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Opportunities to Explore - April 24-28, 2017

April 24-28, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 17 | Trainee News

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

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Happening Now

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

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 Register online at

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

Thursday, April 27 | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | 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 .

URBEST Career Story Q & A: Aiyi Liu, PhD

Friday, April 28 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Center for Experiential Learning (2-7520/2-7534), URMC

Dr. Aiyi Lio, Senior Investigator for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Biostatics & Bioinformatics Branch, will share his experiences in this interactive Q & A session. This inaugural colloquium talk is organized by Rochester Data Science Society.  Find them on Facebook at .

Upcoming Events

URBEST Career Story Q & A: Rafael Gil De Rubio, Genentech Intern

Tuesday, May 2 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am | Northwestern Conference Room, URMC

The first in a Genentech Connection.  Rafael will share information about how he secured his upcoming internship at Genentech and share advice on how to market yourself to future internship hosts.  Coffee and bagels will be served.

URBEST Career Story Q & A: Alex Shih-Min Huang

Friday, May 5 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am | Helen Wood Hall 1W-509 Craytor & McNerney Classroom (HWH is attached to Saunders)

The second in Genentech Connection.  Senior Scientist Biomarker Sub Team Leader in Early Development at Genentech. 

CPD Sponsored Event: Interviewing Workshop: Preparing for the Job Interview

Monday, May 8 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm | Teaching Learning Lab (2-7534), URMC

Eric Vaughn, Life Sciences Career Coach, 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. Register online at .

See more upcoming events here.

Relevant Reads

Word Up! How to Write Powerful Sentences and Paragraphs

By Marcia Riefer Johnston. Learn about how to get people to want to read your words. 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 Assessments for Career “Fit”

Stephanie K. Eberle outlines the misconceptions about assessments in career counseling and advises how to use them most effectively. Read Using Assessments for Career “Fit”

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