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Opportunities to Explore - February 20-24, 2017

February 20 – February 24, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 8 | Trainee News

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

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

Applications are welcomed 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: Applications due April 8, 2017

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.

Science & SciLifeLab Prizes for Young Scientists: Applications due July 15, 2017

Applications are open for the Science & SciLifeLab Prizes for Young Scientists. This prize is awarded to a young scientist for outstanding life science research who has been awarded a doctoral degree in the previous two years (2015 or 2016). Entrants’ thesis research must have been within one of the following categories: Cell and Molecular Biology, Genomics and Proteomics, Ecology and Environment, Translational Medicine. The winner is awarded $30,000 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.

This Week

Clinical and Translational Science Institute Seminar

Thursday, February 23, 2017 | 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. | Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W-304), School of Nursing

The Office for Human Subjects Protection will talk on “Office for Human Subjects Protection” as part of the series of lectures titled “Research Networks: Benefits, Challenges and Leveraging Resources”. Lunch is provided. Participants must bring their own beverage.

Graduate Student Brown Bag hosted by Catherine E. Kelly

Friday, February 24, 2017 | 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Humanities Center Conference Room | Calendar Event Page

Catherine E. Kelly, University of Oklahoma will present a “Graduate Student Discussion”. For more information or RSVP To the Graduate Conference Email

“Pangaea”: Big Data and the Future of Understanding the Mind with discussion leader Dr. Krishnan Padmanabhan, Dept. of Neuroscience

Friday, February 24, 2017 | 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. | Medical Center Specialty Room 2-7536, URMC

Pangaea is a free-flowing group discussion centered around a topic of universal interest and importance. By bringing together perspectives from multiple academic disciplines, participants will discover creative new ideas and opportunities.  Snacks, Coffee, Tea, and Hot Chocolate will be provided!

Upcoming Events

F-Series and Grant Writing Workshop

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. | CEL Room 2-7534, URMC

The presentation will review the working parts of F31/32 grants, including the research plan and training plan. Attendees will learn how to develop specific aims and hypothesis driven science.  In addition, the workshop will focus on the unique parts of the fellowship including biosketch, activities planned and dissertation research.

Presented by Elaine Smolock; Life Sciences Writing Specialist, Center for Professional Development. If you need accommodations, please contact

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

Break Through Students’ Misconceptions of Science (CIRTL Network Presentation)

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | Running from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. | Online

CIRTL Network presents Break Through Students’ Misconceptions of Science. Participants will investigate misconceptions regarding the nature of science broadly and specific concepts within their discipline in order to explicitly address these in their instruction.  To learn more about this workshop & register visit:

How to Build Your Brand Online

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 | Running from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Online

In this online presentation How to Build Your Brand Online, you will hear from Ryan Rhoten on how to build your brand, grow your influence, and amplify your online reputation using his four-step D.I.C.E. process.  In addition, Ryan will also provide and teach participants about modern job search strategies, including the proper use of social media, and how building your brand links to your compensation.   To learn more about this presentation & register visit:

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

Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected

by Devora Zack. Learn the art of networking and how to make it a rewarding activity. Visit the CPD’s Lending Library catalog to see this and other titles of interest. To

Interested in Leadership Roles?

Then you should tell someone – and here’s how, writes Judith White. Read Interested in Leadership Roles?

Visit for a calendar of all our events.  Review the Opportunities to Explore archive.

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