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Vol 6, Issue 49 | Trainee News                                                             myHub Website  | myHub Event Calendar | myHub Twitter | OTE


IND 439: Leadership and Management for Scientists (Registration Open – Classes Begin on January 14th)

This spring 2 credit-hour course is directed by Eric Vaughn, myHub URBEST Career Services Director. IND439 is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists who wish to enhance their leadership and management skills. It will cover a range of topics, including project management, communication, budgeting skills, managing people, and many other topics to help this unique group of leaders and managers. This course focuses on human-centered strategies for leading effective teams in biomedical and health science academic environments that can also be translated into research-related careers. Through a series of interactive activities, reflective writing, self-assessment instruments, and group discussions, you will develop a repertoire of techniques for addressing issues that commonly arise within and between research groups.

Topics and Instructors include:

  • Building Your Support Network – Tracey Baas, Ph.D.
  • Managing People – Steve Dewhurst, Ph.D.
  • Communicating and Solving Conflict as a Leader – Jeff Lyness, M.D.
  • Teamwork and Collaboration – Edward Feldman
  • Strategic Planning – Katy Stevenson, MPP
  • Negotiating- Jodyi Wren, Masters, Higher Education
  • Overseeing Resources Effectively (Part I & II) – Jane Tolbert, Ph.D.
  • StrengthsFinder 2.0 (Part I & II)- Eric Vaughn, M.Ed.
  • Cultural Humility – Kristen Hocker, Ed.D.
  • Project Management With Teams – David Topham, Ph.D.
  • Interviewing: Selecting Teams – Dirk Bohmann, Ph.D.
  • Mindfulness Coaching- Sabrina Vogler, CPC, CEC, CGSS

Questions about the course or how to register?

Please contact or


Register for myHub URBEST Trainee Virtual Coffee Hour & Check-In by Friday, December 4th
(Sponsored by myHub)

This Event is on Fri Dec. 11 | 11:00 am -12:00pm | Virtual Event: Click here to register for this event and receive the Zoom Link

All URBEST trainees are invited to attend the fall virtual coffee hour to check-in. This will be an informal event to share upcoming event news, gather ideas for future programming, and answer questions that trainees have in regards to the myHub URBEST program.  If you have any questions prior to the event, please contact Eric Vaughn at Registered participants will receive $5.00 in Finger Lakes Coffee coupons for coffee and snacks. Please register by noon on Friday, December 4th to receive free coffee coupons.

Need accommodations? Contact at least three business days prior to the event.


Cocktails & Careers: Resumes

(Sponsored by the Gwen Greene Center and myHub)


Thurs. Dec. 10 | 5:00 pm -6:00pm | Virtual Event: Register for the event on Handshake


The Cocktails & Careers Event Series were created to make space for graduate students to learn quick snippets of career content with space to collaborate and socialize together. During the event career staff will cover 10-15 minutes of career content, then provide some time for Q&A. We will them provide space to work on the topic area with colleagues, and breakout rooms with activity and networking prompts. Join us for these casual sessions to learn more. Of course, cocktail recipes will be provided, bringing your own refreshments to the zoom room is encouraged but not required. The series is cosponsored by the AS&E GSA and SMD GSS.


In this session we will be covering the differences between a CV and resume. Talk about some basic tips and tricks for creating a resume, and then provide space for networking and collaborating on your resume.


If you require any disability-related accommodations, please contact David Cota-Buckhout ( ideally 5 days in advance of the event.


myHub URBEST Trainee Virtual Coffee Hour & Check-In

(Sponsored by myHub)


Fri Dec. 11 | 11:00 am -12:00pm | Virtual Event: Click here to register for this event and receive the Zoom Link


All URBEST trainees are invited to attend the fall virtual coffee hour to check-in. This will be an informal event to share upcoming event news, gather ideas for future programming, and answer questions that trainees have in regards to the myHub URBEST program.  If you have any questions prior to the event, please contact Eric Vaughn at Registered participants will receive $5.00 in Finger Lakes Coffee coupons for coffee and snacks.


Need accommodations?

Contact at least three business days prior to the event.



myHub URBEST Trainee Virtual Orientation for November 2020 Applicants (Date Changed)

(Sponsored by myHub)


New Date- Wed Dec. 16 | 12:00 pm -1:00pm | Virtual Event: Zoom Invite will be sent to all November 2020 Applicants


Save the date myHub URBEST November applicants for the upcoming myHub URBEST Trainee Virtual Orientation. Receive a full overview of the program and details on upcoming events, establishing your URBEST goals, and information on internship and other experiential learning opportunities.


Need accommodations? Contact at least three business days prior to the event.


See more upcoming events here.  



Intersections Science Fellow Symposium

(Application Deadline December 1, 2020 @ 11:59 pm)


The Intersections Science Fellows Symposium will showcase 25 selected Fellows’ research, and will build a support network for their long-term professional development and career in science through mentoring and workshops. This event is driven by almost 20 institutions (Yale University, Broad Institute, Harvard University, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, University of Pittsburgh, Whitehead Institute, UMass Med, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University, MIT, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Princeton University, Washington University in St. Louis, Columbia University, Meharry Medical College, Ragon Institute, Rockefeller University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine) and will offer exposure to postdocs aiming to transition to faculty positions.


Talented mid- to late postdocs, including those historically underrepresented backgrounds in science academia, are encouraged to apply. All postdocs currently in any U.S.lab, who are ready or almost ready to transition to a faculty position, are eligible to apply (no nationality requirements). Fields within the scope of this symposium include: genetics, genomics, developmental biology, cell biology, biophysics & biochemistry, neuroscience, immunobiology, microbiology, computational biology, and quantitative biology. Applications consist of a research statement (1 page), diversity statement (1 page), and a CV, by the December 1st, 2020 (11:59PM EST) deadline


This inaugural event will be virtual, open, and free for all to attend, and we encourage you and your colleagues to participate.


For more information about Intersections Science Fellows Symposium please click this link. 



RNA Presentation Contest, January 2021 

(Abstract Deadline: December 1, 2020 @ 12:00 pm)


The UR Center for RNA Biology is launching another exciting competition, sponsored by the RNA Society & Lexogen! Graduate students and post-docs who are interested in and working on RNA are welcome to apply.


Contestants will be chosen based on the scientific merit of their research abstract (500-words max, excluding title, including references). Presenters must submit their abstract by 12pm on December 1st to be considered for the oral competition. Submissions received after this time won’t be considered.


Three prizes of a one-year membership in the RNA Society plus $300 will be given to each of the three top oral presenters. Funds can be applied toward attending a research meeting or conference. Those who are already RNA Society members will be given membership for the following year.


Contestants for oral presentation will be selected by an anonymous panel of six faculty judges and two graduate student judges based on the scientific merit of their research abstract. Those selected for the oral competition will present a 2-min lay talk without slides followed by a 12-min slide presentation of their research, i.e. the topic of their abstract, and a 3-min Q&A session. Presentations will occur virtually on January 6th, 13th, and 27th during the usual Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics Seminar Series on Wednesdays at 2pm EST. There will be 3-4 presentations on each date (~20-min slots). Winners will be determined by the judges based on the quality of their lay and research presentations and their ability to address questions during the Q&A session.


As noted, abstracts must conform to the word limit and be emailed by noon on December 1st to Liz at


Oral contestants will be announced on December 10th.


Suicide Prevention Symposium: Mental Health in the Changing Higher Education Landscape 


Event will take place between December 1-10, 2020 | Full Schedule of Sessions

The New York State College Health Association (NYSCHA) is partnering with SUNY and the New York State Office of Mental Health to offer the virtual “Suicide Prevention Symposium: Mental Health in the Changing Higher Education Landscape” from December 1-10, 2020. The Symposium will include presentations, discussion groups, and networking sessions. 

The goal of the Suicide Prevention Symposium is to enhance knowledge and skills regarding suicide prevention and mental health for the college population. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the factors that put students at higher risk of suicide as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and to discuss suicide prevention strategies that colleges and universities can take to enhance the well-being of college students. 


We are offering CME, CHES, MCHES, and PsyCE credits. Credits are noted for each presentation on the full schedule of sessions. The registration fee is $25 ($40 if applying for CE credits) and $10 for full-time students. A grant through SUNY and the NYS Office of Mental Health will cover the registration fee for students. Everyone who is attending the Symposium should register. The link is on the NYSCHA Annual Meeting page. 


If you have questions, email


Food and Drug Administration (FDA)/National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Fellowship

(Application Deadline January 15, 2021)


The Translational Science Interagency Fellowship (TSIF) program is jointly sponsored by National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and aims to provide training in both translational science and regulatory science. The common goal of NCATS and the FDA is to bring safe and effective drugs, regimens and devices from the bench to the bedside as quickly and efficiently as possible. To that end, fellows will be trained in preclinical translational science, technology development, and regulatory research and review.  By combining training in translational science and research-related regulatory review, this program will enable fellows to build awareness of regulatory requirements into the early stages of medical product development, improving efficiencies in both the development and review processes. Fellows in this three-year program will develop skills of value to future careers in academia, the pharmaceutical industry and government.


Applications are due January 15, 2021, for an early September 2021 start date.


Please visit the website for more details on the TSIF format, timeline, fellowship components, eligibility requirements, curricula responsibilities, descriptions of projects and mentors, how to apply and where to send your questions and application.


More information on the UR Center for RNA Biology.

More information on The RNA Society.


Quality and Peer Review USA online workshop


Find out about peer review. Debate challenges to the system and reliability of research. Discuss the role of peer review for scientists and the public. 


Sense about Science's Quality and Peer Review USA workshop will take place online on Friday 4 December (14:30 GMT/09:30 EST). This half-day workshop is free and for STEM and social sciences early career researchers (PhD students, post-docs or equivalent in your first job) and clinical trainees/professionals in your first job. There will be opportunities to put your questions to experienced reviewers, journal editors and publishers.


This free online workshop will explore how peer review works, how to get involved, the challenges to the system, and the role of peer review in helping the public to evaluate research claims. Should peer review detect plagiarism, bias and fraud? What does peer review do for science and what does the scientific community want it to do for them? Should reviewers remain anonymous? Does it illuminate good ideas or shut them down?


Speakers include: Dr Bahar Mehmani, reviewer experience lead, Elsevier; Prof Neil H Shubin, associate editor, PNAS





U of R Coronavirus Updates

The University has published a Coronavirus Update 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.




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

Student-led Yoga Class

Sunday Mornings | 9:00 am | Zoom Event- Click here for Zoom Link to event


Energize your Sunday morning with a 9:00AM Morning Yoga Flow! The practice will be streamed live on Instagram or using the following  Zoom link: Brought to you by the Mindful University Project. 


Yoga Flow

Sunday Mornings | 11:00 am | Zoom Event- Click here for event registration information

This 60 minute yoga practice is truly for all levels because every pose can be modified or intensified. Flow moves one breath at a time, with intentional space for stillness; it’s mindfulness meditation in motion which means you will leave class with powerful strategies to help you navigate through daily stressors. Please bring your own yoga mat, towel and water. Sundays 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST in the Leibner Cooper Room. Visit the Goergen Athletic Center’s Group Fitness Class to REGISTER for this class each week. Class size limited to 17 people.


Virtual Meditation: For Students, By Students

Wednesday Evening | 10:30 pm | Zoom Event- Click here for Zoom link to event

Join Jenny Lee, class of 2023 and meditation facilitator for the Mindful University Project, for a virtual 20-minute meditation session each week. She will hold space on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m. for a bedtime meditation practice. Prior experience is not necessary.

Can’t make it live? Listen to our recorded meditation sessions, anywhere, anytime!


Zzzzs to As Online Sleep Challenge
The UHS Health Promotion Office offers this online program to help students calm the mind for a better night’s sleep. The 21-day challenge includes informational emails about sleep & diet, relaxation and mindfulness training as well as sleep logs and other helpful tracking tools. Registration is open and you can begin any time. To sign up, visit the registration page


EAT Mindfully Online Program
Challenge yourself each day to implement a new strategy to help you pay attention to what you eat and how you eat it. That could mean turning off the technology while you enjoy lunch, becoming more aware of when you’re hungry (and when you’re not), or feeling motivated to choose foods that are both satisfying and nourishing. This program is customized to YOU, so that you can make the changes you need to EAT Mindfully. Read more & register…



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!



PDA Leadership Openings

The Postdoc Association is seeking a Communications Officer and a Social Media Manager. If you are interested in either of these opportunities, please contact Melissa Polonenko at


myPostdoc Monthly: Biotech Entrepreneurship: From Postdoc to Founder

(sponsored by The National Postdoc Association)


Wed Dec. 2 | 1:00 pm ET | Please click on this link to register for the event


In the last several years, the rapid acceleration of science, decreasing costs of experiments, and increased funding for biotechnology companies has allowed scientists to leave academic labs and build their own startups. IndieBio is the world’s leading biotechnology accelerator and has helped build over 136 companies, across all areas of biotech, including food/agriculture, biopharma and healthcare, computational biology, regenerative medicine, neurotech, biomaterials, and climate change. We enable scientists to become entrepreneurs to build world-changing companies for planetary and human health. In this webinar, we will share how doctoral recipients and postdocs have built their own companies and how you can start your entrepreneurship journey too!


Jun Axup, Ph.D., is chief science officer and partner at IndieBio. She advises companies, runs program operations, makes investment decisions, and builds community. She holds a doctoral degree in chemical biology from The Scripps Research Institute and has worked at several startups in the fields of immuno-oncology, protein engineering, lab automation robotics, CRISPR, and precision medicine. She is passionate about increasing human healthspan/longevity, hacking brains, and solving climate change.


The Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Career Enhancement Award


Application Deadline December 7th @ 11:59pm | Click here for the online application


Announcing the PDA Career Enhancement Award!​ As part of the mission of the UR PDA, this award has been created to support the professional development of postdocs.​


Two AS&E postdocs and two SMD postdocs will each be awarded up to $600 to attend a conference, workshop, or networking event. In addition, allowable expenses include: attending courses or training (e.g. datacamp, NIH workshop), purchasing literature or articles, cost of software/program for supporting research that is not already available for free from the University of Rochester, and fees for publication or sharing datasets.


National Postdoc Association (NPA) Annual Conference


Online Registration Information: Click for Conference Fees, information and Registration


The NPA Annual Conference is virtual and open for registration! The 19th NPA Annual Conference, set for April 15-16, 2021, will be easy to join from across the nation or around the world. Attendees are provided with the opportunity to enhance their professional development and leadership skills. Register now for the largest educational conference and networking event dedicated to the postdoctoral community.


With the new virtual aspect of the Annual Conference, NPA is reopening its call for proposals (Dec 7, 2020 - Jan 15, 2021). Details to follow.




How to Share Your Expertise Throughout Your Career


Article from InsideHigherEd.Com, Carpe Careers. By Erica Gobrogge


Through public engagement, you can educate others as well as bolster your career, writes Erica Gobrogge. To determine which opportunities to pursue, consider a four-step approach.


How ‘Shark Tank’ Can Help Your Academic Career


Article from, Carpe Careers. By Genevieve P. Kanter


Genevieve P. Kanter shares lessons she's learned from the TV show about how scholars can focus their efforts on building a research program that is productive, valued and sustainable.



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