The National Postdoctoral Association is holding the seventh annual National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week Sept. 19-23. The Homewood Postdoctoral Association is joining the celebration by organizing and hosting events all week on the Johns Hopkins Homewood Campus, including:
- Sept. 21: Improvisation for postdoc scientists - Macaulay 101, 2-3 p.m.
- Sept. 23: Fall BBQ - Clipper Room, Shriver Hall, 5:30 p.m.
During this week-long celebration, institutions are encouraged to plan activities that honor postdocs and recognize the contributions they make to research and development in the United States. In 2015, 122 institutions in 34 states and Canada hosted 373 events to recognize the work of postdoctoral researchers.
A postdoctoral scholar, or "postdoc," is an individual holding a doctoral degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of his or her choosing.