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Opportunities to Explore - Oct 18 - Oct 22, 2021

Vol 7, Issue 41 | Trainee News                                                        myHub Website  | myHub Event Calendar | myHub Twitter | OTE


UR Writing Retreat

Mon - Wed Oct 18 - 20 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm| Event Details & Registration

The purpose of the UR Writing Retreat is to create an environment in which you can make excellent writing progress. 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! Please see details and register here if you're interested. Space is limited to 15 participants.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Smolock at: Need accommodations? Contact at least three business days prior to the event.

Best Practices For Competitive Grant Applications: NIH Funding for Research & Career Development Activities Wed Oct 20 | 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm| Event Details & Registration

Topics Addressed in Detail:

  1. Funding priorities of Federal agencies that support biomedical research, including the NIH and other Dept. of Health and Human Services agencies (e.g., AHRQ, HRSA), Dept. of Defense, National Science Foundation, Dept. of Agriculture.
  2. Types of research funding mechanisms (e.g., grants, cooperative agreements, contracts); including those that provide comprehensive costs for a research project (e.g., R01) and those that provide funding for pilot studies (e.g., R21, R03). Details on the individual components of an NIH research grant application, as well as best practices and approaches for completing each component vis a vis the review criteria.
  3. Types and the different missions of NIH’s career development programs (e.g., K01, K08, K23, K24, K25). Details on the individual components of an NIH career development grant application, as well as best practices and approaches for completing each component vis a vis the review criteria.
  4. NIH review processes specific for the different types of funding programs (e.g., research and career development applications); including the role of NIH Institutes and Study Section review panels, deadlines, scoring system, Impact Scores, review criteria, and the allowed number of applications.
  5. Methods to identify the full range of investigator-specific funding agencies and programs that are appropriate for the investigator’s individual research interests and career level and goals; including implementing automatic systems to receive timely, comprehensive and relevant information.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Smolock at: Need accommodations?  Contact at least three business days prior to the event.


U.S. Immigration and Visas in the Age of COVID

Wed Oct 20 | 1:00 pm | Event Details & Registration

This webinar will discuss visa and immigration issues that have come to the fore during COVID. This will include a discussion on the administrative and procedural changes within United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during the pandemic as well as the current state of play in international travel. We will also discuss how the immigration landscape has changed with regards to the different visas that are applicable to the postdoctoral community and describe how international postdocs can navigate the different avenues in front of them as they determine the next career path to explore. This will also entail a discussion over how best to utilize the different options that may be available to them in exploring U.S. permanent residency and how they may be able to apply their professional credentials and attributes to strengthen their application when the time is right.

Career Story with Kaisha Gonzalez, Ph.D., MB (ASCP)CM: “From Academia to Industry: Shifting your mindset for a Successful Transition”

Mon Oct 25 | 1:15 pm – 2:15 pm | Event Details & Registration

Dr. Gonzalez, a Principal Infectious Disease Scientist, working for Scientific Affairs at DiaSorin Molecular, will share her experience and expertise in the infectious Disease Diagnostic Field. She is excited to share her journey, the challenges, and the common myths that might be holding you back from having a successful career in the industry.

For more information, please visit the Handshake Program Information here  for more details on our program

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

Resume Writing Workshop: Translating academic experience to non-academic professions

Wed Oct 27 | 11:00 am-12:00 pm | Event Details & Registration

How is a resume different from a CV? What should I include in my resume? What is a targeted resume? What tools and resources should I use to help me develop my resume? Learn what goes into your resume and how to set yourself apart from other candidates, join us in-person at the UR SMD: 1-9525 & 1-9535 Combined Northeastern Room or over zoom!

Objectives that will be covered:

  1. Review the differences between a curriculum vitae (CV) and a resume
  2. Learn about the common sections utilized in a resume
  3. Understand the content to be shared within your resume and how it should align with the use
  4. Discuss the stages of resume writing: Preparation, Format, Content, and Evaluation
  5. Translate your academic experience and language to what is being sought out in Industry/Government/Not-For-Profit Sectors

This event is a collaboration between the Greene Center and myHub.

Need accommodations? Contact at least three business days prior to the event. For more information on the program please visit here.

Unconscious Bias and Its Impact on Our Academic Environments

Wed Oct 27 | 11:30 am-1:30 pm | Event Details & Registration

An introduction to the concept of unconscious bias and strategies for reducing bias in the workplace.

Leaving Academia: A Practical Guide with Dr. Christopher Caterine

Thurs Nov 4 | 3:30 pm-4:45 pm | Event Details & Registration

An estimated ninety-three percent of graduate students in the humanities and social sciences won’t get a tenure-track job, yet many still assume that a tenured professorship is the only successful outcome for a PhD. With the academic job market in such crisis, this lecture from PhD and former academic Christopher Caterine helps grad students and academics in any scholarly field find satisfying careers beyond higher education. From the research he did for his book Leaving Academia, Chris offers invaluable advice to visiting and adjunct instructors ready to seek new opportunities, to scholars caught in “tenure-trap” jobs, to grad students interested in non-academic work, and to committed academics who want to support their students and contingent colleagues more effectively.

Please visit the Event link in Handshake for more information here.

PhD Workshop: Practical Steps for Leaving Academia

Fri Nov 5 | 1:00 pm-2:15 pm | Event Details & Registration

You may have heard that a PhD prepares you for anything and that a perfect job awaits you outside the academy. But how do you find suitable roles and convince others that you’re the right person to fill them? This workshop will lead you through the practical steps of identifying your strengths, using information interviews to explore new careers, and translating your experience for non-academic employers. You will leave the session with the skills to continue exploring diverse professional paths and a checklist of actions to keep momentum going over the coming months.Please visit the Event link in Handshake for more information here.

Teaching Fundamentals:  Tools to Demystify Course Planning and Assessment

Thurs Nov 18 | 11:30 am-1:00 pm | Event Details & Registration

Learn how to set learning objectives, build course plans, and assess learning. Participants will have time to develop sample course maps, test blueprints, sample rubrics, and assessment tracking maps to document progress for student learning as well as track their own teaching accomplishments.


The UCC will offer drop-in groups for all U of R Students during the month of October focusing on the following themes:

Drop-in Group Theme

Date & Time

Link and Meeting ID

Test Anxiety/ Panic Management

Thursdays at 2pm

10/21 and 28

Meeting ID: 997 0631 5524

Emotional Wellness 

Monday at 5 on

10/18 and 25

Meeting ID: 946 5888 1031

International Student Support

Tuesday at 2pm

10/ 28

Meeting ID: 912 9403 3796

Resolving Conflict

Fridays @ 2pm

10/22 and 29

Meeting ID: 937 5306 3392

Our Healing Breath

*For students of Color, led by Clinicians of Color.


Thursdays @ 6pm

10/21 and 28

Meeting ID: 918 4800 2486


Supporting Student Mental Health Workshops

The Mindful University Project is excited to announce that they are continuing to offer Supporting Student Workshops throughout this academic year! Join Tricia Shalka, an Assistant Professor at the Warner School and Michael Siembor, UCC Staff Psychologist, as they continue to hold a dialogue on topics pertinent to student-facing faculty on trauma-informed pedagogy and supporting students’ mental health during COVID. These workshops will be held from 12-1 PM on October 21st and 27th via Zoom.

Relax and Renew Retreat

On October 30th, 2021, the Mindful University Project will be holding their Relax and Renew Retreat! Held on the River Level of the            Interfaith Chapel, participants will experience four hours of noble silence while engaging in a variety of contemplative practices including:

  • Breath Awareness Meditation
  • Gentle yoga
  • Mindful walking
  • Dharma talks (a lesson about the practice of mindfulness in everyday life)

Retreats are co-facilitated by certified Koru Mindfulness teachers and a UCC staff psychologist in attendance for individual support. Prior meditation experience is not necessary to participate. Please bring a yoga mat if you have one, and dress comfortably. Retreats are free of charge and open to all students, faculty, or staff members of the University community.

Here is more  information regarding registering for Koru mindfulness classes:

Welcome to Koru! During this class you will be introduced to the practice of mindfulness and learn several skills, including meditation for managing stress and enriching your life. Mindfulness is about developing the ability to be fully attentive to all the moments of your life, reducing the amount of time you spend worrying about the future or fretting about the past. An important aspect of mindfulness is developing a non-judgmental, accepting, even curious, attitude about your moment-to-moment experience.  The more you develop this attitude, the less you will feel overwhelmed by changes and challenges in your life.

Koru is designed to introduce you to the practice of mindfulness and get you well on your way to developing this important skill. Like learning any new skill, it takes practice to get comfortable with mindfulness. We invite you to devote yourself to the study and practice of mindfulness over the next four weeks, and we challenge you to stay curious about what evolves for you as you persistently and patiently practice living mindfully.


Adjunct Teaching Opportunity @ RIT

  • Are you interested in gaining teaching experience?
  • Are you interested in expanding your professional skill set?
  • Are you interested promoting scientific knowledge in curious students?
  • Are you interested in earning ~$3,000?
  • Do you have your M.S. and/or PhD?

The Gosnell School of Life Sciences at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) are seeking laboratory instructors for several of our spring courses including General Biology II, Tissue Culture and Molecular Biology. Laboratory sessions meet once per week, for approximately 2.5-3 hours. We do not expect new laboratory instructors to create curriculum or develop new projects; we have that all worked out! We need good scientist to help implement our laboratory exercises and work with our students during these weekly sessions. You would have to do some grading, of course, but would also be provided resources and help along the way!

Laboratory sessions will be in-person and masking will be required for all instructors and students (our current policy). Laboratory sizes vary, depending on the room and the specific course, but range between 16-24 students. We understand you already have a full-time commitment to your research during the day, so are seeking graduate students/post-doctoral fellows for evening laboratory sessions (5-8pm or 6-9pm).

If you are hired as an adjunct faculty, you would appear as an “instructor of record” for the lab section and would have access to your course evaluations. These, along with your teaching experience, could be useful attributes for a future job search.

Our Spring semester runs Monday January 10th through Monday April 25th. Spring break is March 6-13th.

If you are interested in being considered for a position, please send a short email and your CV to or


Build your CV and Demonstrate Broader Impact

Do you want to build your CV and Demonstrate Broader Impact? Help undergraduates learn about biology research at U of R! Become a Mentor or Program Facilitator.

Mentorship Program in Biology

You would be matched with a student to meet with once a week for one semester. Meetings can be remote or in person. You would teach about your research, as well as answer questions about professional development and finding research opportunities.

Would you be willing to serve as a program facilitator? The (UR)2 Mentorship Program is seeking Ph.D. students who are passionate about improving access to undergraduate research opportunities to join the program administration team. You can indicate interest using the comments section of the sign-up sheet. For more information, please visit or contaction Krsita Pipho at


myPostdoc Monthly: Science Policy Opportunities for Postdocs: AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships

Are you interested in the intersection of your work or research with policy? Wondering what it’s like to be a policy fellow, and how it might affect your career trajectory? Join us for a conversation with postdocs-turned-AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellows (STPF)!

During this one-hour session you’ll:

  • Learn about the AAAS S&T Policy Fellowships program and the 250+ scientists and engineers who spend a year contributing to policy across the federal government.
  •  Meet several STPF fellows and learn how their year in Washington expanded their skills, knowledge and networks.
  • Break into groups for more personal conversation with the fellows.

Leave this session knowing what it’s like to be an STPF fellow, with additional science policy resources, and with tips for applying to this year’s application cycle. To learn more and register here

The PDA is actively looking for new PDA executive members in all officer positions!

This is your chance to get involved and make a difference!

We are always happy to welcome new volunteers to our board that help us plan and organize social events, keep our website up to date and communicate through our social channels, identify needs of the postdoc community and implement change. You will be rewarded with being part of a great and fun team, improvement of your leadership and project management skills, meaningful connections to University leadership and contacts in academia and industry. Whether you’re the born leader and like to manage a team, you’re communicative and are interested in outreach, you love event management, you’d like to be an influencer and are social media addicted, you’re a hobby webmaster, you’re creative and do cool flyer designs, you’re a writer and want to contribute to a blog or newsletter, or you just like to help out wherever you can, we would be happy to have you in our team!

Please join our CCC group ( ) and reach out to us to get involved!

Next general PDA meeting Nov 5, 12:30 PM (Zoom link will be distributed through our mailing list).


Connect with ORISE … on the GO!  

Looking for internships, fellowships or research opportunities? The ORISE GO mobile app helps you stay engaged, connected and informed during your ORISE experience – from application, to offer, through your appointment and even as an ORISE alum!

Use ORISE GO to:

  • Search and apply for internships, fellowships and research opportunities
  • Manage applications and accept offers in Zintellect
  • Receive important program notifications and information
  • Learn about exclusive ORISE educational and professional development events
  • Enhance your skills with ORISE Learn online modules
  • Access a variety of STEM professional development resources
  • Plus, much more!

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) Membership Available

Did you know that the University has joined the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD) as an Institutional Member? 

The NCFDD is an independent faculty development center dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers, and the Institutional Membership provides all faculty, postdocs, and grad students with access to NCFDD’s member resources.

As an Institutional Member, you have access to the following resources at no cost to you:

  • Weekly Monday Motivator
  • Monthly Core Curriculum Webinars
  • Monthly Guest Expert Webinars
  • Access to Multi-Week Courses
  • Access to Dissertation Success Curriculum for graduate students
  • Access to 14-Day Writing Challenges
  • Private Discussion Forum for peer-mentoring, problem-solving, & moderated writing challenges
  • Monthly accountability buddy matches
  • Access to the Member Library that includes past webinar materials, referrals, and readings

We encourage you to claim your membership by going to  Once you complete the registration process and receive the “welcome email” from NCFDD, you can register for an upcoming training including the “Every Summer Needs A Plan” or “Moving from Resistance to Writing” webinars.

We’re excited to offer our faculty, postdocs, and graduate students with the opportunity to participate in NCFDD’s unique form of mentoring and career development, and sincerely hope that you will register for this amazing resource.

If you have any questions about our institutional membership, please email the University of Rochester’s Office of Equity and Inclusion at and include the subject line “NCFDD assistance”.  If you have any technical questions, please email NCFDD at


Join the PDA on CCC at 

You can use the PDA group 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

myPostdoc Monthly: Insurance 101

Wed Oct 6 | 1:00 pm (ET) | Workshop Information and Registration LInk

Accessing care through the U.S. healthcare system can seem like a daunting, mountainous task. After all, we fear the unknown. In fact, a recent survey shows that only four percent of Americans truly understand the key components of their health insurance and how they impact their out-of-pocket costs, and for international postdocs, the statistic is undoubtedly even lower. Join us for an informative webinar where we will discuss those unfamiliar concepts and terms you may have come across when looking at health insurance benefit summaries or speaking with healthcare professionals. Fortunately, when armed with a bit of knowledge and understanding, accessing care seems like less of a mountain and more of a molehill.

Postdoc Buddy Program

The UR PDA is starting a postdoc buddy program to assist with new postdoc orientation and help build a stronger better-connected research community. We are looking for actively looking for volunteers to help in this process.

Please sign-up using the Google form found here.


Eli Lilly Visiting Scientist Fellowship 2022-2023 - Recruitment Information

Eli Lilly is officially recruiting for the 2022-2023 Eli Lilly and Company (Lilly) Visiting Scientist Fellowship (VSF) program. Eligible PharmD, MD and relevant MS and PhD candidates may request a screening interview from Sep. 20th to Oct. 13th. The flyer for Part 1 and Part 2 of our webinar series and an abbreviated brochure of functional areas recruiting for the 2022-2023 VSF cohort, are attached in this email. A detailed brochure including information on specific positions will be released soon. 

Link to request a Screening Interview:

Link to register for the VSF webinar series:

Link to Lilly VSF website:


Resources Available Year-Round


Preparing for Trends in the Academic Job Market Carpe Careers: By Brian J Rybarczyk and Meredith Jeffers

Brian Rybarczyk and Meredith Jeffers review how the events of the past year have changed the market and how you can ready yourself to put forth a competitive application.

Pull vs. Push Carpe Careers: By Derek Attig

When asked in job interviews why you’re leaving academe, talk less about what’s driving you away and more about what’s attracting you toward something new, advises Derek Attig.


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


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