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Opportunities to Explore - Sept 20 - Sept 24, 2021

Vol 7, Issue 37 | Trainee News                                                        myHub Website  | myHub Event Calendar | myHub Twitter | OTE

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NPAW 2021 Events include…

Coffee Hour with the PDA 

Mon Sept 20 | 9:00 am-10:00 am | K-207 Auditorium (2-6408)

Launching Your Career With a Professional Network

Mon Sept 20 | 2:00 pm | Registration

End boring! - Public Speaking and Presentation Skills Workshop

Tues Sept 21 | 11:00 am | Registration

Postdoc Showcase with the UR Postdoctoral Association

Thurs Sept 23 | 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm | Registration 

Checkout the full list at:






Course Explores Structural Racism in Health Care and Research (Register by Monday, September 20th)

Learn how a history of racism has shaped the relationships between doctors/researchers and patients/research participants who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). The course is open to community members (typically from community-based organizations) and University of Rochester researchers (faculty, trainees and students) and will convene by Zoom on Wednesday evenings starting in October, 2021. Register your interest by Sept. 20. Course information available at this link.


Coffee Hour with the PDA  (NPAW 2021)
Mon Sept 20 | 9:00 am-10:00 am
| K-207 Auditorium (2-6408)

To kick off Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW) 2021, the Postdoctoral Association would like to invite all University of Rochester postdocs for a coffee hour Monday morning! Meet and greet other UR postdocs.$5 Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters coupons will be provided to the first 50 participants at the door. Use the registration link to receive a reminder, or feel free to just show up!

Please wear masks when not seated in the room. Social distancing of 6 feet is required.

Launching Your Career With a Professional Network (NPAW 2021)
Mon Sept 20 | 2:00 pm
| Registration

We all know networking is essential for career building, but how do you build your professional network? In this workshop, Chris Cornthwaite from Roostervane will help you get started building your network and give you helpful tips on how to connect with interesting people and have conversations with network contacts that launch your career. This event is part of the UR PDA's 2021 National Postdoc Appreciation Week.

Opening Convocation Ceremony School of Medicine & Dentistry
Mon Sept 20 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
| Class of 1962 Auditorium

Please join us in celebrating our student, postdoctoral, and faculty achievements over the course of the last year. The awards that will be presented are as followed:  Medical & Graduate Student Achievement Awards, Postdoctoral Achievement Awards, Resident Humanism in Medicine Teaching Awards, Faculty Teaching, Mentoring & Diversity Awards, and Named Professorships. Contact Diane Frank with questions at or 275-7923.

End boring! - Public Speaking and Presentation Skills Workshop (NPAW 2021)
Tues Sept 21 | 11:00 am
| Registration

Boost your public speaking and presentation skills onto the next level! Ivan Wanis Ruiz from the Public Speaking Lab will teach you creative tools and tactics for effective communication so you can shine at your next presentation and in any other situation. This event is part of the UR PDA's 2021 National Postdoc Appreciation Week.

NIH F-Series Grant Writing: Part 3
Wed Sept 22 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
|Registration  | K-207 Auditorium (2-6408)

Presented by Elaine Smolock, Ph.D. How to write the Applicant Background and Goals & Biosketch

Foundry Forum Workshop Series 
Wed Sept 22 | 4:00 pm | Registration  

Join us on Wednesday, September 22 at 4:00 p.m. for our first workshop of the fall semester: Entrepreneurship as a Mindset with entrepreneur, investor, and RIT instructor Anthony Testa. Register in advance to receive updates on the event details!

This workshop is part of our Foundry Forum series. Designed to supplement existing entrepreneurship classes and programming, these will explore the fundamentals of starting your own venture or working with a team to accomplish an innovative goal.

UR Writing Group | 10:00 am-11:00 am every other Thursday, starting 9/23
Thurs Sept 23 | 10:00 am – 11:00 am
| Zoom Registration Link

Not sure if your writing is clear to an interdisciplinary audience? Striving to get feedback on your writing from multiple people, not just your PI? UR Writing Groups are for you! New rounds of Writing Groups open each Fall, Spring and Summer. Join the group and attend the bi-weekly, one-hour meetings on Zoom. Not only will you get a writing piece reviewed, but you can also hone your writing and reviewing skills by assessing others’ writing. If you don't have writing to be reviewed and just want to offer feedback to peers, that's great too! The Fall 2021 Writing Group will meet every other Thursday from September 23 to December 2 from 10-11am via Zoom. If you are interested, please sign up here.

Starting Up Your Lab – How to Hire Your First Employee
Thurs Sept 23 | 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
| Registration

Sponsored by the Junior Faculty Biomedical Research Association. Presented by Benjamin D Korman, MD; Tiffany Totman, MBA; Kelly Unsworth, MS, CIP, CCRP; JoAnne VanBuskirk, BS, CCRP; Bridget E. Young, PhD, CLC

Hiring your first employee as a junior faculty can be challenging. In this session, we have a panel developed to help answer questions about how to navigate this initial step in establishing your research program at the University of Rochester.  They include representatives from Human Resources, UofR administration, Clinical & Translational Science Institute staff, and two early investigators who have successfully hired their first laboratory and clinical staff members.  Topics will focus on qualifications for an appropriate employee, how to create a job posting, and how to navigate the hiring process.

At the conclusion of the seminar, the participant will able to:

1. Describe the pathway of hiring a new person for research at the University of Rochester

The URSMD Junior Faculty Biomedical Research Association (JFBRA) is an academic peer group designed to serve the unique needs of early-stage Ph.D. and M.D. faculty to promote our success in scientific discovery, funding, publications, mentoring, teaching and service to the University of Rochester and the greater Rochester community. For more information or to be added to the JFBRA distribution list, please contact the JFBRA Co-directors or email

Postdoc Showcase with the UR Postdoctoral Association (NPAW 2021)
Thurs Sept 23 | 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
| Registration

Join us for a chance to look at the exciting postdoctoral research happening at University of Rochester! Vote on your favorite poster for the audience choice award! Snacks and drinks provided outside of Goergen on the Hajim Science 1st floor & Engineering Quad.

1st prize: $500

2nd prize: $300          

3rd prize: $100

Audience choice: $100

Postdocs: register here by Sept. 20 to include your poster in the Showcase, and have a chance to win cash prizes!


myHub URBEST Retreat Part 2: Alumni Career Panels & Round Tables

Wed Sept 29 | 11:00 am-2:00 pm | Registration

Participate in person or through Zoom. Registration Link:

Career Panel # 1 – 11:00 am-11:45 am | Career Panel # 2- 12:00 pm-12:45 pm

Round Table # 1- 1:00 pm-1:30 pm | Round Table # 2- 1:30 pm-2:00 pm

Location: Alumni Hallway Rooms (1-9525), (1-9545), (1-9555) (Medical Center) and via Zoom

Alumni Panelists include:

Gain insight and knowledge from U of R SMD Alumni as they share their career and professional experiences in academia, industry, government, and not-for-profit sectors. myHub will offer trainees two back-to-back career panels followed by two back-to-back round table discussions. 

Thank you to our trainee room hosts: Janine Cubello, M.S. (Toxicology); Erin Davis, Ph.D. (Department of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy & Immunology) ; Gagandeep Kaur, Ph.D. (Environmental Medicine); Ian Krout, M.S. (Toxicology); & Monika Tasak, MS (Biochemistry)

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

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!

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.

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

See more upcoming events here.  


UR Student Health Advisory Committee: Now Accepting Applications

Applications Due by Sept 20 | Apply Here

The UR Student Health Advisory Committee (URSHAC) is currently recruiting students who are passionate about student health and well-being. This committee works collaboratively with the administration of University Health Service (UHS) and the University Counseling Center (UCC) to share ideas, offer suggestions, and discuss topics of concern. If you’d like the opportunity to have an impact on student health care services, please apply  before September 20th. Applications will be reviewed and members will be selected prior to the first meeting on September 27th. Open to all undergraduate and graduate students at any school of the University.


The Meliora Collective Mentorship Program opens Monday, September 15th Apply by September 30th  

Sept 15th – 30th | Registration

The Meliora Collective Mentorship Program will connect you with a new mentor who will help you to think about next steps, give advice on navigating situations you may be facing right now, and possibly become a life-long supporter. Check out this video to learn more about the program,

Mentee registration runs September 15th-30th!

Student Launch – September 15th

Excited to announce that the Fall 2021 Meliora Collective Mentoring Program opens Monday, September 15th, to UR student registrations! University-wide, all interests and class years.

Looking for a mentor, or just wanting to connect to an alumnus? The Fall 2021 Meliora Collective Mentoring Program is open to UR student registrations today through September 30th! University-wide, all interests and class years.


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

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.


UCC drop-in groups for September. 

No registration needed, just show up and get some skills and support and connection. 

Drop-in Group Theme

Date & Time

Link and Meeting ID

Transitioning back to Campus

Tuesday at 3pm

9/7, 14, 21, and 28

Meeting ID: 936 0935 8606

Emotional Wellness 

Monday at 5 on

9/13, 20, and 27

Meeting ID: 946 5888 1031

International Student Support

Tuesday at 2pm 

9/7, 14, 21, and 28

Meeting ID: 968 4687 7098

Communication Skills and Relationship Issues

Fridays @ 10 am

9/17 & 24

Meeting ID: 991 7944 5915

Our Healing Breath 

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


Thursdays @ 6pm 

9/9, 16, 23, 30

Meeting ID: 918 4800 2486


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.


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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