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Opportunities to Explore - July 3-7, 2017

July 3-7, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 27 | Trainee News

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

Meet the GEPA Staff

Stephen NaumStephen Naum, Administrative Assistant

Steve serves as the Administrative Assistant for the office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA), helping coordinate financial/HR-related issues and event logistics for the office and its programs. 

Trainees typically meet with Steve to discuss Center for Professional Development programming, policies related to the Graduate Student Society and Postdoctoral Association, and to schedule meetings with Sharon McCullough and Dean Lord.  To request a meeting with Steve, please contact him directly at (585) 273-4650 or

Happening Now

2017 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute: Career Transitions (Registration/Travel Award Application Deadline: Sunday, July 9, 2017)

August 10-11, 2017 | Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD

The 2017 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute (2017 PPI) is intended to bring together postdoctoral investigators and advanced graduate students who will soon be seeking their first independent positions. A key objective of the 2017 PPI is to provide insights about the various career pathways PhD-trained scientists may consider as they prepare to transition into independent careers in the biomedical research workforce.  The broad landscape of career opportunities includes areas such as science policy, science writing, intellectual property law and patents, industry, consulting and entrepreneurship, academic research/teaching, science education, nonprofit sector and government. For additional information and registration materials, please visit .

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.

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

This Week

URBEST Career Story Q & A: Yuriy Shapovalov, PhD

Friday, July 7 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am | Anderson Room (G-5834), URMC

Dr. Shapovalov, alumnus, will highlight some of his activities as medical science liaison at Biogen, Inc.

Upcoming Events

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.

CPD Sponsored Event: Thesis Writing Workshop

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


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 .

See more upcoming events here.

Science And Culture Reading Workshop

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

Volunteer Opportunities In Science

SustainABLE and Building with Biology Days

July 11, 12 & 13, 2017 | 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 genetics, synthetic biology, gene manipulation, or environmental science? The Rochester Museum & science Center is looking for volunteers interested in supporting hands-on science demonstrations for SustainABLE and Building with Biology Days. Training and materials will be provided for all activities. Volunteers can select the dates and times that works with their schedule. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Liz Albertorio (URMC SMD May 2017 Master’s Graduate Microbiology and Immunology) at for more information on how to become a volunteer for the event. 

Relevant Reads

Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation

By Lynne Truss. This is a book for people who love punctuation and get upset when it is mishandled. From the invention of the question mark in the time of Charlemagne to George Orwell shunning the semicolon, this lively history makes a powerful case for the preservation of a system of printing conventions that is much too subtle to be mucked about with. 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.

How to Cope Without A Full-Time Job Offer

Raechel Tiffe gives six pointers on how to thrive without secure academic employment. Read How to Cope Without A Full-Time Job Offer

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