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Opportunities to Explore - June 4-8, 2018

June 4-8, 2018 | Vol 4, Issue 23 | 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

OTE Online

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This Week

Grill & Chill

Saturday, June 2 | 12:00 pm-3:00 pm | MRB Patio, Outside of Flaum Atrium, Medical Center

You are all invited to the Interprofessional Interest Group mixer, happening June 2nd. There will be food. There is no need to RSVP, you can just show up. Hosted by Club of Advancing Interprofessional Practice and Education All Graduate and Professional students are welcome For more information contact Kevin Li.

(*) National Girlfriends Networking Day 2018 (RSVP by Friday, May 25th)

Monday, June 4 | 11:30 am-1:30 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC

National Girlfriends Networking Day is a nationwide celebration of the power of building connections. Join thousands of women around the country by attending this interactive networking event. From 12:00–1:00 p.m., there will be a live stream of a panel of renowned, diverse women leaders discussing their career paths. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions via social media. The panel is organized and presented annually by The New Agenda, and the Susan B. Anthony Center hosts a viewing of the event annually. A buffet lunch will be served. To RSVP, email the Susan B. Anthony Center by May 25, 2018. More information.

(*) Page-Turners For Teaching

  • Tuesday, June 5 (Every 1st Tuesday) | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm| Dewey 1-160B, River Campus
  • Wednesday, June 20 (Every 3rd Wednesday) | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | 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 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.

(*) Graduate Student Society (GSS) Poster Session 2018

Tuesday, June 5 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm | Flaum Atrium, URMC

$1500 in Travel Awards! For more information about this event, please contact CPD-SMD-Grad@URMC.Rochester.edu.

Webinar: Promoting Student Success

Tuesday, June 5 | 2:00 pm ET | Webinar

Student success is one of the most important issues for colleges and universities and one of the most all-encompassing challenges for educators. Strategies naturally vary by colleges’ missions, yet these issues matter across higher education. This webcast will explore efforts by individual colleges and groups of colleges to promote student success. Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman will lead a lively discussion on these topics June 5 at 2 PM ET. Register for this event. For questions about this webinar, please contact Eric Vaughn at Eric_Vaughn@URMC.Rochester.edu.

(*) URBEST Career Story: Ashlihan Ambeskovic, PhD

Tuesday, June 5 | 3:30 pm-4:30 pm | Location TBD

Asli Ambeskovic will share her Career Story, her experience at Insight Data Science internship/bootcamp and how that experience contributed to her successful employment @ Point of Care. The Insight Data Science Fellows Program insightdatascience.com , is offered in January, May, and September. Ask Asli your questions now to help you succeed in getting a spot at the September session. Three lucky trainees will get Asli's help in looking over their Insight Data Science Fellows applications. For more information about this event, please contact Tracey_Baas@URMC.Rochester.edu.

myPostdoc Monthly Webinar: “How to Craft a Resume for the NPA Career Center”

Wednesday, June 6 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Webinar

Preparing a resume can be a challenge especially for online formats. Jessica Taylor, Ph.D., Will discuss how to craft a resume, going over resume sections and how to highlight your skills. In particular, she will show you how to create a resume appropriate for an online audience such as the NPA Career Center. Click here to register for this webinar. For more information about this online event, please contact Eric Vaughn at Eric_Vaughn@urmc.rochester.edu .

Class Is Now In Session…Your 21 LinkedIn Questions (Webinar)

Wednesday, June 6 | 8:00 pm-9:00 pm | Webinar

'Class Is Now In Session' is the first in a series of practical books on how to get the most out of your LinkedIn profile. We may not have time to cover all 21 frequently asked questions but we will definitely have time to share with your questions that will have a major impact on how you can leverage LinkedIn to work for you while you are making a living. Here are just a few of the questions Tajuana will share with you: Why do I need 500 or more connections? Should I connect with my competitors? Should I write in first person or third person? What do I need to do to increase the number of people endorsing me? What should I write about using LinkedIn’s publishing platform? How frequently should I update my LinkedIn profile? Take 60 minutes to learn how you can take your LinkedIn profile to the next level. Join Tajuana and unleash new ideas and strategies that will automatically drive new opportunities and career advancement. More information and register for this webinar. For questions about this webinar, please contact Eric Vaughn at Eric_Vaughn@URMC.Rochester.edu .

(*) Postdoctoral Association Ice Cream Social at Finger Lakes Roasters Coffee

Thursday, June 7 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm | Finger Lakes Roasters Coffee (Location Near Flaum Atrium)

All postdocs are welcome to attend and get a free single scoop of ice cream. RSVP now to get your voucher. Event sponsored by the University of Rochester Postdoctoral Association. Register for this event. All RSVPs will receive one coupon voucher per person. For more information about this event, please contact CPD-SMD-Grad@URMC.Rochester.edu, Anthony Franchini @ Anthony_Franchini@URMC.Rochester.edu, or Jeffrey Tithof @ jtithof@ur.rochester.edu .

Postdoctoral Association Summer Monthly Happy Hour at The Distillery

Friday, June 8 | 5:00 pm-7:00 pm | 1142 Mt Hope, Rochester, NY

All postdocs are welcome to attend. PDA will provide appetizers for those who attend. Event sponsored by the University of Rochester Postdoctoral Association. Register for this event. For more information about this event, please contact CPD-SMD-Grad@URMC.Rochester.edu, Anthony Franchini @ Anthony_Franchini@URMC.Rochester.edu, or Jeffrey Tithof @ jtithof@ur.rochester.edu .

Upcoming Events

(*) 2018 PREP Symposium

Tuesday, June 12 | 2:o0 pm-4:00 pm | K-307 Auditorium, URMC

PREP Symposium Reception following the event.

(*) PDA Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, June 13 | 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm | Wilmot Hall, Room 103

All postdocs are invited to attend the monthly postdoctoral association meeting. For more information about this event, please contact CPD-SMD-Grad@URMC.Rochester.edu.

(*) Career Day: Beyond the Professoriate, Online Career Conference for PhDs

Wednesday, June 13 | 11:00 am-3:45 pm | Greene Center Conference Room, 4-200 Dewey Hall, River Campus

Pick and choose to attend the sessions that interest you. If you or an event participant require disability-related accommodations, please contact David Cota-Buckhout (dcotabuc@ur.rochester.edu) as soon as possible, ideally at least 3-5 business days in advance of the event. For more information about this event, please contact Kari Brick at kari.brick@rochester.edu .

  • Panel: Careers in Higher Education Administration- 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Cherese F. Fine, PhD Clemson University; Paul Martin, PhD Grant MacEwan University; & Eliza Sanders, PhD University of Missouri-St. Louis 
  • Panel: Careers in Government- 12:15 - 1:15 PM
    Monica A. Evans, MLIS, PhD U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration & James McKee, MA (ABD) Public Affairs Bureau, Government of Alberta Uzma Urooj, PhD Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Panel: Careers in Business & Industry- 1:30 - 2:30 PM
    Raj Dhiman, PhD Rogers Communications; Yeesheen Yang, PhD Optimizely; & Chris Cloney, PhD, P.Eng MyDustExplosionResearch.com 
  • Panel: Careers in Non-Profits- 2:45 - 3:45 PM
    Mahadeo Sukhai, PhD CNIB & Maura Elizabeth Cunningham, PhD Association for Asian Studies Kevin Hoy, PhD US public hospital system

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: The Meliora Collective: Setup and Learn about the University of Rochester’s Exclusive Online Community to Network with Alumni & Students

Thursday, June 14 | 10:00 am-11:00 am | Saunders Research Building, Room 1301/1307 (Computer Lab), Medical Center

Join us for this interactive session on learning about and establishing your profile for The Meliora Collective. Are you looking to gain more knowledge about a specific career? Do you want to reallocate to a new city or country and don’t know anyone? Learn more about the benefits of The Meliora Collective and how it can benefit you during and after your experiences here at U of R. The Meliora Collective is just the tool/resource to help you with information on these topics and many others.

National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) Career Development Webinar- Submitting to Journals for Publication- “The View from Inside One Journal”

Thursday, June 14 | 3:00 pm (ET) | Webinar

This talk is given by one of the editors at JAMA and reviews strategies for constructing manuscripts and submitting them for publication. Common errors seen by the editors at JAMA are reviewed as are strategies for how to get published in the high-impact general medical literature. Edward Livingston, MD- Deputy Editor, Clinical Reviews and Education-JAMA
Professor of Surgery, UT Southwestern School of Medicine, Northwestern University.

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: LinkedIn Workshop: Utilizing LinkedIn to Market Yourself in Today’s Job Search Environment

Monday, June 18 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm | Nesbit Computer Room (G-7545), URMC

Understand the purpose, benefits and functions available to users. Identify the various LinkedIn profile sections and respective content and Discuss the levels of LinkedIn connection. Come and explore the job search component and how it can assist you in preparing for your employment search and interviews. For more information about this event, please contact CPD-SMD-Grad@URMC.Rochester.edu.

NextCorp SBIR Road Show (Postdoc Professional Development Opportunity)

Monday, June 18 | NextCorps, 260 E. Main St., Suite 6000, Downtown Rochester

As a professional development event, this is a full day event where non-dilutive technology funding opportunities provided through the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs will be discussed. Individual program managers from up to 11 participating agencies representing $2.5 billion in early-stage funding will participate in this one-day event alongside technology entrepreneurs and state innovation ecosystem members. Cost: $35 per person, sign up ends June 11th. Registration fee will be covered by the PDA, limited to 5-10 postdocs. See Event details. Register for this event. Event sponsored by the University of Rochester Postdoctoral Association. If interested, RSVP Here. For more information about this event, please contact CPD-SMD-Grad@URMC.Rochester.edu, Anthony Franchini @ Anthony_Franchini@URMC.Rochester.edu, or Jeffrey Tithof @ jtithof@ur.rochester.edu .

(*) Post-doc Only Grant Writing Workshops

Tuesday, June 19 |8:30 am-9:30 am & 10:00 am-11:30 am | Location TBD

1st hour: overview and finding funding for international trainees and those who want to do research as faculty at undergraduate colleges. 2nd 1.5  hour: writing a K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Award. The K99 phase provides funding during your postdoc training and the R00 phase provides funding during your initial years as a PI. Led by Dr. Jaime Rubin, Vice Chair for Investigator Development, Columbia University. For more information about this event, please contact CPD-SMD-Grad@URMC.Rochester.edu.

(*) GoToWebinar - Career Path: "Negotiating Your Way to a Job in Academia"

Wednesday, June 20 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Saunders Research Building, Room 1402, URMC

Life is just a series of negotiations. The sooner you recognize this, the better and more comfortable you’ll be at navigating your career. This seminar will cover basic principles and simple strategies for negotiating job and career success. 

Viewing of Webinar is Sponsored by: Center for Professional Development, for more information visit our website at: cpd.urmc.edu

CPD is sponsoring a viewing of this webinar in Saunders Research Building,1402 Welk Conference Room. Participants may bring their lunch to this event and view the webinar. To register for the webinar and view it on your own, please visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1203651161893949954. See the rochester handshake event website.

Webinar on Preparing Your Application to the NIGMS PRAT Program

Wednesday, June 20 | 1:30 pm (ET) | Webinar

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) will host a webinar for potential applicants to the Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT) Program. The NIGMS PRAT program "is a competitive three-year postdoctoral fellowship program that prepares trainees for leadership positions in biomedical careers." PRAT fellows conduct research in laboratories in the NIH Intramural Research Program.

(*) Page-Turners For Teaching

Wednesday, June 20 (Every 3rd Wednesday) | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | 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 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 Kyle_Trenshaw@Rochester.edu.

Ubiquitous Stress: Responsive Mentorship in the Higher Education Mental Health Crisis

Thursday, June 21 | 2:00 pm (ET) | Online in Blackboard Collaborate

This panel discussion will explore supporting students (and colleagues) through stress-induced anxiety and depression in their academic careers. In particular, speakers will highlight the ways in which faculty, postdocs, and graduate students can be accessible as resources for undergraduates, and practical strategies for referring mentees of all levels elsewhere when their struggles are outside the realm of a mentor's expertise. 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 Eric_Vaughn@urmc.rochester.edu .

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 Eric_Vaughn@urmc.rochester.edu . Please note that this event will be recorded and may be shared on CIRTL’s public YouTube channel.

See more upcoming events here.

Happening Now

Nominate a STAT 2018 WunderKinds

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!

Science & SciLifeLab Prizes for Young Scientists

Applications due July 15, 2018

The Science & SciLifeLab Prizes 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.

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 Prize Website.

Center For The Integration of Research, Teaching, & Learning

CIRTL Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching 

8 weeks starting the week of June 11

Get An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching in a MOOC developed by faculty from across the CIRTL Network. Registration TBD. For more information about the MOOC course, please visit this STEM Teaching Course Website. For assistance, please contact Eric Vaughn at Eric_Vaughn@URMC.Rochester.edu .

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship

TRIUMPH (Translational Research in Multi-Disciplinary Program) Postdoctoral Fellowship provides training in clinical and translational research. The immediate goal of this program is to recruit talented and productive Ph.Ds. from top graduate programs to provide continued training in clinical and/or translational cancer research through didactic course work, clinical rotations, and unique, interdisciplinary mentorships. A long-term goal of this program is to produce translational scientists who can be teamed with suitable physician scientists to PI a translational research laboratory.

This is a three-year training program. First year postdoctoral fellows participate in a series of didactic clinical course work offered at the MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School (GSBS), MD Anderson Cancer Center, or the UTHealth McGovern School of Medicine and strategically matched clinical rotations, while pursuing research in a basic or translational research laboratory. Second and third year fellows are co-mentored by a basic science/translational scientist mentor and a physician/clinical scientist mentor on clinical/translational research projects. The TRIUMPH postdoc will earn a certificate upon successful completion of the program.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements for the TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship and to apply, please visit the MD Anderson Center. Application cycle closes on June 30, 2018.

Postdoctoral Fellowships at D. E. Shaw Research

D. E. Shaw Research is seeking postdoctoral fellows of exceptional ability to join our New York–based team. This is a unique opportunity to develop and work with transformative technology in a dynamic, interdisciplinary environment. Candidates should have expertise in computational chemistry, biology, or physics, or in a relevant area of computer science or applied mathematics.

Relevant areas of experience might include the study of allosteric interactions or other functionally important conformational changes in biological molecules, structure prediction or design for proteins or RNA, the study of protein–protein or protein–nucleic acid interactions, force field improvement through detailed comparisons of simulation data with NMR measurements or other experimental data, or development and implementation of new methodology (e.g., integrators, methods for enhanced sampling or free-energy calculations, or tools to efficiently analyze large simulation datasets). Specific knowledge of any of these areas is less critical, however, than outstanding intellectual ability, unusually strong research skills, and a history of innovation and accomplishment. We are committed to fostering a stimulating, rewarding, and flexible work environment, and we are prepared to offer above-market compensation to candidates of truly exceptional ability. To submit an application, please use this link to apply. (We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year.)

D. E. Shaw Research is an independent research group that is pursuing an ambitious, long-term strategy aimed at fundamentally transforming the process of drug discovery. We have developed a special-purpose supercomputer capable of executing molecular dynamics (MD) simulations orders of magnitude faster than was previously possible. Our current projects include investigations of proteins and other biomedically relevant macromolecules as well as the development of computational chemistry methods to enable more accurate and effective MD simulations. D. E. Shaw Research is committed to building a diverse team. We offer an intellectually rigorous and stimulating work environment that is also supportive, flexible, and welcoming. We do not discriminate in employment matters on the basis of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, pregnancy, marital status, military service eligibility, veteran status, or any other category protected by law.

Relevant Reads

Thinking Fast and Slow

Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives―and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble. 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.

3 Soft Skills You Need to Stand Out in an Interview

By Natasha Fisher. One of the biggest mistakes interviewees make in interviews is believing they need to be polished, professional, and perfect all the time. Instead, what they need is to exhibit a few specific “soft skills.” And so, below you’ll find these soft skills, along with examples of how to convey them in an interview and why they’re important to your interview success. Read 3 Soft Skills You Need to Stand Out in an Interview

I was worried about teaching, but it turned out to be a highlight of graduate school

Science Magazine Career Story By Moamen Elmassry. Read I was worried about teaching, but it turned out to be a highlight of graduate school

Visit gepa-calendar.urmc.edu for a calendar of all our events. Review the Opportunities to Explore archive.

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