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Opportunities to Explore - April 15-19, 2019

Vol 5, Issue 16 | Trainee News

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

| CPD & GEPA Events Calendar | URBEST Program Calendar

(*) Designates Onsite Events at URMC or River Campus

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Opportunities to Explore is also available online. To view the web version, please visit The web version is optimized for viewing on tablets and smart phones.

Meet the Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs Team

Benjamin Lovell, Admissions Coordinator and Assistant to the Dean

Ben serves as the Admissions Coordinator, managing the day-to-day admissions operations, and serving as assistant to the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (SAD-GEPA). He also serves as Course Administrator for the “Ethics and Professional Integrity in Research” course, taught in the Fall semester.

Trainees typically contact Ben to discuss the graduate or preparatory program application process, to schedule a meeting with the SAD-GEPA, and for assistance with issues relating to the Ethics course. To request a meeting with Ben, please contact him directly at (585) 275-2933 or email Benjamin Lovell

This Week

(*) Surviving and Thriving as a Graduate Student

Thursday, April 18 | 3:00 pm | Adolph Lower Auditorium (1-7619), URMC
Brigid Cahill, Ph.D. – Director, University Counseling Center, University of Rochester. Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat

(*) 2019 Undergraduate Research Exposition

Friday, April 19 | 12:30 pm-4:00 pm | River Campus
Events featuring work from all disciplines include

12:30 – 1:30pm: Oral symposia sessions across River Campus

  • Humanities: Welles-Brown Room, Rush Rhees Library
  • Social Science: Meliora Hall 203
  • Engineering and Mathematics: Gavett Hall 206
  • Natural Science: Hutchison Hall 140

2:00 – 3:00pm: Poster presentation fair in the Hawkins-Carlson Room of Rush Rhees Library

3:15 – 4:00pm: Awards ceremony, including the presentation of the College Award for Undergraduate Teaching and Research Mentorship, in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library

Check out the Undergraduate Research Exposition webpage for more information

Free Medical Science Liaison Webinar

Various Dates and Times April 19-21
Topics to be covered: How to become a Medical Science Liaison (MSL); Strength and weaknesses of being a: scientist, pharmacist and medical doctors; Day in the Life of an MSL

Upcoming Events

(*) Graduate Student Society (GSS) Coffee Hour

Wednesday, April 24 | 10:00am-11:00 am | CEL 2-7536, URMC
Coffee hour for graduate students - free coffee, tea and treats. Enjoy conversation with fellow students or just grab and go! 

The Graduate Student Society is the coordinating student body charged with representing all students enrolled in the graduate programs at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry. We monitor issues of importance to the graduate student community, represent the concerns of graduate students to University administration, and advocate for changes to enhance the quality of graduate education. We also serve as a liaison among the student populations of the graduate programs and sponsor academic and social events of interest to the graduate student community.

(*) Interviewing: What to Expect and How to Prepare for the Interview

Wednesday, April 24 | 10:00am-11:30 am | CEL 2-7534, URMC
Eric Vaughn, Director of Career Services, will provide participants tips and materials to assist in preparing for various types of job interviews.  In addition, participants will gain an understanding of the various types of interview questions that may be asked during an interview including general questions, behavioral, and situational style questions. Participants will also practice answering various types of interview questions. Registration is not required, but to be guaranteed a seat, please register. For more information, please contact  Register here for "Interviewing: What to Expect and How to Prepare for the Interview."

(*) URBEST The Grand Gesture

Monday, April 29 | 10:00 am-12:00 pm | Saunders Research Building 1404
We’re providing the Grand Gesture by reserving a room and providing hot coffee and snacks to all graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff who would like to attend. You provide Deep Work, getting those large important tasks and projects accomplished. No lectures, no discussion, just quiet, coffee and 2 hours of Deep Work. What you focus on is completely up to you! If you want to learn more, read Deep Work by Cal Newport or watch this summary on his book.

See more upcoming events here.

Happening Now (Grant, Travel Award, and Conference Information)

GWIS Travel Award Spring 2019- (Deadline is April 16th)

The deadline for the Travel Award application is Tuesday, April 16th, 2018 at noon.  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, fifty seven GWIS members have received Travel Awards. There are two steps for completing an application: Step 1.  Submit a completed Application Form (attached document) along with a copy of your C.V. and copies of your peer-reviewed publications to by noon on April 16th . Step 2.  Request that your Ph.D. mentor and one of your Ph.D. advisory committee members each forward a letter of reference by noon on April 16th. For application materials, please visit the GWIS website.

Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is accepting applications

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program (2019 Solicitation 1). Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on May 9, 2019. The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. We release two regular solicitations annually, one is around early Spring and the other close to Fall. Details about the program and online application can be found on the DOE Office of Science Website.

Medical Faculty Council University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Student/Trainee Travel Awards 2019

Request for Applications (RFA) (Deadline: May 3, 2019 @ 6:00 pm)

The purpose of this award is to assist students and trainees in the URSMD to attend important national or international meetings at which they will present their research and make professional connections. We hope this will assist mentors with limited funds to promote their trainees’ professional success. We also intend for this award to serve as a means of recognizing outstanding research on the awardee’s CV. Funds may be used for registration and travel costs to national or international meetings. This award may be given in the form of reimbursement for a meeting where an applicant has already presented their research, or for anticipated meeting travel for presentation (reimbursement provided after travel). For full description and application materials, please visit the Medical Faculty Council webpage and select MFC Travel Awards.

Center for Professional Development (CPD) Travel Award

Deadline: May 31, 2019 by 5:00 pm

The Center of Professional Development (CPD) is sponsoring a CPD Travel Award for PhD students and postdoctoral appointees in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Each travel award is worth up to $1500 and can be utilized for travel to a conference or for a professional development opportunity relevant to preparation for current or future career endeavors. For more information including eligibility or to apply, please visit If awarded the CPD Travel Award, the travel award must be utilized between June 7, 2019 and June 4, 2020. All receipts for reimbursement will be due June 5, 2020.

CHCI-United Health Foundation Scholar Intern Program (Deadline: May 5, 2019)

Sponsored by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, Inc. The CHCI-United Health Foundation (UHF) Scholar Intern Program helps students pursuing health-related careers receive scholarship funds as well as hands-on experience through a paid internship at a community-based health organization. For more information, please visit the Sponsor website or Program page. Deadline is May 5, 2019.

MBI 406: Biomanufacturing for Fall 2019

Interested in a Pharmaceutical Career in Biomanufacturing? Fall 2019 Biomanufacturing course is team taught by UR Upstate Stem Cell cGMP Facility staff & guest lecturers from industry, other cGMP facilities & Universities. Full course description and Syllabus for Fall 2019 can be found online. For more information about the course contact

Center for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning

All-Network Teaching-as-Research Presentations

Wednesday, April 17 | 5:00 pm EDT | Blackboard Collaborate
Hear graduate students and postdocs from across the CIRTL Network share the results of their Teaching-as-Research (TAR) projects in this online presentation session. TAR projects investigate questions about teaching and learning, including assessing the effectiveness of specific learning activities and tools, examining the learning process about a specific topic, or characterizing the student experience in the classroom. This drop-in, online event is open to the public. Anyone is welcome to attend, but you must register in order to attend. Once you register, you will have access to the Blackboard Collaborate room where this online event will take place. Register through CIRTL online for this workshop.

Faculty Advising in a Community College Setting: What You Need to Know and How to do it Well

Monday, April 22 | 2:00 pm EDT | Blackboard Collaborate
Given that learning is a social process, relationships—especially those with faculty—are powerful tools that aid in students’ personal and professional development (Baker & Griffin, 2010). Advising students is a key role that many faculty play in addition to engaging students in classroom or research settings. This workshop is designed to help all future and current faculty learn how to advise effectively. Through a mix of mini-lecture, small and large group discussion and practice, participants will/be able to: • develop an appreciation for why developing good advising skills matters; • describe key aspects of how advising works within an institution and the different advising roles faculty play, depending on institution type; • explain key elements of effective advising for students; and • practice skills around building relationships and engaging future advisees. Registration runs from Monday, April 8, through 12PM CT on Friday, April 19. STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive priority; we refer to the institution, role, and discipline in your website profile when assessing priority. Open to 200 participants. Register through CIRTL online for this workshop.

2019 CIRTL Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching

Monday, June 17 | 12:00 pm EDT | CROSS Network Online

The CIRTL Online Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching designed specifically for grad students and postdocs new to teaching. In this five-day institute, participants will experience a thorough introduction to the core ideas that ground CIRTL's approach to STEM education: learning-through-diversity, learning communities, evidence-based teaching, and teaching-as-research. By examining relevant literature, working online in small peer groups facilitated by topical experts, and performing structured work independently; participants will develop a deep understanding of scientific teaching.

For a full list of upcoming Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Workshops, please visit The majority of events are online and requires advance registration. For information on any of the courses or programs, please contact .

Relevant Reads

The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion

Historically we have constructed our classrooms with the assumption that learning is a dry, staid affair best conducted in quiet tones and ruled by an unemotional consideration of the facts. The field of education, however, is beginning to awaken to the potential power of emotions to fuel learning, informed by contributions from psychology and neuroscience. In friendly, readable prose, Sarah Rose Cavanagh argues that if you as an educator want to capture your students' attention, harness their working memory, bolster their long-term retention, and enhance their motivation, you should consider the emotional impact of your teaching style and course design. To make this argument, she brings to bear a wide range of evidence from the study of education, psychology, and neuroscience, and she provides practical examples of successful classroom activities from a variety of disciplines in secondary and higher education. 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.


“Need accommodations for any CPD or GEPA event?  Contact at least three business days prior to the event.”

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Center for Professional Development | | (585) 275-4522 |

Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training | | (585) 276-7348 |