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Opportunities to Explore - June 12-16, 2017

June 12-16, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 24 | Trainee News

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

Meet The GEPA Staff

Elaine Smolock, PhD; Director of Scientific and Scholarly Advancement/Life Sciences Writing Specialist

Elaine SmolockElaine serves as the Director of Scientific and Scholarly Advancement/Life Sciences Writing Specialist and assists graduate students, postdoctoral trainees and alumni with writing assistance in the office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA). In addition, Elaine also serves as PREP Education Director for GEPA.

While trainees are welcome to meet with Elaine to discuss any topic, trainees typically contact Elaine to discuss any writing project, including, but certainly not limited to, manuscripts, qualifying exams, grants, and dissertations. Each trainee who meets with Elaine will receive individualized assistance based on the trainee’s needs and writing project. To request a meeting with Elaine, please complete an online REDCap Center for Professional Development Service Request.

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 .

BioLegend Travel Award

Does your lab have a limited budget for travel to conferences this year? Now is your opportunity to win $500 in BioLegend's Travel Award drawing to help alleviate the costs for attendance for any immunology or cell biology-related conference anywhere in the world! Follow the link above for details.

Translational Research Workshop for Basic Scientists (Applications due on June 23, 2017 @ 12:00 pm)

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Institute is pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for its third Transitional Research Workshop for Basic Scientists. This program, taking place on October 11-13, 2017, is an intensive learning experience designed to introduce early career researchers to the principals and fundamental elements of transitional research. By employing a combination of didactic presentations, lectures, and clinical experiences, this workshop aims to bridge the gap that exists between bench research and the clinic. Pre-doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and earl-career scientists (within 5 years of the receipt of doctoral degree) are eligible to enroll.  Travel awards are available up to $1,000 for qualifying expenses (limited number of travel awards).  Learn more and to apply, please visit the 2017 CHOP Translational Research Workshop webpage.

This Week

Pathology Research Day

Monday, June 12 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | Poster Session- Flaum Atrium & Presentations- Class if ’62 Auditorium

This year's event will take place on Monday, June 12, 2017 with a keynote speech by Perry J. Blackshear, MD, D. Phil, Deputy Chief of Signal Transduction Laboratory and Head of the Post-Transcriptional Gene Expression Group for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. For a full schedule see Pathology Research Day Schedule. All presentations are free and open to the public.

Faculty Development Workshop Series: So, you want to publish? Tips, Tools and Techniques for Identifying and Choosing the “Right” Publication

Monday, June 12 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | CEL 2-7544, URMC

Presenters: Linda Hasman, MSLS; Karen Liljequist, MLIS, AHIP; Ann Marie White, EdD; Mary G Carey, PhD, RNFAAN; Fawad Javad, BDS, PhD

Participants will …§Be able to locate, assess and evaluate potential journals for article publication. §Be able to identify predatory publishing practices using tips, tools and resources learned in the workshop. § Understand concepts, scope and issues surrounding open access publishing. To register for this workshop, please contact

CPD Sponsored Event: Job Description Workshop: Understanding & Dissecting a Job Posting

Tuesday, June 13 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

Workshop participants will be able to understand the various sections of a job/employment posting in addition to becoming more aware of key areas to focus on when putting together their application materials including required, minimum and preferred qualifications. For more information please contact . To register for this event, please visit

PDA Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, June 13 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Carlson Library, Study Room 310, River Campus

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

BioCareers Webinar: Job Search: “It’s not who’s hiring, it’s who can hire me, and why would they want to?”

Wednesday, June 14| 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Online Webinar

It's common to waste important job search time by searching for companies who are actively hiring RIGHT NOW. This is actually a great way to demotivate yourself and add months to your job search… join Coach Tom as he teaches you why this is detrimental to you, and lays out proven, if counter - intuitive strategies to cover more ground, more effectively, and end up with better opportunities by NOT doing what everyone else is doing. Register here.

CPD and URBEST Sponsored Event: Lead with Your Top 5: A StengthsQuest Event

Thursday, June 15 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Room 2-7544 (URMC)

Build your individual and group leadership skills.  Register by Wednesday, June 7th! Participants who register will receive a StrengthsQuest book and code to complete the strengths assessment. For more information please contact or .

Graduate Student Society hosts the first Crafternoon

Friday, June 16 | 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545), URMC

Relax, Color, and Create! (Creative materials provided) Free coffee and snacks provided. 

Upcoming Events

CPD Sponsored Event: LinkedIn Head Shot Photography Event for SMD Trainees

Friday, June 23 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576), URMC * Registration is required for entry

Take your LinkedIn profile to the next level with a professional headshot from photographer Wanaruk Chaimayo!  Register for this event at This event is open to SMD graduate students and postdoctoral appointees only.

URBEST Career Story Q & A: David McMillan, PhD

Monday, June 26 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Northeastern Conference Room (1-9525), URMC

Dr. McMillan, UR alumnus, will highlight some of his activities as a toxicologist at FDA and share personal reflections on his career trajectory: For pre-seminar reading visit our URBEST blog .

See more upcoming events here.

Volunteer Opportunities In Science 

Ladies in the Lab

Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC)

Interested in Science Communication? The Rochester Museum & Science Center is celebrating influential women in science. Discover how women have impacted the sciences in the past, present and future, and learn more about local organizations that empower women in our community.  RMSC is seeking women scientists interested in sharing their research with visitors.  They welcome all scientific fields, including biology, chemistry, statistics, astronomy, engineering, physics, computer science, math, geology, and the humanities. Selected volunteers must be willing to present their work via table/hands-on demonstrations or a short (15 minute) lecture.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Liz Albertorio (URMC SMD May 2017 Master’s Graduate Microbiology and Immunology) at for more information.   

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

What Color Is Your Parachute 201: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

By Richard N. Bolles. This resource provides up-to-date research tops about impressive resumes and cover letters, doing effective networking and confident interviewing, and negotiating the best salary possible. 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.

The Dreaded ‘Should’

By J.E. Sumerau. Why do people in academe tend to downplay what we have achieved, asks J.E. Sumerau, for the sake of some future possibility? Read The Dreaded ‘Should’

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