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Opportunities to Explore - July 24-28, 2017

July 24-28, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 30 | Trainee News

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

This Week

Graduate Student Society (GSS) Coffee Hour

Wednesday, July 26 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC

Graduate Student Society (GSS)/Graduate Student Association (GSA) 2017 Wine Tour

Sunday, July 30 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm | Seneca Lake Wineries (Belhurst, White Springs, Fox Run, Torrey Ridge)

This event is open to all graduate students and your (21 and over) guests. Tickets are $30 per person (cash only) and include transportation to and from URMC to all wineries, lunch, and tasting fees. Seats are limited so get your tickets today in the Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA) office (G-9556).

Upcoming Events

Summer Scholars 2017 Poster Session

Thursday, August 3 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am | Flaum Atrium, URMC

Everyone is welcome to attend the Summer Scholars 2017 Poster Session. Refreshments will be provided.   Please contact with any questions.

Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, August 8 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Location TBD

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

The Science of Great Ideas: Fostering the Creative Process

Thursday, August 17 | 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | TBD and Charmaine Wheatley’s Studio

A two-hour session to introduce your right brain to your left brain. In essence, decoding the science of great ideas by fostering the creative process. The session will be led by Vineeth John, MD, MBA, who will introduce you to some of the theories of the creative process (~20 – 30 minutes); and Charmaine Wheatley, URMC artist-in-residence, who will lead you through some hands-on art activities (~1.5 hours). A registration link will be made available August 1.

URBEST Career Stories Suggestions and Input Meeting

Monday, August 14 | 9:00 am-10:00 am or 2:00 pm-3:00 pm | Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC

Dr. Tracey Baas, URBEST Executive Director, will be holding two gatherings to assist her in selecting and inviting speakers to visit the University of Rochester.  Dr. Baas encourages anyone who would like to attend to put together your wish list or “mock” advertisement of who you would like to visit for URBEST.  Please contact with any questions.

CPD Sponsored Event: Grantmanship for Postdocs: Pathway to Independence Awards (K99/R00) (Online Webinar)

Tuesday, October 3 | 6:00 pm-8:30 pm | Webinar

The ability to write competitive grant applications is now more important than ever. Therefore, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are strongly encouraged to develop and perfect their grant writing skills early in their careers by applying for fellowships, career transition awards, and other funding opportunities. Moreover, concise and persuasive writing skills are not only vital for a career in academia, but are essential for all career paths. For information on what will be covered during the webinar and to register, please visit The New York Academy of Sciences website.

See more upcoming events here.

Happening Now

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.


National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) FREE Affiliate Membership Information

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is pleased to offer free Affiliate Memberships to students, postdocs, faculty, and staff at NPA Sustaining Member institutions, such as the University of Rochester.  The Affiliate Membership allows individuals at selected Sustaining Member institutions to enjoy some of the same benefits as NPA Full Members including subscription to NPA e-alerts and The POSTDOCket, the NPA’s official quarterly newsletter; access to members-only NPA Web content; Reduced registration fees to the NPA Annual Meeting & eligibility for the NPA travel award program; Opportunities to serve and contribute your expertise on a variety of NPA committees; and National representation on postdoctoral issues. To sign up for your free NPA Affiliate Membership, click here and follow the instructions provided.

Volunteer Opportunities

Exploring Science; Earth and Space

August 18-21 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm | Rochester Museum & Science Center

Are you a graduate student, postdoc, or faculty member?  Do you have a background in astronomy, climatology, physics, or space sciences? The Rochester Museum & science Center is looking for volunteers interested in supporting hands-on science demonstrations for our Earth and Space event focusing on the total solar eclipse! Training and materials will be provided for all activities. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rachel Walker at for more information. Sign up to volunteer at .

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)

  • August (Exact Date TBD) – Hidden Figures, by Margot Lee Shetterly

Relevant Reads

The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide to Turning Your PhD into a Job

By Karen Kelsky, PhD. Karen Kelsky has made it her mission to help readers join the select few who get the most out of their Ph.D. As a former tenured professor and department head who oversaw numerous academic job searches, she knows from experience exactly what gets an academic applicant a job. 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.

Why You Should Job Search Like a Runner

Katharyn L. Stober shows how the same practical tips for performing better as a runner can apply to advancing your career. Read Why You Should Job Search Like a Runner

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