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Opportunities to Explore - Oct 4 - Oct 8, 2021

Vol 7, Issue 39 | Trainee News                                                        myHub Website  | myHub Event Calendar | myHub Twitter | OTE


myHub Patent Law Career Alumni Panel- “ Exploring careers working with intellectual property”

Wed Oct 6 | 11:00 am-12:00 pm | Event Details & Zoom Link

What is a patent agent, patent attorney, and patent counsel?  What does the work look like within the patent law field? How do I prepare for work with intellectual property during my Ph.D.? Explore the career path of patent law with Drs. Block, Childs, and Shankar.

Panelists include:

  • Olivia Block, Ph.D., Patent Agent with Troutman Pepper
  • Carissa Childs, Ph.D., J.D., Patent Attorney with Troutman Pepper
  • Neel Shankar, Ph.D., J.D., Patent Counsel for Biomedicines with Eli Lilly and Company

Zoom Link Registration:

Need accommodations? Contact  at least three business days prior to the event. Questions about this event, please email

Career Story with Liz Wilson, Ph.D. – “ Applying fundamental immunology to drive transformative drug discovery”

Thurs Oct 7 | 1:30 pm-2:30 pm | CEL Classroom, 2-7536

Liz is currently working at Pfizer’s Centers for Therapeutic Innovation and she will share her career story in pharmaceutical R&D and discuss the transition from academia to industry.

Event co-sponsored by UR SMD Alumni Relations. “Grab and Go Dessert” for all trainees who register (link below) for event on Handshake by Monday, October 4th. Handshake Program Information: .

Need accommodations? Contact  at least three business days prior to the event. Questions about this event, please email

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Other Resources to Support University Technology Commercialization

Fri Oct 8 | 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm | URMC, Class of ’62, G-9425

You will receive a quick update about SBIR/STTR programs, trends and funding opportunities; obtain insights from UR Researchers that have led and partnered on SBIR/STTR proposals, and be able to apply their strategies in developing successful SBIR/STTR proposals; learn about UR resources to support technology commercialization.

Register by October 1st

If you have any questions, contact:

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) & Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs Billions in funding has been set-aside for SBIR and STTR grants!

Need accommodations? Contact  at least three business days prior to the event. Questions about this event, please email


Manuscript Writing for the Novice: Tips to Writing Your Research Story

Tues Oct 12 | 12:00 pm-1:30 pm | Zoom Link

Presented by Elaine Smolock, Ph.D. This workshop will take a beginner's approach to write a manuscript: how to get started, what to consider, and strategies for writing. This workshop will be followed up with a writing retreat to apply the knowledge gained.

CV Writing Worksshop

Wed Oct 13 | 11:00 am-12:00 pm | Hybrid Workshop- CEL 2-7520 (UR SMD) & Zoom Information Below

This hybrid event will be offered in three locations:

What is a CV? What should I include in my CV? Does your CV speak to the audience you are presenting this document to? How are you telling your story? How do you set yourself apart from other candidates? In this collaborative session offered by the Greene Center and SMD's myHub, we will discuss the uses of a CV, outline the stages of CV writing: preparation, format, content, and evaluation, content to be shared and how it should align with the strategy to utilize a Master CV to create targeted CVs for individual positions.

Understanding the Faculty Role

Wed Oct 13 | 11:30 am-1:30 pm | Event Details & Registration

Gain a clear understanding of what it means to be a faculty member and learn insights from Rochester graduate student alumni who are currently serving in faculty roles on their experiences in different types of academic institutions.

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.

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.

SMD trainees that need accommodations, Please contact at least three business days prior to the event.

See more upcoming events here.  


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


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.

URPDA Postdoc Showcase

Here this year's award winners from URPDA Postdoc showcase conducted during NPAW.

1st place – Samantha Romanick

2nd place – Chia Hsu

3rd place – Aileen Aldalur

Audience choice – Duncan Bossion

Congratulations to all. We hope to continue with postdoc showcase at NPAW next year so please watch out for the announcement.

UR PDA Career Enhancement Award 2020

The annual Career Enhancement Award was created to support the professional development of postdocs as part of the UR PDA’s mission. The award usually prioritizes conference, workshop, or networking events that provide opportunities for professional development not available at the University of Rochester. This year’s award also allowed for other expenses that could aid in the applicants’ career development.

Our independent judges have rated all submissions that were anonymized and announced two awardees who will each receive $1200 allowance towards their specified purchase in support of their careers. The award winners are:

1. So Young Choe - SMD award winner

2. Daniel McDonald - AS&E award winner

Congratulations to our winners! Please reach out to Colleen Bailey to discuss how to handle expenses related to the payment.


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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