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August 18, 2016

Celebrate National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week Sept. 19-23

Submitted by Sarah Hancock

Postdoctoral researchers play an integral role in K-State's research, scholarly, and creative activity and discovery. Postdocs help researchers complete projects, author publications, secure external funding and incubate innovative ideas. Take time to appreciate them during National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week Sept. 19-23.

The National Postdoctoral Association has sponsored appreciation events since 2009. The K-State Postdoctoral Association was established in October 2014 to support our more than 140 colleagues engaged in research at K-State and to help make our institution a great place to work. The Office of the Vice President for Research sponsored the inaugural K-State postdoc appreciation event in 2015, and we continue to work in partnership with the Graduate School to make strides to better serve this vital group.

Mark your calendars and register for the events. Postdocs, faculty and others who work with postdocs are encouraged to attend. To ask questions or join the association, email Nickolas Anderson at naanders@k-state.edu. Share your appreciation for postdocs or photos from the week with the hashtag #NPAW2016 on Twitter and Facebook.

  • Monday, Sept. 19: Postdoc Appreciation Week kickoff
    9–10 a.m. in Room 227 of the K-State Student Union  

Peter Dorhout, vice president for research and professor of chemistry, will speak on how K-State recognizes and supports postdocs and how the university plans to address new Department of Labor policy changes. Coffee, juice and pastries will be provided.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20: KAWSE Brown Bag Lunch and travel award information 
    Noon to 1 p.m. in 137 Waters Hall  

Bring your lunch and participate in "KAWSE postdoc travel award and you: How to write a successful application." Two previous recipients of the travel award will discuss their applications and experiences. The executive director of K-State Advancement of Women in Science and Engineering will provide information about the application process.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 20: Professional development 
    3–5 p.m. in the Mara Conference Center on the fourth floor of Trotter Hall, College of Veterinary Medicine 

Jana Fallin, director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and professor of music education, will lead a faculty application package workshop highlighting how to write a teaching philosophy, research statement, and diversity statement. Refreshments will be provided. Thanks to the Graduate Student Council for co-sponsoring this event.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 21: Join us! 
    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the International Student Center 

All K-State postdocs and K-State Postdoc Association mentors are invited to enjoy boxed lunches and conversation.

  • Thursday, Sept. 22: Continuing education 
    9–11 a.m. in 9 Fairchild Hall, computer lab 

Carol Shanklin, dean of the Graduate School, will introduce the Advising Doctoral Students training module, and postdocs will be able to complete a portion of the module toward obtaining mentoring certification.

  • Friday, Sept. 23: Research presentations and networking 
    2–5 p.m. in the Leadership Studies Building's Town Hall 

Hear research presentations from postdocs and participate in a poster session.