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Opportunities to Explore - June 25-29, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 26 | 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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UR Stars Doctoral Career Advancement Program

The new UR Stars Doctoral Career Advancement Program is an opportunity to enhance the faculty recruitment pipeline and establish meaningful connections with early career scholars. This two-day program serves as a career advancement opportunity for graduate students nearing the completion of their studies, post-doctoral scholars, and junior faculty. Early career scholars of diverse backgrounds nationwide (with particular attention to historically underrepresented groups in the academy) will gain great insight about research and teaching opportunities at the University of Rochester Medical Center, while exploring career and academic advancement. Scholars who participate in the program are strongly encouraged to apply for post-doctoral fellowships at the university.

  • UR Stars program dates: November 11-13, 2018
  • Application deadline: Tuesday, July 31, 2018 (Application Available at )
  • Eligibility includes women; individuals from racial and ethnic groups who are underrepresented in research: African American or Black, Hispanic or Latin American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; Deaf and/or hard of hearing individuals and/or persons with (dis)abilities.  Please visit the website for additional eligibility details.
  • Current University of Rochester PhD students and postdocs are eligible to apply.

Individuals with questions about this opportunity can contact Sharon McCullough at .

This Week

(*) URMC Student and Postdoc Input Session for UR President Search

Tuesday, June 26 | 12:00 pm | Adolph Auditorium

The University of Rochester has engaged the executive search firm, Spencer Stuart, to conduct its search for the next University President. On Tuesday, June 26 at noon, Spencer Stuart representative Chuck Jordan would like to hear from URMC students and postdocs on the attributes you’d like to see in our next leader. Dean Taubman’s office has arranged for a light lunch in the Adolph Auditorium (1.7619) and welcomes you to join them. To help them gauge attendance, if you plan to attend, please to send an email to Spencer Stuart will return to URMC on Tuesday, July 24 at 4:00 pm. for those who are unable to make the June session. This July meeting will be held at Helen Wood Hall. Trainees are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to represent SMD and provide your valuable input!

Graduate Mentorship Then and Now

Thursday, June 28 | 2:00 pm (ET) | Online in Blackboard Collaborate

This debate-esque webinar will showcase the differences between the 20th and 21st century PhD candidate experience and highlight in particular the changes in the mentor-mentee relationship over time. Two teams of two speakers, with one team both having graduated in a 19## year and the other team both currently pursuing a PhD in a 20## year, with take turns describing different aspects of graduate education, such as qualifying exams, teaching responsibilities, and mentor-mentee relationships. After the quasi-debate, audience members will be invited to discuss the pros and cons of the past and present, and how the differences can inform our mentorship into the future. To learn more about this online event and to register, please visit the CIRTL Website. For more information about this online event, please contact Eric Vaughn at . Please note that this event will be recorded and may be shared on CIRTL’s public YouTube channel.

Upcoming Events

Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs Office Closed July 4th

Wednesday, July 4


(*) PDA Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, July 11| 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm | URMC, Location TBD

All postdocs are invited to attend the monthly postdoctoral association meeting. For more information about this event, please contact

(*) CPD Sponsored Webinar: Leveraging Your PhD for Career Success

Wednesday, July 18 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | SRB 1402, Welk Conference Room

This webinar will provide lessons on creating the right résumé or CV, basic networking skills, finding the right job for you, how to identify and leverage your transferable skills. We will also cover basic and advanced interviewing skills, how to negotiate, how to advance once you're hired. For more information about this online event, please contact Eric Vaughn at .

Pride Parade

Saturday, July 21 | 12:00 pm (Line up begins), 1:00 pm (Parade begins) | Alexander St. Between East Ave. and Monroe Ave.

Walk with the University of Rochester in the 2018 pride parade will send a positive message of support to the LGBTQ community. Bring your family and friends to this fun and important event! RSVP BY JULY 6 TO GET A FREE T-SHIRT at this Google Form. SPONSORED BY: Susan B. Anthony Center, Office for Faculty Development and Diversity Office of the President, University of Rochester Medical Center Clinical and Translational Science Institute Office for Inclusion and Culture Development Paul J. Burgett Intercultural Center, David T. Kearns Center, Office of Alumni Relations, School of Nursing, and Office of Human Resources.

Free Workshop on Teaching- “Evidence-Based Introduction to Teaching (EBIT) sponsored by NSF

July 23-27 | 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm each day | Online or CU Boulder, Colorado

EBIT (Evidence-Based Introduction to Teaching) is a one-week student-centered learning experience where post-docs and new faculty develop curricula using evidence-based teaching methods. Participants apply research principles of design, build, test and iterate to specific course curriculum development. Relevant literature on evidence-based teaching techniques will be highlighted. For more information, please visit this Boulder CIRTL website. If you have questions please contact Jean Hertzberg, Associate Professor, Academic Leader for CIRTL at CU Boulder, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder.

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 this link. 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.

See more upcoming events here.

Happening Now (Grant, Travel Award, and Conference Information

Nominate a STAT 2018 WunderKinds (Due June 30, 2018)

The 2018 STAT Wunderkinds honors the brightest young minds in life science for their work in academia, industry, and in the clinic. Wunderkinds will be featured on our website and invited to an event at HUBWeek. We’re collecting nominations from across North America for early career scientists* who are doing groundbreaking work. Submissions are due by June 30, 2018!

UR Postdoctoral Association Travel and Professional Development Award- Application Deadline: July 13, 2018  

As part of the mission of the UR PDA, this travel award has been created to support the professional development of postdocs.  Priority will be given to individuals who demonstrate that attending a conference, workshop, or networking event will provide opportunities for professional development not available at the University of Rochester. One AS&E postdoc and one SMD postdoc will each be awarded up to $1200 to attend a conference, workshop, or networking event. For complete award details and information, please visit this Google Document. To apply for the 2018 UR PDA Travel and Development Award, please visit this Google Form. Award will be announced on September 21st during National Postdoc Appreciation Week.

Science & SciLifeLab Prizes for Young Scientists: Applications due July 15, 2018

The Science & SciLifeLab Prizes for Young Scientists are awarded to a young scientist for outstanding life science research who has been awarded a doctoral degree in the previous two years (2016 or 2017). Entrants’ thesis research must have been within one of the following categories: Cell and Molecular Biology, Genomics and Proteomics, Ecology and Environment, Translational Medicine. The winner is awarded $30,000 and his or her essay is published in the journal Science. The Grand Prize essay and that of the Runner-up are also published on Science Online. More information is available via Science Magazine.

The Genome Writers Guild

July 19-21, 2018; McNamara Alumni Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Genome engineering has hit the streets. The plethora of new editing tools is propelling the field into the next genomic revolution. What are the new technologies? What will we make with them? How are the innovations impacting society and our individual lives? The Genome Writers Guild's annual conference highlights the fast pace of genomic engineering. Topics at the conference focus on recent research, tangible skills for the laboratory, and the challenges of social responsibility we all share. For more information on the conference, please visit the Genome Writiers Guild website.

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 Price 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 the Postdoctoral Association Website.

Employment Opportunity

Calvert Laboratories is seeking a full-time Study Director in Toxicology

Successful applicant will confidently interact with clients and potential clients to develop study protocols in general toxicology, ensure that the protocols are approved by the client and IACUC and are in compliance with appropriate SOPs, GLPs and regulatory agency guidelines. In a laboratory environment utilizing common laboratory animal species, the applicant must ensure that all experimental data, including observations of anticipated responses of the test system are accurately recorded and verified. Prepares reports, ensures that all reports are in compliance with protocols and regulatory requirements and will develop new technologies in Toxicology and enhance existing ones as necessary. Must have outstanding interpersonal skills, excellent biomedical writing skills and a strong attention to detail. DABT certification/PhD is preferred. Calvert offers an excellent benefit package including 401K, Medical, Vision and Dental insurance plans. The CRO is located in northeast PA, readily accessible to Philadelphia and Newark and has been in business for approx. 48 years. Salary will be commensurate with level of education and relevant experience. Please send your resume to:

Internship Opportunity

Fairport Brewing and Kombucha

About FBC: Fairport Brewing Company (FBC) is a local micro-brewery that produces more than 30 beer styles annually. Many of the craft beers have been recognized with the highest honors at the World Beer Championships. In addition, FBC has a kombucha line, Timbucha, which is available in six flavors. In 2017, Timbucha was recognized as the fifth fastest growing newcomer to the US kombucha market.

Fairport Brewing Company (FBC) is growing rapidly and is looking for a unique intern that can join them at this exciting time! The desired candidate will help establish a laboratory to test and refine methods in the brewing and kombucha making processes.

FBC just opened up a new 10,000 square-foot brewing facility in Rochester and are looking for an intern to improve and scale their operations. The intern will work directly with the founder and owner to establish a laboratory space. For a full internship description, please visit and log-into Handshake. If you have questions about this opportunity or Handshake, please contact Eric Vaughn at .

Relevant Reads

Introduction to Public Health 4th Edition

Mary-Jane Schneider. Written in engaging, nontechnical language, this best-selling text explains in clear terms the multi-disciplinary strategies and methods used for measuring, assessing, and promoting public health. Packed with illustrative real-world examples, this updated edition provides students with informative discussions of the current technical issues and practical obstacles facing public health practitioners and policymakers alike. 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.

Vault Article: 4 Tips for Improving Your Time Management Skills

By Sarah Kuhn. Appropriately managing your work load in a timely manner is a necessary professional and personal skill. To help you improve your time management skills. Read Vault Article: 4 Tips for Improving Your Time Management Skills

3 Phrases to Delete from Your Cover Letter Now

Cover letters should be succinct and focused on what you can offer a prospective employer. What you don't say in a cover letter can be as important as what you do. Here are some key things to avoid. Read 3 Phrases to Delete from Your Cover Letter Now

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