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Celebrating National Postdoc Appreciation Week

Published September 19, 2022

I want to express my sincere admiration and appreciation for the tireless efforts and exceptional accomplishments of the postdoctoral trainees at Washington University in St. Louis.

September 19 – 23 is National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW), and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contributions our postdoctoral trainees make to our university community and the national scientific enterprise. Postdocs are scientists and scholars who have completed their terminal degree and are engaged in mentored training, preparing for the next step on their career paths. Washington University has a diverse community of over 800 postdocs from all parts of the world, meaning they are a rich source of not only knowledge but also culture.

Our postdocs are experts in disciplines from the humanities and the social sciences to biological and biomedical science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Their passion and talent are central to the world-class research at Washington University. They conduct some of the most innovative early-stage research in the University and in the country; they teach and mentor undergraduates and graduate students; and most importantly, they are the present and the future of science and society. After their training at Washington University, our postdocs go into the world and become influential leaders at the forefront of research, education, science, policy, business, and social change around the globe.

Their unrelenting energy to conduct research in the lab, to mentor younger researchers, and to connect scholarship with social impact make our postdocs an integral part to our university environment and a cornerstone of our community. Please join me in recognizing our postdocs not just during NPAW but every week of the year. Visit the Washington University NPAW 2022 webpage to learn more about ways to appreciate our postdoctoral community.


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