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Celebrating National Postdoc Appreciation Week 2023

Published September 18, 2023, via Research News

Today is the first day of the National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW). Recognized by the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010, NPAW celebrates the contributions of the talented experts that make up the U.S. postdoctoral community. It is with great enthusiasm that I invite you all to join me in acknowledging the hard work and impressive accomplishments of our postdoctoral appointees at Washington University.

Our institution has a diverse community of over 850 postdocs from different parts of the world. Their commitment to research, teaching, and mentorship not only enhances the academic community at Washington University, but also plays a pivotal role in advancing science, technology, and scholarship across the country and around the world. We are proud to have these scientists and scholars as our colleagues.

For this week, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) has planned several events and has prepared a list of ways for faculty to express their appreciation for their postdocs. Visit the OPA’s NPAW 2023 webpage to learn more.

The contributions of our postdocs are an integral part of the world-class education and research at Washington University. Their energy and talent are vital to our thriving and vibrant community. They have my thanks and appreciation for their hard work, passion, and dedication.

Please join me in celebrating our postdocs, not just during NPAW, but every week of the year.


Mark E. Lowe, MD, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Research
Senior Associate Dean for Research, School of Medicine
Harvey R. Colten Professor of Pediatric Science