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Opportunities to Explore - December 9-13, 2019

Vol 5, Issue 50 | Trainee News

A newsletter for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees | @UR_SMD_CPD | @TraceyBaas | CPD & GEPA Events Calendar | URBEST Program Calendar

Spring 2020 Course Information - Register Today!

IND 439: Leadership and Management for Scientists (Class Starts January 16th)

This Spring 2 credit hour course is directed by Eric Vaughn. IND439 is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral scientists who wish to enhance their leadership and management skills. It will cover a range of topics, including project management, communication, personality styles and budgeting skills, to help this unique group of

leaders and managers. This course focuses on human-centered strategies for leading effective teams in biomedical and health science academic environments that can also be translated into research-related careers. Through a series of interactive activities, reflective writing, self-assessment instruments, and group discussions, you will develop

a repertoire of techniques for addressing issues that commonly arise within and between research groups.

Topics and Instructors include: Mentors and Mentees In The Digital Age – Tracey Baas, Ph.D.;  Managing People – Steve Dewhurst, Ph.D.; Communicating and Solving Conflict as a Leader – Jeff Lyness, M.D.; Teamwork and Collaboration – Sarah Peyre, Ed.D.; Strategic Planning – Kate Cerulli, J.D., Ph.D.; Overseeing Resources Effectively (Part I & II) – Jane Tolbert, Ph.D.; Personality Types (Part I & II)- Eric Vaughn, M.Ed.; Cultural Humility – Kristen Hocker, Ed.D.; Networking – How to NOT be awkward – Kathy Driscoll, M.A.; Personal Mission (Part I & II) – Mark Wilson, M.E.; Project Management With Teams – David Topham, Ph.D.; Interviewing: Selecting Teams - Ann Dozer, Ph.D. and Luisa Caetano-Davies, Ph.D.

Questions about the course or how to register? Please contact or

Final Deadlines for Grants, Travel Awards, and Conferences

NSF I-Corps Site Spring Cohort Application Deadline: (Deadline: December 12, 2019)

Have a technical business idea? Looking to explore the market opportunity of laboratory research? Consider applying to the University’s NSF Innovation-Corps (I-Corps) Site program, which offers training and up to $3,000 in a grant award for customer discovery or prototyping. The next I-Corps Site Cohort X will run during the 2020 spring semester. View the Cohort X program dates. The program is open to the entire University community and applicants must submit online by Thursday, December 12. Contact Senior Program Manager Matt Spielmann at the Ain Center for Entrepreneurship with questions.

Medical Faculty Council Travel Award for Medical Student, Graduate Student, Post-Doctoral Trainees, Clinical Residents, and Clinical Fellows (Deadline: December 13, 2019 at 6:00 pm)

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.  This is the second RFA for this yearly award.  Two awards will be given this funding cycle (one for clinical research and one for basic sciences research).  Eligible applications are for travel between September 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020.

The purpose of this award is to assist students and trainees in the URSMD to attend important national or international meetings at which they will present their research and make professional connections and to assist mentors with limited funds to promote their trainees’ professional success.  The amount of each is no more than $1,000.  This award can be used for registration and travel costs to national or international meetings.   This award may be given in the form of reimbursement for a meeting that an applicant has already attended and presented their research or for anticipated meeting travel for presentation.

Apply for EDA University Center Funding (Deadline: December 15, 2019)

University of Rochester students may apply for EDA University Center funding for proposed business ventures in the idea, development, or startup stages. The venture must operate in and/or provide a benefit, whether economic, social, cultural or intellectual, to an urban or rural community in the greater Rochester region. Students are eligible upon the successful completion of select Ain Center for Entrepreneurship training, courses or programs. The application deadline is Sunday, December 15, at 11:59 p.m. Apply online. For questions, please contact Ain Center Program Manager Heidi Mergenthaler.

2020 Young Scientist Seminars competition is Now Open! (Deadline: December 16, 2019)

Are you an early-career scientist with a research story to share on camera? APPLY to the Young Scientist Seminars 2020 competition! Winners receive an all-expenses-paid trip to San Francisco to participate in weeklong science communication training and record their own iBiology talk! Application closes December 16, 2019.

Seeking Trainees Interested in the Academic Job Search

CPD is seeking trainees interested in the academic track, becoming a P.I. to be part of a focus group in developing a half/full day program/conference dedicated to everything you should know and prepare for when pursuing the academic job search.  If you are interested in being part of this group, please contact

This Week

Sponsored by University of Rochester Alumni Office- Career Conversations Webinar: Creating an Inclusive Work Environment

Wednesday, December 11 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Online Webinar

Tune in online as Jessica Guzmán-Rea ’10W (EdD), director of the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, and Colleen Raimond, the Center’s LGBTQ coordinator, present an interactive workshop on creating inclusive work environments. Jessica and Colleen will use their experiences in social work, higher education, law, and business to lead a compelling conversation about what really makes a space inclusive. The pair will also provide suggestions for steps you can take to immediately help others feel welcomed, valued, and respected. We kindly ask that you register in advance online. A link to join the webinar will be sent prior to the start of the session. For questions about this session, please contact

For more inclusive conversations, join the Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center group on The Meliora Collective.

AAMC Webinar: Effective Communication

Wednesday, December 11 | 2:00 pm | Online Webinar

Webinar on Effective Communication sponsored by the GIP Subcommittee on Professional Development. In today’s academic healthcare environment, a key component driving organizational success is effective communication.  Whether you are grappling with mergers and acquisitions, implementing strategic plans, influencing change within your organization, or navigating high-stakes conversations, communicating effectively is an invaluable skill set.

The webinar will address: (1) How emotional intelligence impacts the quality of communication. (2) Management of ambiguity by using a solution-focused approach to close the “knowing-doing gap.” (3) How to overcome the “deadly obstacles” often encountered in difficult conversations. (4) Best practices for crafting high-quality messages (5) Participants will be asked to share their most daunting communication challenges prior to the webinar. These examples will be incorporated into the webinar as case examples. 

Speaker: R. Kevin Grigsby, MSW, DSW, Senior Director, Member Organizational Development at the Association of American Medical Colleges in Washington, DC. Register for this webinar online at

SMD Philosophy Meeting

Wednesday, December 11 | 4:00 pm-6:00 pm |Flaum Atrium, URMC

This networking opportunity with fellow SMD trainees and SMD alumni will feature a DJ, massage therapists, and a caricature artist!  Join us for refreshments and drinks.

Upcoming Events

URBEST Mentoring Up Case Study #10

Tuesday, January 7, 2019 | 2:00 pm-2:30 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

This week's case study is led by URBEST Executive Director Tracey Baas from the Microbiology and Immunology Department. Case studies are used to consider possible solutions to challenging situations that may occur during graduate school or postdoctoral training. Trainees that complete the Workshop and at least six of the ten Refresher Case Studies (at their own pace, multiple years is fine) will earn a Mentoring Up electronic badge. To have a case study sent to you and to join the Mentoring Up group contact

URBEST Career Story John Varrone, PhD

Tuesday, January 14, 2019 | 11:00 am-12:00 pm  | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

John Varrone, PhD, is a Forensic Biologist at the Monroe County Crime Laboratory. He is part of a highly-specialized team that is responsible for the preliminary screening of crime scene evidence, and the extraction of human DNA from biological stains to determine suspect and/or victim genetic profiles. There will be pizza!

2019-2020 Future Faculty Workshop Series: Spotlight on Mentoring: Micro-Teaching: What Is IT and How Will It Enhance My Teaching Skills?

Wednesday, January 29, 2019 | 11:30 am pm-2:00 pm | Location TBD

A workshop series for the next generation of faculty. Designed collaboratively by faculty from each of the University’s schools, this workshop series aims to prepare the next generation of faculty and to give our graduates a competitive edge in the academic marketplace. This program is sponsored by the Office of the Provost. Register online at Questions or accommodation requests? Please contact Adele Coelho, Faculty Outreach Coordinator, at (585) 273-2571 or Register for this and Future Faculty Workshops online.

See more upcoming events here.

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

MSKVIEW Diversity Day for Postdoc Recruitment on January 27, 2020 (Deadline: December 31, 2019)

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in NYC is holding a postdoc recruitment event on January 27, 2020. The welcome all biologists, chemists, physicists, and computational scientists (among others) from underrepresented minority groups to apply for the MSKView event, a diversity recruitment event for MSK scientific laboratories to be held on Monday, January 27, 2020.

The one day MSKVIEW event is designed to give attendees an opportunity to: * learn about the cutting-edge science being conducted at MSK; * meet MSK faculty in one-on-one meetings and roundtables; *hear from current trainees about how they decided to conduct their postdoctoral training at MSK; * receive insights on how to chart their course and navigate career development beyond graduate school and postgraduate training

This year we are accepting applications from underrepresented minority trainees, who are:

  • PhD and MD/PhD students who are within 2 years from defending their thesis
  • PhD, MD and MD/PhD researchers interested in a second postdoc position

The application deadline is December 31, 2019. More information about MSKVIEW is in the attached flyer and all application details can be found at:

University of Rochester Diversity Conference Call for Proposals and Posters

Faculty, staff, students, and alumni are invited to submit proposals for workshops and posters for the University’s 11th annual diversity conference, set for Friday, March 27.  This year’s conference theme is “Equity Across our Communities.” The conference aims to explore how striving for equity improves the Greater Rochester and University communities as the University aspires to live up to the expectations of Meliora. Workshop proposals should be interactive, unique, and relevant that help participants connect the stories and experiences of others for their own growth and development. The sessions should explore possibilities for creating equity in the Rochester community by examining challenges, providing actionable skills, encouraging dialogue, and empowering participants to take action. The deadline for workshop proposal is Monday, January 13.

Accelerator Training and Grant Program for Social and Community-Based Ideas

Calling all social innovators and entrepreneurs! Do you want to explore an idea to help the community? Or do you have a non-technical business idea such as a product or service? Consider applying for the Venture Jobs Foundation Accelerator program, a 9-week training that will help transform your idea into a social enterprise or business. University of Rochester students will spend one evening each week taking classes that cover topics such as customer discovery, business structures, accounting, and growth plans alongside entrepreneurs from the Rochester community. Graduates of the program will also be eligible for up to $2,000 to kick-start their ventures. The next cohort will run from January 22 to March 18, on Wednesdays from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., in downtown Rochester. A simple dinner is provided to all enrollees. Apply online by Wednesday, January 15, since student spots are limited. Contact Program Manager Heidi Mergenthaler at the Ain Center with questions.

Postdoctoral Association News

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Postdoctoral Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Suicide Prevention Research- University of Rochester Center for the Student and Prevention of Suicide (UR/CSPS)

The UR/CSPS is pleased to announce the availability of positions for postdoctoral training in suicide prevention research. Now in its 19th year, the UR/CSPS postdoctoral training program is supported by an institutional National Research Service Award training grant from NIMH (Yeates Conwell, MD, Program Director; Kim Van Orden, PhD, Associate Director). It provides up to three years of stipend support and related benefits for early career investigators committed to careers in suicide prevention research. Each fellow works closely with a primary mentor, takes courses and participates in a diverse array of CSPS research and training activities. A strength of the UR/CSPS fellowship is the provision of intensive mentorship in grant writing, study design, and data analysis from UR/CSPS core faculty dedicated to suicide prevention.

Mentors and consultants are available from a wide range of experts both at UR and the VA VISN 2 Center of Excellence for Suicide Prevention (VA CoE) (, as well as through an international network of UR/CSPS collaborators.  Based at the University of Rochester Medical Center, one of the largest academic health systems in New York State, the UR/CSPS fellowship is associated with (but not identical to) the VA Advanced Fellowship in Veteran Mental Health and Suicide Prevention; prospective fellows may apply to both fellowships.

The emphasis of UR/CSPS research is on the development and testing of interventions across the full spectrum of approaches to suicide prevention – universal, selective, and indicated – and in a variety of vulnerable groups including adolescents and older adults, victims of violence, Veterans, and individuals with medical, psychiatric, and social comorbidities.  Faculty and fellows are currently engaged in projects that target populations across the life course. While ours is a research fellowship, opportunities for clinical work that contribute to a fellow’s program of research (and contribute to licensure) are also possible. Checkout the full description online.

Relevant Reads

Navigating the Path to Industry: A Hiring Manager’s Advice for Academics Looking for a Job in Industry

This book won’t make it easy (unfortunately, nothing can do that), but it will help you learn to run a successful job search and avoid common pitfalls. It provides a hiring manager’s advice on networking, conducting informational interviews, converting your curriculum vitae into a resume, writing a cover letter, interviewing, and maintaining your self-confidence throughout the job search process. 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.

Conflict in your research group? Here are four strategies for dining a resolution

By William A. Cunningham, June Gruber, Jay J. Van Bavel , Neil A. Lewis, Jr.

How to welcome a new international researcher into your team

Lara Pivodic shares advice on saying ‘hello’ to the latest member of your research group.

How to Write a Lot on a Heavy Teaching Load

Deborah J. Cohan shares lessons she's learned that have helped her write more regularly and publish more often.


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