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Opportunities To Explore 1/30-2/3 2017

January 30 – February 3, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 5 | 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 TUESDAY, 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 Closes FRIDAY, 2/3/17

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: Applications due Wednesday, 2/15/17

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, read the full announcement.

This Week

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, and 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.”

URBEST Career Story: Dina Markowitz, PhD, President of Science Take Out, Professor of Environmental Medicine & Director of Life Sciences Learning Center at University of Rochester

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.| Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC

Join URBST to welcome Dr. Dina Markowitz for a Career Story Q&A, and read her post, “From Science Outreach to Science Start-Up” on the URBEST blog. 

The Power of the Infographic Resume, featuring Hannah Morgan

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. EST | Online webinar

Getting noticed as a standout candidate for a job isn’t easy. That’s why you need to learn to use an infographic resume. If you’re looking to stand out from the sea of other potential candidates as you compete for the job of your dreams, or if you simply want to bolster your brand, join author of The Infographic Resume, Hannah Morgan, in a webinar tailored to you. Register  for The Power of the Infographic Resume, featuring Hannah Morgan.  More information can be found at The University of Rochester Alumni Relations website.

URBEST Career Story: Melissa Badding, PhD, Toxicologist-Scientist at Exponent

Friday, February 3, 2017 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.| Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC

Join URBST to welcome Dr. Melissa Badding for a Career Story Q&A.

Upcoming Events

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 TUESDAY 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

A Short Guide to Writing about Biology

by Jan A. Pechenik.  Develop critical thinking skills and the tools to effectively write about biology.  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.

Why Career Self-Assessments Matter

Determining what your skills are, what you enjoy doing and what is important to you is fundamental to career development, writes Natalie Lundsteen. Read Why Career Self-Assessments Matter

From Bench Science to … ?

A new book explores career outcomes for Ph.D.s in the sciences. Read From Bench Science to … ?

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

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