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Postdoctoberfest is UC San Diego’s month long celebration of our postdocs. We hope you will join us in recognizing the valuable contributions our postdocs make to research, to our campus, and to society.

2022 Events

Postdoctoberfest Buttons and Zoom Background
Buttons available for pick up starting October 3
GEPA Office, 4th Floor, Student Services Center
Download zoom background here 

To show your support and appreciation of our postdocs, we welcome you to stop by the Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA) office on the 4th floor of the Student Services Center (SSC) to pick up a Postdoctoberfest button to wear during the month of October and to download and use our Postdoctoberfest zoom background. Buttons will be available starting Monday, October 3 during standard GEPA office hours (9 am - 4 pm) while supplies last.

Coffee Hour with Chancellor Khosla
Friday, October 7
10:30 – 11:30 am
The Art of Espresso patio at UCSD (by Mandeville Hall)
RSVP HERE by 10/6

Kick off your Postdoctoberfest celebrations with a coffee hour with Chancellor Khosla!  UCSD Postdocs with have the opportunity to converse with the Chancellor in an informal and casual environment and meet their fellow UCSD postdocs while enjoying free coffee and pastries! Please RSVP for this event by 10/6. 

Win a Pizza Party for Your Postdocs!
Submissions due by October 10 
Winner will be notified by October 14 

Postdoc mentors, departments or postdocs themselves are encouraged to apply to have the Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA) sponsor a pizza party for their postdocs!  One winner will be randomly selected from all the submissions received.

PDA Pub Night Social
Friday, October 14
6:00 – 9:00 pm
Dirty Birds patio at UCSD (in Price Center)
Register HERE by 10/13

Join the UCSD Postdoctoral Association (PDA) at Dirty Birds to celebrate Postdoctoberfest!  This is an opportunity to grab a drink, meet the PostDoc Association Board and network with other UCSD postdocsPizza and drink tickets will be provided (One drink ticket will be provided to the first 75 registered postdoc attendees to arrive at Dirty Birds).  Please register for this event by 10/13.

Lunchbag Giveaway
Register by October 14

Current UCSD postdocs can register to receive a free lunchbag. Postdocs who register will be notified by October 21 of when and where to pick up their free lunchbag.

Sunset Salsa
Wednesday, October 19
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Multipurpose Room, Student Services Center
Register HERE by 10/18

Learn to salsa with the UCSD Postdoctoral Association (PDA) at sunset! Instructors will be on hand to teach the steps to those unfamiliar with this dance and provide tips to enhance your moves for those with previous Salsa experience. Come alone or bring a dance partner, all are welcome to join us for this fun night of dancing! Please register for this event by 10/18.

US Immigration and Employment Options for International Postdocs
Wednesday, October 26
4:00 – 5:00 pm on Zoom

The UCSD Postdoctoral Association in association with the Arkell Immigartion team at Dunn Law Firm, LLP, is hosting a virtual seminar on "U.S. Immigration and Employment Options for International Postdocs and Graduate Students” on October 26.  Topics covered will include: U.S. permanent residence, National Interest Waivers for researchers, Extraordinary Ability petitions, Transitioning from F-1 OPT or J-1 status to H-1B, ‘H-1B cap’ issue, and Recent changes in U.S. immigration, executive orders and related issues.

Snorkeling at La Jolla Cove
Saturday, October 29
3:30 – 5:30 pm
La Jolla Cove (1160 Coast Blvd)
Register HERE by 10/28

Join your fellow postdocs for a snorkeling excursion in La Jolla Cove. Gear will be available for rent onsite.  Please register for this event by 10/21 and contact with any questions.

S’mores at the Shores
Saturday, October 29
6:00 – 9:00 pm
On beach in front of La Jolla Shores Hotel (8110 Camino Del Oro)
Register HERE by 10/28

Enjoy a beach bonfire and tasty S’mores at La Jolla Shores with the UCSD Postdoctoral Association (PDA)! Please register for this event by 10/21 and contact with any questions.

Postdoc Shout Out Jamboard
Submissions due by October 31 
Winners will be notified by November 4 

Show your appreciation for a current UCSD postdoc by submitting a note or image to the UCSD Postdoctoral Association’s Postdoctoberfest Jamboard! Two of the UCSD postdocs who receive shout outs will be randomly selected to receive $50 giftcards!