2021 NPAW Schedule

Every year in the 3rd week of September, Universities across the United States take part in the National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW). Here at USC, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the USC Postdoctoral Association (PDA) host various events to celebrate the 700+ postdocs who make USC what it is!

Postdoc Appreciation Week is from September 20th to September 25th.


Monday, September 20th

Industry resume/CV workshop hosted in collaboration with Scismic 

1 – 2 pm Monday, September 20th | Virtual | Open to all USC/CHLA postdocs

Kick-off National Postdoc Appreciation Week with a CV workshop hosted by the USC PDA in collaboration with Scismic. There’s no better way to show appreciation for our postdocs than to prepare them for industry roles. So upload your CV upon registration if you’d like a chance to receive live feedback on your CV/resume.

REGISTER HERE  | Event flyer


Tuesday, September 21st

EventFall fitness hour classes with Coach Kevin Robinson 

When: 1 pm on Tuesday, September 21st and 1 pm on Thursday, September 23rd (recurring each week).

Where: The workouts will be hybrid for the Fall 2021 semester (some in-person outdoors and some virtual training).  See the flyer attached for more information.

Postdoc Fitness Hour: A full-body workout that incorporates weight training, cardio, and core training.  Minimal equipment is required, and no two workouts are the same.

Who can attend? Anyone in the USC Postdoctoral Program, regardless of fitness level.  It is completely FREE!

Registration: Please email Coach Kevin Robinson directly at kevinrob@usc.edu to get started.


Wednesday, September 22nd

Event: Online Trivia night hosted by PDA and TriviaHub

6:30 pm | Virtual | Open to all USC/CHLA postdocs.

Save the date! The USC PDA is pleased to present a team trivia competition hosted by TriviaHub!  Participants will be placed into randomized teams, guided through 3 rounds of unique questions by TriviaHub’s professional quiz masters, and ultimately find out who the true trivia champions are! The first prize team will receive $75 each (must be current USC/CHLA Postdoc to receive prizes).  More prizes are available!



Thursday, September 23rd

Event: Free Food! PDA Sponsored Lunch and Picnic in the park (on-campus)

12 pm-1 pm Thursday, September 23rd | Open to all USC postdocs.


  • HSC: Broad Lawn outside the Broad Eli Lily Stem Cell building (Adjacent to BCC and ZNI buildings on HSC Keck Campus Map).
  • UPC/HSC: register below to receive your online (lunch) gift certificate

FREE FOOD! Come join your fellow postdocs for a lunchtime picnic in the park (on-campus).  TrojanCheck is required for this event.  Masks will be required except when eating.  Please practice 6-ft physical distancing.  PDA members will be available at tables set up at specified locations.

Registration: Please register here by Monday, September 20th at noon.

HSC Campus: https://forms.gle/pD4HkQVqbdB4rauy6

UPC Campus:https://forms.gle/ndX7b9hpLKjZfuZo6


Saturday, September 25th

PDA Sponsored West LA Area Hike 

9 am, Saturday, September 25th | Open to all USC/CHLA postdocs plus guests.

Where: Topanga State Park, Santa Monica Mountains: The Temescal to Will Rogers Trail.  Meet at the Temescal Canyon Trailhead Parking Lot (Temescal Canyon Rd and Sunset Blvd intersection).  Parking is FREE.

Get fresh air, exercise, and meet new postdocs all in the same morning! Hike with fellow colleagues led by USC Athletic Trainer Kevin Robinson.  This 4.1-mile hike from 9 am -12 pm is an easy-to-moderate, dog-friendly (on leash), shaded hike.  Guests are welcome.  Parking is Free.  Meet up with Kevin Robinson and PDA members at the Temescal Canyon Trailhead parking lot and enjoy a Saturday morning, scenic Westside, ocean-view hike through the Santa Monica Mountains.  Don’t forget to bring: snacks, a hat/sunscreen, good hiking shoes, and a large water bottle.

Registration: No RSVP required; just show up by 9 am and sign in.