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Opportunities to Explore - July 10-14, 2017

July 10-14, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 28 | Trainee News

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

Meet The GEPA Staff

Benjamin Lovell, Secretary

Ben LovellBen serves as a Secretary for the office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA), acting as a secondary receptionist and helping to monitor department budgets. He also serves as Course Administrator for the “Ethics and Professional Integrity in Research” course, taught in the Fall semester.

Trainees typically contact Ben with general inquiries, to discuss spending and reimbursement for events sponsored by GEPA and the Center for Professional Development, and for assistance with issues relating to Ethics.  To contact Ben, you can call him directly at 585-275-5022 or email .

This Week

Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, July 11 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

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

“What We Are Really Thinking: HR Perspective to The Hiring Process”: Bio Career’s Webinar by Alicia Jones

Wednesday, July 12 | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Webinar

Peek inside the mind of HR during the hiring process and learn what HR is really thinking. In this webinar, you will learn what HR is paying attention to during the different phases of recruiting and how you can improve your chances of being noticed. Each step of the recruiting process will be reviewed detailing tips and tricks you can use to prepare for your next job search. Join in and learn what HR is really thinking. For more information and to register for this webinar, please visit the registration page.

CPD Sponsored Event: Thesis Writing Workshop

Thursday, July 13 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545), URMC

This workshop will provide tips for organization, time management, and writing strategies. Open to all graduate students. Participants are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets. Please register online at

Upcoming Events

CPD Sponsored Event: Planning Your Future

Thursday, July 20 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Learning Lab 2-7520, URMC

Thinking about your future or next steps after graduation or postdoc. Not sure where to begin or feeling overwhelmed! If you said yes to one or both statements then this workshop is for you.  Planning You Future will assist you in planning your next steps in your career future. This workshop will provide information on application materials and processes for academic, industry, non-profit and government positions. Participants will also learn about all the free resources available to assist with your job search. In addition, participants will learn strategies and tips to manage job searches while completing advanced degree or postdoc opportunity. For more information about this workshop, please contact Eric Vaughn at To register for this workshop, please visit .

URBEST Career Story Q & A: Yuriy Shapovalov, PhD (New Date and Time)

Friday July 21 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC

Yuriy Shapovalov, PhD, Medical Science Liaison at Biogen and UR 2010 Alumnus.

See more upcoming events here.

Happening Now

Antibody Engineering, Phage Display & Immune Repertoire Analysis (Application Deadline: July 15, 2017)

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meeting & Courses Program | October 17-30, 2017

The lecture series, presented by course faculty and a number of invited speakers, will emphasize theory and practice of antibody display technologies, expression of antibodies in E. coli and mammalian cells, antibody structure and function, bacterial display of antibodies and other ligand-binding domains, the immunobiology of the antibody response, and the use of monoclonal antibodies for therapy including the design of chimeric antigen receptor T cells. We will also discuss principles and protocols for generation and analysis of immune repertoires determined by Next Generation Sequencing. For more information including cost, financial assistance, registration application, etc.; please visit the Antibody Engineering, Phage Display & Immune Repertoire Analysis Website.

Healthy Aging: International Conference for PhD Students in Biomedical Research (Registration Deadline: July 31, 2017)

September 7-9, 2017 | Cracow, Poland

The Healthy Aging Conference will cover a wide spectrum of laboratory, epidemiological, and interventional studies related to preserving health throughout a whole life span. For young professionals in biomedical sciences, this conference will allow presentation of their results and discussion with international experts. For a full description and conference registration, please visit the conference website.

Science And Culture Reading Group

Science, Technology, and Culture – a multidisciplinary reading group

How is science shaped by the culture that surrounds it? How do technological innovations change society? We are a new group bringing together people from all parts of the University of Rochester community to reflect on these questions through shared reading and group discussion. Join us for snacks and good conversation! Please contact with any questions. 

Upcoming Meetings: Wednesdays, 5:00 pm in the Humanities Center Lobby (located in Rush Rhees Library)

  • July 19th – Archangel, by Andrea Barrett
  • August (Exact Date TBD) – Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly

Employment Opportunities

Academic Learning Specialist, Syracuse University (Job #033596)

Syracuse University’s new Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS) is looking for applicants with strong STEM backgrounds to fill a new Academic Learning Specialist position involving mentoring, supervising and training tutors as well as tutoring in STEM fields. Successful applicants will have tutoring/academic support experience and undergraduate or graduate majors or minors in the sciences and/or advanced math. Applicants are encouraged to email resumes and cover letters to CLASS Director Margaret Usdansky For a full description of the position, please visit

Check out over 18,000 Career Opportunities in Higher Education at .

Relevant Reads

Developing Transferable Skills: Enhancing Your Research and Employment Potential

PhD students and young researchers increasingly find employment outside the world of education. This book is an excellent guide to the skills they will need as they make that move.  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.

Career Change? Four Mistakes to Avoid When You Tell Your Story to Employers and Recruiters

By Caroline Ceniza-Levine. If you’re attempting a career change – from one industry to another, from one functional role to another, from a sabbatical or family leave to getting back to work – you will be telling employers, recruiters, and others in your network your STORY. Learn about how to share your career change story.  Read Career Change? Four Mistakes to Avoid When You Tell Your Story to Employers and Recruiters

Landing a Postdoctoral Fellowship

By Keisha N. Blaine. While securing one is becoming increasingly difficult, Keisha N. Blain offers several strategies to improve your odds of success. Read Landing a Postdoctoral Fellowship

NIH Releases Notices for Extramural Loan Repayment Programs 

The NIH recently released notices for the 2017 Loan Repayment Programs, a Congressionally-established set of programs which repay up to $35,000 annually of a researcher's qualified educational debt in return for a commitment to engage in NIH mission-relevant research. The notices released detail application requirements in the areas of pediatric researchcontraception and infertility research, and health disparities research, as well as applications specific to clinical researchers and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. The application period runs annually from September 1 through November 15.

iBiology: Making Scientific Writing Painless

In an iBiology presentation, Dr. Ian Baldwin, professor and director of the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, “provides his perspective on the best scientific writing practices and gives some tips on how to improve one’s scientific writing skills.” A recording of last month’s Q&A on how to develop a research question, hosted in collaboration with the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN), is now available

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