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Opportunities to Explore - August 6-10, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 32 | 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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This Week

(*) Sponsored by CETL & CPD: Page-Turners for Teaching

  • Tuesday, August 7 (Every 1st Tuesday) | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Dewey 1-160B
  • Wednesday, August 15th (Every 3rd Wednesday) | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | 2-7520, 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 new bi-weekly (1st Tuesday at noon in Dewey 1-160B and 3rd Wednesday at 4:00 pm in the Medical Center) discussion group for grad students, medical students, postdocs, and residents interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Whistling Vivaldi to discuss this summer! Register to reserve your free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at .

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Webinar

Faculty Advising: What You Need to Know and How to Do It Well

  • Registration Deadline: Tuesday, August 7th at 1:00 pm (ET)
  • Wednesday, August 8 | 11:00 am ET | Online in 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 the classroom or mentoring them in research settings. This workshop is designed to help future and current faculty learn how to advise effectively. As a result of attending this workshop, 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 • Explain key elements of effective advising for students • Practice skills around building relationships and engaging future advisees. For more information or to register for the webinar, please visit The registration deadline is Tuesday, August 7th at 1:00 pm (ET).

(*) Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, August 8 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Goergen Hall, Room 417, River Campus

All postdocs are invited to attend. 

(*) How to Best Leverage The Meliora Collective (Webinar)

Wednesday, August 8 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Webinar

Office of Alumni Relations Staff presents. Learn tips and tricks from University staff members for making the most of The Meliora Collective! Launched in spring 2018, this new platform connects the University community by fostering professional exploration. With state-of-the-art technology and communication tools, The Collective provides alumni and students with one place to network, mentor, and discover their true calling. To register for this virtual session, please visit the Webinar event site on rochester handshake.

Upcoming Events

(*) Incoming Graduate Student Orientation

Thursday, August 23 | 8:30 am-4:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425)


(*) Graduate Student Society (GSS)/Graduate Student Association (GSA) Ice Cream Social

Tuesday, August 28 | LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576), URMC


(*) URBEST Career Story Q&A: Katrina Korfmacher, PhD

Wednesday, August 29 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

Katrina Korfmacher, URBEST Policy Leader, will share her Career Story and enlist your help to evaluate interest and topics for creating a student-led Science Policy Course for 2019. Pizza will be provided. For more information, please contact Tracey Baas

(*) CPD Sponsored Webinar: What Industry Can Offer: Tips for Putting Your Foot Inside the Door

Wednesday, August 29 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | 2-7520, URMC

In this webinar, Dr. Sen will highlight why he pursued the Industrial career path; how is the market out there now, what to expect in a career in industry and what could be some of the critical steps that one can follow in order to land up with a successful job in the industrial sector. Audience can feel free to ask any questions which they think might aid them in finding the next job in industry. For more information please contact Eric Vaughn

(*) Save the Date: URBEST Retreat and Career Workshop

Thursday, September 13 | 9:00 am-4:00 pm | Adolph Auditorium (1-7619) & CEL 2-7536/2-7544)

Presenters include: Randy Ribaudo, Co-founder SciPhD; Jon Baker, J. Craig Venter Institute Fellow; Claire McCarthy, Science Writing Fellow at National Cancer Institute; Katie Smolnycki, Program Manager of Business Development at Fred Hutch; Virginia Glazer, Assistant Professor of Biology at Niagara University; Corey Hoffman, ORISE Fellow at US Department of Health & Human Services; Steve Dewhurst, Vice Dean of Research; Derek Crowe, Instructor for Scientific Communication and Visual Design; Derek Crowe, Instructor for Scientific Communication and Visual Design. Registration link made available mid-August. “Need accommodations?  Contact at least three business days prior to the event.” For more information about this event, please contact Tracey Baas at

Cookout, Celebrating a Community of Diverse Students and Trainees at URMC!

Saturday, September 15 | 1:00 pm-4:00 pm | Canalside Shelter, Genesee Valley Park

Come and join us for a Cookout, Celebrating a Community of Diverse Students and Trainees at URMC! RSVP by September 7th at this Cookout RSVP Document. Sponsored by URMC: Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Executive Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, Office for Inclusion and Culture Development School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing.

(*) Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) Seminar- Getting by with a Little Help from My Friends: The Value of Community in Science and Life

Thursday, September 20 | 3:00 pm | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), URMC

Kristen W. Lynch, Ph.D. - Chair and Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA

(*) Battle of the Bands (Hosted by Humans for Education)

Friday, September 21 | Douglas Ballroom, River Campus

Featuring Bands like: Hey Mabel and Mojo Chunk. The audience decides the winner. To register your band, please contact Ninoshka Fernandes at

Suit-Up Event

Sunday, September 23 | 6:00 pm-9:00 pm | JCPenney’s @ Eastview Mall (600 Eastview Mall Drive, Victor, NY 14564)

Need professional wear for an upcoming interview? Join us at the 1st Annual JCPenney College Suit-Up Event in collaboration with the Gwen M. Greene Center. This one-time only shopping experience for career wear at discounts that are not accessible to the general public. Bring your UR-ID and receive an extra 40% off. Register in Handshake to win a $100 gift card! You must be pre-registered in Handshake to win a $100 gift card! Register at Register today to reserve your spot! Please contact Eric Vaughn at or Christina Pero at with any questions.

Future Faculty Workshops: Understanding the Faculty Role

Wednesday, October 10 | 11:30 am-4:30 pm | Gamble Room (2nd Floor), Rush Rhees Library, River Campus

Gain a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of academic careers, hear alumni perspectives on transitioning from graduate student to faculty member, and learn of discipline-specific expectations and challenges in the job search, including building a CV and preparing to interview. Complimentary lunch will be provided. Please contact Adele Coelho, Faculty Outreach Coordinator, at (585) 273-2571 or with any questions or to RSVP.

See more upcoming events here.

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

Registration Opens for Falling Walls Competition

Would you like to take the stage in Berlin, Germany, this fall to tell the world about your research?  If so, register by September 17 for the Falling Walls Lab, a preliminary contest on October 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons. Each presenter will have three minutes and three slides to summarize their groundbreaking idea. The winner receives $500 and a trip to the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, November 7 to 9. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top two finalists. Contact Adele Coelho for additional information.

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Price in Interdisciplinary Research

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research provides a monetary award towards recognizing outstanding Postdoctoral Associates or Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Rochester whose research exemplifies the importance of cross- discipline approaches toward examining high impact questions of science. The competition is open to all UR SMD and ASE Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows. For a complete review of the application including eligibility and submission requirements, please visit the Prize Webpage.

Adjunct Opportunities

St. John Fisher College is in need of adjunct instructors for the upcoming fall semester to teach General Biology Laboratory. There are openings on Monday afternoon (1:25-4:10) and Tuesday morning (9:30-12:15).  Postdocs and/or senior graduate students interested in getting teaching experience, please forward a CV and teaching philosophy to Daryl Hurd, Associate Professor and Chair of the Biology Department at Dr. Hurd is happy to provide more details to those that are interested during a visit to campus.  

UR Offers New Program To Boost Diversity Among Early Career Researchers

The new UR Stars program helps connect established researchers at UR with early career scholars from groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. Faculty who are looking for postdocs or early career researchers to work in their labs are invited to participate.

The University of Rochester has launched a new program meant to boost the diversity of its early-career research faculty. The two-day UR Stars Program will help connect established researchers at the University with underrepresented postdoctoral fellows and early-career faculty candidates from around the country.

Having a diverse workforce can boost productivity and improve outcomes, but several racial/ethnic groups, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and people with disabilities remain underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce across the U.S. Increasing diversity in this sector can bring new viewpoints and ideas to the table, fostering collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

UR Stars will help basic science, population health, and biomedical research faculty recruit underrepresented postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty into open positions in their labs. Interested faculty from the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry, UR School of Nursing and Eastman Institute of Oral Health can give a speed research talk and network with the candidates at the program’s inaugural event in November.

The event, taking place Sunday, November 11 through Tuesday, November 13, will offer scholars from diverse backgrounds and especially those who are underrepresented in biomedical research the opportunity to engage with University faculty, and explore the University and Rochester. Participating scholars will be strongly encouraged to apply for post-doctoral fellowships at the UR.

This program is supported by the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity at UR, and URMC’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs. For additional information contact Ashley N. Campbell, Director of Diversity Programming, 585-273-4297.

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