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Opportunities to Explore - April 3-7, 2017

April 3-7, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 14 | Trainee News

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

Happening Now

The Whole Scientist Course: Scholarship Application Deadline: April 1, 2017 for Bar Harbor, Maine Event

The Whole Scientist will assist you in answering the questions (Am I prepared for the next step in my scientific career? What skills do I need to work in academia? Industry? Other careers? What if I don’t want to do research?  How can I find a job?) and helps scientists like you prepare for the next step. With advice from leading experts, The Whole Scientist will instill skills and confidence in: People and project management, Individual Develop Plan preparation and execution, mentorship and team-building, networking and negotiating, effective communication to a variety of audiences, and career exploration and the job market.  Two upcoming events: 1 Day Event: April 20, 2017 at Hunter College in New York City, more information and registration site. Week-Long Event: May 15-19, 2017 in Bar Harbor Maine, more information and registration site.  Comprehensive scholarship packages are available for the Bar Harbor Whole Scientist Course, Details on scholarship packages and registration. 

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.

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

Registration Deadline Extended to April 2, 2017 for Falling Walls Lab Rochester

The Deadline to participate in the 2017 Falling Walls Lab has been extended to Sunday, April 2nd.  Falling Walls Lab Rochester will take place on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in Eisenberg Rotunda, Schlegel Hall.  Share your research project, business plan, or entrepreneurial or social initiative that is relevant to the world of today in three minutes and three slides. A distinguished jury selects one winner from the University of Rochester who will travel to Berlin to present at the Falling Walls Lab Finale on November 8, 2017. For information to register please visit .    

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 and to register please visit .

URBEST Career Story Q&A: Ben Glick, PhD

Tuesday, April 4 | 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545), URMC

Dr. Ben Glick, PhD, President and Chief Scientist at GSL Biotech LLC and Professor for Molecular Genetics & Cell Biology at University of Chicago will share his experiences in this interactive Q & A session.

1st Annual Paul M. Schyve, M.D. Center for Bioethics Lecture: “In the Shadow of Ebola”

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC

Special guest presenter Dr. Gregg Mitman, Ph.D., Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Please RSVP to Angela Pullen at (585) 273-5937 or by e-mail at .

Upcoming Events

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.

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 .

See more upcoming events here.

Relevant Reads

Make Your Contacts Count: Networking Know-How For Business and Career Success

By Anne Baber and Lynne Waymon. Make Your Contacts Count is a practical, step-by-step guide for creating, cultivating, and capitalizing on networking relationships and opportunities. 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.

The Menagerie of Potential Employers

It’s important to realize that employers see the world differently than you do and to understand their specific emotional states, advises Joseph Barber. Read The Menagerie of Potential Employers

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