Postdoc Appreciation Week 2018

Monday, September 17th

Components of a Successful Postdoc with Dr. Adriana Bankston (Future of Research) | 9:00 am -10:20 am at UPC Waite Phillips Hall (WPH) room 207 (2nd floor). Baked goods and coffee will be provided.

Postdoctoral researchers are critical to the future of science. Fair pay, opportunities for meaningful leadership positions, and access to positive mentoring are critical factors of a successful postdoc experience. These factors are also likely to influence the decisions of postdocs on which institutions they will choose for conducting independent research, as well as whether to remain in academe or pursue other career paths. Read more.

Please RSVP by emailing

Applying the Science of High Performance to Academic Life with Dr. Glenn Fox 
3:00pm -5:00pm at UPC Leavey Library, Room 16. Please RSVP by emailing

Tuesday, September 18th

Taco Tuesday with Individual Development Plan (IDP) Information Session

Get your free taco lunch and learn about how to create your Individual Development Plan | 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm. Please RSVP by emailing

UPC University Club at 705 W 34th Street
HSC BCC lawn at 1425 San Pablo Street (bring your blankets and beach chairs for a lawn picnic)
CHLA Smith Research Tower, room 200 at 4546 W Sunset Blvd

Wednesday, September 19th

Postdoc Day Trip at USC Wrigley Institute, Catalina Island Come spend the day in Catalina island hiking, kayaking, and snorkeling with your fellows postdocs.  The USC Ferry departs 7:30 am and leaves the island at return 3:30 pm. Space is extremely limited so reserve your spot now via our Eventbrite page (please email for the event password)

Panel Discussion on Academic Careers for Postdocs with Dr. Lindsey Schier and Dr. Allison Knoll | 9:30 am – 10:30 am at CHLA – Saban Research Institute, room 402, 4661 W Sunset Blvd. Breakfast served; please RSVP by emailing

NEW PROGRAM! Postdoc Power Hour at UPC |  updated time: Noon – 1:00 pm Come try out our new training program exclusively for postdocs! You’ll receive circuit training and health coaching from two of USC’s best trainers.  Meet us in front of the Physical Education Building (PED) next to the track and don’t forget to bring your water bottle! please RSVP by emailing

LA Metro Ride & Radio Station Tour of 89.3 KPCC (LA’s NPR station) 
2:00 pm – 5:00pm | We’ll take you on a Gold Line tour of Los Angeles to 89.3 KPCC (in Pasadena), where you’ll get an opportunity to see some of LA’s radio personalities and journalists in action. During the tour, you’ll also get some coaching and training on how to communicate your work and research to a broader audience. Plus, there will also be a post tour happy hour at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, join us!

Space is limited, please RSVP by emailing

Where to meet: JEP House (801 W 34th St, Los Angeles, CA 90007) at 2:00 pm and we’ll take the 2:20 pm USC Tram to Union Station.

Thursday, September 20th

Applying for Research Funding: Getting Started with Networking Event with Janet Stoeckert | 3:30 pm- 4:30 pm at HSC – First-floor auditorium, Broad CIRM Center (BCC), 1425 San Pablo Street. Reception to follow: 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm (food and drinks provided, all are welcome!). Please RSVP by emailing

Seminar on Science Communication with Dr. Patt Levitt
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm at CHLA – Saban Auditorium, 4661 W Sunset Blvd. Please RSVP by emailing

Mingle with Support Dogs and Ice-cream Social
Time: 4:00 pm- 5:00 pm at CHLA – Saban Courtyard, 4661 W Sunset Blvd. please RSVP by emailing

Friday, September 21st

Wellness, Mindfulness, and Nutrition Workshop followed by Brunch with Dr. Marissa Marchioni
9:30 am – 11:00 am at UPC – Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience (MCB), room 101 at 1002 Childs Way. Please RSVP by emailing

Panel Discussion on Non-academic Career Paths with Dr. Amanda Elson and Dr. Hanke Heun-Johnson
9:30 am – 10:30 am at CHLA – Saban Research Institute, room 302, 4661 W Sunset Blvd. Please RSVP by emailing

King Tut: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh Museum Tour at the California Science Center
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm at the California Science Center, 700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90037. Tickets are limited, please reserve yours now via our Eventbrite page (please email for the event password)

King Tut Event Flyer

Saturday, September 22nd 

USC, Caltech, and UCLA Postdoc Picnic and Hike
Meet up at 4:00 pm | please RSVP at email
LA State Historic Park, 1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Eventbrite RSVP

We will also be unveiling a new postdoc fitness (Power Hour) training program this week along with some giveaways! So stay tuned by signing up for the Postdoc Office Newsletter and the USC Postdoc Association Mailing List

The 2018 USC NPAW is brought to you in partnership with the USC Postdoctoral Association (PDA) and the Keck School of Medicine Postdoctoral Advisory Council (KPAC).