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Vol 8, Issue 19 | Trainee News                                             myHub Website  | myHub Event Calendar | myHub Twitter | OTE

This Weeks Events

Internship Information Session for SMD Trainees

Thurs May 12 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Hybrid Event (Participate In-Person or Over Zoom) In-Person: 2-7520 or Zoom

The information session will focus on:

  • Why you should consider an internship as part of your career exploration
  • Benefits of conducting an internship
  • How to locate and line up an opportunity that matches your goals
  • myHub requirements to access funding opportunities for internships
  • Next steps post program
     

Graduate Student Society Meeting

Fri May 13 | 4:00pm | Hybrid Event- Class of '62 Auditorium (G-9425) or Zoom link

All graduate students are welcome to attend. If you have any items you would like to discuss, please send them to our President David Delemos at David_Delemos@urmc.rochester.edu by Thursday, May 12th 2022.

Zoom Meeting ID: 996 5306 7352 | Zoom Passcode: 296600

Upcoming Events

33rd Annual Genetics Day

Mon May 16 | 9:30am- 4:00pm | Class of '62 Auditorium and Sarah Flaum Atrium

Schedule:

9:30 a.m. - Welcome by Michael Welte, PhD;
 

9:40 – 10:05 a.m. - Sina Ghaemmaghami, PhD Department of Biology

“The influence of the ribosome on co-translational protein folding
 

10:05 – 10:30 a.m. - Anne Meyer, PhD

Department of Biology

“Opticoli: Self-assembled bacterial microlenses for optical applications”
 

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. - Student Presenter 1
 

10:45 – 11:00 a.m. - Student Presenter 2
 

11:00 -11:30 a.m. - Coffee Break
 

11:30 – 11:55 a.m. - Ruth Serra-Moreno, PhD

Department of Microbiology and Immunology

“How does SARS-CoV-2 generate replication organelles?”
 

11:55 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. - Thu Le, MD

Department of Medicine

“GSTM1 in kidney disease:  from the bench to the clinic and dining table”
 

12:30 – 2:30 p.m. - Poster Session, Flaum Atrium
 

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. - 19th Annual Fred Sherman Lecture: Keynote Speaker - Peter Walter, PhD

SVP & Institute Director, Altos Labs - Bay Area Institute of Science

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, UCSF

Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics

“Targeting the Cell’s Stress Pathways for Therapeutic Benefit”
 

4:00 p.m. - Poster Award Ceremony

Internship Opportunities

UR Ventures Technology Graduate Licensing Assistant (Internship)

Job Summary:

In collaboration with UR Ventures Licensing Managers, the Technology Licensing Assistant (TLA) will review incoming inventions, perform market research, and brief the Licensing Managers about the technology and its applications. TLA will recommend and pursue licensing opportunities for specific technologies.
 

Essential Functions:

1. Review and analyze incoming invention disclosures, patent applications and patents.

2. Perform market studies and patent analyses on invention disclosures; formulate and execute a plan to obtain feedback from industry leaders to assess commercial viability of the invention.

3. Prepare filing recommendations for Licensing Managers to review.

4. Draft non-confidential summaries of submitted inventions for marketing and formulate and execute marketing plan.

5. Perform industry research on licensing terms which arise during license negotiations.

6. Execute docket activities as directed by Licensing Managers.

7. Manage and guide the efforts of undergraduate interns.
 

Non-Essential Functions:

1. Review the docket and suggest action items during docket meetings on open patent prosecution activities.

2. Review license drafts and make internal suggestions on negotiating strategy relative to active license negotiations.

3. Review sponsored research agreement drafts and make internal recommendations on the IP terms during review of sponsored research agreements.
 

Job Requirements:

  • Pursuing a graduate degree in a STEM field
  • 1-2 years of experience in marketing, technology commercialization or licensing
  • 1-2 years of graduate level research in STEM field
  • Demonstrated communication and human relations skills; and a commitment to provide excellent customer service required
  • Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description

Please review the full description and contact information to apply at https://rochester.box.com/s/5ul39e4kvgxf76xhy60tgij9lk0810uu.

Happening Now

Career Development Writing Club “K-Club” RedCAP Questionnaire

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers Research Career Development awards to provide training opportunities to postdoctoral appointees who want to advance their research careers.

myHub within Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA) will host a “K-Club”, which will serve as a peer writing support group for individuals interested in writing applications for K awards. University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) postdoctoral appointees interested in submitting applications for K awards are welcome to attend.

“K-Club” efforts will focus on development of the research strategy (inclusive of the Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation, and Approach), as well as the other application sections of the different K awards (Candidate Section, Environment and Institutional Commitment to Candidate Section, Budget, Biosketch, etc). 

Applicants will have the opportunity to improve their grant writing skills via peer review with oversight by the Director of Writing Services and Training Grant Development, Dr. Elaine Smolock. Participants will be partnered with a peer(s) in advance to the respective “K-Club” meetings (it may/may not be the same peer for each meeting). Participants will be expected to complete a draft of the scheduled application section in advance of each session, exchange with their peer partner(s), and complete a review of their peer’s work PRIOR to the “K-Club” session. After providing feedback on each other’s work during the meeting, the peer partners will then present and share their findings with the broader “K-Club” group. 

Below is a proposed schedule of the topics to be addressed at each “K-Club” meeting over the course of 8 sessions. Each session is devoted to a part of that grant section.

NOTE: For Fall 2022 submissions, we anticipated that K-club will start in July 2022.

Here is a proposed schedule of the topics to be addressed at each “K-Club” meeting:

Session 1: Specific Aims

Session 2: Significance, Innovation

Session 3: Research Approach

Session 4: Research Approach

Session 5: Candidate Section

Session 6: Candidate Section

Session 7: Biosketch

Session 8: Budget and Environment and Institutional Commitment to Candidate
 

If you would like to take part in myHub’s “K-Club,” please proceed with completing this short survey: https://is.gd/Kclub  

Please complete the survey by May 27th.

Postdoctoral Association News & Opportunities

Invitation to the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

The PDA is meeting every first Friday of the month at 4pm to discuss postdoc affairs. All postdocs are welcome to attend and voice their opinions, share their thoughts, and help shape the PDA. We have a 30 min agenda followed by pizza social and open discussion. Location is alternating between SMD and River Campus with an option to Zoom in – keep an eye out for PDA emails with meeting details. Grab a slice and let us know what the PDA can do for you! Check out the PDA webpage for a full list of events and other information at https://ccc.rochester.edu/pda/home/. Email us at urpostdocs@gmail.com.

Connect with other postdocs on our PDA Slack

We’ve created a Slack space as social networking platform for our postdocs at U of R. You can use the PDA Slack as a resource to ask questions, contact PDA officers, see announcements, share your ideas and input or raise awareness to postdoc issues. It is a great way to get involved with postdocs from other fields as well as getting to know your peers. Join today
 

Connect with other postdocs on our PDA Slack

We’ve created a Slack space as social networking platform for our postdocs at U of R. You can use the PDA Slack as a resource to ask questions, contact PDA officers, see announcements, share your ideas and input or raise awareness to postdoc issues. It is a great way to get involved with postdocs from other fields as well as getting to know your peers. Join today!

 

Join the UR Postdoc Buddy Program

Have questions about postdoc life at U of R? Just arrived in Rochester and need advice? We know that starting a new postdoc can be isolating, but the UR Postdoc Association can help! Let us know your school and department through this short survey, and we’ll match you up with a more senior buddy who can answer your questions about being a postdoc at U of R.

Already here and interested in becoming a buddy for an incoming postdoc? Sign up here and we’ll get you connected.

Share your Postdoc Successes with US

Have you received an award, published a scientific paper or writing piece, received research funding, or experienced other successes in the past 6 months? If so, we want to know about it and feature your accomplishments! Please click here to provide more details.
 

Share your Postdoc Successes with US

Have you received an award, published a scientific paper or writing piece, received research funding, or experienced other successes in the past 6 months? If so, we want to know about it and feature your accomplishments! Please click here to provide more details.

 

Employment Opportunity at Temple University Hiring for Epi Instructional Faculty Positions

Temple University is looking for two full-time instructional faculty to work in the Depatment of Epidemiology and Biostatistics to teach undergraduate and graduate courses starting August 2022. Link to job posting HERE.
 

Upcoming Events With the National Postdoctoral Association:

Acing Academic Job Interviews

Tues May 10 | 2:00pm ET | Information and Registration Link

Whether you’ve just started your postdoc or you’re searching for your next opportunity, this panel session will provide insight and strategies into navigating the academic hiring process. Attendees will learn tips from early career faculty members for successful academic job interviews and the transition to faculty positions.

This webinar is held in partnership with LS-PAC MODELS Center
 

Postdoc Preview (Sept. 15-17, 2022)

Postdoc Preview is a three-day competitive program that provides selected applicants the opportunity to visit VAI to learn about our postdoc training opportunities, meet one-on-one with our internationally recognized faculty and explore our extensive scientific resources.

  • VAI will provide transportation, lodging and meals for selected applicants. We also are pleased to offer family care grants for those caring for children or other family members.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be current graduate students at U.S. institutions who anticipate beginning a postdoc by January 2024. Individuals who identify as members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
  • Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 1.
  • More information and the application may be found here.
     

Cancer Epigenetics Training program (funded by a National Cancer Institute T32 award)

  • Offers cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research training in structural and functional aspects of epigenetics, complemented by state-of-the-art Core Technologies and Services, unique professional development activities, and integration with established translational research programs and partnerships led by VAI investigators.
  • Prepares postdocs to become independent research leaders in the field of cancer epigenetics.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be near completion of a Ph.D., M.D. or other appropriate terminal degree Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Individuals who identify as members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • More information and the application can be found here.

Fellowships & Postdoc Recruitment

Inspire Fellowship

  • Supports postdocs who identify as members of underrepresented racial or ethnic groups as they finish preparing to be independent research leaders in academia or industry.
  • Provides $50,000 per year toward the Inspire Fellow’s salary, which starts at $57,200. Support is renewable for up to two additional years (so three years total).
  • Inspire Fellows form a cohort that meets for monthly professional development events.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be within 12 months of completing a Ph.D., M.D. or other appropriate terminal degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who identify as members of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group as defined by NIH.
  • Application opens on Aug. 1 and closes on Oct. 31.
  • More information and the application can be found here.

 

Virtual Postdoc Recruitment Event with Dr. Struan Grant

Integrating GWAS findings with 3D Genomics to reveal high value targets to pursue

Thurs May 19 | 11:00am – 12:00pm EDT | Register here

Dr. Grant has  multiple postdoctoral fellowship opportunities within his lab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Dr. Grant’s work primarily focuses on complex disease, specifically in relation to pediatrics. The isolation of genes in complex phenotypes in adults utilizing high-throughput genotyping technology has been impeded by interaction with strong environmental factors. Distillation of the genetic component in complex traits should be easier to determine in children, where the relatively short period of their lifetime limits the impact of environmental exposure.
 

Postdoc Preview (Sept. 15-17, 2022)

Postdoc Preview is a three-day competitive program that provides selected applicants the opportunity to visit VAI to learn about our postdoc training opportunities, meet one-on-one with our internationally recognized faculty and explore our extensive scientific resources.

  • VAI will provide transportation, lodging and meals for selected applicants. We also are pleased to offer family care grants for those caring for children or other family members.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be current graduate students at U.S. institutions who anticipate beginning a postdoc by January 2024. Individuals who identify as members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
  • Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. ET on July 1.
  • More information and the application may be found here.

 

Cancer Epigenetics Training program (funded by a National Cancer Institute T32 award)

  • Offers cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research training in structural and functional aspects of epigenetics, complemented by state-of-the-art Core Technologies and Services, unique professional development activities, and integration with established translational research programs and partnerships led by VAI investigators.
  • Prepares postdocs to become independent research leaders in the field of cancer epigenetics.
  • Eligibility: Applicants must be near completion of a Ph.D., M.D. or other appropriate terminal degree Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Individuals who identify as members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
  • More information and the application can be found here.

 

UR WRITING Trainee Group in SMD

Seeking New Members and Individuals Interested in Joining UR Writing

Scientific writing is the cornerstone of success in academia. UR Writing is a trainee-led program that aims to provide comprehensive writing support for URMC graduate students and postdocs. Through this program, we hope to help our fellow trainees become productive and prolific writers and to succeed academically and professionally.

For more information please complete the UR Writing General Interest Form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdylNyl6fpLyh1ZVanvFRAR9wGR9UtK9aIDeYv9BgYqk7Nxww/viewform or contact Mariah Kahwaji at mariah_kahwaji@urmc.rochester.edu.

 

Travel Awards

Medical Faculty Council University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Student/Trainee Travel Awards 2022 Request for Applications (RFA)

The Medical Faculty Council wishes to announce travel awards to support University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry (URSMD) medical student, graduate student, post-doctoral trainee, clinical resident, and clinical fellow presentations at meetings of national organizations. Four travel reimbursement awards of up to $500 will be given this funding cycle (two for clinical research and two for basic sciences research). Attendance at these meetings can be either virtual or in-person. This award is best suited to advanced students for whom conference attendance can be expected to have the largest career impact. The most competitive applications will thus be from presenting authors (either poster or platform presentations) who are in mid- to late stages of their education experience, as opposed to early students and middle authors.

Eligible applications for the current cycle are for travel between March 1, 2022 and August 31, 2022

Submission Deadline: May 13, 2022, at 6 pm

For full details and application, please download the application at this following link: https://rochester.box.com/s/lo5bzhcgsgrddxt48d445jiaej17u2qq
 

myHub Travel Award (Application now OPEN)

myHub is sponsoring a travel award for Master and Ph.D. students and postdoctoral appointees in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. The award is intended to help build skills, learn new techniques or explore career pathways relevant to for current or future career endeavors. myHub will present a $1500 award to a Master level, Ph.D. level, and Postdoctoral Appointee respectively.

Eligibility:

  • In-person and virtual experiences are eligible for 2022-23 academic year.
  • Graduate student (Master or PhD level) or postdoctoral appointee within the School of Medicine & Dentistry.
  • Award application must be applied to opportunities between June 1, 2022 and May 31, 2023.
  • Postdocs are not eligible to win both the myHub Travel Award and Postdoctoral Association Travel and Development Awards within the same academic year.
  • Prior myHub Travel Award (formerly CPD Travel Award) winners are not eligible.
     

Individuals awarded must provide a one-page follow-up summary about the professional development experience within one month of the opportunity to be included on the myHub blogpost webpage.

Application Deadline: Friday, May 27, 2022 by 12:00 p.m. Note: All applications must include a CV and budget proposal.

Award winners must submit receipts for reimbursement to the GEPA Office by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2023.
 

APPLY: myHub Travel Award RedCap Form – Application now OPEN

Link to Apply: myHub Travel Award RedCap Form - https://redcap.link/53nxshoc

Questions please contact myHub@urmc.rochester.edu.

Wellness

Yoga & Other Mindfulness Offerings

  • Peer-Led Yoga on Mondays at 5:30 PM
  • Zumba on Tuesdays at 5:30 PM
  • Iyengar Yoga on Thursdays from 4-5 and 6-7 PM
  • Labyrinth Walks
  • Zen Meditation Group on Tuesdays… and more!

To look at our list of offerings and to register for classes, visit our calendar here. Note: all Goergen Athletic Center classes end on May 12th.

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