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Opportunities to Explore - April 22-26, 2019

Vol 5, Issue 17 | 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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New Access Specialist

The Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs Office is excited to introduce you to SMD’s new Access Specialist for graduate students and postdocs, Jen Prosceo. Jen joins us from MCC where she served as the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Specialist in MCC’s Disability Services Office. Prior to MCC, Jen worked as an ASL/English Interpreter in RIT’s Colleges of Liberal Arts and Imaging Arts and Sciences.

Students and postdocs may contact Jen directly to discuss/arrange for access services.

(585) 276-5075   |

This Week

(*) Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion at URMC

Wednesday, April 24 | 8:00am-12:00 pm | Sarah Flaum Atrium (G-9500), URMC
An event highlighting the broad range of activities and resources at the medical center that contribute to our diverse and inclusive environment. The event aims to increase awareness of diversity-related initiatives at URMC and help people connect to these efforts and to one another.

Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion at URMC is organized in solidarity with the YWCA’s Stand Against Racism movement. The Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of YWCA USA to build community among those who work for racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism in our communities.

To submit a poster or sign up to have a booth, please contact Princess Fame (

(*) 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."

(*) 31st Annual Genetics Day

Thursday, April 25 | 9:30 am-4:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium and Flaum Atrium, URMC
Genetics Day features the 17th annual Fred Sheman Lecture.  The 2019 keynote speaker is Phillip D. Zamore, Ph.D. of the University of Massachusetts, Howard Hughes Medical Investigator. The program is sponsored by the University Committee for Interdisciplinary Studies (UCIS) and organized by the Departments of Biomedical Genetics and Biology. For additional information about this event, please contact

(*) NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program Information Session

Thursday, April 25 | 5:00 pm-6:00 pm | Dewey Hall, Room 2-110E, River Campus
The NSF GRFP provides awarded fellows a $34,000 annual stipend for 3 years and a $12,000/year cost of education benefit that is applied towards tuition, health insurance, mandatory health fees. Are you studying in an eligible STEM field and are interested in learning how to apply for the fellowship in October, 2019? Attend an information session led by faculty, current NSF GRFP fellows, the Fellowships and AS&E Research Offices to learn more. Reserve a seat online. Eligibility requirements include: Being a U.S. citizen, national, or permanent resident. Undergraduate seniors and bachelor's degree holders may apply before enrolling in a degree-granting graduate program. Graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program are limited to only one application to the GRFP, submitted in the first year or at the beginning of the second year of their degree program. Review all eligibility requirements and fellowship details in the NSF GRFP Program Solicitation 18-573.

Upcoming Events

(*) 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.

(*) Town Hall: Inaugural Racial Justice Report Card at URSMD

Monday, April 29 | 12:00 pm-1:00pm | Helen Wood Hall, School of Nursing Auditorium 1W-304, URMC
Racism is a powerful force in the American healthcare system, manifesting as disparate population-level health outcomes, healthcare delivery metrics, and physician workforce statistics. As gatekeepers to the health professions, medical schools and their affiliated health systems must be responsible for setting standards for addressing racism in medicine.

In 2018, national organization White Coats for Black Lives released the inaugural Racial Justice Report Card, a tool that evaluated 15 metrics for racial justice across 10 academic medical centers.

This year, students have brought this initiative to the University of Rochester School of Medicine. In this brief Town Hall, we will present the official results of this year's report and, through small group reflection and discussion, begin to ask the questions: How does the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry measure up, and where do we go from here?

(*) Pre-doctoral Organization for the Neurosciences (PONS) Luncheon Roundtable Series

Monday, April 29 | 12:00 pm-1:00pm | Neuroscience Conference Room (KMRB Room G-9624), URMC
Catered lunch and discussion of current neuromuscular disorder research with the experts: Charles Thornton, M.D. and David Herrmann, M.D., M.B.B.Ch.

(*) Page-Turners for Teaching

Friday, May 3 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Miner Classroom 1-6200D, URMC
Curious about how best to teach and train others? Considering an academic career? Lacking opportunities or time to teach as a busy researcher? Looking for ways to keep your CV up-to-date on teaching even if you are not currently doing it? Join “Page Turners For Teaching,” a bi-weekly discussion group offered through a collaboration between the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Center for Professional Development (CPD), and URBEST for grad students, medical students, postdocs, and residents interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us to discuss this spring! Register to reserve your free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at

(*) Postdoc Association Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, May 7 | 12:00 pm | 1-8513, URMC
Meetings are a monthly, one-hour meeting on the first Tuesday of each month at noon. The SMD and AS&E co-chairs, as well as the PDA advisors, and staff with interests in postdoc professional development are always present. Anyone from the general postdoc population at the University of Rochester is welcome to attend. Meetings typically focus on planning social and professional development events for postdocs. However, the association has also addressed a range of other pertinent matters including but not limited to changes to postdoc insurance, dissemination of information related to the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia, and revisions to campus policies. For more information, please contact the GEPA Office at

See more upcoming events here.

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

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

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 .

Resource Spotlight: Teaching-as-Research Videos

What is Teaching-as-Research? Bennett Goldberg Explains

Learn the basics behind CIRTL's "teaching-as-research" concept in this 5-minute video from CIRTL's MOOC on evidence-based teaching. View this short video on CIRTL’s MOOC YouTube Channel.

What is Teaching-as-Research? TAR Students Reflect

Hear graduate students and postdocs reflect on how doing a TAR project helped them in this 10-minute video from CIRTL’s MOOC on evidence-based teaching. View this short video on CIRTL’s MOOC YouTube Channel.

How Does Teaching-as-Research Impact Your Career?

Last spring a panel of TAR alumni reflected on their TAR experiences, with a special focus on how TAR impacted their careers. Panelists addressed questions on the value of TAR, how TAR impacted their career plans, and how they leveraged TAR when applying for jobs. View this short video on CIRTL’s MOOC YouTube Channel.

Job Postings on the CIRTL Website

Checkout job opportunities on the CIRTL website for teaching and research opportunities.

Resource of the week

University of Rochester International Travel Resources

The University of Rochester’s Office for Global Engagement (OGE) provides a wide range of resources available to students, faculty, and staff traveling abroad for activity sponsored or supported by the University of Rochester. To register your travel and access resources, please visit the Global Engagement website. If you have questions, contact Alan Ryon, Manager for International Travel and Security at (585) 857-1168 or

Postdoctoral Opportunities

Interdisciplinary Training in Pathobiology and Rehabilitation Medicine

The UAB Center for Exercise Medicine (UCEM) is currently seeking applications for highly qualified postdocs for the Interdisciplinary Training in Pathobiology and Rehabilitation Medicine T32. UAB ranks consistently as one of the top locations among US universities for training postdoctoral scholars. UCEM, directed by Dr. Marcas Bamman, is home to over 200 interdisciplinary scientists at UAB with interest in exercise or rehabilitation medicine. Our T32 program is in its 8th year of funding, with an excellent track record of pre- and postdoctoral trainees successfully securing independent funding and moving on to faculty positions across the country.

Please pass along this notice to any graduate students who are finishing up and ready to move on to a postdoctoral fellowship in any area of rehabilitation medicine.

Please direct any questions to Chelsea Crawford (

Relevant Reads

CV Handbook

The CV Handbook is the definitive guide to drafting and updating a curriculum vitae as used in the American Academy. The CV Handbook sets the record straight and offers dozens of CV samples to help graduate students, new faculty and tenured faculty prepare a more powerful vita. The CV samples used throughout the book are from multiple disciplines from across the academy. 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.

A Tool Kit for Teaching About Research

Junior Prof provides some classroom tips for engaging your students in research. By Junior Prof. Read A Tool Kit for Teaching About Research

Leaving Your Job Gracefully

No matter why you are departing, how you manage your exit can impact your career into the future, advises Christine Kelly. Read Leaving Your Job Gracefully

9 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid When Interviewing

By Katherine M. Roothman. Read 9 Rookie Mistakes to Avoid When Interviewing


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