Skip to main content
Explore URMC

SMD Logo


Opportunities to Explore - June 26-30, 2017

June 26-30, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 26 | Trainee News

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

Meet The GEPA Staff

Erica West, Assistant Registrar

Erica WestErica is the Assistant Registrar for Graduate Programs in the Office of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs. She works with the Registrar to support the student registration process, prepare student records and assist with daily office responsibilities.

Students typically meet with Erica to discuss matters dealing with registration issues, enrollment or degree verification, and commencement.  To request a meeting with Erica, please contact her directly (585) 273-1620 or

Happening Now

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.

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

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:

Upcoming Events

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 Events 

Thesis Writing Workshop

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

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

How to Write a Thesis

By Umberto Eco. Eco advises students how to avoid "thesis neurosis" and he answers the important question "Must You Read Books?" He reminds students "You are not Proust" and "Write everything that comes into your head, but only in the first draft.” 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.

Making Scientific Writing Painless

Ian Baldwin of Max Planck Institute. Scientific writing is a crucial skill that scientists develop throughout their careers. In this talk, Dr. Ian Baldwin provides his perspective on the best scientific writing practices and gives some tips on how to improve one’s scientific writing skills. He encourages scientists to write as they perform their experiments, emphasizes the importance of providing a clear message, and introduces reverse engineering techniques as an important tool to reach a concise, but clear introduction. Read Making Scientific Writing Painless

10 Strategies for Navigating Academic Careers

Aimee LaPointe Terosky explores some common these among educators who have navigated and shaped their careers in meaningful ways. Read 10 Strategies for Navigating Academic Careers

Visit for a calendar of all our events.  Review the Opportunities to Explore archive.

Center for Professional Development | | (585) 275-4522 |

Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training | | (585) 276-7348 |