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Opportunities to Explore June 19-23, 2017

June 19-23, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 25 | Trainee News

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

Meet The GEPA Staff

Tracy PezzimentiTracy Pezzimenti, Registrar

Tracy is the Registrar for Graduate Programs in the Office of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs.  She serves as the official steward of SMD graduate student records ensuring the integrity of all student records.  

While students are welcome to meet with Tracy to discuss any topic, students typically meet with Tracy to discuss matters dealing with academic policies, academic progress, registration issues, and academic support.  To request a meeting with Tracy, please contact her directly (585) 275-7288 or

Happening Now

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. 

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 lecture series website

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.

This Week

Transitioning into a Non-academic Career- Hosted by American Association for the Advancement of Science (Webinar)

Tuesday, June 20 | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm | Online Webinar

Josh Henkin, PhD, Founder, Stem Career Services, LLC, will present on the skills and best practices for transitioning from an academic environment to one of many non-academic career paths. The workshop will introduce strategies for career planning, emphasizing an ongoing process for professional development throughout your career.  

UR Postdoctoral Association Event: A Night of Bowling and Pizza-RSVP Required

Thursday, June 22 | 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm | L & M Lanes, 873 Merchants Rd., Rochester 14609

Significant others, kids, and friends welcome! RSVP RSVP Here.

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.

Upcoming Events

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 .

How to Discuss Your Research Plan with a Mentor hosted by iBiology (Online Program)

Monday, June 26 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Online

iBiology is hosting a second live Q & A.  More information will be included in next week’s OTE.

Online Webinar: From Student to Professional: Essential Communication Soft Skills- Sponsored by the University of Rochester Alumni Relations Career Management Community

Tuesday, June 27 | Running from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Online

In this online presentation, From Student to Professional: Essential Communication Soft Skills, you will hear from Gino Perrottee on the 4 Basic Elements of Communication that are essential to successful public speaking and explore soft skills such as designing your message for a diverse audience, building credibility, increasing emotional intelligence, managing fear of nonverbal, and crafting persuasive messages. To learn more about this presentation & register visit:

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.

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


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

Scientific Writing and Communication

By Angelika H. Hoffmann. This unique "all-in-one" handbook begins with a discussion of the basics of scientific writing style and composition and then applies these principles to writing research papers, review articles, grant proposals, research statements, and résumés and to preparing academic presentations and posters. 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.

You Need an Exit Plan

As you embark on your next career steps, how do you manage a graceful and less stressful departure from your current job? Michael A. Matrone provides advice. Read You Need an Exit Plan

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