactive workshop aims to provide postdoctoral researchers with the skills and strategies needed for successful networking, both online and in-person. Whether you are attending academic conferences or navigating social media platforms like LinkedIn, this session will equip you with the tools to build meaningful connections that can open doors for future opportunities.

Sep. 19, 2023

Meet and greet and get your headshots taken! 
10 am - 12 pm
Restriction Courtyard at
725 N Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD 21205

Indulge in delicious coffee and donuts, get a professional photo taken and network with the Professional Development (PDC), Biomedical Engineering (BME) and the Diversity Postdoc Alliance Committees (DPAC)

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ReVision Editing 
2.30 pm - 4.30 pm

Room 113, PCTB, 725 N Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD 21205

ReVision offers free, confidential editing services to the JHU research community for manuscripts, grant applications, personal statements, and more. Bring your manuscripts for speed editing on-site. Learn more here

How to advocate for yourself: Talk by Ms. Juliet Hart
4.30 pm - 5.30 pm


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Sep. 20, 2023

NIH Loan Repayment Seminar and Lunch
12 pm - 1.30 pm

Lunch: Restriction Courtyard
Seminar: Virtual


The program will be virtual (12:30 pm - 1:30 pm) with an option to pick up pizza (first come first serve) in the Restriction courtyard at PCTB.  Lunch will be grab and go style (starting at 12 pm). 


Colourful Pile of Old Books

PHutures Workshop: Embracing Exploration: Design your Career & Life as a Postdoctoral Scholar
3 pm - 5 pm
STILE Classroom (PCTB 115), 
725 N Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD 21205


This immersive session blends the principles of life design and design thinking methods to help postdoctoral researchers explore both career goals and personal aspirations. This approach encourages creativity, empathy, and actionable solutions.


Whether you're seeking a career in academia, industry, or a different path altogether, this workshop will empower you to take proactive steps toward a fulfilling and purpose-driven future. 

Postdoc Wellness Wednesday
5 pm - 7 pm
MRB G-01 and MRB G-03,Turner,
720 Rutland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21205

Learn about wellness resources available at JHU, destress with a chair massage (limited spots) and consult with a nutritionist on-site!

Stone Balancing

Sep. 21, 2023

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Breakfast Bites
9.30 am - 10.30 am
CRB II, 1550 Orleans St, Baltimore, MD 21287

Enjoy free coffee and cupcakes!

Meet and Greet, Lunch and Photo Session
12 pm - 2 pm
Restriction Courtyard at PCTB,

725 N Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD 21205

Join us for a lunch and photo session. Enjoy a meal with delicious sandwiches and get your professional headshots taken. Network with the PDC, DPAC and BME committees. 

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OIS Presentation and Q&A for International Scholars
4 pm - 5 pm


The Office of International Services (OIS) is a virtual services office that supports the Johns Hopkins international community, including more than 2,000 international visiting scholars, faculty, researchers, postdocs, staff, and their dependents annually. OIS will hold a virtual presentation with Q&A with information about how we serve JHU’s international scholar population (e.g. J-1 Scholars, H-1B’s & other immigration types). 

Sep. 22, 2023

Breakfast Bites
9.30 am - 10.30 am
Restriction Courtyard at
725 N Wolfe St, Baltimore, MD 21205

Enjoy free coffee and cookies!


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Photo Studio

Professional Photo Session with Norm Barker
9 am - 12 pm
Turner 40
720 Rutland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21205

The Professional Development Committee (PDC) is offering postdocs the opportunity to get a professional portrait done for free! These are very useful for your lab page, resume/CV, LinkedIn or just your acknowledgements slide  - Available on a first come first serve basis. 

Networking Mixer
5 pm onwards
Fadensonnen, 3 W 23rd St, Baltimore, MD 21218


Join our networking mixer and end NPAW with a bang! Meet postdocs from universities in the DMV area including University of Maryland, Georgetown, George Washington, Howard and NIH.

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