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Events and Awards

Upcoming Events

Coffee and donuts: Monday Sept 18th – Riggs 101
We will usher in National Postdoc Appreciation week with a Coffee and donut morning for our Postdocs and faculty advisors.  We will start at 7:30am till 9:30!  Hope to see you there!

2017 Distinguished Postdoctoral Award

The Clemson University Postdoctoral Association is proud to announce the CUPDA Distinguished Postdoctoral Award. This award recognizes a postdoctoral fellow who displays outstanding performance in scientific research, leadership, advocacy, outreach, and/or teaching, during their postdoctoral appointment at Clemson University. This award includes $500 and a plaque. The awardee will be announced in June every year and will be awarded during the National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week (NPAW) in September. The application period is open now through May 1, 2017. In order to apply, the postdoctoral associate must be nominated via a letter of reference from any faculty member. Once the letter of reference is received, the postdoctoral associate will be notified that they can complete the application process.

For a copy of the 2017 Distinguished Postdoctoral Award application, please click here.

Travel Award

In an effort to enhance the professional development of postdocs on campus, the Clemson University Post Doctoral Association (CUPDA) is pleased to announce the availability of travel awards beginning in the Fall 2017.

You can find the Fall 2017 Post Doc Travel Award application by clicking here

These funds are only intended to assist postdocs with travel expenses to conferences where research will be presented. An award of $300 will be given per semester to postdocs who meet the listed criteria while funding is available, current funding per semester is $1,800.


  • Applicants must be accepted to present an oral or poster presentation at a conference and must be the 1st author on the abstract
  • The research presented must have been performed at Clemson University and the travel award applicant must have been employed by Clemson University at the time the research was conducted
  • The applicant must be a current postdoc at Clemson University
  • Applicants can only receive one award for the duration of their postdoc appointment

Permitted Costs

  • Travel costs
  • Accomodation expenses
  • Conference registration fees
  • Meals

Application Procedures

  • A completed CUPDA Travel Award application form.
  • A copy of the abstract submitted to the conference
  • A brief summary of why the conference is important to you to attend/why the funding from the travel award would benefit you
  • A copy of the acceptance letter/proof that the postdoc will be presenting at the conference

Application opens

Application closes

Reviews Due Announcements

Receipts Due

Spring 2017 Jan 1, 2017 May 30, 2017 As they are submitted September 2017 on NPAW June 15th or After conference
Fall 2017 June 1, 2017 Dec 30, 2017 As they are submitted September 2017 on NPAW Dec 15th or After conference


After travel has been completed, send your recipts to CUPDA treasurer Sam Lukubira at for reimbursement.