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Opportunities To Explore - July 16-20, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 29 | Trainee News

A newsletter for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees

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| CPD & GEPA Events Calendar | URBEST Program Calendar

(*) Designates Onsite Events at URMC or River Campus

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This Week

(*) Town Hall Meetings to Meet the Candidates for Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education

  • Denise Hocking | Monday, July 16 | 2:00 – 3:00 PM | 1-7619 Adolf Auditorium
  • Richard Libby | Tuesday, July 17 | 11:30 – 12:30 PM | 1-9576 Ryan Case Method Room
  • Edwin van Wijngaarden | Wednesday, July 18 | 12:00 – 1:00 PM | 1-7619 Adolf Auditorium

(*) CPD Sponsored Webinar: Leveraging Your PhD for Career Success

Wednesday, July 18 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | SRB 1402, Welk Conference Room

This webinar will provide lessons on creating the right résumé or CV, basic networking skills, finding the right job for you, how to identify and leverage your transferable skills. We will also cover basic and advanced interviewing skills, how to negotiate, how to advance once you're hired. For more information about this online event, please contact Eric Vaughn at Eric_Vaughn@urmc.rochester.edu .

(*) Sponsored by CETL & CPD: Page-Turners for Teaching

Wednesday, July 18 (Every 3rd Wednesday) | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | 2-7520, URMC

Curious about how best to teach and train others? Considering an academic career? Lacking opportunities or time to teach as a busy researcher? Looking for ways to keep your CV up-to-date on teaching even if you are not currently doing it? Join “Page Turners For Teaching,” a new bi-weekly (1st Tuesday at noon in Dewey 1-160B and 3rd Wednesday at 4:00 pm in the Medical Center) discussion group for grad students, medical students, postdocs, and residents interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Whistling Vivaldi to discuss this summer! Register to reserve your free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at Kyle.Trenshaw@Rochester.edu .

Pride Parade

Saturday, July 21 | 12:00 pm (Line up begins), 1:00 pm (Parade begins) | Alexander St. Between East Ave. and Monroe Ave.

Walk with the University of Rochester in the 2018 pride parade will send a positive message of support to the LGBTQ community. Bring your family and friends to this fun and important event! RSVP BY JULY 6 TO GET A FREE T-SHIRT at this Form. SPONSORED BY: Susan B. Anthony Center, Office for Faculty Development and Diversity Office of the President, University of Rochester Medical Center Clinical and Translational Science Institute Office for Inclusion and Culture Development Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, David T. Kearns Center, Office of Alumni Relations, School of Nursing, and Office of Human Resources.

Upcoming Events   

Free Workshop on Teaching- “Evidence-Based Introduction to Teaching (EBIT) sponsored by NSF

July 23-27 | 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm each day | Online or CU Boulder, Colorado

EBIT (Evidence-Based Introduction to Teaching) is a one-week student-centered learning experience where post-docs and new faculty develop curricula using evidence-based teaching methods. Participants apply research principles of design, build, test and iterate to specific course curriculum development. Relevant literature on evidence-based teaching techniques will be highlighted. For more information, please visit this CIRTL CU Website. If you have questions please contact Jean Hertzberg, Associate Professor, Academic Leader for CIRTL at CU Boulder, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder.

(*) URMC Student & Postdoc Session with Executive Search Firm for next UR President

Tuesday, July 24 | 4:00 pm | Helen Wood Hall

The University of Rochester has engaged with the executive search firm, Spencer Stuart, to conduct its search for the next University President. Spencer Stuart representative Chuck Jordan would like to hear from URMC students and postdocs on the attributes you would  like to see in our next leader. To help them gauge attendance, if you plan to attend, please to send an email to mcpr@URMC.rochester.edu. SMD graduate students and postdocs are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to represent SMD and provide your valuable input!

(*) Graduate Student Society/Graduate Student Association Ice Cream Social

Thursday, July 26 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm | LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576)

 

Graduate Student Society Whitewater Rafting at Letchworth State Park

Saturday, July 28 | 12:00 pm-6:00 pm | Letchworth State Park- Mt. Morris Entrance, 2640 Park Rd, Mt. Morris, NY 14510

Tickets available in the GEPA Office- $35 Cash only. Go rafting with fellow grad students (No prior experience is necessary). Tickets include: transport to and from Letchworth, 3hrs rafting, water and snacks. Bus departs from SMD clock tower at noon. 

(*) Sponsored by CETL & CPD: Page-Turners for Teaching

  • Tuesday, August 7 (Every 1st Tuesday) | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Dewey 1-160B
  • Wednesday, August 15th (Every 3rd Wednesday) | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | 2-7520, URMC

Curious about how best to teach and train others? Considering an academic career? Lacking opportunities or time to teach as a busy researcher? Looking for ways to keep your CV up-to-date on teaching even if you are not currently doing it? Join “Page Turners For Teaching,” a new bi-weekly (1st Tuesday at noon in Dewey 1-160B and 3rd Wednesday at 4:00 pm in the Medical Center) discussion group for grad students, medical students, postdocs, and residents interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Whistling Vivaldi to discuss this summer! Register to reserve your free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at Kyle.Trenshaw@Rochester.edu .

(*) Save the Date: URBEST Retreat and Career Workshop

Thursday, September 13 | 9:00 am-4:00 pm | Adolph Auditorium (1-7619) & CEL 2-7536/2-7544)

Presenters include: Randy Ribaudo, Co-founder SciPhD; Jon Baker, J. Craig Venter Institute Fellow; Claire McCarthy, Science Writing Fellow at National Cancer Institute; Katie Smolnycki, Program Manager of Business Development at Fred Hutch; Virginia Glazer, Assistant Professor of Biology at Niagara University; Corey Hoffman, ORISE Fellow at US Department of Health & Human Services; Steve Dewhurst, Vice Dean of Research; Derek Crowe, Instructor for Scientific Communication and Visual Design; Derek Crowe, Instructor for Scientific Communication and Visual Design. Registration link made available mid-August. “Need accommodations?  Contact GradRegistrar@urmc.rochester.edu at least three business days prior to the event.” For more information about this event, please contact Tracey Baas at Tracey_Baas@urmc.rochester.edu.

Cookout, Celebrating A Community Of Diverse Students & Trainees At URMC!

Saturday, September, 15 | 1:00 pm-4:00 pm | Canalside Shelter, Genesee Valley Park

Come and join us for a Cookout, Celebrating a Community of Diverse Students and Trainees at URMC! RSVP by September 7th at this Cookout RSVP document. Sponsored by URMC: Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Executive Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, Office for Inclusion and Culture Development School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing.

Battle of the Bands (Hosted by Humans for Education)

Friday, September 21 | Douglas Ballroom, River Campus

Featuring Bands like: Hey Mabel and Mojo Chunk. The audience decides the winner. To register your band, please contact Ninoshka Fernandes at ninoshka@humansforeducation.org.

See more upcoming events here.  

Happening Now 

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition Is Open (Application Deadline is August 1, 2018)

The Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers nearly 470 teaching, research, or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for faculty and administrators, as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars, and many others. In addition to several new program models, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants. The deadline for the 2019–20 program is August 1.

National Biosafety & Biocontainment Training Program: Applications due August 1, 2018

The NBBTP is a partnership between the Division of Occupational Health and Safety (DOHS) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health. This is a rare opportunity for individuals seeking work in high containment facilities to receive professional training in biosafety and biocontainment at one of the foremost biomedical research centers in the world. Additional information regarding the Fellowships and Professional Development courses is online at www.nbbtp.org ; Application packages are due August 1, 2018; fellowships begin January 8, 2019 at the NIH Bethesda campus.

The NBBTP Fellowship is designed specifically for people interested in careers in high-containment. This is an intensive two years, immersive experience where Fellows are introduced to all elements of biosafety. The program includes traditional lectures, reading assignments, mentoring projects and travel to off-site conferences and training sessions.

Individual Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Fellowships in Spinal Cord Injury Research (Round 4)

This Request for Applications (RFA) provides funding for individual predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships (similar to NIH F31 and F32 awards, respectively) that will enable New York State to attract and retain the most promising and exceptionally-talented predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows. The intent of this initiative is to support the continued training of researchers with extraordinary potential for making significant contributions to the fields of SCI research.

Projects will be supported by State funds. Approximately $1.5 million will be available for this RFA to fund approximately six (6) training (pre- or post- doctoral) awards. The amount of funds awarded will be contingent upon the quality of applications submitted. In determining final awards, the Department reserves the right to allocate funds between the two funding mechanisms offered within this RFA as it deems appropriate. 

Eligible organizations are invited to submit applications for the following funding mechanisms:
1. Predoctoral fellowships will be a three year award with total annual costs of up to $45,200 per year (see RFA Attachment 2 pages 7-8).
2. Postdoctoral fellowships will be a three year award with total annual costs of up to $71,910 per year (see RFA Attachment 2 pages 7-8).

For a full description and instructions on applying, please visit the Grants Gateway Website.

Registration Opens for Falling Walls Competition

Would you like to take the stage in Berlin, Germany, this fall to tell the world about your research?  If so, register by September 17 for the Falling Walls Lab, a preliminary contest on October 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons. Each presenter will have three minutes and three slides to summarize their groundbreaking idea. The winner receives $500 and a trip to the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, November 7 to 9. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top two finalists. Contact Adele Coelho for additional information.

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Price in Interdisciplinary Research

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research provides a monetary award towards recognizing outstanding Postdoctoral Associates or Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Rochester whose research exemplifies the importance of cross- discipline approaches toward examining high impact questions of science. The competition is open to all UR SMD and ASE Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows. For a complete review of the application including eligibility and submission requirements, please visit the Postdoctoral Association Website.

Employment Opportunity

Adjunct Faculty Position Teaching Genetics at St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure is seeking someone to teach 2 lecture sections of Genetics (sophomore level, primarily Biology or Biochemistry majors, approximately 20 students per section) this fall.  Require a Master’s degree or equivalent.  Full information can be found at higheredjobs.com/faculty/details.cfm?JobCode=176753614&Title=Adjunct%20Instructor%20%2D%20Biology.

UR Stars Doctoral Career Advancement Program

The new UR Stars program helps connect established researchers at UR with early career scholars from groups that are underrepresented in biomedical research. Faculty who are looking for postdocs or early career researchers to work in their labs are invited to participate.

The University of Rochester has launched a new program meant to boost the diversity of its early-career research faculty. The two-day UR Stars Program will help connect established researchers at the University with underrepresented postdoctoral fellows and early-career faculty candidates from around the country.

Having a diverse workforce can boost productivity and improve outcomes, but several racial/ethnic groups, individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, and people with disabilities remain underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce across the U.S. Increasing diversity in this sector can bring new viewpoints and ideas to the table, fostering collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

UR Stars will help basic science, population health, and biomedical research faculty recruit underrepresented postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty into open positions in their labs. Interested faculty from the UR School of Medicine and Dentistry, UR School of Nursing and Eastman Institute of Oral Health can give a speed research talk and network with the candidates at the program’s inaugural event in November.

The event, taking place Sunday, November 11 through Tuesday, November 13, will offer scholars from diverse backgrounds and especially those who are underrepresented in biomedical research the opportunity to engage with University faculty, and explore the University and Rochester. Participating scholars will be strongly encouraged to apply for post-doctoral fellowships at the UR.

This program is supported by the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity at UR, and URMC’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs. For additional information contact Ashley N. Campbell, Director of Diversity Programming, 585-273-4297.

Relevant Reads

Career Options for Biomedical Scientists

Covering everything from science writing and grant administration to patent law and management consultancy, the book includes firsthand accounts of what the jobs are like, the skills required, and advice on how to get a foot in the door. It will be a valuable resource for all life scientists considering their career options and laboratory heads who want to give career advice to their students and postdocs. 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.

Internships for Graduate Students and Postdocs: Using Internships to Explore Careers and Make Career Decisions (Hosted by iBiology)

Two Part Talk by Alexandra Schnoes. There are many career options open to PhD scientists, however, it can be difficult to determine which career is right for you. In a series of talks, Dr. Alexandra Schnoes describes how internships for graduate students and postdocs might be a good way to explore careers and help make an informed career decision. She discusses the benefits of internships and how to find and apply for them. She also talks about the process of talking to your advisor about going on an internship, and how to get the most out of your internship experience when you are on it. Hosted by iBiology. View Internships for Graduate Students and Postdocs: Using Internships to Explore Careers and Make Career Decisions

It's July. Have You Started Writing Yet?

Christine Tulley proposes a strategy to get moving finally: Take a week to develop a master scholarship plan and figure out where you are. Read It's July. Have You Started Writing Yet?

FASEB Journal: Examining Trends in the Diversity of the NIH Workforce 

study by Dr. Silda Nikaj and colleagues at the NIH published in the FASEB Journal used NIH data to “document trends in the NIH-funded workforce over time.” The study confirmed that while the number of scientists being funded increased from 2009 and 2016, early- and mid- career investigator funding declined. The study also determined that this disparity in funding may have a negative effect on the diversity of the biomedical workforce.

PLOS One: The Trade-off between Graduate Student Research and Teaching - A Myth?

An Inside Higher Ed article covers a PLOS ONE study that challenges the typical view that teaching is a drain on research time, and therefore time to graduation, for graduate students. The study “considered how increased training in evidence-based teaching practices impacted students’ confidence in their preparation for research careers, their ability to communicate about their research, and their publication counts” and found that time invested in evidence-based teaching had a small but positive effect on the graduate research experience.

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

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