Skip to main content
Explore URMC

SMD Logo

Education / Graduate Education / Center for Professional Development / Opportunities to Explore / Opportunities to Explore - August 14-18, 2017

Opportunities to Explore - August 14-18, 2017

August 14-18, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 33 | Trainee News

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

Meet The Gepa Staff

Aleta Anthony​Aleta Anthony, Director of Graduate Enrollment

Aleta Anthony serves as the Director of Graduate Enrollment for PhD, Master’s, and Certificate programs for the School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) in the office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs.

While students are welcome to meet with Aleta to discuss any topic, students typically meet with Aleta to discuss the admissions process for SMD programs including how to apply, application requirements, recruitment events, and general application questions.  To contact Aleta, please contact her directly at (585) 275-0102 or .

This Week

URBEST Career Story Committee: Suggestions and Input Meeting

Monday, August 14 | 9:00 am-10:00 am or 2:00 pm-3:00 pm (need only attend one) | Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC

Dr. Tracey Baas, URBEST Executive Director, will be holding two gatherings to assist her in selecting and inviting speakers to visit the University of Rochester.  Dr. Baas encourages anyone who would like to attend to put together your wish list or “mock” advertisement of who you would like to visit for URBEST.  Please contact with any questions.

Daybreakers (URMC Chapter of Toastmasters)

Thursday, August 17 | 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.  Open to UR undergrads, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff. For more information, please visit the Daybreakers Toastmasters Club website.

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Teaching-As-Research (TAR) Research Day

Thursday, August 17 | 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Location TBD

CIRTL@UR would like to extend an invitation to interested students and trainees, to the University of Rochester's annual CIRTL TAR Research Day. CIRTL (the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning) is a national consortium of 43 HEIs, whose focus is on improving the STEM learning of all students at every college and university, and thereby increasing the diversity in STEM fields and the STEM literacy of the nation. The TAR (Teaching-As-Research) program is one 'pillar' of achieving this end. Essentially, it is an opportunity for graduate students and post docs in STEM disciplines to engage in a scholarship of teaching & learning (SoTL) project, at the end of which, they present their research to the local community. More information on TAR may be found here.

On August 17, the conference will show-case the latest cohort of TAR Fellows' work, followed by a career panel, and then a workshop. Dr Sarah Rose Cavanagh, author of The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion, will be the guest speaker; she will be facilitating a 3-hour workshop on this topic. Attendees will also receive a copy of the book for attending the research day. Registration and attendance is free. Please go here to register. For more information, please email .

The Science of Great Ideas: Fostering the Creative Process

Thursday, August 17 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | CEL Room 2-7536, URMC

Introduce your right brain to your left brain, decoding the science of great ideas by fostering the creative process. The session will be led by Vineeth John, MD, MBA, who will introduce you to some of the theories of the creative process; and Charmaine Wheatley, URMC artist-in-residence, who will lead you through some hands-on art activities. Register here to sign up today!

CPD Sponsored Event: Planning Your Future

Friday, August 18 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Learning Lab 2-7520, URMC

Thinking about your future or next steps after graduation or postdoc. Not sure where to begin or feeling overwhelmed! If you said yes to one or both statements then this workshop is for you.  Planning You Future will assist you in planning your next steps in your career future. This workshop will provide information on application materials and processes for academic, industry, non-profit and government positions. Participants will also learn about all the free resources available to assist with your job search. In addition, participants will learn strategies and tips to manage job searches while completing advanced degree or postdoc opportunity. For more information about this workshop, please contact Eric Vaughn at To register for this workshop, please visit .

Upcoming Events

URBEST Career Story Q & A

Tuesday, August 22 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

Michael Krupp, PhD, CEO at Xfibra Inc. and previous Senior Vice President at Chugai Pharma USA and previous Director of Licensing & Development at Pfizer Inc.

Future Faculty Workshop: Unconscious Bias and the Impact on Our Academic Environments

Tuesday, August 24 | 11:30 am – 2:00 pm | Staybridge Suites

Unconscious or implicit bias affects everyone and can have a significant influence on our attitudes and behaviors. Unconscious bias can influence key decisions in the workplace and contribute to inequality in recruitment, promotions, and performance appraisals of students and colleagues. This workshop will provide participants with knowledge about bias, the impact of cultural norms and work values on our academic environment, and strategies for reducing bias in the workplace. For more information on this workshop and future workshops, please visit the  Survey Monkey Registration Form.

University of Rochester Postdoctoral Association: Night at the Rochester Red Wings- RSVP Deadline: August 18th

Saturday, August 26 | Gates open at 5:00 pm and Game starts at 6:00 pm | Frontier Field

University of Rochester PDA is excited to announce its next social event, a night at the Rochester Red Wings, taking place on Saturday, August 26th. URPDA will cover the cost of tickets as wells as provide vouchers to be used at the concession stands. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP using the link here.  Family and significant others welcome!  Deadline to RSVP: August 18 at 5;0 pm!  Reach out to Jeffrey Tithof at or Anthony Franchini at if you have any questions.

CPD Sponsored Event: Grantsmanship for Postdocs: Pathway to Independence Awards (K99/R00) (Online Webinar)

Tuesday, October 3 | 6:00 pm-8:30 pm | Webinar

The ability to write competitive grant applications is now more important than ever. Therefore, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are strongly encouraged to develop and perfect their grant writing skills early in their careers by applying for fellowships, career transition awards, and other funding opportunities. Moreover, concise and persuasive writing skills are not only vital for a career in academia, but are essential for all career paths. For information on what will be covered during the webinar and to register, please visit The New York Academy of Sciences website.

Professional Development Workshops with Tara Gray, PhD: Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar & Ten Ways to Manage Your Time

Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar (RSVP Deadline: October 6th)

  • Monday, October 23 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm | Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), URMC

Increase your productivity by a factor of three. Write clearer, better organized, and more compelling prose. Many scholarly writers are educated at the School of Hard Knocks, but it’s not the only school or even the best. Much is known about how to become a prolific scholar, and anybody can. For more information or to RSVP, please visit .

Ten Ways to Manage Your Time (RSVP Deadline: October 6th)

  • Monday, October 23 | 1:45 pm-3:45 pm | Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), URMC

University professors are pulled in many directions at once, facing publication deadlines, piles of student papers, committee obligations, and that  ever-growing list of unanswered emails. In all of this clutter of activity, we might begin to wonder: are we making the best use of our time? Clearly, we need to develop strategies and concrete practices to open up some “space” in our lives in which we can reflect, consider the long term, and function more productively in our daily lives. For more information or to RSVP, please visit .

See more upcoming events here. 

Center For The Integration Of Research, Teaching And Learning

CIRTL (the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning) will be offering a number of online courses, workshops and drop-in events during the Fall semester for graduate students and post-docs who are interested in teaching and learning. A comprehensive list of the Fall offerings can be found online here. Offerings are free of charge, and offer  great opportunity to learn about good teaching alongside peers from 42 other PhD-granting universities around the country, and in Canada. There is no limit to how many you can attend, although numbers might be limited for the workshops. In order to log on to one of the events, students need to create an account at - a quick process. If you do attend any of the offerings, please contact Jenny Hadingham at, for accounting purposes. She is also happy to answer any questions that you might have concerning the offerings.

Happening Now

The 2017 Science Video Contest 2017  (Submission Deadline: August 31, 2017)

Wouldn’t it be awesome if scientists were as fluent in “YouTube” as they are in “Blog” and “Twitter”? The Science Showcase Video Contest is all about getting researchers excited about communicating their science to curious-minded people on YouTube. So, if you are doing cool research, and have a passion for telling others about it, get creating! To learn more about the contest, selection criteria, instructions on submitting your video, and prize information; please visit . Top prize is $2,000.

Volunteer Opportunities

Exploring Science; Earth and Space

August 18-21 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm | Rochester Museum & Science Center

Are you a graduate student, postdoc, or faculty member?  Do you have a background in astronomy, climatology, physics, or space sciences? The Rochester Museum & science Center is looking for volunteers interested in supporting hands-on science demonstrations for our Earth and Space event focusing on the total solar eclipse! Training and materials will be provided for all activities. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rachel Walker at for more information. Sign up to volunteer at .

Science and Culture Reading Group

Science, Technology, and Culture – a multidisciplinary reading group

How is science shaped by the culture that surrounds it? How do technological innovations change society? We are a discussion group inviting people from all parts of the University of Rochester community to reflect on these questions through shared reading and group discussion. Join us for snacks and good conversation! Please contact with any questions. 

Next Meeting: Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly Wednesday August 23rd at 5pm in the Humanities Center Lobby (located in Rush Rhees Library)

Relevant Reads

Make Your Contacts Count

Packed with valuable tools, the book offers a field-tested "Hello to Goodbye" system that takes readers from entering a room, to making conversations flow, to following up. 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.

Writing Successful Grant Proposals

Most sizable grants are just too large and complex to write in a single heroic burst of last-minute effort, says Victoria McGovern, who offers advice on how to craft successful proposals. Read Writing Successful Grant Proposals

Visit for a calendar of all our events.  Review the Opportunities to Explore archive.

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

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