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Opportunities to Explore - February 12-16, 2018

February 12-16, 2018 | Vol 4, Issue 7 | Trainee News

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

| CPD & GEPA Events Calendar | URBEST Program Calendar

(*) Designates Onsite

Alumni Advice

What career questions have you desired answers or feedback about? Do you have questions about academia, industry, government, non-profit, communications, etc.? Are you not sure who to ask? CPD is seeking your career questions to seek answers and feedback from SMD alumni. Please forward your career questions to Eric Vaughn at .

This Week

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: Navigating a Career Fair/Expo

Monday, February 12 | 3:00 pm -4:00 pm | 1-9525 & 1-9535, URMC

Participants will… Gain an understanding of the purpose and how to prepare for a career fair/expo. Learn how to maximize your overall experience at a career fair/expo and understand how to take what you learned from the fair/expo and turn it into next steps with your job/internship search. Individuals are encouraged to register, but not required to at

(*) Postdoctoral Association Monthly Meeting (New Day and Time)

Wednesday, February 14 | 1:00 pm -2:00 pm | Wilmont Hall, Room 103, River Campus

All postdocs are welcome to attend this meeting along with the executive board and committee members of the PDA.

(*) Spring Career Expo

Thursday, February 15| 11:00 am -2:00 pm | Frederick Douglas, Feldman Ballroom, River Campus

The Gwen M. Greene Center invites you to our 2018 Spring Career Expo! Explore entry-level and internship opportunities with companies that are looking to recruit University of Rochester undergraduate and graduate students. Employers will be on-site from industries including advertising, banking, engineering, finance, healthcare, marketing, and many more! For more information and to register, please visit

(*) Future Faculty Workshop: When Students are Struggling, Troubled or Troubling: Source of Insight and Assistance (Complimentary Lunch)

Thursday, February 15 | 11:30 am – 2:00 pm | Location TBD

Gain perspectives from University experts on how to recognize the signs of distress, when to seek outside support, understanding the legal issues involved when handling difficult situations, and how to be a source of effective support. To register, visit

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Online in Blackboard Collaborate: Institutional Programs to Foster Belonging

Thursday, February 15 | 2:00 pm | Webinar (Blackboard Collaborate)

Part of the series: Topics in STEMinism: Strategies for Inclusive Undergraduate STEM Education. In the second of three events on women in STEM, we will hear from faculty and institutional leaders about programs and initiatives designed to foster belonging for undergraduate women in STEM. Questions to consider include: • How can programs be designed to foster belonging for women in STEM? • How are partnerships formed among stakeholders (e.g., institutional leaders, departments, funding agencies, STEM departments, etc.) • What are some of the affordances and constraints of institutional programs? To register for this webinar, please visit the Event Page. To learn more about other CIRTL webinars and events, please visit

(*) Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) presents…A Career Path of Basic, Translational, and Clinical Research: Challenges and Rewards

Thursday, February 15 | 3:00 pm-4:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (6-9425), URMC

Michelle Janelsins-Benton, Ph.D., M.P.H. - Assistant Professor of Surgery, Radiation Oncology, and Neuroscience; Director, Cancer Control and Psychoneuroimmunology Laboratory; Chair of Translational Research, URCC NCORP Research Base Member, Wilmot Cancer Institute, Department of Surgery, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY. Host: Dr. Catherine Ovitt.

(*) “Thinkers and Drinkers” Meeting: Interested in Science Communication?

Friday, February 16 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Kornberg Medical Research Building (KMRB), Room 2-9654, URMC

Learn how you can get involved here at the UR. Open to anyone interested! Read more on the Thinkers and Drinkers Site. To help plan how much food to order, we ask that you please RSVP to

(*) Pre-doctoral Organization for the Neurosciences (PONS)

Friday, February 16 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545), URMC

Join the Pre-doctoral Organization for the Neurosciences (PONS) for this month's offering in their Luncheon Roundtable Series to discuss current neural circuitry research at the U of R with expert panelists Drs. Tania Pasternak, Ph.D., Ed Lalor, Ph.D., and Krishnan Padmanabhan, Ph.D. (Dept. of Neuroscience). Refreshments will be provided. For more information on upcoming Neuro-related events, please visit us at

Upcoming Events

 (*) CPD Sponsored Event: Dissecting a Job Description

Tuesday, February 20 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

The workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the various sections of a job/employment posting, including information on required, minimum and preferred qualifications. In addition, participants will learn how to tailor their resume and cover letter based on key information within the posting. Registration is not required for this event, but individuals can register at this link. Please note: Participants are encouraged to bring an example job/employment posting to utilize during the workshop.

(*) URBEST Career Story: Stephen Tajc, PhD

Tuesday, February 20 | 3:00 pm- 5:00 pm | Northeastern Conference Room (1-9525), URMC

Stephen Tajc will share his Career Story (3:00 - 4:00 pm) about graduate school (first with River Campus and then with School of Medicine and Dentistry) and how he is now thriving as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Nazareth College. From 4:00 - 5:00 pm, he will discuss what small undergraduate colleges are looking for in their future faculty members and how to get those experiences on your CV/resume while still in graduate school. Light refreshments will be served.

(*) Handling Difficult Conversations in Professional Contexts

Tuesday, February 20 | 5:00 pm- 6:00 pm | G-121 Conference Room A (Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program), Rush Rhees Library

When networking, interviewing, and on the job, uncomfortable topics can come up from time to time--from politics and current events to stereotypes and insensitive remarks. Navigating the challenges presented by these situations can be tricky, and is a good skill for you to learn in order to be an effective professional communicator. Come join our panel of professionals from UR and the greater Rochester community for practical, ethical, legal, and personal perspectives on the topic, including:* Strategies on how to navigate difficult conversations in professional contexts, *How to make sense of, and how to respond to, interview questions that might be uncomfortable (or even illegal) and *How to be authentic during these exchanges without sacrificing professionalism. Participants will gain increased awareness, confidence, and ideas on how to handle themselves in these situations. Co-sponsored by UR's Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program and the Greene Center.

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Online in Blackboard Collaborate:  Equity-Oriented, Inclusive Teaching in STEM

Thursday, February 22 | 2:00 pm | Online (Blackboard Collaborate)

In the last of three events on women in STEM, we will define and characterize inclusive practices for STEM teaching. Attention will be given to discuss the affordances, as well as potential constraints of these practices. Questions to consider include: • What is equity-oriented, inclusive teaching? • What are some of the affordances and constraints with implementing inclusive practices (e.g. institutional, departmental, personal, etc.) • What are some examples of inclusive teaching practices in undergraduate STEM courses? To register for this event, please visit the event page. To learn more about other CIRTL webinars and events, please visit

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Online in Blackboard Collaborate: What to Expect from My Teaching-as-Research Project? Reflections on the TAR Experience from a Panel of CIRTL TAR Alumni

Thursday, February 22 | 5:00 pm-6:30 pm | Online (Blackboard Collaborate)

Are you thinking about taking on a Teaching-as-Research (TAR) project? Join us to hear from a panel of CIRTL alumni who will share their experience doing a TAR project - not the research they conducted, but what they learned from the process, and how they use what they learned in their current roles as postdocs and faculty. Alumni from University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and University of Wisconsin-Madison will reflect on the ups and downs of the TAR process, discuss how the experience impacted their instructional approach, and answer questions from the audience. Once you register to attend this event, we encourage you to submit questions for presenters ahead of the event using the link on the right (only visible after registering). This event is intended to be interactive, with most of the time devoted to panelists answering questions, so please submit your questions and/or come to the event with your questions! To register for this event, please visit the event page. To learn more about other CIRTL webinars and events, please visit

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL) Online in Blackboard Collaborate: Understanding Diversity and Inclusive Teaching in the Community College Environment

Monday, February 26 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm | Online (Blackboard Collaborate)

Community colleges are truly diverse settings, attracting individuals from all different walks of life with the common interest in advancing their education. If you are interested in exploring a career at a community college, then understanding the diversity of this student population is crucial to being a competitive job applicant and a requirement in order to be able to teach effectively. This panel consisting of faculty and administrators from community colleges in Iowa, Texas, and Southern California will share insight on the differences between community college and 4-year settings with regards to student diversity. We will also explore the types of inclusive teaching strategies that best support community college students, and issues of equity that community colleges work to address. To register for this event, please visit the event page. To learn more about other CIRTL webinars and events, please visit

(*) Designing an Online Course or Educational Experience

  • Tuesday, February 27 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm | Eastman School of Music, Miller Center, Room 1

  • Wednesday, February 28 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | URMC  (Complimentary lunch available at 11:45 am)

  • Thursday, March 1 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | Genrich-Rusling Room, LeChase Hall, River Campus (Complimentary lunch available at 11:45 am)

This workshop will provide an introduction to lesson design for instructors. Organization and planning tools will be reviewed to assist faculty in preparing for the design and development of a course, individual lesson, or educational experience that includes digital and online components. Attendees will be guided through the first 3 steps of development and will leave the workshop with a clear understanding of the foundational structure of the learning experience. 

Register for Medical Center Register for River Campus Register for Eastman School Of Music

See more upcoming events here.

Center for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning

Engage Students in the Teaching of Statistics (Short Online Course)

  • Starts March 14, 2018
  • Ends April 11, 2018
  • Registration Deadline: March 9, 2018

Learn about engaging, evidence-based pedagogical practices for statistics in this short course designed for current and future instructors (both those teaching in statistics departments and in departments that make considerable use of statistics such as psychology, ecology, etc.). Participants will learn about backwards design, develop an understanding of diversity that maximizes everyone's learning, and explore approaches to engage students actively in their own learning. To learn more about the course and to register, please visit this link.

Register for Engage Students in the Teaching of Statistics


Biomedical Science Careers Student Conference (Application Deadline: Thursday, February 15, 2018)

Friday, April 6 and Saturday, April 7, 2018 | The Westin Copley Place- Boston, Massachusetts

This event is of particular interest to High School Juniors and Seniors (Saturday only); College and Community College Students; Post-baccalaureates; Medical, Dental and Graduate School Students; and Postdoctoral Fellows. The Conference will offer breakout and plenary sessions; keynote speakers; small group meetings between mentors/advisors and students/fellows; networking opportunities with professionals from biopharmaceutical industry, academia and the National Institutes of Health; and a program featuring science resources, including fellowships, job and research opportunities, internships, and summer programs.

Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence for 2018-19 (Deadline: Tuesday, April 3, 2018)

The Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence was launched in 2007 with a generous funding provided by CNOOC. The programme aims to enhance research excellence at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) through building and strengthening the University’s ties with leading research universities and institutes around the world and to increase the visibility of CUHK as a world-class research university through student mobility. It allows students to enrich their learning experience and facilitates research collaborations between faculty members at CUHK and their international counterparts. The programme provides basic funding support to CUHK PhD students to undertake short-term research visits to one of the following selected institutions, including the member institutions of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) to which CUHK belongs, while accommodation support is provided to visiting PhD students from one of the following institutions to undertake short-term research visits at CUHK.PhD students interested in learning more about this program should visit .

'Art of Science' Competition- University of Rochester

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in this year’s Art of Science Competition by submitting digital images, illustrations, posters, and videos that incorporate the imaginative use of science, art, and technology. The theme of this year’s competition, which is sponsored by the Hajim School, is sustainability.  Submissions will be accepted until March 30. Cash prizes will be awarded. Click here for details about this year’s contest, and see last year’s winners. Contact Sandra Turner at with questions or to submit an entry.

NIGMS Announces New NRSA Training Grant (T32)

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) has announced its new Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Institutional Research Training Grant (T32). This NIGMS-specific T32 is intended to emphasize trainee development, and so it also focuses on skills development, career development, training in rigor and reproducibility, diversity and inclusion, responsible conduct, and evaluation and career outcomes. Applications open April 25, 2018, and standard due dates apply. 

National Cancer Institute’s Graduate Student Recruiting Program (GSRP) Applications Available

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.  The top 25 applicants are invited to NCI, and over the course of three days the attendees will learn about research programs and training opportunities, present their work at poster sessions, and interview with principal investigators (scheduled prior to arriving at the NIH).  In order to be eligible, the student must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the United States and on schedule to complete their PhD requirements by December 1, 2018.  The GSRP is open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals.  More information about the program.  The application site can be found at: If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the GSRP Coordinator at

Relevant Reads

Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Survey’s

A complete, start-to-finish guide for every researcher to successfully plan and conduct Internet, mail, and telephone surveys, Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method, Third Edition presents a succinct review of survey research methods, equipping you to increase the validity and reliability, as well as response rates, of your surveys. Now thoroughly updated and revised with information about all aspects of survey research ‘grounded in the most current research’ the new edition provides practical ‘how-to’ guidelines on optimally using the Internet, mail, and phone channels to your advantage. 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.

Best Practices for Professional Email

Natalie Lundsteen offers some basic tips to help you have clear and confident electronic communication. Read Best Practices for Professional Email

Why You Should Focus on Your Strengths Instead of Weaknesses

By Justin Zackal. Strengths and weaknesses. Everybody has them. Whether or not your supervisor is aware of yours, you know when you're leveraging your strengths to succeed at work and when you're just toiling, despite your weaknesses, toward an adequate outcome. It's also wise to list your strengths and weaknesses as you prepare for job interview questions. Read Why You Should Focus on Your Strengths Instead of Weaknesses

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