Vanderbilt community celebrates National Postdoc Appreciation Week

National Postdoc Appreciation Week launches today, Sept. 21, and continues through Friday, Sept. 25. The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, in collaboration with the Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Association, has curated a roster of events in celebration of the Vanderbilt postdoc community.

Several members of Vanderbilt’s leadership team who work closely with postdoctoral scholars recorded a video message of thanks, highlighting postdocs’ service and vital contributions to the university.

Vanderbilt has a community of more than 500 postdoctoral scholars who play a key role in advancing the university’s globally renowned research projects.

The full schedule of events is below along with registration details. For more information, contact program manager Caitlin Haskell at

National Postdoc Appreciation Week schedule

View the National Postdoctoral Association schedule of events here.

Complimentary Postdoc Headshots

Wednesday, Sept. 23, noon–4 p.m.

Make an appointment for a new or updated headshot. Learn more here, and select your preferred time slot here.

Virtual Mindfulness Session led by the Postdoc Wellness Program

Thursday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m.

The Work/Life Connections–EAP Postdoc Wellness Program is offering a 30-minute mindfulness session led by Lauren Dattilo, Ph.D., HSP.

Register for the event here.

Postdoc Happy Hour

Friday, Sept. 25, 5–7 p.m.

Join a virtual postdoc happy hour to end the week. Stop by anytime from 5 to 7 p.m., enjoy your beverage of choice, and socialize with postdocs from around campus.

Register for the event here.