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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.

2023 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 Tuesday, October 3 during standard GEPA office hours (Tue-Thr from 9 am - 4 pm) while supplies last.


Insulated Cooler Bag Giveaway
Bags available for pick up starting October 3
GEPA Office, 4th Floor, Student Services Center

Current UCSD postdocs can pick up a free insulated cooler bag from the Division of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA) office on the 4th floor of the Student Services Center (SSC). Bags will be available starting Tuesday, October 3 during standard GEPA office hours (Tue-Thr from 9 am - 4 pm) while supplies last.


Coffee Connection with the PDA
Tuesday, October 3
10:00 – 11:30 am
Student Services Center (SSC) Room 400
RSVP HERE by October 2

Kick off your Postdoctoberfest celebrations to connect with your Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Board members over coffee! Postdoc can also pick up a Postdoctoberfest button and free cooler bag at this event. We hope you will join us to meet your fellow UCSD Postdocs while enjoying free coffee and pastries.  Please RSVP by 10/2.


Community Board Game Night
Wednesday, October 11
6:00 – 8:00 pm
Dolores Huerta & Phillips Vera Cruz Rooms, Student Center, UCSD
Register HERE by October 10.

Join the PDA Board EDI Committee and your fellow postdocs for a night filled with strategic fun and friendly competition. Whether you are a board game enthusiast or just looking for a fun evening, this event is for you. We'll have a variety of board games available for everyone to enjoy, and if you have a cherished favorite from your childhood, please bring it along to share with everyone! We will have some snacks and non-alcoholic drinks to share, however please feel free to bring your favorite munchies. This is a great opportunity to connect, make new friends, and celebrate our unique experiences while having a blast. We hope to see you there!


Postdoc Pickleball Social
Saturday, October 14 
3:00 – 6:00 pm
Register HERE by October 13
La Jolla del Sol Pickleball Courts at 8046 Regents Rd.

Get ready for a smashing good time at our Postdoc Pickleball Playdate! Whether you are a seasoned pro or a total beginner, join your fellow postdocs for an afternoon of friendly pickleball matches and socializing. We have some paddles available, but if you have your own, do not forget to bring them along.


Pool & Pizza Party
Saturday, October 14
6:00 – 9:00 pm
RSVP HERE by October 13
La Jolla del Sol Pool Area, 3389 Lebon Dr

After a thrilling afternoon of pickleball fun, it is time to cool off and relax at the pool! Join us for a Pool Social Gathering at La Jolla del Sol, where you can socialize and enjoy pizza with your fellow postdocs. Feel free to bring your partner or kids and your own drinks (NO glass!) to stay refreshed throughout the event.


Connecting with Your Strengths Workshop
Wednesday, October 18
2:30 – 4:00 pm
Online via Zoom
Register HERE by October 16

Do you know what you do best? Or how you can leverage your natural abilities to do even better?  Utilizing results from your CliftonStrengths assessment, we will explore the ways you are currently utilizing your strengths and how you can tap into these abilities to achieve your goals.  Please register by 10/16 to receive instructions for completing the CliftonStrengths assessment in advance of the workshop.  Zoom information will be sent to registrants after they complete their assessment.


Pub Night Bar Hopping Extravaganza
Friday, October 20
Meeting Time: 7:00 pm
Meeting Point: Bird Rock Coffee stand outside Central Campus Trolley Station
RSVP HERE by October 19

Get ready to paint the town red with your fellow postdocs at our Pub Night Social! If you are looking for a casual evening of drinks and conversation or an adventurous bar-hopping experience, this event has it all. Meet us outside the Bird Rock Coffee stand in front of the Central Campus Trolley Station at 7:00 pm to kick off our memorable evening. We will take the trolley together to Gaslamp and explore various bars. Please RSVP with your cell phone number so that we can keep you updated and informed and help you find the group if needed. Note: All drinks, food and transportation for this event are self-sponsored.


Win a Pizza Party for Your Postdocs!
Submissions due by October 23
Winner will be notified by October 31

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


Professional Headshot Photo Session for UCSD Postdocs
Wednesday, October 25
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Medical Education and Telemedicine Building
Sign-up HERE by October 20

Update your professional profile with a new professional headshot. This is a fantastic opportunity to make a strong first impression, whether for your LinkedIn profile, job applications, or personal branding. Sign up to get assigned a time slot with our skilled photographer, who will work with you to capture your best angles and provide you with a high-quality digital headshot image. Spaces are limited and will be assigned in the order in which individuals sign up. Don't miss this chance to get a professional headshot photo and put your best face forward!


Bonfire Bash at La Jolla Shores
Friday, October 27
6:00 – 9:00 pm
La Jolla Shores Fire Pits
Register HERE by October 26

As the sun sets, we will light up a cozy beach bonfire, providing the perfect atmosphere for making S'mores fixings, so you can indulge in this sweet treat while enjoying the warmth of the fire and the soothing sound of the waves. Let's create lasting beach memories!