Happy National Postdoc Appreciation Week

24 Sep

Even though today is the last day of Postdoc Appreciate Week, it’s not too late to appreciate a Post Doc, especially runswithatoms and me!  I have heard horror stories about mistreated, underpaid, and overworked Post Docs.  You see, we Post Docs are in academic limbo.  We’re not students, we’re not faculty, we’re just there.  Oh, we’re doctors all right, but we’re not quite “practicing” on our own, yet.  It’s like residency for medical students, but with rats instead of sick people.

Not me, but the message remains. source: ThinkGeek

I have to say that I’ve been pretty lucky as a Post Doc, so far.  I have a great adviser (he pointed out during a seminar that an author’s name was Ariola), our lab is well-funded, and I like my labmates.  We actually hang out and it’s FUN not forced like in some labs.  Of course, some of my friends have not been as lucky with experiences that include sexual harassment, no funds, and slave-driver advisers.

Maybe you take the Post Docs in your lab for granted, but just know that we work hard just like everybody else, and dammit, we earned being called Doctor (c’mon just call me Dr. Ragan once?).  Yeah yeah I know, no Post Doc makes you call them doctor, and really if they do, they’re jerkwads.  Also remember that we don’t make that much money, but it’s a heckuvalot more than what grad students get haha.

So since runswithatoms and I are Post Docs, I strongly encourage that you celebrate Post Doc Appreciation Week every week!

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4 Responses to “Happy National Postdoc Appreciation Week”

  1. runswithatoms September 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    Someone once told me that it doesn’t really hit you that you have your Ph.D. until someone calls you Dr. so-and-so when they are not making fun of you 🙂 My boss actually does call me Dr. occasionally, but mostly as a reference to Patriot Games which she finds amusing.

    • Natasha September 24, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

      Christina, I am so glad I found your blog, finally!! HAPPY HAPPY POSTDOC APPRECIATION DAY!! I am particularly glad you feel appreciated as a postdoc on other weeks as well! 🙂

      Runswithatoms, YES! There comes a moment when someone calls you doctor in an e-mail, or a voice mail, etc., and you start to laugh because you just assume it is a joke (as it has been for weeks now), and then you have this sudden feeling of cool air running down your back, when you realize that they are not kidding….It’s like no other feeling in the world… Makes you want to call a restaurant and set up reservations for Dr. So-and-so and friends, just to feel like the darn title is useful for something!! 🙂

      • neuronano September 25, 2011 at 11:36 am #

        I hope you felt appreciated this week, too Natasha!! I’m glad you found our blog too ;o)

  2. Melissa October 24, 2011 at 10:49 pm #

    I gave a talk in San Francisco last week where they introduced me as “Dr” and it was really surreal. Hope you had a great postdoc week!!

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