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Opportunities to Explore - April 10-14, 2017

April 10-14, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 15 | Trainee News

A newsletter for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees |@UR_SMD_CPD|@TraceyBaas

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Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) Travel Award Spring 2017: Deadline 12:00 pm on April 20, 2017

The deadline for the GWIS Travel Award application is April 20th at 12:00 pm.  You must be a graduate student in years 1 through 5 and an active participant in GWIS.  Travel will be sponsored on the basis of scientific merit, need, and regular participation at GWIS meetings as evidenced from the sign-up sheet.  To date, forty-nine GWIS members have received Travel Awards. Step 1: Submit a completed Application Form along with a copy of your C.V. and copies of your peer-reviewed publications to by 12:00 pm on April 20th. Step 2: Request that your Ph.D. mentor and one of your Ph.D. advisory committee members each forward a letter of reference to by 12:00 pm on April 20th.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Registration Opens on Mon., April 10 @ 8 a.m. and Ends on Fri., April 14 @ 4p.m.

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that challenges Ph.D. students and postdoctoral appointees to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. Developed by The University of Queensland (UQ), the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to a non-specialist audience.  For more information about the event including rules, prizes and to register, please visit

Medical Faculty Council University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Student/Trainee Travel Awards 2017 Request for Applications (RFA): Deadline 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 5, 2017

The Medical Faculty Council wishes to announce a pair of travel awards to support University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry (URSMD) medical student, graduate student, post-doctoral trainee, clinical resident, and clinical fellow presentations at meetings of national organizations. Two travel reimbursement awards of up to $1000 will be given this funding cycle (one for clinical research and one for basic sciences research). This award is best suited to advanced students for whom conference attendance can be expected to have the largest career impact. The most competitive applications will thus be from presenting authors (either poster or platform presentations) who are in mid- to late stages of their education experience. Eligible applications for the current cycle are for travel between March 1,2017 and August 31, 2017. For information and details on applying, please visit .

Science & SciLifeLab Prizes for Young Scientists: Applications due July 15, 2017

Science & SciLifeLab Prizes for Young Scientists. This prize is awarded to a young scientist for outstanding life science research who has been awarded a doctoral degree in the previous two years (2015 or 2016). Entrants’ thesis research must have been within one of the following categories: Cell and Molecular Biology, Genomics and Proteomics, Ecology and Environment, Translational Medicine. The winner is awarded $30,000 and his or her essay is published in the journal Science. The Grand Prize essay and that of the Runner-up are also published on Science Online.  More information is available via the link above.

This Week

URBEST Enrollment Open from April 1-15, 2017

All biomedical and health sciences PhD graduate students and postdoctoral affiliates (SMD and River Campus) are eligible to participate in University of Rochester’s BEST Program, URBEST trainees will be selected twice a year through the application process, and ongoing program offerings will be held throughout the year.  For additional information and to register please visit .

Alumna Dr. Antonia Eyssallenne to Discuss Her Work in Developing Educational Programs and Protocols in Haiti

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 12:00 p.m. – 12:50 p.m. | LeChase Conference Room

Alumna Dr. Antonia Eyssallenne, from the class of 2006, will provide a talk about the sustainable educational programs that she has developed for the Haitian physicians and nursing staff.  In addition, she has written and established protocols for all hospital operations. Please RSVP to by April 3rd as lunch is being provided.

PDA Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Goergen Hall, Room 417, River Campus

All postdocs are welcome to attend this meeting along with the executive board and committee members of the PDA.

Upcoming Events

URBEST Career Story Q&A: Martha Haber, PhD

Tuesday, April 18 | 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. | Anderson Room (G-8534) off of Flaum Atrium, URMC

Dr. Martha Haber, PhD, UR Alum 2009 and Field Applications Manager at Unchained Labs will share her experiences in this interactive Q & A session.

Graduate Women In Science (GWIS): “From the Beginning: How I Came to CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats)

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | 3:15 p.m. - 4:15 pm | Class of ’62 (G-9425), URMC

Invited speaker Dr. Feng Zhang, Core Member Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; Investigator, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, MIT; James and Patricia Poitras Professor in Neuroscience, MIT; Associate Professor, Departments of Brain & Cognitive Sciences and Biological Engineering, MIT; and New York Stem Cell Foundation-Robertson Investigator will present “From the Beginning: How I Came to CRISPR.” Please visit for more information or contact

CPD Sponsored Event: LinkedIn: “What is it and Why do I Need it in Today’s Employment Market?”

Monday, April 24 | 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Teaching Learning Lab (2-8513), URMC

Eric Vaughn, Life Sciences Career Coach, will review the purpose, benefits and functions available to users with LinkedIn. All the various LinkedIn profile section will be reviewed in addition to reviewing the various levels of LinkedIn connections.  Registration is limited to 20 people, register online at .

Sharing Science in a Social World: Tell Your Story and Win Some Prizes

Thursday, April 27 | 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

Emily Boynton and Molly Miles from the Department of Public Relations and Communications will discuss how the Medical Center and other academic institutions are sharing science in the social world we live.  URBEST and the Public Relations and Communications team will accept original visuals and videos (~2 minutes) from students and trainees that highlight UR innovation and research.  Three prizes ($$$ and electronics) will be awarded for best science storytelling, and the winning pieces will be featured on the UR Medicine Facebook page and URBEST blog.  Register and learn more at .

See more upcoming events here.

Relevant Reads

Explaining Research: How to Reach Key Audiences to Advance Your Work

By Dennis Meredith.  Dennis Meredith maps out how scientists can utilize sophisticated tools and techniques to disseminate their discoveries to important audiences. Visit the CPD’s Lending Library catalog to see this and other titles of interest. To borrow a book, stop by our office in G-9627 or email us with your request.

Using Job Ads for Career Exploration

Reviewing advertisements of all sorts can help you identify appealing job types and sectors that you may never even have heard of, advises Derek Attig. Read Using Job Ads for Career Exploration

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