2022 National Postdoc Appreciation Week at Ohio State

National Postdoc Appreciation Day/Week has historically been sponsored by the National Postdoc Association (NPA) as a way of recognizing the contributions that postdoctoral scholars make to research and discovery in the United States. Institutions all over the country and even worldwide hold special events in recognition of NPAW.

Take a break from your rigorous academic pursuits to join the in-person and virtual events across campus that have been organized to celebrate the Ohio State postdoc community and to thank you all for your immense contributions to Ohio State’s research, service, and teaching missions.

Our planned events focus on career or professional development, professional headshots, and networking with peers. During this same time, take the opportunity to experience the university’s vibrant visual and performing arts community by attending a concert, gallery exhibit, theatre or dance performance!  Below you will find details on events leading up to, during, and after postdoc appreciation week. We look forward to seeing you!

Green/(VPA): Visual or Performing Art Event; Blue/(PD): Professional/Career Development Event; Pink/(SE): Social Event


Events Leading up to Postdoc Appreciation Week

9/7, 10 – 11AM: (SE) Postdoc Association Meet & Greet Town Hall (Biomedical Research Tower, Room 134)

9/10, 7 – 9 AM: (SE) Postdoc Association’s Riverside Walk (meet at Lincoln Tower Park)

Week of 9/12, 12 – 1 PM: (PD) Networking and Elevator Pitches for Career Fair Preparation (in anticipation of GSPIRE event in October) (details forthcoming)

9/15, 5 – 7 PM: (VPA) Fall Exhibitions Preview at Wexner Center for the Arts (details here)

9/16, 5:30 – 7 PM: (VPA) Conversation with Saeed Jones about new poetry collection, Alive at the End of the World (RSVP here) – this event will also be streamed in real-time here.

Events During Postdoc Appreciation Week

Mon, 9/19 Tues, 9/20 Wed, 9/21 Thurs, 9/22 Fri, 9/23

12:00 – 1:00PM
4 Steps to Job Search Success (at NCH) (PD)

12:00 – 4:00 PM (Walk-In)Postdoc Headshots with OPA (Room 250Q; University Hall) (PD)

 1:00 – 2:30 PM Finding Balance in Your Career (virtual, RSVP here) (PD)

9:30 – 10:30 AM
Trainee Research Posters of the Month (at NCH) (PD)

4:00 – 5:00 PM
Art Faculty Exhibit (starts 9/20 and runs until 11/20/2022
 (Location: 50 W. Town St., Suite 130) (VPA)

8:00 – 12:00 PM (Walk-In)
Postdoc Headshots with OPA (Room 134; Biomedical Research Tower (BRT) (PD)

4:00 – 7 PM
Wexner Center for the Arts Open House (RSVP here(VPA

8:00 – 9:30 PM
Symphony Orchestra (free admission, no tickets; location: Weigel Auditorium) (VPA)

1:00– 3:00 PM
Postdoc Ice Cream Social
Location: West side of University Hall / Room 250Q;  University Hall  (SE)
10:00 – 12:00 PM NCH Trainee Lightning Research Talks (at NCH) (PD)


Biomedical Research Tower: 460 W 12th Ave, Columbus, OH 43210

University Hall: 230 N Oval Mall, Columbus, OH 43210

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH): Discovery Auditorium, 700 Children’s Dr, Columbus, OH 43205 (OSU has a shuttle that goes to NCH. Pickup is on 12th Ave. behind Rhodes/Doan Hall. The shuttle leaves at 10 & 40 minutes past the hour and drops off at NCH Research Building III. The last shuttle from NCH to OSU leaves at 5:40 PM.)

Events after Postdoc Appreciation Week

Week of 9/26: (PD) Entrepreneurship Event Hosted by Keenan Center (details forthcoming)

9/26, 8:00 – 9:30 PM: (VPA) Allen Sapp Centennial Celebration Concert (School of Music, details here)

9/28, 7:00 PM: (VPA) The Rainbow Man/John 3:16 and Other Shorts (Wexner Center for the Arts, details here)

9/28, 2:00 – 4:00 PM: (PD) Office of Postdoc Affairs New Postdoc Orientation Session (RSVP here)

9/29, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM: (PD) Postdoc Headshots with OPA, (Room 250Q; University Hall)

9/29, 8:00 PM: (VPA) Ohio debut of Sam Green’s 32 Sounds interactive documentary (Wexner Center for the Arts, details here)

9/29, 8:00 – 9:30 PM: (VPA) Collegiate Winds and University Band Concert (School of Music, details here)

9/30, 6:00 – 7:00 PM: (VPA) Mid-Semester Student Works (Department of Dance, details here)

10/3, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM: (PD) Postdoc Headshots with OPA, (Room 250Q; University Hall)

Week of 10/26: (PD) GSPIRE Event Focused on Careers in Industry (details forthcoming)

10/26-11/05: (VPA) Men on Boats (the Department of Theatre said they would set aside tickets for postdocs (details on how to request tickets will be shared soon)

11/09-17: (VPA) The Country Wife (the Department of Theatre said they would set aside tickets for postdocs (details on how to request tickets will be shared soon)

For more information about the NPA list of events, please click here. Please reach out to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs at osupostdocs@osu.edu if you have any questions or concerns about NPAW 2022.