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January 9 – January 13, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 2 | Trainee News

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

Happening Now

Translational Science 2017: Abstracts due FRIDAY, 1/13/17!

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. 

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship: Application Period Now Open

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.

This Week

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.

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

How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences: A Guide for Physicians and Laboratory Researchers

by Thomas A. Lang.  Learn valuable techniques and tips for publishing and presenting your work.  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.

Let’s talk about #SciComm

Science communication is a young field with many voices and few guidelines. Let’s find a way to combine our voices in order to protect the integrity of research endeavors, says Judith Reichel. Read Let’s talk about #SciComm

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