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Opportunities to Explore - July 30-August 3, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 31 | 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

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This Week

(*) Summer Scholars 2018 Poster Session

Thursday, August 2 | 9:30 am – 11:30 am | Flaum Atrium, URMC

Refreshments will be provided.


(*) 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 .

(*) Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, August 8 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Goergen Hall, Room 417, River Campus

All postdocs are invited to attend. 

(*) 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 at least three business days prior to the event.” For more information about this event, please contact Tracey Baas at

Cookout, Celebrating a Community of Diverse Students and 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 the 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

Suit-Up Event

Sunday, September 23 | 6:00 pm-9:00 pm | JCPenney’s @ Eastview Mall (600 Eastview Mall Drive, Victor, NY 14564)

Need professional wear for an upcoming interview? Join us at the 1stAnnual JCPenney College Suit-Up Event in collaboration with the Gwen M. Greene Center. This one-time only shopping experience for career wear at discounts that are not accessible to the general public. Bring your UR-ID and receive an extra 40% off. Register in Handshake to win a $100 gift card! You must be pre-registered in Handshake to win a $100 gift card! Register at Register today to reserve your spot! Please contact Eric Vaughn at or Christina Pero at with any questions.

See more upcoming events here.  

Happening Now (Grant, Travel Award, And Conference Information)

Fulbright U.S. Scholar Competition Is Open: Application due 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 ; 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.

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 Prize 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 this Steadman Prize Page.

Adjunct Opportunities

St. John Fisher College is in need of adjunct instructors for the upcoming fall semester to teach General Biology Laboratory. There are openings on Monday afternoon (1:25-4:10) and Tuesday morning (9:30-12:15).  Postdocs and/or senior graduate students interested in getting teaching experience, please forward a CV and teaching philosophy to Daryl Hurd, Associate Professor and Chair of the Biology Department at Dr. Hurd is happy to provide more details to those that are interested during a visit to campus.  

Offers New Program To Boost Diversity Among Early Career Researchers

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

Understanding Pharma: The Professional’s Guide to How Pharmaceutical and Biotech Companies Really Work

By John J. Campbell. The pharmaceutical industry is extremely complex, and so are the inner workings of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies operating within it. Even the most seasoned industry professionals may find it difficult to understand the activities of, and interdependencies among, all key functions within a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company. Yet this knowledge is crucial when the responsibilities for--or repercussions of--key initiatives ripple across an organization. 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.

Graduate Students, Take Charge

You must be responsible for pursing your own professional options while sorting through insights from faculty members, professional staff, and peers; counsels Alfreda James. Read Graduate Students, Take Charge

10 Phrases for Instant Credibility in a Job Interview

By Natalie Fisher. Read 10 Phrases for Instant Credibility in a Job Interview

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