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Opportunities to Explore - March 8 - March 12, 2021

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SciComm Opportunity Alert

Want additional communication experience, but NOT sure where to start? myHub is calling for content writers to contribute to the myHub quarterly electronic newsletters. If interested, please send your 250-300 word submission to by March 12th at 5pm. Examples include but are not limited to news updates from your department, student group features, opinions, alumni updates, and career/networking tips. SciArt is welcome too. For any additional questions please contact


Registration Opens for Three Minute Thesis (3MT)
(Sponsored by AS&E & SMD Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs Offices and myHub)

Registration Opens Mon Mar 8 | 8:00 am |  Click here to register- Registration Live on Monday, March 8th at 8:00 am

Registration Closes Fri Mar 12 | 4:00 pm |  

The University of Rochester invites you to participate in the Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) Competition.

3MT is an academic competition that challenges doctoral students to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by research trainees and encourages you to communicate the importance of your research to the broader community.

Don’t miss this opportunity to practice your presentation skills, meet other trainees, and have a chance to win up to $1,000 in travel awards!

Sub-heats: * Registration Required *  Friday, March 26, 2021 at 12:00 PM (Virtual Event)

The Final Competition: Friday, April 9, 2021 at 12:00 PM.  Virtual Event:


This competition is open to current PhD and Professional Doctorate (Research) candidates who have passed their qualifying exam or are in their third year of study or greater. Registration is limited to 80 participants across all graduate schools within the University of Rochester.  Completing the registration survey confirms your interest in this event, however participation is not guaranteed until you have received a confirmation e-mail after registration closes.  This will allow time for potential adjustments based upon the total number of interested registrants, and for the planning committee to determine sub-heat assignments.

Bookmark the link now & get ready to register!

For more information, please visit

To request accommodations, please contact at least three business days prior to the event.

Discussion Group: Page-Turners for Teaching
(Sponsored by CETL, myHub, and the AS&E and SMD GEPA offices)

Thurs Mar 11 | 5:15 pm| Register here to receive the Zoom link

Curious about how best to teach and train others? Feeling uncertain about teaching and learning in your spring courses? Lacking opportunities or time to teach as a busy researcher? Looking for ways to keep your CV up-to-date on teaching even if you are not currently doing it?

Join “Page-Turners For Teaching,”a bi-weekly discussion group for graduate students and postdocs interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Discuss the book Small Teaching by James Lang and share teaching tips and tricks!

When: Bi-weekly on Thursdays at 5:15 PM starting on February 25th

Where: Remotely via Zoom

What: Read as much or as little of the reading as you want and bring your experiences and ideas to share!

Next Meeting: Thursday, March 11, at 5:15 pm

Questions? Email!

Note, you must register in advance and will receive the link to the webinar on Monday morning.

March Graduate Student Society Meeting with Mindful University Project Discussion
(Sponsored by Graduate Student Society)

Fri Mar 12 | 3:00 pm| Zoom Link

Our March GSS meeting will be next Friday (3/12) at 3:00. All students are welcome to attend! Please send any agenda items that you would like to discuss to by next Wednesday, March 10th. In addition to our typical GSS agenda, Jenifer Lee will be joining us from 3:00-3:30 pm to discuss the Mindful University Project.

See more upcoming events here.  


Vitrual Writing Retreat 
(Sponsored by UR Writing & myHub)

Mon - Wed Mar 15 -17 | Register here for the Virtual Writing Retreat

UR Writing is offering a virtual writing retreat March, 15-17! Space is limited to 15 participants.

The purpose of the UR Writing Retreat is to create an environment in which you can make excellent writing progress. Although the Retreat is virtual and we won't be gathering with snacks and coffee (as we did in the good old days!), we hope that it will provide a good structure - with goal setting, designated writing time, regular check-ins, and access to a writing consultant - that will allow you to write productively. Goal setting and accountability to other writers are key components of the Retreat. As a small reward for showing up, Retreat attendees will receive a Finger Lakes coffee voucher for each day they attend. Each day of the retreat attendance counts towards getting a free book on writing! (Trainees who attend 5 or more UR Writing events will be offered a choice of book on writing to receive as a gift!)

If you have any questions, please email Alina Denham at  or Julie Kittel-Moseley at

Diversity Statement Writing Workshop

Wed Mar 17 | 12:00 pm-1:15 pm | Register here to receive the Zoom link

Academic positions increasingly ask applicants to demonstrate how they have and will contribute to the equity and diversity values of the institution. But you can’t address your commitment in a document if you haven’t made that commitment in your teaching, research, and service. Join us for this workshop to explore the purpose of a diversity statement and to begin considering how to demonstrate your commitment. Co-led by Dr. Linda Macri and Dr. Blessing Enekwe. Attendees are encouraged to bring ideas or drafts of a diversity statement for discussion.

For accommodation requests please contact at least two business days prior to the event. 

6th GWIS Virtual Meeting: “Investing For Your Future”
(Sponsored by Graduate Women In Science)

Thrus Mar 18 | 12:00 pm-1:15 pm | Register here to receive the Zoom link

Invited Speaker: Igor Yurovskiy

J.P. Morgan Private Client Advisor, Senior Vice President-Investments, Chase Private Client, Pittsford, NY

Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat

Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) provides mentoring for the professional and personal development of all graduate women at the University of Rochester Medical Center and College of Arts and Sciences. Meetings tap into expertise and experience available at the Medical Center and College, and they also include presentations from outside guest speakers.

For accommodation requests please contact at least two business days prior to the event. 

See more upcoming events here.  


Remote Internship with the National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Association (NCOAA)

At the National Carbon Monoxide Awareness Association (NCOAA), we’re mobilizing, supporting, and uniting individuals and organizations to create a world that is no longer plagued by preventable carbon monoxide poisonings. Our work spans many areas: we’re advocating for policy change, facilitating research through collaborations with research universities, educating first responders and the public, developing new CO detector technologies, and creating national coalitions to tackle some big challenges. We have some ambitious goals, and we’re looking for similarly ambitious interns who are not only motivated, but also strive to make the world a better place.

This internship is 100% remote, meaning that you’ll have the ability to continue your graduate research while also working as an intern with us! You will also be working under the direct supervision of a previous URBEST trainee.

Candidates should possess strong writing abilities, meticulous attention to detail, and the capability to work effectively in a remote work environment.

We are looking for immediate hire. Hours are flexible and we will work around your schedule. While we prefer that you dedicate 6 months to working with us, we will consider 3 month internships for exceptional candidates.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and your CV. In your cover letter, please be sure to specify how many hours you can commit to working with us per week, what hours you anticipate being available (days, nights, weekends, etc.), and what programmatic areas you are most interested in (scientific communications, policy/legislation, research collaborations, and/or grant writing). Please forward your application materials to Briana Sleezer at


Senior Scientist at Allcyte GmbH- Job Code WSS212

In this position, you will have the unique opportunity to work at the forefront of translational cancer research, and push its boundaries beyond the realm of traditional cell line, organoid and animal models. You will apply cutting-edge high content microscopy and deep-learning driven image analysis to interrogate drug action all in the context of primary human tumor samples - and enable the development of the anticancer drugs of the future. The position is part of a highly interdisciplinary and dynamic team based in Vienna, Austria. At the same time, you will work with some of the top pharma and biotech companies in the world.

For more information please visit To apply please contact


2021 Edward Peck Curtis Awards for Excellence in Teaching by a Graduate Student
(Submission Deadline: March 12, 2021)

Purpose: Established to recognize graduate students who advance the academic mission of the University by providing highly skilled and innovative undergraduate instruction. This award serves to recognizes exemplary instruction by graduate students to undergraduate students in classroom and research settings.

Eligibility: Any full-time graduate student in the University who assists in teaching undergraduates. This definition includes graduate students who hold teaching appointments (teaching assistants and instructors), hold research appointments (research assistants or fellows), or are teaching undergraduates to fulfill degree requirements. Nominees are expected to have had significant face-to-face interaction with undergraduate (BA, BS) students in the classroom or in the research laboratory (service as a grader is not sufficient).

Amount of award: Estimated at $1000, may be higher

Awards given: Up to ten per year

Nominations: One graduate student per department may be nominated by a department or undergraduate student group.

Nominations must include: letter from the department chair, letter(s) from at least one other faculty member (preferably the faculty member who supervised the student's teaching either in the classroom or research setting)

Recommended supporting material includes:student course evaluations, samples of teaching materials developed by the nominee, a statement on teaching from the nominee

May be included as appropriate: supporting letters from undergraduate organizations or students

The strongest nominations show a commitment to the educational mission of the University, innovation in teaching and a positive impact on learning of undergraduates.

Deadline: Nomination packets should be sent to Gretchen Briscoe by Friday, March 12, 2021.

The winners will be selected by Melissa Sturge-Apple, Vice Provost and University Dean of Graduate Education. Those chosen for awards will be notified by early April, and Dean Sturge-Apple will present the award at an event in the home department.

The Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation
(Submission Deadline: March 15, 2021)

Apply today for this unique prize for research in neuromodulation.

The Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation is awarded for innovative research that modulates neural activity through physical (electrical, magnetic, optical) stimulation of targeted sites in the nervous system with implications for translational medicine. Established in 2016, the prize is awarded annually for outstanding research as described in a 1,500 word essay based on research performed in the past three years.

The winner is awarded US$25,000 and publication of his or her essay in the journal Science. The Grand Prize essay and that of the Runner-up are also published on Science Online.

Hear 2020 Grand Prize Winner Viviana Gradinaru and 2020 Finalist Guosong Hong describe their research and what it means to win this prize.

For complete information and details including How to Enter, Current Winners, Past Winners, and Latest News; please visit the Science Magazine Weblink for Science & Pins Prize for Neuromodulation.

POSTDOC Preview 2021- University of Michigan Medical School

For full information on, please visit

(Application Deadline: March 28, 2021)

Postdoc Preview is a recruiting event for upper-level graduate students in biomedical sciences who are keen to explore the extensive postdoctoral research and training opportunities at Michigan. During the virtual visit held May 10-14, 2021, candidates will interview with prospective mentors, network with current postdocs, and learn about life in Ann Arbor. Graduate students who expect to complete their Ph.D. research by December 2021 are highly encouraged to apply!


U of R Coronavirus Updates

The University has published a COVID-19 Resource Center site for graduate students and Postdocs where you can find the latest updates, questions and answers, a glossary of terms, and resources and support. Information Available on the Graduate Student and Postdoc Link includes: Latest Information, housing, paychecks, TA assignments, laboratory research, access to libraries, degree milestones, grades, and additional information for postdocs.

Campus Resource Links

Student Support Basic Needs Hub

All graduate students enrolled in a degree program who are in need of essential resources can now request support through the Student Support Basic Needs Hub. The hub—created to facilitate the connection between campus and community resources—provides urgent assistance for necessities such as food, clothing, housing, and access to academic tools. Assistance provided through the hub is not intended to replace or supplement current student financial aid and it does not need to be repaid.

Food Pantry

Food pantry orders placed for SMD, SON, and EIOH students will be available for pick-up on the first floor of Wilson Commons on Mondays and Thursdays between 3:00pm and 6:00pm, by reserving a pick-up time through the CCC request form. Orders will also be available for pick-up on Fridays between 3:30pm and 5:30pm in MRB, Lot 8 (the visitor parking lot at the corner of Elmwood and Kendrick); directly outside the SMD entrance.

Food Pantry Update: We are happy to announce that the wonderful staff at the Food Pantry have brought Goler House on as a 2nd pickup location. All users can utilize the Goler House location, where bags can be picked up from 9am-12pm or 1pm-4pm Monday through Friday. Users will still need to fill out the online grocery bag form as they have been doing. While pickup is Monday through Friday, due to the process for getting bags sent over to Goler House, orders will need to be placed in advance based on the schedule below. When bags are ready to be picked up users will be sent an email with pickup instructions.

Bag Pickup Day (Order Day)

Monday (Friday by 9am)

Tuesday (Monday by 9am)

Wednesday (Monday by 9am)

Thursday (Monday by 9am)

Friday (Thursday by 9am)


UR Connected Coach

Are you feeling stressed or overwhelmed? Homesick? Relationship problems? Not sleeping well? A UR Connected Coach can help! Here’s what you can expect:
Let’s chat! Sometimes you just need someone to listen, without judgement.

You’ll work with your UR Connected Coach to prioritize the next best steps to take.

Your coach will then connect you with the right on-campus or community resource to support your needs.

Our team of over 50 coaches have received specialized training in the areas of effective communication, helping students in distress, and suicide prevention. They are educated on all of the resources our campus has to offer, from academic support to navigating an off-campus therapy appointment to finding a program to improve your sleep habits.

To get started, complete the coach request form below, telling us a little about yourself and how we can best support you. We’ll use this information to match you up with a coach. You can expect and email within 24 – 48 hours (depending on the day of the week) introducing you to your coach so you can get started.

More information can be found at


Postdoc Game Night on March 5th

Fri Mar 5 | 6:00 pm | Register on the CCC- click here

Join us for a virtual game night on March 5th 6:00pm!

We have a variety of JackBox party packs and other games to choose from (Among Us, or any other suggestion) or just chat with your fellow postdocs.

To register for PDA events, join our group on CCC using your UR NetID login ( You can also use this group as a resource to ask questions, see announcements, and connect with other postdocs.

Each registered participant will receive a GrubHub discount code for this particular event, sponsored by SMD GEPA and PDA (please register at least two days in advance in order to process the GrubHub discount). Registration to this PDA event is open to UR postdocs only! If you wish to bring a friend or you are not a postdoc at U of R, please contact Christina or Jonathan for attendance.

Most of the games are web browser based and can be played on your computer or phone. If you wish to join us for a game of Among Us, please download and install the game Among Us free of charge from the Google Play or App Store on your phone. There will be a short introduction to each game (rules and how to play) at the beginning before we decide what we want to play. Depending on group size we might then split into breakout rooms and play different games.

Please let us know if you need accommodations, so we can choose the games we play accordingly. Many games can be played using the text chat function. For accommodation requests please contact at least three business days prior to the event.

Join the PDA Slack at

You can use this forum as a resource to ask questions, see announcements, and connect with other postdocs in general. It is a great way to get involved with postdocs from other fields as well as getting to know your peers. Join Today!!

Be Bold, Be Entrepreneurial Carpe Careers: By Adriana Bankston

Adriana Bankston offers advice on how to advance your career as an early-career scientist.

I really Dislike Negotiating, But.... Carpe Careers: By Joseph Barber

… whatever our circumstances, Joseph Barber writes, we should all negotiate for something as part of our next job offer.

NIH F-Series Grant Writing Workshop Series Recordings

The Path to [F]ellowship – Tips and Tools for Writing an NIH F30/31/32 

  • Part 1: Review the application process and details of grant preparation. Recording Link
  • Part 2: Work on Applicant Background & Goals and Biosketch writing. Recording Link
  • Part 3: How to write your Specific Aims page and Research Strategy. Recording Link

Second Graduate Workshop Recordings

This is just a reminder that the second workshop in the new collaboration between the UR Libraries, Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs and the Greene Center is coming up next week (announcement in @Rochester today).

The first workshop went very well, with up to 50 participants at some point. The recording is now available here:

Link to asynchronous activity: “Build Your Own Free Personal Academic Website” using the RCL Site Builder:


Need accommodations for any myHub or GEPA event?  Contact at least three business days prior to the event.


Submissions for the weekly Friday edition of OTE are due by Wednesday at noon. Please submit materials to Eric Vaughn at

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