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Opportunities to Explore June 5-9, 2017

June 5-9, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 23 | Trainee News

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

Meet The GEPA Staff

Stephanie CorbittStephanie Corbitt, Graduate Admissions and ADA Coordinator 

Stephanie serves as the Graduate Admissions and American with Disabilities Act Coordinator and manages the day-to-day admissions operations and trainee accommodation needs in the office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA).

While trainees are welcome to meet with Stephanie to discuss any topic, trainees typically contact Stephanie to discuss the graduate or preparatory program application process and trainee accommodation needs related to coursework and research efforts. To request a meeting with Stephanie, please contact her directly at (585) 273-2933 or .

Happening Now

Postdoctoral Preparation Institute 2017: Career Transitions

Travel Award Deadline: July 9, 2017 | Registration Open |The 2017 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute (2017 PPI) is intended to bring together postdoctoral investigators who will soon be seeking their first independent positions. Learn about different pathways and resources to help you navigate your career. More info More Information.

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.

Science Alliance Leadership Training (SALT) 2017-Atlanta

The first program of its type, Science Alliance Leadership Training (SALT) 2017-Atlanta is a 3.5-day program designed to familiarize exceptional undergraduate students and graduate students in the STEM fields with the leadership concepts that will allow them to effectively advocate for their career. The program will feature small group exercises, a leadership development plan, a keynote lunch, networking opportunities, community building among participants, and a site visit to Lockheed Martin Facility in Marietta.

This program is open to all STEM graduate students and exceptional undergraduate students, who have completed at least 2 summers of research projects. Applicants from all STEM fields are eligible to apply for this event although students from underrepresented groups and students in the fields of software engineering, mechanical engineering, data sciences, and computer sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.  Please visit The New York Academy of Sciences website for more information and to apply. 

This Week

Online Webinar: Cracking the New Job Market- Sponsored by the University of Rochester Alumni Relations Career Management Community

Wednesday, June 7 | Running from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Online

In this online presentation, Cracking the New Job Market, you will hear from William Holland on what prospective employers finds important when searching for talent.  He also will discuss skills, accomplishments, and qualities to include in your tailored resume and how you should answer various types of interview questions. To learn more about this presentation & register visit:

Upcoming Events

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. 

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 

“Ask a Scientist” table this summer at The Brighton Farmers Market

May 14, 2017-November 19, 2017 (Sundays) | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm  | Brighton High School (parking lot), 1150 Winton Road S.  Brighton 

“Ask a Scientist” table this summer at The Brighton Farmers Market. The Brighton Farmers Market has offered to provide a table during the summer market which they are calling "Ask a Scientist." The goal is to capitalize on the energy from local teach-ins and the March for Science to provide educational outreach on an ongoing basis. The market takes place on Sundays from 9am - 1pm, May 14 - November 19. The GoogleDoc includes a sign-up for two-hour time slots throughout the summer. If you are interested in participating, please sign yourself up, and pass the link on to others who may be interested. Scientists from all backgrounds and levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. If you have questions about the project, don't hesitate to contact Market Manager, Sue Gardner Smith, at .

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

Tomorrow’s Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering

By Richard M. Reis. Tomorrow’s Professor looks at the full range of North American four-year academic institutions while featuring 30 vignettes and more than 50 individual stories that bring to life the principles and strategies outlined in the book. 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.

From Bench Science to Academic Administration

By Viviane Callier: Science Writer at National Eye Institute.  Plenty of science PhDs wind up in nonacademic careers. Vitae columnist Viviane Callier has been interviewing some of them for this series.  This month, she talks with Rebekah Layton, director of training initiatives in biological and biomedical sciences in the graduate-education office at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Read From Bench Science to Academic Administration

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