Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Friend of the JPA Award


The Friend of the JPA (Jefferson Postdoctoral Association) Award is given each year to someone who has helped the postdoctoral fellows at Jefferson in general as well as the JPA specifically. Past recipients include:

2017 - Office of Animal Resources-For its active support of postdoctoral fellows’ research by maintaining the animal facilities, caring for the animals, assisting in orientation and training of researchers, and helping postdocs follow the appropriate protocols and regulations.

2015 - In honor of the 10th year of the Postdoctoral Research Symposium (PRS), the Executive Board of the JPA honored a member of the Jefferson community with the JPA “Friend of the Decade” Award.  The winner was Dr. Gerald Grunwald-JCBS Dean-For his constant contributions to the postdoctoral community at Thomas Jefferson University, including providing a budget to the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, JPA, and Postdoctoral Travel Fellowships. He also plays an active role in our Postdoctoral Fellowship Application Program (PFAP) and attends social events.  He provides constant support and guidance that is felt throughout the Jefferson postdoctoral community. 

2014 - Gary Kaplan - Senior Librarian at Scott Library-For his continuing help with PFAP

2013 - Dr. Gerald Grunwald - JCBS Dean-For his key role in developing the university's postdoctoral policies, creating the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and encouraging the establishment of the JPA

2012 - TJU Office of International Affairs - For their continuous help and care of our international postdocs

2011 - Dr. James Keen - Faculty member and past JCBS Dean-For all of his help in establishing the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and the JPA

2010 - Dr. Mary Whitman - TJU Alumna, Director of Medical Affairs at Centocor (Janssen)-For her help in obtaining funding for PRS from Centocor/Johnson & Johnson

2009 - Charles Mullins - TJU Dept. of Nutrition and Dietetics-For his help with all of our catering needs

2008 - Dr. Carol Beck - JCBS Associate Dean-For her help with raffle prizes for our Mardi Gras party

2007 - Karen Krasnavolgyi - Scott Library-For her help with starting PFAP

2006 - Dr. Dennis Gross - JCBS Associate Dean-For his continuous encouragement of the JPA