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Opportunities To Explore 12/26-12/30

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

December 26 – December 30, 2016 | Vol 2, Issue 68 | Trainee News

Happening Now

Call for Abstracts for New England Science Symposium

The New England Science Symposium (NESS), which will be held in 2017 on March 25 in Boston, “provides a forum for postdoctoral fellows; medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students (particularly for African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals) to share their biomedical and health-related research activities through oral or poster presentations, to engage in discussions related to career development in the sciences, to exchange ideas and to expand their professional networks.” The abstract submission deadline is January 5, 2017.

Translational Science 2017: Registration is Now Open!

Registration and abstract submission are now open for Translational Science 2017!  Join the brightest minds from across the spectrum of translational research April 19-21, 2017 in Washington DC. This annual meeting is particularly focused on providing an opportunity for graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and fellows the opportunity to provide poster (and oral) presentations.  Submit your abstract by January 13, 2017.

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program

Interested in science communication? The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program places science, engineering, and mathematics students and postdocs at media organizations nationwide. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at media outlets that include the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, National Public Radio, National Geographic Society, and Scientific American. Follow the link above to apply by January 15, 2017!

National Cancer Institute's National Graduate Student Recruitment Program (GSRP)

Applications are currently being accepted for the National Cancer Institute's National Graduate Student Recruitment Program (GSRP).  The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is committed to fostering a diverse community of scientists and expanding the representation among its trainees.  The Graduate Student Recruiting Program is a competitive program that aims to facilitate senior graduate students obtaining postdoc positions at NCI.  In order to be eligible, you must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the United States and on schedule to complete your PhD requirements by December 1, 2017.  The GSRP is open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals.  Follow the link above and apply by January 31, 2017. 

This Week

Happy Holidays!

The Office of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs will be closed Monday, December 26th. 

In the meantime, enjoy ‘Twas the night before grant deadline, a bit of holiday amusement from our friends at Science.

Upcoming Events

URBEST Career Story Q&A: Ramil Sapinoro, PhD

Friday, January 13, 2017 | 8:00 – 9:00am | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545), URMC

Dr. Ramil Sapinoro, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences from St. John Fisher, will share his transitions and triumphs in this interactive Q & A session.  In addition, Ramil is looking for someone to teach some of his courses while he is away on sabbatical for part of 2017. This may be a URBEST trainee, an individual taking Paul Dunman’s Spring Drug Discovery Course, or someone else? This teaching opportunity is above and beyond the basics of being a TA, will be very rigorous, and will look excellent on your resume.  If interested, please send Tracey Baas ( your CV or Resume and a cover letter by December 20.

“America's Got Regulatory Science Talent” Competition

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. | Helen Wood Hall Auditorium

Want to see how your research can impact federal programs and regulations?  Want to discuss your ideas with the FDA?  Participate in the "America's Got Regulatory Science Talent" Competition.  This is the 4th annual competition that will be held at the University of Rochester, Helen Wood Hall Auditorium on Thursday, February 16, 2017.  The deadline for entry forms is Tuesday, January 31, 2017. See the “America's Got Regulatory Science Talent” Competition website. Complete information and instructions on how to apply are in this linked announcement.

See more upcoming events here.

Relevant Reads

The Billion Dollar Molecule: One Company's Quest for the Perfect Drug

by Barry Werth.  An inside story of the business of drug discovery.  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-9556 or email us with your request.

Funding: Word perfect

Nervous about your grant application's chance of success? Get help to make every word count. Read Funding: Word perfect

Taking an Unexpected Turn

Adriana Bankston offers reflections and advice to Ph.D.s about successfully leaving academe and pursuing other careers. Read Taking an Unexpected Turn

Career Lingo: “Potential”

Potential is like an arrow, pointing in a direction that your future colleagues hope you will travel with them. Read Career Lingo: “Potential”

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