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Opportunities To Explore 2/13-2/17 2017

February 13 – February 17, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 7 | Trainee News

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

Happening Now

2016-2017 Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship: Applications due THIS Wednesday, 2/15/17

The Dannon Company is pleased to announce its 5th Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant opportunity with you. Established in 2012, the Dannon Fellowship Grant has been expanded to include the gut microbiome in recognition of its remarkable potential on the human body. As part of their continued commitment to support scientists and advance research of the gut microbiome, The Dannon Company is offering two grants of $25,000 each to undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral scholars to enhance their academic path. More information is available via the link above.  Read the full announcement.

Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program: Applications due THIS Wednesday, 2/15/2017 3 p.m. ET

The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community by recruitment and retention of individuals from groups underrepresented in the life sciences. Through their successful careers as academic scientists, Hanna H. Gray Fellows will move science forward and inspire the next generation of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool. The Institute will select and support up to 15 Fellows in this first competition.  Fellows will receive funding for their postdoctoral training and, if eligible, in their early career years as independent faculty.  More information is available via the link above.

Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation: Applications due Wednesday, 3/15/2017

Applications are due for the Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation. This competitive prize which honors scientists for their excellent contributions to neuromodulation research.  Established in 2016, the prize is awarded annually for outstanding research as described in a 1,500 word essay based on research performed in the past three years.  The winner is awarded $25,000 and his or her essay is published in the journal Science. The Grand Prize essay and that of the Runner-up are also published on Science Online.  More information is available via the link above.

NIH F99/K00 in Neuroscience

The NIH released a new funding opportunity announcement, NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00). The purpose of the award “is to support a defined pathway across career stages for outstanding graduate students who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research.” More information can be found via the link above. The application due date is April 8, 2017.

This Week

PDA Monthly Meeting

Tuesday February 14, 2017 | 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. | Goergen Hall Room 417, River Campus

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

Networking to Build Business Contacts, featuring Don Gabor

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST | Online webinar

Don Gabor, networking expert and best-selling author of How to Start a Conversation and Make Friends, will show you how to increase your odds of connecting with colleagues, clients & prospects at company events, industry conferences, and other business meetings. Webinar Registration.  More information can be found at Networking to Build Business Contacts, featuring Don Gabor

“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 4th annual “America's Got Regulatory Science Talent” Competition.  Complete information can be found in this linked announcement

5th Meeting of GWIS: Invited Speaker: Xiaoju Max Ma, Ph.D.

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. | Lower Adolph Aud (1-7619), URMC

Join Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) in welcoming Xiaoju Max Ma, Ph.D., Research Leader at Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., as they present “Developing Careers in the Biotech Industry.”  Refreshments will be provided.

Young Leaders@UR: Speed Networking Event

Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. | Larry and Cindy Bloch Alumni and Advancement Center (300 East River Road, Rochester, NY 14623)

The goal of the event is to facilitate dialogues between people across the University and enable young leaders to discuss their career aspirations with people who can provide them with feedback on how best to attain their goals.  Learn more at Young Leaders@UR: Speed Networking Event, and if interested, RSVP for the event.

Upcoming Events

Career Information Session: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. | Stackel Room, Wilson Commons (2nd Floor), River Campus

Come interact with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc!  They will be on campus to share insight into their company, unique culture, potential career paths, and internship/co-op opportunities.  Their target audience includes bachelors, masters, and PhD degree holders and students with majors in Life Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science, and related fields.  Refreshments will be provided.  To RSVP visit:  Questions? Contact Megan Vargulick at

PhD & Master's Virtual Career Fair - Talent with Advanced Degrees

Thursday, March 2, 2017 | Running from 9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. | Online

In this unique online recruiting event hosted by the Graduate Career Consortium, interact real-time via live chat sessions and meet top-notch employers seeking candidates with advanced degrees. Put your degree to work in a new job and save time by meeting recruiters live online. Learn more & register at

See more upcoming events here.

Relevant Reads

How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper

by Robert A. Day.  This guide to writing and publishing scientific papers provides the tools needed to succeed in the communication aspects of a scientific career.  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.

Mastering the Art of Presenting

Being able to give an effective presentation is essential to your career success, writes Christine Kelly, who provides six pointers on how to do so. Read Mastering the Art of Presenting

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