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Opportunities to Explore - April 17-21, 2017

April 17-21, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 16 | Trainee News

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

Happening Now

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.

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 .

This Week

URBEST Career Story Q&A: Martha Haber, PhD

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 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

Six Essential Soft Skills of Indispensable Professionals

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 | Running from 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  | Online

Six Essential Soft Skills of Indispensable Professionals. In this online presentation, you will hear from Anna Tjumina on how to become a valued professional, capitalizing on career opportunities, and will provide details and information on how to write a killer cover letter.  To learn more the presentation & register, please visit

Falling Walls Lab Competition Event

Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 2:00 p.m. | Eisenberg Rotunda, Schlegel Hall, River Campus

The University invites you to attend the Falling Walls Lab Competition Event to see student and trainee researchers, scholars and entrepreneurs summarize their ground-breaking ideas in three minutes, at a competition to determine who will qualify for the Falling Walls conference in Berlin, Germany, this November. The annual conference, which commemorates the fall of the Berlin Wall, addresses “which walls will fall next?” by highlighting the latest research, innovations and scientific findings from around the world. University of Rochester bachelor’s and master’s students, PhD candidates, postdocs, junior professors, and entrepreneurs from all disciplines will compete on April 20th to qualify for the Nov. 8 Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, Germany. If you have any questions concerning the event, please contact

Upcoming Events

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 .

CPD Seminar Event with Insight Data Science

Tuesday, April 25 | 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm | Gleason Hall, Room G318/418, River Campus

In this seminar, a high-level overview of the state of the field of data science and industry-wide trends, as well as the tools and skills that top data-driven companies are looking for when hiring data scientists and engineers. The session will include time for Q&A, as well as advice for those interested in transitioning to careers based on Insight's experience working with 750+ alumni in programs focused on Data Science, Data Engineering, Health Data, and Artificial Intelligence.  For more information, please contact Jeffrey Tithof 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.

Groups & Forums

Daybreakers (URMC Chapter of Toastmasters)

Meets every 1st, 3rd, and 5th Thursday | 7:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

Daybreakers offer a step by step method to overcome the fear of public speaking and a supportive group that encourages each member to develop the communication and leadership skills that will drive their careers in a positive direction.  Check out Daybreakers Facebook page for more information. Open to UR undergrads, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff.

Relevant Reads

Knock ‘em Dead Resumes (11th Edition): A killer resume gets MORE job interviews!

By Martin Yate, CPC. Knock Em Dead resumes will not only show you how to build a resume, you’ll learn how to use it to get interviews. 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.

Your Ph.D. Experience is Great Work Experience—Part 2

Attending to the impression you make in graduate school is a great investment in your long-term career, argues Brian Mohan. Read Your Ph.D. Experience is Great Work Experience—Part 2

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