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Opportunities to Explore - February 26-2 March 2018

February 26-March 2, 2018 | Vol 4, Issue 9 | Trainee News

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

| CPD & GEPA Events Calendar | URBEST Program Calendar

(*) Designates Onsite Events at URMC or River Campus

OTE Online

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This Week

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. Register for this event. To learn more about other CIRTL webinars and events, please visit

(*) Graduate Student Society (GSS) Coffee Hour

Tuesday, February 27 | 10:00 am-11:00 am | Northeastern Conference Room (1-9525), URMC

Free coffee, tea, and treats! Enjoy casual conversation or just drop by to grab a cup of coffee or tea and a snack.

(*) 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

Bio Careers Webinar: Acing the Interview

Wednesday, February 28 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Online Webinar

In this seminar, Propel Careers will provide advice for how to succeed during an interview and will cover different interview formats including phone, skype, in person one‐on‐one and panel settings. Propel will provide insight on what hiring managers look for when conducting interviews as well as typical interview questions with examples of responses. Propel will discuss how to prepare for skills based questions (i.e. tell me more about your cell culture experience) as well as “soft skills” questions (i.e. tell me how you work in a team, or how you show initiative). Propel will provide insight on why companies use behavioral interviewing and the important role of culture fit and personality fit in an interview. Propel will also provide advice on research that a candidate can do to make sure they have relevant background information on the company and interviewers and advice on what questions to ask during an interview. Propel will provide guidance relevant for scientific, non‐scientific, and consulting interviews. Register for this free webinar at this link.

CPD Sponsored Event: Graduate Student, Trainee, & Alumni Networking Night! (RSVP by 8 am February 26th)

Wednesday, February 28 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm | Beer Market- College Town (1401 Mt. Hope Ave, Rochester 14620)

Hosted by: The School of Medicine & Dentistry, Center for Professional Development; URBEST Program (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training); The Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections; University of Rochester Alumni Relations Office. Appetizers and one free drink ticket will be provided to all RSVP’d attendees. Goals of the event include…. • a place for graduate students and postdocs to network with U of R alumni, • encouraging graduate students to practice their networking skills, • allowing participants to share experiences and provide perspectives. Please RSVP online at by Wednesday, February 21st.  If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Eric Vaughn at (585) 273.1629 or

(*) PDA Sponsored Event: Work-Life Balance with Myers-Briggs Type

Thursday, March 1 | 5:00 pm | Dewey Hall, Room  1-160A, River Campus

Learn about your MBTI Type and how you can leverage it to improve your professional and personal life.

(*) URBEST Grand Gesture

Friday, March 2| 9:00 am-11:00 am | Wegmans Hall, Room 1201, River Campus

Deep Work by Cal Newport inspired me to start The Grand Gesture at University of Rochester. By leveraging a radical change to your normal environment, coupled with a significant investment of effort or money, you increase the perceived importance of your deep work. This boost in importance reduces your mind’s instinct to procrastinate and delivers an injection of motivation and energy. Newport references the examples of J.K. Rowling checking into the five-star Balmoral Hotel, Bill Gates working in a cabin, Alan Lightman retreating to a tiny island in Maine, and Peter Shankman booking a round-trip flight to Japan. This experience can offer you a 2-hour URBEST Grand Gesture in Room 1201 in Wegmans Hall on River Campus, which gives you a great view of the “gear head” sculpture in the garden and easy access to Peets Coffee. This is two hours to work on a project that YOU want to work on. First Friday of every month.

(*) Conflict Management Workshop

Friday, March 2| 10:30 am-1:30 pm | LeChase Hall, Room 143, River Campus

Conflict is inevitable, but it doesn’t have to be feared or unpleasant. The Conflict Management Workshop offers tools to help you successfully negotiate resolutions. Please join us at the Conflict Management Workshop taught by Katherine Schaefer, Ph.D., of the Writing, Speaking and Argument Department.  Lunch provided. Registration is required for this event. Please RSVP here.

(*) Graduate Student Society (GSS) Sponsored Event:  Acro-yoga & Stress Relief w/ Joanne Wu, MD

Friday, March 2| 4:00 pm-6:00 pm | CEL Room 2-7536, URMC

SMD trainees and medical students are invited to Acro-yoga and Stress Relief, a life skills event organized by the Graduate Student Society (GSS). Join your peers for acro-yoga, stress relief techniques, and chocolate from Hedonist as Dr. Joanne Wu introduces you to healthy ways to manage stress.  Bring your friends and wear comfortable clothes! Please RSVP by registering at

Upcoming Events

(*) Encouraging Learner Interaction with Digital Tools

This workshop identifies different uses of asynchronous communication tools in the University learning management system and how to apply them to encourage greater interaction with and among students. There will also be opportunities to explore the role of social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google) as an educational tool. We will also explore the translation of common activities from a face-to-face classroom experience to the online classroom environment. Free complimentary lunch will be served and will begin at 11:45 am.

(*) URBEST Career Story Q&A: Michael Brady, Ph.D.

Tuesday, March 6 | 9:30 am-10:30am | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

Michael Brady, PhD, Scientist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Wilmot Cancer Institute, and past Clinical Research Coordinator.

Free Tax Webinar for Funded Grad Students and Postdocs

Friday, March 9 | 7:00 pm | Online Webinar

This spring, Emily Roberts of Personal Finance for PhDs will host two free online tax events designed for funded graduate students and postdocs. This webinar covers the information you need to know to prepare your 2017 US federal tax return, whatever official tax forms you received (or did not receive) from your university. Sign up on the Personal Finance for PhDs site to attend live (includes Q&A) and/or to receive a recording.

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Registration Opens Monday March 12th @ 8:00 am

  • Registration opens Monday, March 12 at 8:00 AM and Registration closes Friday, 3/16 at 4:00 PM
  • Sub-heats:  Thursday, March 29, 2018 (SMD) – 1:30 PM (Registration Required)
  • The Final Competition: Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 4:00 PM, Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425, URMC)

3MT is an academic competition that challenges doctoral students and postdoctoral appointees to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by research trainees and encourages you to communicate the importance of your research to the broader community. Don’t miss this opportunity to practice your presentation skills, meet other trainees, and have a chance to win up to $1,000 in travel awards!

Registration: Registration is limited to 80 participants across all graduate schools within the University of Rochester.  Completing the registration survey confirms your interest in this event, however participation is not guaranteed until you have received a confirmation e-mail after registration closes.  This will allow time for potential adjustments based upon the total number of interested registrants, and for the planning committee to determine sub-heat room assignments. Bookmark the link now to register! For more information please visit

(*) PDA Sponsored Event: PDA Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, March 14 | 1:00 pm-2:00pm | Room TBD, URMC

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

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: F-Series and Grant Writing Workshop

Thursday, March 15 | 12:00 pm-3:00pm | Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC

Presented by Elaine Smolock, Ph.D., Life Sciences Writing Specialist

(*) Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Monthly Meeting: Family Planning During the Pursuit of a Career in Scientific Research- Perspectives, Considerations and Resources

Thursday, March 15 | 3:00 pm | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), URMC

Kristian Baker, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Center for RNA Science and Therapeutics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH.

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: Interview Prep

Wednesday, March 21 | 2:00pm-4:00pm | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), URMC

Presented by Eric Vaughn, Life Sciences Career Coach

(*) PDA Sponsored Event: Job Search Support Group

Thursday, March 22 | 4:00 pm | Natapow Room (1-9545), URMC

Commiserate about your job search struggles and share feedback and insights with CETL staff and peers about the job search process.

Free Online Estimated Tax Workshop for Fellowship Recipients

Week of April 2nd

This spring, Emily Roberts of Personal Finance for PhDs will host two free online tax events designed for funded graduate students and postdocs. The objective of the workshop is for attendees to calculate and pay their estimated tax due on their fellowship (or otherwise non-W-2) income. You will receive support - a short presentation of relevant material and the opportunity to ask questions - and accountability to complete this task within the hour!  Sign up at the workshop registration page to receive more information.

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: Negotiating Workshop with special guest presenter: Caryanne Keenen, Certified Salary Negotiation Facilitator

Wednesday, April 25 | 3:30 pm | Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), URMC

Presented by Caryanne Keenen, Certified Salary Negotiation Facilitator –American Association of University Women (AAUW)

See more upcoming events here.  

Upcoming Conferences

Registration for the NPA 2018 Annual Conference

The 2018 National Postdoctoral Association Annual (NPA) Conference will take place in Cleveland Ohio April 6-8, 2018. Speakers include Lydia Villa-Komaroff, PhD, Consultant, speaker, and founder of Intersections; Alison Gammie, PhD Director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity; and Rafael Luna, PhD, Executive Director, National Research Mentoring Network.


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

  • Starts March 14, 2018 and 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. Learn more about the course and register.


'Art of Science' Competition- University of Rochester (Submission Deadline Date: March 30, 2018)

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. See details about this year’s contest, and see last year’s winners. Contact Sandra Turner with questions or to submit an entry.

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 .

Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) Travel Award

Information on travel awards provided by The University of Rochester Graduate Women In Science (GWIS). Application deadline is April 15th. You must be a graduate student in years 1 through 5 and an active participant in GWIS. Travel will be sponsored on the basis of scientific merit and need. Application Process: 1.) Submit a completed Application Form (link to Application form) along with a copy of your CV and copies of your peer-reviewed publications to . Request that your Ph.D. mentor and one of your Ph.D. advisory committee members each forward a letter of reference to A one-page follow-up report from travel awardees is required within one month after travel is completed. This should be submitted to .

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

Cracking the Hidden Job Market (New Addition to the CPD Library)

By Donald Asher. The key to success in the current job market is breaking through to the hidden job market. Over half of all jobs go to someone who did not apply to a posted opening at all. What are they doing and how are they doing it? They’re finding new jobs before the posting hits the Internet. 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.

Are You Sabotaging Your Career Search?

Christine Kelly offers some questions you should ask to avoid sabotaging your career search. Read Are You Sabotaging Your Career Search?

The Hybrid Track

Hybrid positions offer the chance to engage in higher education roles beyond the tenure track while keeping a hand in the classroom and scholarly work, writes Rebecca Kaplan. Read The Hybrid Track

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