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Opportunities To Explore, January 16-20 2017

January 16 – January 20, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 3 | Trainee News

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

Happening Now

National Cancer Institute's National Graduate Student Recruitment Program (GSRP)

Applications due SATURDAY, 1/31/17

Applications are currently being accepted for the National Cancer Institute's National Graduate Student Recruitment Program (GSRP).  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.  In order to be eligible, you must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the United States and on schedule to complete your PhD requirements by December 1, 2017.  The GSRP is open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals.  Follow the link above and apply by January 31, 2017. 

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship

Application Period Continues

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. The program is the U.S. component of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowships. Celebrating its thirteenth year in the U.S., the For Women in Science program has awarded 65 postdoctoral women scientists over $3 million in grants.  The application period will close on February 3, 2017.  More information can be found through the link above.

2016-2017 Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship!

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 through the link above.  The application due date is February 15, 2017.  For additional information, the full announcement can be found here.

This Week

Daybreakers Toastmasters Club Guest Day

Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 7:30AM-9:00AM | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

Toastmasters is an international organization for people who want to build their leadership and communication skills, with an emphasis on public speaking. Direct questions to Donna at

4th Meeting of GWIS: Invited Speaker: Cynthia H. Zhang, Ph.D. & Esq.

Thursday, January 19, 2017 | 3:00PM-4:00PM | Lower Adolph Aud (1-7619), URMC

Join Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) in welcoming Cynthia H. Zhang, Ph.D. & Esq., Associate Counsel in UR Ventures at the University of Rochester as she presents, “A Journey From Science to Patent Law.”  Refreshments will be provided.

Upcoming Events

Manuscript Writing: What You Need to Know and the Tools to Help You

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | CEL Learning Lab A (2-7520), URMC

Join the Center for Professional Development’s Life Sciences Writing Specialist, Elaine Smolock, and learn valuable writing techniques including what makes a good introduction, a basic approach to writing results, and how to craft a meaningful discussion.  Attendees are encouraged to bring a working manuscript or data/research to use in writing exercises.

Trainee Resource Fair: Tools for Your Professional Development

Friday, January 27, 2017 | 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. | Flaum Atrium, URMC

A special resource fair for SMD graduate students and postdocs.  From career counseling, to writing coaches, to the research cores, come talk to URMC representatives about the resources available to trainees!  Enjoy pizza and ice cream while discovering tools for your success!

“America's Got Regulatory Science Talent” Competition

Entry forms due 01/31/17

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 “America's Got Regulatory Science Talent” Competition.  This is the 4th annual competition that will be held at the University of Rochester, Helen Wood Hall Auditorium on Thursday, February 16, 2017.  The deadline for entry forms is Tuesday, January 31, 2017.  Complete information and instructions on how to apply are in this linked announcement

See more upcoming events here.

Relevant Reads

Zen and the Art of Making a Living: A Practical Guide to Creative Career Design

by Laurence G. Boldt.  Learn how to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century workplace to both pay your bills and pursue your passions.  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.

Tell the Story of Your Life

Sharing personal stories in a compelling way will help you spread your job-search wings, suggests David G. Jensen. Read Tell the Story of Your Life

iBiology: Business Concepts for Biomedical Scientists

A new iBiology video series, Business Concepts for Biomedical Scientists, is a training program to enhance PhD scientists’ understanding of foundational business concepts. This business coursework is unique because it is designed to prepare scientists for career transitions into both academic and non-academic settings. The course comprises a series of three modules—Business Strategy, Finance, and Business Development.    

Oh, The Things You Can Do!

Your ability to move into a nonacademic career is less about acquiring new skills than about identifying the ones you already have, says Melissa Dalgleish. Read Oh, The Things You Can Do!

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