National Postdoc Appreciation Week – NPAW 2022!

NPAW cartoon from PHDComics

National Postdoc Appreciation Week is coming up! This is the most jam-packed week of fun for postdocs all year!!!!! Every year in the 3rd week of September, Universities across the United States take part in the National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW). Here at Stanford, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) and Stanford University Postdoctoral Association (SURPAS) host a variety of events to celebrate the 2400+ postdocs who make Stanford what it is!

Here is the list of events brought to you by OPA, SURPAS, SLPA, SBPA, LGBTQ+, SCPA, and other Stanford organizations supporting Postdocs.

Event list

Monday 9/19

NPAW: Coffee Cart and Early BBQ Ticket Pickup with OPA

Where: SAPP Courtyard

When: Monday 9/19, 9 am – 12 pm | Register here | 

NPAW: Postdoc Headshots with OPA

Where: Stanford Campus

When: Monday 9/19, 1 pm – 5:30 pm | Register here |

NPAW: Postdoc Fun Run with SURPAS (Casual 5K)

SURPAS will keep you hydrated!

Where: Meet at Discovery Walk

When: Monday 9/19, 5 pm onwards

Running route: TBD (Stay tuned in for updates!)

Tuesday 9/20

NPAW: SURPAS Coffee Social with SLPA

What: Coffee and snacks

Where: Engineering Quad

When: Tuesday 9/20, 10 – 11 am | Register here |

NPAW: Popsicles, Early BBQ Ticket Pickup & JEDI awards (Hosted by OPA)

Where: Dean’s Lawn

When: Tuesday 9/20, 2 – 4 pm  | Register here |


What: Beer and cheer. Please remember to bring your legal ID! On a first-come, first-serve basis, Wristbands are to be given to the first 50 postdocs for free beer at Rose and the Crown. Open tab for the first 50 folks, so the earlier you show up, the better.

Where: The Rose & Crown, Downtown Palo Alto

When: Tuesday 9/20, 4:30 – 6:30 pm

Wednesday 9/21

NPAW: SURPAS Coffee Social with LGBTQ+ Postdocs

What: Coffee and snacks

Where: Outside Green Library

When: Wednesday 9/21, 10 – 11 am| Register here |

NPAW: Early BBQ Ticket Pickup (Hosted by OPA)

Where: MSOB Courtyard

When: Wednesday 9/21, 11 – 1 pm | Register here | 

NPAW: Postdoc Headshots with OPA

Where: Stanford Campus

When: Wednesday 9/21, 1 pm – 5:30 pm  | Register here |

NPAW: SURPAS Ice Cream Social with SCPA

Where: Engineering Quad

When: Wednesday 9/21, 2 – 4 pm| Register here |

NPAW: Dish Hike with SURPAS

For postdoc appreciation week, we will do our local Stanford Dish trail. This trail is a 3.6-mile (5.8km) loop hike with 452 feet (137.7m) of elevation on the pavement. This trail includes beautiful views of the bay. We will try to set up some carpools for those needing a ride, and we will meet at the Stanford oval at 4:40 to bike there, otherwise, we will aim to meet at the trailhead.

When: Wednesday 9/21, 5 – 7 pm| Register here |

Thursday 9/22

NPAW: SURPAS Coffee Social with SBPA

What: Coffee and snacks

Where: LKSC Lawn

When: Thursday 9/22, 11 – 12 pm| Register here |

NPAW: Pet-a-Dog with SURPAS

Where: Outside LKSC facing Discovery Walk

When: Thursday 9/23, 12:30 – 1:30 pm| Register here |

 NPAW: Early BBQ Ticket Pickup (Hosted by OPA)

Where: Dean’s Lawn

When: Thursday 9/22, 12 – 3 pm

 NPAW: SURPAS Happy Hour and OPA Fall Festival and BBQ

Come celebrate National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) with this Fall Festival and BBQ! OPA will be offering a delicious Famous Dave’s BBQ meal (vegetarian options also available), and SURPAS will be providing beverages.

There will be food, drinks, and a live band for everyone to enjoy!

Come join in on the fun, bring your family, and enjoy an evening out!

**Open to all postdocs. Registration is required. Please register using the link below***

Where: Dean’s Lawn

When: Thursday 9/22, 4:30 – 6:30 pm Register here |

Friday 9/23

NPAW: SURPAS Family Committee Coffee Social

Have you met this group of phenomenal advocates for postdocs with families on campus? Meet this wonderful group of people and learn about their advocacy.

What: Coffee and snacks

Where: MSOB Courtyard

When: Friday 9/23, 10 – 11 am| Register here |

NPAW: Postdoc Headshots (Hosted by OPA)

Where: Stanford Campus

When: Friday 9/23, 1 pm – 5:30 pm  | Register here |

Check out all the exciting activities taking place to celebrate Stanford Postdocs, sign-up, and don’t forget to share with us/tag us on social media!