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Opportunities To Explore, January 23-27 2017

January 23 – January 27, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 4 | 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

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.  If you need accommodations, please contact at least three business days prior to the event.

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!

Upcoming Events

URBEST Career Story: John Nelson, PhD, Senior Principal Scientist at GE Global Research

Monday, January 30, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.| Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC

Join URBST to welcome Dr. John Nelson for a Career Story Q&A.  In the meantime, read his post, “One Company, Lots of Freedom” on the URBEST blog.  “I’ve heard from a lot graduate students that their impression of industrial research for scientists with an advanced degree is that it is controlling, stifling, and tedious. You are told what to work on. Well, I can tell you that for me, that cannot be further from the truth.”

PONS Luncheon Roundtable Series: Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia

Monday February 6, 2017 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535). URMC

Please join the Pre-doctoral Organization for the Neurosciences (PONS) to discuss the basic, systematic, and clinical research ongoing at U of R with expert panelists Drs Kerry O’Banion, M.D., Ph.D. (Vice Chair, Department of Neuroscience), Anton Porsteinsson, M.D. (William and Sheila Konar Endowed Professorship, Department of Psychiatry), and Robert Chapman, Ph.D. (Professor, Brain and Cognitive Sciences). Refreshments will be provided.  For more information on upcoming Neuro-related events, please visit

“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

The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search: The Proven Program Used by the World’s Leading Career Services Company

by Orville Pierson.  Discover insider job search strategies used by a premier career services company.  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.

Résumé Advice From a Magical Place

Some of the distinct aspects of Disney World can be relevant when it comes to thinking about your own professional branding, writes Joseph Barber. Read Résumé Advice From a Magical Place

It’s All About Balance

Christina Berchini provides tips for embarking on the job market for the first time. Read It’s All About Balance

Authenticity and the Job Interview

What do search committees want? Believe it or not, they want you to be yourself, explains Nicole Matos. Authenticity and the Job Interview

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