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Opportunities to Explore - July 1-5, 2019

Vol 5, Issue 27 | Trainee News

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

| CPD & GEPA Events Calendar | URBEST Program Calendar

(*) Designates Onsite Events at URMC or River Campus

OTE Online

Opportunities to Explore is also available online. To view the web version, please visit goo.gl/bxuggB. The web version is optimized for viewing on tablets and smart phones.

SMD Ambassador Program

Application Closes Friday, July 5th

The SMD Office of Academic Development and Alumni Relations is seeking applications from both SMD graduate students and postdocs to serve as ambassadors for SMD.  The URSMD Ambassadors Program develops relationships and fosters pride between current trainees and University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry alumni through events, programs, tours, volunteering and more. In addition to increasing student/trainee presence at alumni events, the program educates current trainees about the variety of professional opportunities available in Biomedical and Health Sciences. Trainees interested should complete the short application form online by Friday, July 5th. This is a great opportunity to highlight additional leadership and involvement experience to future supervisors and employers on your CV/resume.

For complete information on the Ambassador Program, please visit https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/smd/alumni/stay-connected/ambassador-program.aspx.

This Week

(*) Mentoring Up Case Study #4

Tuesday, July 2 | 2:00 pm-2:30 pm | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC
Case studies are discussions that are guided by a faculty member (this week Jacques Robert) to discuss possible solutions to challenging situations that may occur during graduate school or postdoctoral training. Trainees that complete the Workshop and at least six of the ten Refresher Case Studies (at their own pace, multiple years is fine) will earn a Mentoring Up electronic badge. Trainees that earn electronic badges will have the option of becoming co-guides with the faculty for the 2020 monthly Mentoring Up Refresher Case Studies. Email tracey_baas@urmc.rochester.edu to be included in the Mentoring Up group and receive case studies.

Upcoming Events

(*) URBEST Dr. Aslihan Ameskovic: Introduction to Machine Learning in Health Data

Wednesday, July 10 | 10:00 am-11:30 am | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), URMC

Dr. Aslihan Ameskovic will introduce you to machine learning in health data and also provide some time for hands on machine learning. Before the session you must register so that you can receive step-by-step instructions for setting up your laptop for the hands-on machine learning. If you have any problem with the set up, Asli will meet with you to smooth out any problems. To make this learning session useful for all, we may create pairs of one person with no or some python experience plus one person with moderate or extensive python experience. You will tackle machine learning together. To register fill out the survey at surveymonkey.com/r/2019MachineLearning.

(*) Presented by CPD and URBEST:  Lead with Your Top 5: A Strengths Finder Event for Graduate Students (Register by Monday, July 15th)

Thursday, July 25 | 9:00 am-11:00 am | Saunders Research Building 1416
Discover your top 5 strengths and how you can utilize them in your upcoming job search and in your current/future work. StrengthsFinder Workshop Takeaways: Gain greater self-awareness and team alignment, Gain techniques to address team challenges Understand how to build effective team partnerships, Transform relationships in the workplace, Increase individual and team performance, Use strengths to improve results and reach goals, Experience an energizing and fun session. Registrants (24) will receive a FREE StrengthsFinder 2.0 book and code for strength assessment. Participants will need to register by July 15th at surveymonkey.com/r/CPDStrengthFinder . Questions about this workshop can be directed to Tracey_Baas@URMC.Rochester.edu or Eric_Vaughn@URMC.Rochester.edu.

(*) Presented by CPD and URBEST: Lead with Your Top 5: A Strengths Finder Event for Postdocs (Register by Monday, July 15th)

Thursday, July 25 | 12:00 pm-2:00 pm | Saunders Research Building 1412
Discover your top 5 strengths and how you can utilize them in your upcoming job search and in your current/future work. StrengthsFinder Workshop Takeaways: Gain greater self-awareness and team alignment, Gain techniques to address team challenges Understand how to build effective team partnerships, Transform relationships in the workplace, Increase individual and team performance, Use strengths to improve results and reach goals, Experience an energizing and fun session. Registrants (24) will receive a FREE StrengthsFinder 2.0 book and code for strength assessment. Participants will need to register by July 15th at surveymonkey.com/r/CPDStrengthFinder . Questions about this workshop can be directed to Tracey_Baas@URMC.Rochester.edu or Eric_Vaughn@URMC.Rochester.edu.

See more upcoming events here.

Happening Now (Grant, Travel Award and Conference Information)

URBEST Microgrant Applications Available (Deadline Friday, July 5)

URBEST is excited to announce a request for URBEST Microgrant Applications to support initiatives led by graduate student and/or postdoctoral groups who are advocating for professional development and skill building opportunities in areas of science policy, industry, regulatory science, data science, higher education, communication, or outreach. These areas are suggestions and the list is by no means exhaustive.   Deadline for proposals are Friday, July 5, 2019.

Funding: Most awards will be around $1,500, with the potential for up to a maximum on $3,000 for highly innovative and high-impact proposals. The timeline is for one year, starting September 1, 2019. Paperwork: This email contains three attachments: the request for microgrants review process (doc), the application form (doc) and the scoring rubric (pdf).  Please submit your application to Jennifer_Brennan@urmc.rochester.edu in PDF format. Eligibility: UR groups (medial center, river campus, or a combination) managed by graduate students and postdocs are eligible to apply. Your group is expected to consist of at least 50% full time graduate students, at least one URBEST trainee, and we strongly recommend that a proposal is submitted by a group and not an individual. Only one submission per group will be accepted. Any questions or would like to brainstorm idea? Contact Tracey_Baas@urmc.rochester.edu.  She will not be part of the review committee.

RocDocs- University of Rochester Post-Doctoral Career Advancement Opportunity

September 18-20, 2019 | RocDocs Information Website including Application
RocDocs: Post-Doctoral Career Advancement Program at the University of Rochester is a two-day program that serves as a career advancement opportunity for graduate students nearing the completion of their studies and early career postdoctoral scholars—particularly scholars from underrepresented groups in STEM. Sponsored by the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity RocDocs provides an opportunity for attendees to establish networking connections, as well as participate in career advancement and professional development workshops. Attendees will gain insight about research and teaching opportunities at the University of Rochester and connect with current faculty of interest and who may have a postdoctoral fellowship position available in the coming year or by fall of 2020, while participating in workshops on career and academic advancement as well as networking among themselves, our current postdoctoral scholars and PhD students.

Program Overview: The program will take place over two days from September 18-20, 2019. This fully funded program will allow you to participate in career advancement and professional development workshops, tour research facilities and interact with faculty, current postdocs and PhD students.  Travel and hotel stay for your visit are covered. You will be connected with a faculty host who will meet with you and discuss their research and environment in which they work. You will also share your own research at a poster session, specifically for RocDocs to present to Faculty, Alumni, current postdocs & current students at our Steadman Prize for post-doctoral research banquet.

Program Candidate Eligibility: All graduate students, and especially those from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences, medicine and engineering, are welcome to apply to RocDocs. Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Filipinos, those with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds, those underrepresented on the basis of gender identity or expression or sexual orientation, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the University’s research and educational missions.

We are seeking scholars who are historically underrepresented in postdoctoral research to explore opportunities at the University of Rochester. Accommodations are available upon request and acceptance to the program.

The University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. The University believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances the performance of our organization and our ability to fulfill our important missions.  The University is committed to fostering and supporting a workplace culture inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs or any other non-merit fact, so that all employees are included, equal valued and supported.

Application Process: Fill out our online application. You will need your CV, a diversity statement, a recommendation from your mentor, and the names of up to 6 University of Rochester potential faculty hosts with whom you would be interested in meeting. See this page for guidance in finding potential faculty host, and a list of hosts especially interested in connecting with RocDoc candidates. Feel free to contact those faculty now if you like. We will ensure that there is mutual interest as part of the selection process. If your application is selected, we will arrange for you to travel to campus and stay for 2-3 nights. During your stay, you will meet with faculty you have identified as sharing your research interests as well as with current postdocs. Application deadline is Monday, August 5, 2019 by 5:00pm EST. Apply here. Applicants will be informed of your acceptance by August 12.

All questions should be sent to dei@rochester.edu. You may also send any supplementary materials to this address. Accommodations are available upon request and acceptance to the program. This program is supported by the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity at the University of Rochester. For additional information, contact: Eleanor H. Oi, Director of Diversity Programming. Email: eleanoroi@rochester.edu. Phone: 585-273-4297. Mail: University of Rochester, P.O. Box 270016, Rochester, NY 14627.

Fall 2019 Class Offering: MBI 406: Biomanufacturing (3 Credits)

Tuesdays & Thursdays Starting August 28th | 9:40 am-10:55 am | Instructor: Dr. Luisa Caetano-Davies
This course is team-taught by University of Rochester Upstate Stem Cell cGMP Facility staff and guest lectures from industry, and other cGMP facilities and Universities. The class is designed to introduce current aspects of manufacturing biopharmaceuticals using industrial techniques and commercially relevant bioprocesses. Specific lectures will discuss biomanufacturing background, quality assurance, regulations, procedures, proper techniques, and documentation. UR’s cGMP facility will be toured to show an example of a fully validated biomanufacturing facility for the production of cell-based therapy products to be tested in humans for the first time in Clinical Trials. Class is for undergraduates, graduate students, and postdocs. Postdocs may register as a non-matriculated student and apply for an audit fee waiver. Invited Speakers for 2019 include: Edward Schwarz, Telephus Biosciences; Jason Condon, Vaccinex; Bryan Vought, Alkermes; Eden Fucci, Torque Therapeutics; James Clements, Athenex; Fabio Fachin, Takeda; Gerhard Bauer, UC Davis Institute for Regenerative Cures; Charles Ruttler, NC State Biomanufacturing Training & Education Center; Ben Cosgrove, Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University; Steve Dewhurst, Microbiology and Immunology at URMC; Luis Martinez, Microbiology and Immunology at URMC; and Sharyl Zaccagino, Quality Assurance at URMC. Questions and additional information, please contact Luisa Caetano-Davies.

Falling Walls Lab Rochester 2019 Applications Now Open!!  (Deadline: September 11, 2019)

Pitch your innovative idea in just three minutes highlighting a breakthrough that creates a positive impact on science and society and win a trip to the International Falling Walls Finale in Berlin, Germany just like Ahmed Ghazi, MD, associate professor in the department of Urology did last year. Dr. Ghazi’s three-minute presentation titled “BREAKING THE WALL OF SURGICAL ERRORS” showcased the innovative technology being used in the URMC Department of Urology Simulation Innovation Laboratory. His presentation earned him the prestigious 2018 Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year title, prize money, a yearlong mentorship on scientific publishing, and an invitation to serve as a judge for the 2019 International Finale.

Prizes: 1st place: $500 and travel expenses to International Falling Walls Finale in Berlin, Germany (open to University of Rochester students and faculty), 2nd place is $300 and 3rd place is $200.

For complete information including deadlines and application, please visit the Fall Walls Website. For questions, please contact Adele.Coelho@rochester.edu.

Postdoctoral Association News

UR Postdoctoral Association Travel and Development Awards (Deadline, July 31)

Award Mission: As part of the mission of the UR PDA, this travel award has been created to support the professional development of postdocs.  Priority will be given to individuals who demonstrate that attending a conference, workshop, or networking event will provide opportunities for professional development not available at the University of Rochester. Award Details: One AS&E postdoc and one SMD postdoc will each be awarded up to $1,200 to attend a conference, workshop, or networking event. Eligibility: All University of Rochester postdocs are eligible to win a travel award, except for current/former PDA co-chairs. Application Requirements & Deadlines: The applicant must complete the online application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through July 31, 2019. Winners will be announced during National Postdoc Appreciation Week on September 20, 2019 at a networking reception.

Conditions for Disbursement of Award: *  SMD Postdocs: Reimbursement request must be submitted to the Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs office, PO Box 316, G-9551 Medical Center, Attn: Stephen Naum by May 31, 2020. Consequently, the conference must occur prior to this date. The awardee must provide a written conference report (minimum 1000 words) which will be made available for use by university organizations such as (but not limited to) the PDA and the Center for Professional Development. * AS&E Postdocs: The reimbursement request for the AS&E postdoc travel awardee must be submitted to the AS&E Graduate Studies Office, Box 270401, Lattimore Hall, Attn: Gretchen Briscoe by May 31, 2020. Consequently, the conference must occur prior to this date. The awardee must provide a written conference report (minimum 1000 words) which will be made available for use by university organizations such as (but not limited to) the PDA and the Gwen M. Greene Career Center.

Please note: the original receipts and signed expense reimbursement F3 form need to be submitted.  An electronic version copy of the reimbursement documents cannot be accepted. The F3 form can be found at: http://www.rochester.edu/adminfinance/finance/FinanceForms.html

Review Process: Winners will be chosen based on a formal review process performed by current and former PDA co-chairs. Priority will be given to individuals whose applications demonstrate that the intended conference will offer unique opportunities for professional development (workshops, job interview skills, networking, etc.). Furthermore, priority is given to postdocs who do not already have travel funding (e.g., the applicant is paid off a PI’s grant and does not have an F32 fellowship).

Questions: Please direct any questions to the AS&E PDA co-chair Anusha Naganathan (anusha_naganathan@rochester.edu) and/or the SMD PDA co-chair Monica Javidnia. Note, this award is separate from the CPD Travel Award.

Join the PDA Slack at https://urpda.slack.com/.

Relevant Reads

LinkedIn In 30 Minutes (2nd Edition): How to create a rock-solid LinkedIn profile and build connections that matter

The revised edition of LinkedIn In 30 Minutes is for people who are new to LinkedIn, as well as those who have created basic LinkedIn profiles and now want to take their LinkedIn efforts to the next level. While LinkedIn In 30 Minutes is not intended to be a comprehensive guide, it provides a solid foundation of LinkedIn registration basics, critical profile elements, and networking best practices that can help you land a new job or advance your career. 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-9627 or email us with your request.

Accommodations

“Need accommodations for any CPD or GEPA event?  Contact GradRegistrar@urmc.rochester.edu at least three business days prior to the event.”

Visit http://www.gepa-calendar.urmc.edu/ for a calendar of all our events.  Review the Opportunities to Explore archive.

Center for Professional Development | cpd.urmc.edu | (585) 275-4522 | CPD-SMD-Grad@URMC.rochester.edu

Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training | urbest.urmc.edu | (585) 276-7348 | Tracey_Baas@URMC.Rochester.edu