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Opportunities to Explore - January 2-6 2017

January 2 – January 6, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 1 | Trainee News

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

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Call for Abstracts for New England Science Symposium – DUE THIS THURSDAY, 1/5/17

The New England Science Symposium (NESS), which will be held in 2017 on March 25 in Boston, “provides a forum for postdoctoral fellows; medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students (particularly for African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals) to share their biomedical and health-related research activities through oral or poster presentations, to engage in discussions related to career development in the sciences, to exchange ideas and to expand their professional networks.” The abstract submission deadline is January 5, 2017.

Translational Science 2017: Registration is Now Open!

Registration and abstract submission are now open for Translational Science 2017!  Join the brightest minds from across the spectrum of translational research April 19-21, 2017 in Washington DC. This annual meeting is particularly focused on providing an opportunity for graduate students, postdoctoral trainees, and fellows the opportunity to provide poster (and oral) presentations.  Submit your abstract by January 13, 2017.

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program

Interested in science communication? The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program places science, engineering, and mathematics students and postdocs at media organizations nationwide. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at media outlets that include the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, National Public Radio, National Geographic Society, and Scientific American. Follow the link above to apply by January 15, 2017!

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

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. 

This Week

Happy New Year!

The Office of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs will be closed Monday, January 2nd. 

Webinar: The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success, featuring Wayne Breitbarth

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 | 8-9 p.m. EST

Do you want to know how little-known features of the LinkedIn platform can change your results with referrals? Do you want to build your business and personal brand for future advancement and growth? Do you think referrals are just for sales people? Well, think again. In this webinar, Wayne Breitbarth, nationally-recognized speaker and author of the best-selling book, The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success, you’ll learn how to use LinkedIn to improve your referral process, to enhance your personal brand and move your career forward! Register for Webinar: The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success, featuring Wayne Breitbarth.

Upcoming Events

PDA Monthly Meeting

Tuesday January 10, 2017|12:30PM-1:30PM| Natapow Conference Room (1-9545)

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

Webinar: Discover Yourself, featuring Scott Schwefel

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 | 8-9 p.m. EST

Highly successful people think differently. They own certain habits and rituals that set them apart from others. Scott Schwefel, successful entrepreneur, sought-after-motivational speaker, and business savvy author, will share secrets in an eight-step program which is designed to help prepare your mind daily to achieve well-defined goals. He discovered that, after interviewing more than five hundred men and women for various positions, the characteristics of those prepared for success stood in stark contrast to those who had no clear direction in life. Join Scott to start your own journey of self-discovery and take away ideas about how to create your own personalized path and employ his proven techniques to meet your own career goals. Register for Webinar: Discover Yourself, featuring Scott Schwefel

URBEST Career Story Q&A: Ramil Sapinoro, PhD

Friday, January 13, 2017 | 8:00 – 9:00am | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545), URMC

Dr. Ramil Sapinoro, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences from St. John Fisher, will share his transitions and triumphs in this interactive Q & A session. 

“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 “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

Alternative Careers in Science, Second Edition: Leaving the Ivory Tower (Scientific Survival Skills)

by Cynthia Robbins-Roth.  Insights and first-person stories from scientists who made the transition to a career outside the lab.  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.

Rescuing My Time from Science

Luca Rinaldi discusses the need for a balance between work and personal time. Read Rescuing My Time from Science

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