Postdoc Appreciation Week

Group photo of the 6 winners of the 2018 Postdoc Achievement Awards, along with Christine Holmes and Colleen McLinn

September 16-20, 2019

Postdoc Achievement Awards

Nominations are now open for the second annual Postdoc Achievement Awards at Cornell University, co-sponsored by the Office of Postdoctoral Studies and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. 

To nominate a postdoc, please complete the online nomination form by the August 16 nomination deadline. The awards will be presented during National Postdoc Appreciation Week, September 16-20, 2019. The selected awardees in each category will receive $500 and a plaque.

The Postdoc Achievement Awards honor and showcase postdocs who have made outstanding contributions to community or organizational change and show a commitment to promoting equity and inclusion at Cornell and/or throughout society as a whole. Every year, at least one of each of the following awards will be granted to deserving postdocs:

Achievement Award for Excellence in Leadership

This award recognizes postdocs who demonstrate innovative, initiative-driven leadership impacting their academic, work or community environments. Those who receive this award have shown a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others with an emphasis on equity and inclusion.

Achievement Award for Excellence in Community Engagement

This award recognizes postdocs who have fostered postdoc communities and involvement on campus, or participated in outreach projects that connect Cornell with public needs. Those who receive this award have significantly contributed to the betterment of the targeted community and/or appreciation for Cornell within the public community.

 Achievement Award for Excellence in Mentoring

This award recognizes postdocs who have fostered inclusion and equity in higher education through exemplary mentorship and/or outreach activities within the Cornell and local community. Those who receive this award have shown an unwavering commitment to promoting the growth, personal and professional development of students and trainees of diverse backgrounds.

Read about the 2018 Postdoc Award winners:


Please contact Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies at

Featured Postdoc Appreciation Week Events

Postdoc Pizza Party and Awards Reception

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019
  • 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Big Red Barn
  • For questions, contact

September Job Search Discussion

  • Friday, September 20, 2019 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm
  • Location TBA
  • Discussion leaders: Christine Holmes, Director of Postdoctoral Studies, and Colleen McLinn, Executive Director of CIRTL at Cornell
  • To cap off Postdoc Appreciation Week, we will have a fun and confidential opportunity to get your questions about the job search answered. Graduate students and visiting scholars are also welcome. Lunch provided. RSVP required.
  • RSVP for September 20

Postdoc Research Spotlights

Starting in September, meet amazing Cornell postdocs and hear about their research through web spotlights. The features will be posted on the Office of Postdoctoral Studies Facebook page, in the Graduate School’s spotlights sectionCIRTL at Cornell and Office of Postdoctoral Studies webpages, and the @CornellGrad and @CUFutureFaculty twitter accounts.

2018’s Featured Postdocs: