Skip to main content
Explore URMC
menu
Education / Graduate Education / Center for Professional Development / Opportunities to Explore / Opportunities to Explore - July 15-19, 2019
 

Opportunities to Explore - July 15-19, 2019

Vol 5, Issue 29 | 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.

CPD Travel Award Winners

The Center for Professional Development (CPD) is excited to announce this year’s winners of the 2019-2020 CPD Travel Award.  Congratulations to Madison Doolittle; PhD student in Pathology; and Sanjib Kumar Guha, PhD; postdoctoral appointee in Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine, for winning the 2019-2020 CPD Travel Award!  We would like to thank all the PhD students and postdoctoral appointees who submitted applications. Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be available in early spring 2020. 

Award Information: The Center of Professional Development (CPD) is sponsoring a CPD Travel Award for PhD students and postdoctoral appointees in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Each travel award is worth up to $1500 and can be utilized for travel to a conference or for a professional development opportunity relevant to preparation for current or future career endeavors.

This Week

Just Write!

Tuesdays Starting July 16 through the end of December | 8:00 am-10:00 am | Saunders Research Building 3434A/B
Many writing coaches recommend blocking off time and changing up your working set-up to be a more productive and regular writer. Please use this opportunity to Just Write! Just Write! sessions will be held every Tuesday 8am-10am starting July 16 through the end of December, in Saunders Research Building, 3434A/B. Feel free to use this space to have a focused, uninterrupted writing session. The room is across from a kitchen equipped with a toaster, a microwave, a teapot and a Keurig machine; feel free to make coffee/breakfast. If you have any questions, please contact Alina at alina_denham@urmc.rochester.edu.

NIH to Host Webinars on Awards to Support Early-Career Scientists: New Innovator Award (Award Closes August 26, 2019)

Wednesday, July 17 | 1:00 pm ET |Online Webinar and Q&A
The NIH will host a series of pre-application webinars on four awards meant to support early-career scientists in the High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program: #1) New Innovator Award on July 17 at 1:00 pm EDT. NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (RFA-RM-19-006) – Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 1:00 PM EDT. To join the webinar, register through WebEx and submit your questions by 11:59 PM local time on Monday, July 15, 2019 to NewInnovatorAwards@mail.nih.gov. For complete information on this award, please visit the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award webpage.

NIH to Host Webinars on Awards to Support Early-Career Scientists: NIH Pioneer Award (Award Closes September 6, 2019)

Wednesday, July 17 | 3:00 pm ET |Online Webinar and Q&A
The NIH will host a series of pre-application webinars on four awards meant to support early-career scientists in the High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program: #2) Pioneer Award on July 17 at 3:00 pm EDT. NIH Director’s Pioneer Award (RFA-RM-19-005) – Wednesday, July 17, 2019 at 3:00 PM EDT. To join the webinar, register through WebEx and submit your questions by 11:59 PM local time on Monday, July 15, 2019 to PioneerAwards@mail.nih.gov. For complete information on this award, please visit the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award webpage.

Upcoming Events

Pride Parade

Saturday, July 20 | Noon: Parade Line Up, 1:00 pm: Parade Begins | Alexander Street (Between East & Monroe)
March with the University in the 2019 Roc Pride Parade on July 20. The fun and supportive opportunity is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, administrators, and their families. Sign up by July 12 and receive a free tank top to wear at the parade. Contact Monica Astacio with questions.

NIH to Host Webinars on Awards to Support Early-Career Scientists: NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (Award Closes September 13, 2019)

Wednesday, July 24 | 1:00 pm ET |Online Webinar and Q&A
The NIH will host a series of pre-application webinars on four awards meant to support early-career scientists in the High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program: #3) Early Independence Award on July 24 at 1:00 pm EDT. NIH Director’s Early Independence Award (RFA-RM-19-008) – Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 1:00 PM EDT. To join the webinar, register through WebEx and submit your questions by 11:59 PM local time on Monday, July 22, 2019 to EarlyIndependence@od.nih.gov. For complete information on this award, please visit the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award webpage.  

NIH to Host Webinars on Awards to Support Early-Career Scientists: NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award (Award Closes September 20, 2019)

Wednesday, July 24 | 3:00 pm ET |Online Webinar and Q&A
The NIH will host a series of pre-application webinars on four awards meant to support early-career scientists in the High-Risk, High-Reward Research Program: #4) Transformative Research Award on July 24 at 3:00 pm. NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award (RFA-RM-19-007) – Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM EDT. To join the webinar, register through WebEx and submit your questions by 11:59 PM local time on Monday, July 22, 2019 to Transformative_Awards@mail.nih.gov. For complete information on this award, please visit the NIH Director’s Transformative Research Awards webpage.

(*) 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)

Tobacco Regulatory Science Talent Student Competition “TRS Talent Competition”

Students at the University of Rochester and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center are invited to participate in this new annual competition! The competition aims to promote student awareness and interest in Tobacco Regulatory Science (TRS) and the aligned FDA Research Priorities to better understand toxicity, addiction, and appeal of current and emerging tobacco products, and to provide an evidence base for FDA regulatory considerations. For full details and entry form, please visit the WNY Center for Research on Flavored Tobacco website.

Applications for the Mirzayan Science & Technology Fellowship

The application is now open for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program. The 2020 session of the Fellowship will begin on January 21 and conclude on April 10. Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed graduate studies within the last five years are eligible to apply. Areas of study may include social/behavioral sciences, health and medicine, physical or biological sciences, engineering, law/business/public administration, or relevant interdisciplinary fields. The Program provides Fellows with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that the scientific, engineering, and medical communities play in advising the nation.Please help us spread the word about this opportunity. With your help, we hope to recruit a talented and diverse class of new fellows. If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact us or visit the program website at mirzayanfellow.nas.edu/ .

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.

Community Adjunct Opportunities

Adjunct Laboratory Instructors

St. John Fisher College is in need of a number of adjunct laboratory instructors this upcoming fall semester.  We have had great success with post-docs from UR/URMC in the past and would like to continue to offer interested candidates the opportunity to gain some teaching experience.  Instructors needed that could teach Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab and/or Microbes and Disease Lab.  Both are offered to pre-clinical Nursing majors.  There also may be need for a few sections of General Biology Lab that need instructors. 

Laboratories are ~3 hours long and there are both morning and afternoon sections available.  There are about 14 total meetings during the semester. Instructors must also be able to attend a 1-hour prep meeting each week, which can be done electronically.   Fisher pays ~$3000 per course for someone with a Ph.D.  Current UR post-docs who have taught here include Matthew Brewer, Christopher Anderson and Kelly Anderson.

Interested candidates can apply by sending Dr. Daryl Hurd, Associate Professor and Chair of the Biology Department a CV and a teaching philosophy.

Postdoctoral Association News

2019 National Postdoctoral Survey

Have you ever felt invisible? Please join us as we shine a light on the plight of postdocs nationwide: http://j.mp/2JG7kB1

Here are some reasons why you should take the National Postdoc Survey (NPS):

  1. Contribute data to this follow-up survey, an opportunity to make your voice heard
  2. Inform advocacy efforts and help improve all aspects of the postdoc experience
  3. Speak as honestly and candidly as you like – responses are completely anonymous
  4. Enjoy a streamlined set of questions, estimated to take 20 minutes to complete
  5. Enter into a drawing for $200 travel awards to a scientific meeting of your choice

If you want to be seen, we invite your response!

For additional information, you may visit our website at postdocsurvey.uchicago.edu/ .

Also, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions using postdocsurvey@uchicago.edu and connect with us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/postdoc_survey.

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: https://forms.gle/cj2MEBZfeZGQp53TA. 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 SMD 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 SMD AS&E Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs 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. 

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.

National Postdoctoral Association-Call for Nominations: 2020 DSA & Mentor Award

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), in partnership with Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc., would like to announce the call for nominations for the 2020 NPA Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. Mentor Award. The award recognizes a faculty member or advisor who has engaged in exceptional mentoring of postdoctoral scholars.

The recipient of the NPA Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. Mentor Award will receive a plaque, an honorarium of $500, complimentary registration to the 2020 Annual Meeting, and a $1,000 travel stipend. The award will be presented at the 18th NPA Annual Conference, March 27-29, 2020.

The deadline for submission is Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. To submit a nomination, proceed to this link.

National Postdoctoral Association-2020 Distinguished Service Award

The 2020 Distinguished Service Award represents appreciation for an individual that has demonstrated either a profound, sustained, or leadership contribution to improving the postdoctoral experience.

  • The award recognizes an individual who has contributed to improving the postdoctoral experience through:
  • Pioneering efforts to improve postdoctoral policies, benefits, and programs.
  • Influencing sustained leadership in national systemic and/or local change for the improvement of the postdoctoral experience.
  • Advocating and raising awareness of significant and important issues that have significantly altered the postdoctoral scholar landscape.
  • Contributing to professional development, career development and resource development for postdoctoral scholars.
  • Creating agency and opportunity for postdoctoral research and advancement into academic and nonacademic careers.

To read the nomination process for 2020, visit this page. The deadline for submission is Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

National Postdoctoral Association- Deadline to Submit Board Election Materials Extended

The NPA is holding elections this fall to bring four committed and energetic individuals to the NPA Board of Directors for three-year terms. The deadline to submit application packets has been extended to Friday, July 19, 2019, by 11:59 p.m. ET.

If you are interested in learning more about the roles and responsibilities of service on the NPA Board, or applying for a Board position, please visit this link.

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

Online Resources

iBiology Courses Help Trainees Plan for their Career

iBiology is reminding the community that it has two free, self-paced courses designed for trainees. The objective of “Planning your Scientific Journey” is to teach students “how to choose a good scientific problem and plan their journey ahead.”  “Business Concepts for Life Scientists,” created in collaboration with the UCSF Office of Career and Professional Development and the WUSTL Graduate School, helps graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty who wish to gain a basic understanding of business fundamentals for both academic and industry career sectors.

Relevant Reads

Get That Job! The Quick Complete Guide to a Winning Interview

In today's competitive job market, you need to stand out – for the right reasons. "Canned' interview answers won't work, nor will "winging it." You need to be both authentic and strategic to convince the employer you're "the one." 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.

Beating the Summer Writing Blues

Joy Gaston Gayles and Anthony Ocampo share some strategies to help you feel more confident about the quality and quantity of your work over the next few months. Read Beating the Summer Writing Blues

Open Mike: Breaches of Peer Review Integrity

NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research Michael Lauer, MD, reviews what constitutes a breach of NIH peer review integrity in an Open Mike blog post. The post reminders readers that the NIH’s “attention to peer review integrity has been heightened” by recent breaches, including undisclosed firings and refunds reported on by Science, and reviews actions that NIH may take. The President of MIT expressed his dismay and empathy for the many Chinese and Chinese-American scientists who collaborate openly but must abide current tensions and suspicions.

NIH: New “All About Grants” Podcast on Writing a Fellowship Application

The NIH posted about a new “All About Grants” podcast episode on writing a fellowship application. Shoshana Kahana, PhD, NIH Research Training Policy Officer, discusses the F application process, sharing tips and best practices for developing a strong application.

AAMC Joins Letters to Support Graduate Student Loans

The AAMC has joined two letters supporting legislation that helps graduate students address student loans. One letter supports the POST GRAD Act (HR 3418), reintroduced on June 21, which would make graduate students eligible to receive Federal Direct Subsidized Loans. The second letter  advocates for the protection of GradPLUS loans in any effort to reauthorize the Higher Education Act. Read more at AAMC Washington Highlights.

Six tips for adapting to a new language and culture

Moving abroad for a career opportunity can be stressful and difficult. But there are ways to navigate the minefields. Read Six tips for adapting to a new language and culture

Tips for Navigating the Job Search Process in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

By Greg Miller. Read Tips for Navigating the Job Search Process in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (AI)

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