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Opportunities to Explore -Sept 26-Sept 30, 2022

Vol 8, Issue 39 | Trainee News                                             myHub Website  | myHub Event Calendar | myHub Twitter | OTE

This Weeks Events

Open sessions of Current Topics in Bioinformatics

Monday September 26th | 4:00pm – 5:00pm | 1-7619 Adolph (Lower) Auditorium

“The Bioinformatics of RNA Structure: How Modeling Observations Now Informs Vaccine Design”

Speaker: Dave Mathews, MD, PhD

Current topics in Bioinformatic Research is a highly interactive course that has open sessions for postdocs and students interested in deepening their understanding in bioinformatics methods. This will provide opportunity to interact with researchers working on data-intensive projects.

Cookies and fruit will be provided by CTSI.

IDP Development Workshop: Preparing For Today, Tomorrow, & Your Future

Tuesday September 27th | 12:00pm – 1:30pm | CEL Classroom 2-7536

Do you know what your plans are post-graduation? Are you curious about what career opportunities you could utilize your degree for post-graduation? Are you interested in exploring and gaining more knowledge about your interests? If you answered “YES” to any of these questions, this program is for you! The Greene Center and myHub are excited to provide an interactive session on developing and utilizing your IDP to help you in reaching your academic research goals in addition to exploring career options throughout your advanced degree. Register here!

Cancer Research Trainees Recruitment Event

Wednesday September 28th | 1:00pm – 2:30pm | Picnic Tables Outside of the Atrium by Finger Lakes

The Cancer Research Trainees (CARTs, formerly known as the Wilmot Cancer Student Group) would like to host its first recruitment/networking event to bring together all faculty and students (including post docs and residents) that are currently conducting or are interested in cancer research! Join us for pizza, ice cream, and drinks on Wednesday, September 28th from 1:00 - 2:30 pm, outside the atrium at the picnic tables by the Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters. Find out more about our mission, meet potential faculty to work with, and sign up to be involved with all future events.

Upcoming Events

myHub URBEST Retreat Alumni & Trainee Round Table Networking Breakfast

Monday October 3rd | 9:00am – 10:30am | 1w-133 Evarts Lounge (School of Nursing)

myHub is excited to host a round table breakfast with SMD graduate alumni who work in academia, industry, government, and not-for-profit. Join us for breakfast and conversation with over eight SMD graduate student and postdoc alumni from the School of Medicine & Dentistry.

Register for Breakfast & Propel Careers Sessions @ by 12pm Monday, September 26, 2022.

myHub URBEST Retreat: Career Development Sessions

Monday October 3rd | 11:00am – 2:30pm | Class of ’62 (G-9425)

Lauren Celano, co-Founder and CEO of Propel Careers, with a background in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, will be presenting.

Sessions will include three, one-hour each, seminars:

  1. How to evaluate, build, and highlight transferable and career relevant skills
  2. Building a positive on-line personal brand: Using LinkedIn, blogs, and other social media tools
  3. Negotiation Tip and Insights

Lunch will be provided for this event, please register and complete your lunch request at by 12pm on Monday, September 26th.

myHub URBEST Retreat: Career Development Sessions

Monday October 3rd | 11:00am – 2:30pm | Class of ’62 (G-9425)

Lauren Celano, co-Founder and CEO of Propel Careers, with a background in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, will be presenting.

Sessions will include three, one-hour each, seminars:

  1.  How to evaluate, build, and highlight transferable and career relevant skills
  2.  Building a positive on-line personal brand: Using LinkedIn, blogs, and other social media tools
  3.  Negotiation Tip and Insights

Lunch will be provided for this event, please register and complete your lunch request at by 12pm on Monday, September 26th.

ISO Luncheon for SMD International Trainees

Thursday October 6th | Time: 11:30am - 1:00pm | Location: 2-7534 (Medical Center)

Advance registration needed, please register at
myHub and the International Services Office invite SMD International Trainees to join us for a lunch and learn session. We welcome you to share in this opportunity to provide feedback about career exploration, as well as your experiences navigating professional development as an international trainee at the University of Rochester.  

Handshake Program Information:

Better Together: Equity, Anti-Racism, and a New Way Forward Conference

Friday October 14th | 7:00am – 5:00pm | In-person & Virtual

Featuring, Cecilia Gentili, Principal Consultant and Founder of Trans Equity Consulting.

Follow @ceciliagentili72

Join the Office of Equity and Inclusion for the inaugural “Better Together” Conference this October.

The day-long event offers education and learning opportunities with engaging conversations, skill-building and networking. Throughout the conference, we ask the question, “What If?” The “what if…” question assists our collective ability to be united by a common goal of uplifting those who have been historically marginalized and oppressed. All participants engage various tools to make lasting and transformational change not only at URMC but also in the Greater Rochester community.

Registration at for Updates!

Scicomm 101: Inclusive and Strategic Communication

Thursday October 20th | 1:00pm – 2:00pm | Class of 62’ Auditorium G-9425

Join award-winning science journalist Maddie Sofia for a dive into science communication 101 for scientists. This evidence-based talk focuses on strategic and inclusive science communication. We’ll talk about insights from the science communication research, common mistakes to avoid, and how to get started honing your skills. Register here!

AAPI Faculty Panel Discussion with Indian Professors

Friday October 28th | 12:00pm – 1:00pm |Via Zoom

The AAPI Trainee Support Committee will host the AAPI faculty panel discussion with Indian professors from Noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28th via Zoom. Three AAPI professors with Indian heritages will discuss their experiences in academia (e.g., implicit bias, micro-aggression, and unequal treatment), what they recommend for AAPI trainees, what non-AAPI mentors/persons can do to support AAPI trainees, and Indian specific matters/details that affect training. We hope it will help many trainees navigate systemic racism in academia and training and also receive support. Any member at U of R who is interested in this topic are welcome to join. The panelists include:

Dr. Maya Ravindranath​ Abtahian at the Department of Linguistics is a 2nd generation Indian American.

Dr. Sudarshan Jayaraman at the Simon Business School came to the U.S. for college.

Dr. Meera Singh​ at the Department of Neurology came to the U.S. for her postdoctoral studies. ​

Please register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

International Students Office Full Calendar of Events

All international students across the university and guests can register for these free events at or the International Services Office Eventbrite page. Transportation will be provided for distant events from these pickup locations: Goler House, Rush Rhees Library, and Eastman Student Living Center. All other events will be on or near U of R campuses and are free for international students and scholars.

Please click on the links below to read more and register for each event, or click here to see the list of all ISO events.

Saturday, October 8, 10 AM-5 PM: Bus Trip to Niagara Falls

Visit the iconic Niagara Falls on this bus trip with the International Services Office! All UR international students and guests welcome.

Saturday, October 22, 1-4:30 PM: Fall Festivities at Wickham Farms

Experience fall traditions in the U.S. like pumpkin patches, corn mazes, hayrides, and more at Wickham Farms!

Saturday, November 5, 1:30-5:30 PM: Shopping at Eastview Mall

Take a free bus ride to shop at Eastview Mall!

Wednesday, November 23, 5-7 PM: ISO Thanksgiving Dinner (not yet posted)

If you have any questions about events, please email (for students)

Happening Now

Rochester Youth Science Club (RYSC) Volunteer Sign up (2022-2023)

The Rochester Young Scientist Club is a partnership between the University of Rochester Medical Center and The Rochester City School district, serving 3 schools and approximately 60 kids from underrepresented or disadvantaged backgrounds.  Students are bused from their homes to the medical school for 9 Saturday sessions from 10am-12pm between October and March.  Each session is led by a team of University of Rochester graduate students and medical students, and involves a science lesson and hands on experiment. 

Below are the dates listed for the RYSC 2022-2023 academic year!
October 15th, 2022: Intro to the Scientific Process
October 29th, 2022: Mini medical school (Special visit by UR physicians)  
November 19th, 2022: Experiment #1 TBD
December 10th, 2022: Experiment #2 TBD

January 14th, 2023: Experiment #3 TBDJanuary 21st, 2023: Independent Project planning day 
February 4th, 2023: Independent Project research day 
February 11th, 2023: Independent Project write up day
March 25th, 2022: RYSC/STEP Community Day - Presentation of independent project day

The RYSC leadership team is looking forward to meeting and getting to discuss various scientific concepts with you all! The deadline to sign up is October 7th

If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please contact the RYSC leadership team at:


myHub’s F-Club:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers research training fellowships to predoctoral (F30, F31, F99) and postdoctoral trainees (F32) who are US citizens or permanent residents.

“F-Club” efforts will focus on development of Applicant Background and Goals, Biosketch, Research Strategy (inclusive of the Specific Aims, Significance, Innovation, and Approach), and other relevant attachments for NIH submission.

Participants 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, as well as UR Writing Initiative leadership. Participants will be expected to complete a draft of the scheduled application section in advance of each session, exchange their drafts with their peer partner(s), and complete a review of their peer’s work PRIOR to the “F-Club” session. Participants will also be asked to post reflections on the grant writing process.

Below is a proposed schedule of the topics to be addressed at each F-Club meeting over the course of 8 weeks.

Session 1: Biosketch Personal Statement and Contributions to Science

Session 2: Applicant Background and Goals | Research Background

Session 3: Applicant Background and Goals |Goals and Activities Planned

Session 4: Research Strategy | Specific Aims page and Significance

Session 5: Research Strategy | Aims, Preliminary Data, Expected Outcomes and Alternative Approaches

Session 6: Selection of Sponsor and Respective Contributions

Session 7: Revisit Applicant Background and Goals

Session 8: Final Review and Feedback

*Certificates of Completion and Achievement Badges for LinkedIn profiles will be provided to those who complete all 8 sessions and contribute to reflection posts.

NOTE: The club will begin the week of 10/4 and run through the week of 11/29.

This cycle will involve a mandatory F-Club meeting on Tuesdays from 1-2:30p and an optional but HIGHLY ENCOURAGED designated writing block on Thursdays 1-2:30p to prepare for the next session.

If you would like to take part in myHub’s F-Club, please complete this short survey: by September 16th.

We will then send more information for the F-club format and groupings.

I-Corps@NCATS Regional Short Course Beginning October 17, 2022 (5 Weeks)

We are excited to share with you that the University of Rochester (UR) is hosting the I-Corps@NCATS Regional Short Course this fall, which is specifically designed for biomedical scientists, clinician scientists, and engineers to provide them with a new approach to accelerate the translation of their discoveries from the lab to clinical practice. This program, supported by the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), is based on National Science Foundation’s Innovation Corps (I-Corps™) program which is the premier federally funded innovation and commercialization training in the U.S.

The program will kick off with orientation the week of October 17th and will run for 5 weeks.  All sessions will be held virtually over zoom.  The attached flyer provides the program details.  Apply online by October 3rd at

The I-Corps@NCATS Regional Short Course is meant for teams of faculty, postdocs, and students with biomedical innovations or ideas and is free to participants.  Course graduates receive National Science Foundation (NSF) lineage and can apply to other NSF grant awards, including the National I-Corps Team program, which carries a grant award up to $50,000. Previous NSF funding is not required to apply.

Contact Karen Grabowski, with questions.  Additional background information about the program can be found at:

This program is being hosted by the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and the UR Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

2022-2023 SBIR/STTR Grant Writing Support

 The University of Rochester is providing an opportunity for grant writing/consulting assistance to UR researchers that are planning to partner with a small business to develop and submit a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposal.

Please visit: The initial application deadline is August 1 (followed by open/rolling review of applications, while funding is available). 

Are you interested in teaching?

myHub is interested in maintaining a list of graduate students and postdocs interested in and wanting to gain further experience in teaching. If you have interest in gaining additional teaching experiences, please complete the short survey online at this link. Questions, please contact myHub at

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Trainee Support Group

We plan two types of events: 

1) outreach events for everyone to increase awareness of the AAPI issues in training 

2) Internal events for AAPI trainees to share struggles and support one another

  • AAPI Trainee Support meal gatherings​ (we plan to discuss it during our Zoom support meetings)

We will announce our future events on our website ( and also via email to our listserv ( People can subscribe our listserv to hear about more events and newsletters:

We need people to organize these events together; those who want to support these initiatives can fill out the Join the Effort form: We look forward to building a community together.

Postdoctoral Association News & Opportunities

Postdoctoral Research Opportunities in Science (PROS) at Baylor College of Medicine

Are you interested in exploring your options for postdoctoral training? Postdoctoral Research Opportunities in Science (PROS) at Baylor College of Medicine allows you to meet faculty and trainees from multiple labs and learn about our resources in the Texas Medical Center. We facilitate the matching between you and faculty with aligned interests and we provide you with guidance and support throughout the exploration process. View our list of interested faculty and training programs who are currently seeking postdoctoral researchers. Candidates are expected to meet virtually with at least 3 prospective faculty mentors during the month of November.

The application is due by October 31, 2022.

Baylor College of Medicine provides:

All of this while living in Houston – an affordable and highly diverse city.

Preparing for NIH Data Management and Sharing Policy

In an email to the University's research community last week, Vice Dean for Research Steve Dewhurst, Ph.D., shared information about the new data management and sharing requirements that will take effect for all NIH funding applications submitted on or after January 25, 2023. Click the link above to learn more about the changes and steps you can take today to prepare.

NIH MOSAIC Program to Promote Faculty Diversity

The MOSAIC program is designed to facilitate the transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds into independent, research-intensive faculty careers. The program has two components: a postdoctoral career transition award to promote diversity (K99/R00), and a cohort-based mentoring and career development program that supports the scholars (UE5).  The MOSAIC K99/R00 program supports early career scientists with demonstrated and compelling commitments and contributions to enhancing diversity in the biomedical sciences. MOSAIC scholars come from diverse scientific backgrounds, and 75% are from racial/ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical sciences. 

In addition to the postdoctoral transition award, MOSAIC scholars become members of scientific cohorts and participate in mentoring, networking, and professional development activities coordinated by MOSAIC UE5 awardees:  The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), or The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  NIH accepts applications for the MOSAIC K99/R00 award three times per year, and the next application receipt date is October 12, 2022.  Please note, the MOSAIC K99/R00 award is limited to US Citizens and Permanent Residents.

The informational webinar will be on Wednesday, September 14 at 1 PM ET. You can read more about the MOSAIC program and find log in information in a recent post on the NIGMS Feedback Loop Blog, as well as answers see answers to Frequently Asked Questions.  We plan to post the slides and video on the MOSAIC website shortly after the webinar.

2nd Annual Virtual Chicagoland Postdoc Recruitment Initiative

The Postdoc Affairs Offices at Northwestern UniversityThe University of Chicago, and University of Illinois Chicago invite you to attend the Chicagoland Postdoc Recruitment Initiative, taking place virtually October 20-21, 2022!  

Applications will be accepted through Monday, September 12th APPLY HERE

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to learn about THREE postdoctoral programs in the Chicagoland area and the cutting-edge research happening at each institution. More than 150 faculty members from the three institutions have signed-up to participate in the Initiative! 

This is a collaborative initiative to improve diversity and inclusion at the three largest research universities in the Chicago area, with the goal of addressing the "pipeline" challenge in academia for historically marginalized graduate students and postdocs, including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds, who have disabilities, who identify as LGBTQIA+, who are veterans, or who were first-generation college students or Pell-eligible. Selected participants will learn about postdoctoral programs in the Chicagoland area, how to find postdoctoral opportunities, how to apply for postdoctoral positions, and how to maximize your postdoctoral experiences. Following these two days of programming, participants will conduct informational interviews with matched faculty members through November 4th. 

Questions? Please visit our website or email us at:

Applicants should be advanced graduate students (have passed qualifying exam or are post-candidacy by October 20, 2022), recent PhD graduates, or early-stage postdocs in STEM fields. There is no citizenship requirement to apply for this event.  

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 Email us at

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 & Postdoc Opportunities

Postdoc opening at David Chen lab – City of Hope Cancer Center (LA Area)

Dr. David Chen’s research group at the Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope is looking for a talented Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr.Chen is the Director of Division of Epigenetics and Transcriptional Engineering at City of Hope. His lab focuses on epigenetic mechanisms, drug resistance, and therapeutic target discovery in cancers using high throughput genetic screens. Click here for more information!

Duke-Margolis Postdoctoral Associate in Health Policy

The Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy at Duke University (Duke-Margolis) has opportunities for several highly motivated Postdoctoral Associates to join the Duke-Margolis Postdoctoral Associate Program in Health Policy. This position is ideal for recent graduates (PhD, MD, PharmD, and other relevant doctoral degree) demonstrating a strong interest in, and commitment to a career in health policy. We seek a balance of postdocs with focus in the following research areas: Biomedical Innovation, Health Care Transformation, Global Health Policy, Health Equity, Education & Workforce development.

The Postdoctoral Associate in Health Policy will:

  • Conduct original policy research and analysis to inform evidence-based solutions to health and health care issues;
  • Apply knowledge and competencies from academic and professional experiences to real-world health policy problems;
  • Synthesize and translate complex health policy issues and solutions to different audiences;
  • Interact with leading experts in health care policy and practice, as well as policy organizations that align with research areas and postdoc career aspirations;
  • Develop leadership capabilities for health policy-related professional roles;
  • Work within Duke-Margolis under the guidance of research and faculty mentors; and
  • Contribute to the development of a Duke-Margolis Policy Postdoc Alumni Community.

The application deadline is November 4, 2022, with a program start date of August 1, 2023. Doctoral degrees must be in hand by May 2023. The work site will either be in the Duke-Margolis office in Washington, DC or the Duke-Margolis office in Durham, NC. Duke-Margolis employees are currently also working in a hybrid capacity and in-person team collaboration. Apply Here!

The Department of Biology is inviting post-doctoral fellows to teach a course at St. John Fisher College

The following courses are being offered:

  • Microbes & Disease Lab (BIOL 107L).
  • Anatomy & Physiology I Lab (BIOL 131L). 

Please contact Dr. Noveera Ahmed by email ( if you are interested or want more information.

UR Primary Care Research Fellowship Program

We are accepting applications for July 2023 start date for a 2-year postdoctoral research fellowship for MD/Dos, PhDs, PsyDs and others holding doctoral degrees in health professions.  The program is funded by a National Research Service Award (NRSA) grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Our Fellows are trained in the key domains of research, population health, and leadership/career development, with a focus on health disparities. Many MD Fellows pursue advanced degrees, including MPH, Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, or Master of Science in Health Services and Policy.  PhD Fellows may choose from a wealth of related coursework. Grant funded stipends require a 75% commitment to research.  Details and contact information here.

Research Scientist Position Open

The Research Scientist will perform and lead the research efforts by identifying research gaps in specific areas of inquiry, proposing specific research projects. Also, to address research questions, designing research projects from conception to completion. The Research Scientist will conduct advanced statistical analyses, producing conference abstracts for submission, and manuscript preparation. They will be required to apply research design and methodology to advance the research initiatives of the department. The scientist will need to initiate and maintain partnerships with other departments throughout the organization to enhance research activity. The position will guide research staff in data collection, project management, and manuscript preparation.


Must have experience with statistical software packages and expertise in the following areas: aging, research design & methods, statistics, preparing funding requests and publishing journal articles. The Research Scientist must also have experience in research program management, supervising staff members and working in collaborative environments.


PhD, DrPH, ScD or Dr Phil in epidemiology, biostatistics, clinical/translational research and health services research or related disciplines. An MS degree in these fields will be considered when preparation otherwise is exceptional.

Applicants may go this website:

Then, enter the phrase “Research Scientist” in the keyword box.

Questions? Email David Samson:

International Students and Scholars Advisory Board (ISSAB)

The International Student and Scholar Advisory Board is looking for leaders to:

  • Provide feedback to ISO on policies and practices.
  • Facilitate communication between ISO and the University’s international community.
  • Identify issues across the University that impact the international population.
  • Develop programs that create opportunities for networking and engagement.

While we have representatives from most schools now, we are still looking for students from the following schools: Eastman School of Music, AS&E GEPA, Simon Business School, and Eastman Institute of Oral Health. We are also looking for international post-docs and scholars from various schools who would like to serve as representatives.

Interested students should be:

  • Currently registered University of Rochester students for 2022-2023 academic year
  • Available in Rochester for in-person meetings and events as needed
  • Able to commit to 1-5 hours of involvement per month from September

If you are interested in joining ISSAB, or learning more about the work that ISSAB does, please contact Nate Bloemke at

Wilson Sonsini - Patent Agent Career Opportunities

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is hiring across multiple offices in the U.S. for our patent agent roles. We are looking for talented life sciences focused PhD students and postdoc researchers interested in entry level roles in patent law. A list of our current job openings can be found here.

Licensing Associate – UR Ventures

The Technology Licensing Associate will promote and support the University's intellectual property programs including assurance of University compliance with regulations, disposition of technology disclosures, and marketing and support for technology transfer activities. The Technology Licensing Associate will focus on technology projects in the life sciences, and particularly in therapeutics (e.g., small molecules, antibodies, cell-based therapies, RNA and DNA-based, etc.) More information and the job posting can be found here.

Job ID: 221221

Immediate opening for a postdoc research on the gut-joint axis

Interested in the gut-joint axis? Curious about how microbe-host interactions and microbe metabolites might alter the connective tissues of the synovial joint? Apply here!

Upcoming Events with the National Postdoctoral Association

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.

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.

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 or contact Mariah Kahwaji at

Travel Awards

The Cell Bio 2022 Travel Grants Are Now Open

The travel grant, sponsored by IPERT/NIH, is a MAC grant for underrepresented minorities. These grants cover up to $1,800 depending on existing funding applicant has to attend the meeting.

Eligibility: Junior faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Application requirements: Abstract submission/number, CV, letter of recommendation from advisor (letters for undergrad, grad and postdocs only)

We ask for your support in getting the word out by sharing with labs and colleagues to promote these opportunities. The deadline to apply for all these grants is August 15, 2022. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me directly at Thank you! More info/Apply

Health & Wellness

The Mindful University Project 4-Week Koru Mindfulness Calendar for This Semester

Whether you haven’t practiced mindfulness or have taken Koru before, we have an offering for you. Here are our October offerings:

  • “Stay Woke & Meditate” for First-Year Minority Grads: Tuesdays October 4, 11, 18, and 25th from 8-9:15 PM via Zoom
  • OUTBreath for LGBTQ+ folks: Mondays October 3, 10, 17, and 24th from 7 – 8:15 PM via Zoom
  • Koru Basic for Student Athletes: Wednesdays October 5, 11, 19, and 26th from 12 – 1:15 PM in Wilson Commons Room 401
  • Koru Basic: Wednesdays October 5, 11, 19, and 26th from 12 – 1:15 PM in Haven’s Lounge
  • Koru Basic: Sundays October 9, 16, 23, and 30th from 4 – 5:15 PM in Dewey 1-305
  • Pause and Listen for the Eastman School of Music Community: Thursdays October 20, 27, November 3, and 10th from 12 – 1:15 PM in the Miller Center
  • Koru Basic: Fridays October 28, November 4, 11, and 18th from 10:30 – 11:45 AM via Zoom
  • "Mindfulness Made Simple" for Students of Color: Saturdays October 29, November 5, 12, and 18th from 11 AM – 12:15 PM in Douglass 407

Registration is required. For more information & to sign up, visit their website here.

Learn to Meditate Classes for First-Years

The Mindful University Project is an interdisciplinary initiative on campus with a mission to empower our campus community to build a culture of mindful presence and compassion to allow our students to improve mental well-being and resiliency to stress, boost academic flourishing, and reduce levels of anxiety and depression. They are offering evidence-based Koru learn-to-meditate classes just for first-year students, both undergrad and grad, this Fall!

  • Koru Basic (for Undergraduate Students): Mondays September 12, 19, 26, and October 3rd from 11 am – 12:15 pm
  • Koru Basic (for Undergraduate Students): Wednesdays September 7, 14, 21, and 28th from 12 – 1:15 pm
  • Koru Basic (for First-Year Graduate Students): Fridays September 9, 16, 23, and 30th from 10:30 – 11:45 AM
  • Melanated Meditation (for First Year Minority Undergraduate Students): Fridays September 9, 16, 23, and 30th from 3 – 4:15 pm
  • OUTbreath (for Undergraduate & Graduate LGBTQ+ Students): Mondays September 5, 12, 19, and 26th from 7 – 8:15 pm
  • Koru Basic for Eastman (for both Undergraduate & Graduate Eastman Students): Sundays September 11, 18, 15, and October 2nd from 7 – 8:30 PM
  • Mindfulness for First-Year Minority Grads: Tuesdays October 4, 11, 18, and 25th from 8-9:15 PM

Registration is required. Open to all first-year U of R undergraduate and graduate students.

PAWS for Stress Relief

Come pet some dogs this Fall with the Health Promotion Office! Every month, we will be holding a PAWS for Stress Relief event for students to de-stress, as well as leave with stress-relieving giveaways such as lavender sachets, quote cards to hang up in your dorm, and learn about upcoming events! All events will run from 6-7:15 PM. Below is our Fall schedule – mark your calendars now! Open to all undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Goergen Athletic Center - First Mondays: September 12th, October 3rd, and November 7th 
  • Eastman Student Living Center – Second Thursdays: September 8th, October 13th, and November 10th

Relevant Reads & Podcasts


Career Clinics Improve Career-Transition Readiness Carpe Careers: By James Gould, September 19, 2022

They can be especially helpful for graduate students and postdocs from all types of disciplines for preparing their minds and materials for the job market, writes Jim Gould.

We should correctly pronounce colleagues' and students' names (opinion) Carpe Careers: By Jovana Milosavljevic Ardeljan, September 12, 2022

It’s Pronounced Yoh-VAH-Na. Identity, names and pronunciation matter, writes Jovana Milosavljevic Ardeljan.

Pursuing Professional Development for Career Clarity Carpe Careers: Mabel Perez-Oquendo, September 6, 2022

Ph.D.s can identify appropriate career paths by conducting a self-assessment, networking and identifying their skills gaps and how to fill them, writes Mabel Perez-Oquendo.

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