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Center for Professional Development

Mission

To supplement every trainee's scientific education with the professional and career development opportunities most appropriate to each individual trainee’s interests and skills.

Vision

For all trainees to have an impactful, fulfilling, and prosperous career.

Success Stories

Jazz Sanchez, PREP Trainee

Elaine helped me prepare a 15 minute talk that summarized one year of research. She was great at giving feedback and making suggestions. I went on to give this talk at three conferences and win an award from the American Society for Microbiology. I am deeply appreciative of Elaine for all her help and her attention to detail. 
 

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Opportunities to Explore

Opportunities to Explore (OTE) is a weekly email newsletter specifically for SMD graduate students and postdocs. OTE highlights professional and career development items of interest throughout the University, the Rochester community, and the country. OTE also highlights current webinars, articles, and other online opportunities.
 

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Elaine SmolockWriting Specialist

Elaine Smolock received her PhD in Pharmacology and Physiology from Drexel University College of Medicine. She then joined Dr. Brad Berk’s lab in the Cardiovascular Research Institute for a 3-year postdoc and was one of the founding members of our Postdoctoral Association. She returned to Dr. Berk’s lab in 2011 as a Research Assistant Professor and has now joined the Center for Professional Development's team. Elaine has been awarded pre and postdoctoral fellowships from the National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association and has authored multiple scientific publications.

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Eric VaughnCareer Coach

Eric Vaughn received his Master’s Degree in Education in College Student Affairs from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.  He has worked within the career services area for over 10 years including Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida; Doane College in Crete, Nebraska; Wells College in Aurora, New York; and the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center in Rochester, New York.  Eric also is a member of the Rochester Area Career Development Association (RACDA) and the National Association of Colleges and Employers. 
 

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Courses

There are several School of Medicine and Dentistry courses related to professional development available. Check out the Course Description / Course Schedule (CDCS) to review availability by term.

SMD postdocs are eligible to apply for an audit fee waiver for select SMD courses related to professional development. See course list and instructions.

Courses offered through The Center for Professional Development

Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research Course

For more information on this course, please visit the research ethics website.

IND494 Leadership and Management for Scientists

This 2-credit-hour course is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral appointees who wish to enhance their leadership and management skills. It will cover a range of topics, including project management, communication, and personality styles and budgeting skills. The course focuses on human-centered strategies for leading effective teams in biomedical and health science academic environments that can also be translated into research-related careers. Through a series of interactive activities, reflective writing, self-assessment instruments, and group discussions, you will develop a repertoire of techniques for addressing issues that commonly arise within and between research groups.

  • Leadership and Management for Scientists, is a collaboration between the Center for Professional Development (CPD) and the URBEST program

Seminars and Workshops

Seminars and workshops are offered throughout the year on a variety of topics including transferable and supplemental skills development, career exploration and planning, fellowships and grants, writing, and research ethics. Useful materials from recent seminars and workshops are available on the relevant CPD webpage. For event time and location details, please see our Upcoming Events Calendar. For additional professional development resources and options, please visit the URBEST webpage.

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Date/TimeLocationTitle/Presenter/Affiliation
Jul 13, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center Natapow Conference Room (1-9545)Thesis Writing Workshop
Elaine Smolock, PhD
Life Sciences Writing Specialist, Center for Professional Development
Jul 20, 2017
2:00 p.m.
Medical Center Learning Lab 2-7520Planning your Future Workshop
Eric Vaughn
Life Sciences Career Coach, Center for Professional Development

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Sep 12, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Medical Center Combined Northeastern Conference Room (1-9525 & 1-9535IDP 101: Put Your Plan in Motion Workshop
Eric Vaughn
Life Sciences Career Coach, Center for Professional Development

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Nov 30, 2017
10:00 a.m.
Medical Center Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555)Job Search Strategies Workshop
Eric Vaughn
Life Sciences Career Coach, Center for Professional Development

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CPD Sponsored Programs

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Graduate Student Society (GSS) Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) UR Postdoctoral Association (PDA) BioCareers National Postdoctoral Association Thinkers & Drinkers Versatile PhD Subscription