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Opportunities to Explore - March 11-15, 2019

Vol 5, Issue 11 | 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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Virtual Career Fair

Graduate Career Consortium’s PhD & Master’s Virtual Career Expo

Wednesday, March 20 | 9:00 am – 7:00 pm | Online
The Virtual Career Expo is a one-day online career fair for Ph.D. & Master’s students, postdocs, and alumni. The employers represent a range of career fields (2019 Employer Participation List) and they all seek advanced-degree candidates. For more information and to register for the 2019 Expo, please visit the 2019 Virtual Career Expo PhD, Master's Students, Postdocs, & Alumni registration page or the Graduate Career Consortium’s PhD & Master’s Virtual Career Expo event website..

Teaching Workshop Series

Introduction to Summer Teaching: A Workshop Series for Graduate Students

Summer courses are short and highly condensed, and they typically enroll fewer students than academic-year courses. These courses consequently present special challenges to instructors, challenges that can be intensified when the instructor has had little or no prior experience designing and implementing his or her own course. This workshop will prepare graduate students for the special challenges of teaching summer courses, and it will give them hands-on experience designing course materials (including a syllabus) that they can use directly in their own teaching. The workshop on effective teaching for summer courses will consist of 4 half-day sessions, to take place throughout the spring semester (Wednesdays, March 20 and 27; April 3 and 10).

Topics to be addressed include: Setting course objectives; Developing a syllabus; Designing a course that will appeal to students looking to meet requirements and engage their interests; Approaches to active learning; Assessment; Classroom dynamics; Communicating course goals and objectives to students; Developing effective teaching practices for small class contexts.

By the end of the workshop, students will come away with a syllabus outlining course objectives, materials, and learning strategies that they can circulate to students on the first day of classes. Attendance is required at all four of the workshops, since each one feeds into the one preceding and after it. For more information, contact Jenny Hadingham ( Sign up here: by March 13th.

Meet The Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs Team

Stephen Naum, Assistant Director of Finance and Administration

Stephen Naum

Steve serves as the Assistant Director of Finance and Administration for the office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA), helping coordinate financial/HR-related issues and event logistics for the office and its programs. 

Trainees typically meet with Steve to discuss Center for Professional Development programming, policies related to the Graduate Student Society and Postdoctoral Association, and to schedule meetings with Sharon McCullough.  To request a meeting with Steve, please contact him directly at (585) 273-4650 or email Stephen Naum.

This Week

(*) Relationship to Suffering/Compassion in Medicine

Monday, March 11 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Louise Slaughter Room (1-9555), URMC
Wellness Series on Flourishing at Work: Cultivating an Undivided Life in Medicine. Co-Sponsored by URSMD Office for Faculty Development and URMC Medical Faculty and Clinician Wellness Program. This multi-session series seeks to enhance a sense of flourishing while mitigating the effects of burnout in our professional lives. We will explore clinical experiences through the lens of attention, awareness and reflection. Methods will include contemplative practices, interactive discussions, and dyadic sharing of medical narratives. The objectives are to help participants recognize the depth of our engagement with work, the potential to discover its meaning, and the capacity to build on our personal and collective strengths.

Presented by Michael S Krasner, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Family Medicine; Patricia Lück, MBChB, MPhil PallMed, MSc MedHum, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Humanities; Frederick J. Marshall, MD, Professor of Neurology, Division Chief of Geriatric Neurology

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: 1.) Describe ‘domains of suffering’ 2.) Gain insight into helpful and unhelpful responses to suffering 3.) Adopt a wider palette of helpful responses to suffering and ways to apply them in clinical settings 4.) Identify and practice strategies to cultivate the mental stability and presence needed to respond effectively to patients’ suffering in situations when one might otherwise turn away from it. 5.) Participants are strongly encouraged to commit to attending the entire series as each session will build on the previous one.

To register, please email: Light lunch will be served.

(*) URBEST Humans for Education Information Session

Tuesday, March 12 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Center for Experiential Learning (2-7544), URMC
Humans for Education is building a health clinic in Narok, Kenya and they are looking for URBEST trainees who are interested in health/research and want exposure to working "in the field". This 2-week internship will expose them to community outreach, teaching, and much more. The selected individuals will have direct supervisors during their entire stay and will be actively participating in research, patient care, or outreach. Learn more at the information session.

(*) Networking Your Way to Your New Opportunity

Wednesday, March 13 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC
About 70% of job opportunities are obtained today through networking. This workshop will assist trainees to: (1) Learn about various methods to expand their network. (2) Develop communication tools to assist in fostering and maintaining with new & developed professional relationships. (3) Gain insight on how to utilize your network to assist with locating employment opportunities during your job search.

Registration is not required, but to be guaranteed a seat, please register for the event through the Survey Monkey registration form. For more information, please contact

BioCareers presents:  Job Search: “ Looking your Best on Paper: Building a Resume and Cover Letter for Industry”

Wednesday, March 13 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Online Webinar
This seminar will focus on how to highlight experiences and skills on a resume and cover letter and the importance of tailoring these documents for specific roles. During this seminar, Lauren Celano will provide examples of skills and experiences that should be emphasized for different types of roles including bench research roles, non‐bench research roles, business development, marketing, consulting, product/project management roles, and clinical roles. Advice will be provided regarding resume formatting and examples will be shown to highlight proper formatting. Lastly, attendees will learn how to write a tailored cover letter for a specific job description and what information a hiring manager looks for in this document. Register for this webinar on BioCareers.

Upcoming Events

Graduate Career Consortium’s PhD & Master’s Virtual Career Expo

Wednesday, March 20 | 9:00 am – 7:00 pm | Online
The Virtual Career Expo is a one-day online career fair for Ph.D. & Master’s students, postdocs, and alumni. The employers represent a range of career fields (2019 Employer Participation List) and they all seek advanced-degree candidates. For more information and to register for the 2019 Expo, please visit the 2019 Virtual Career Expo PhD, Master's Students, Postdocs, & Alumni registration page or the Graduate Career Consortium’s PhD & Master’s Virtual Career Expo event website.

(*) Graduate Students Society Coffee Hour

Wednesday, March 20 | 10:00 am |CEL Room 2-7534, URMC
Coffee hour for graduate students - free coffee, tea and treats. Enjoy conversation with fellow students or just grab and go! The Graduate Student Society is the coordinating student body charged with representing all students enrolled in the graduate programs at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry. We monitor issues of importance to the graduate student community, represent the concerns of graduate students to University administration, and advocate for changes to enhance the quality of graduate education. We also serve as a liaison among the student populations of the graduate programs and sponsor academic and social events of interest to the graduate student community.

(*) The Annual Meyerowitz Lecture- “This Trainee is Terrible: How to Help the Struggling Learner”

Wednesday, March 20 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC
Program is in honor and memory of Sanford Meyerowitz, M.D.

Calvin Chou, MD, PhD, FACH; Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSF; Senior Faculty Advisor for External Education, Academy of Communication in Healthcare; Director, UCSF-VALOR Program University of California, San Francisco

Open to all University of Rochester Affiliated Faculty, Students, Residents, Fellows, and Staff. Coordinated by the Offices of Medical Education and Faculty Development. To register, email Light lunch will be provided.

(*) URBEST Career Story: Alicia Henn, BioSpherix

Wednesday, March 20 | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545), URMC
Dr. Alicia Henn is currently Chief Scientific Officer at BioSpherix (Parish, NY) and received her PhD from Roswell Park Institute and her Executive MBA from University of Rochester’s Simon Graduate School of Business. The research program at BioSpherix  is focused on applying unbroken physiologic conditions to cell-based assays and clinical cell and tissue production to improve scientific reproducibility and translatability. Dr. Henn is always on the lookout for PhD scientists to join her team. Coffee and cookies will be available. For more information about this event, please contact Tracey Baas at

(*) Making Mentoring Work Symposium

Thursday, March 21 | 11:30 am-1:30 pm | Rush Rhees Library, Gamble Room 361, River Campus
Are you interested in learning what factors should you consider when choosing a mentor? Join us for an informative conversation identifying key skills and practices for cultivating meaningful mentor-mentee relationship This workshop is being facilitated by Dr. Vivian Lewis, who leads the Ever Better Mentoring Workshop series at the University. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Making Mentoring Work  today. For accommodations, or to RSVP email Lunch will be provided.

(*) Inaugural Diversity in STEM Meet and Greet

Thursday, March 21 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm | Wegmans Hall 1400, River Campus
The Alliance for Diversity in Science and Engineering (ADSE) is hosting an inaugural diversity in STEM meet and greet. Join us for a night of good food and beats as we build a community of STEM graduate students across SMD and ASE! Food will be served. RSVP here.

(*) Graduate Women In Science presents “Always Up!”

Thursday, March 21 | 3:00 pm | Adolph Lower Auditorium (1-7619), URMC
Jennifer C. Darnell, Ph.D. - Research Associate Professor, Rockefeller University, New York, NY; Professor, Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat (co-sponsored by the RNA Society and Lexogen). Check out the GWIS website for more information on seminars and travel awards.

(*) Sponsored by CETL, CPD, and URBEST: Page-Turners for Teaching (New Time and Day)

Friday, March 22 (bi-weekly) | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | 1-6200D Miner Classroom, 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 bi-weekly discussion group offered through a collaboration between the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Center for Professional Development (CPD), and URBEST for grad students, medical students, postdocs, and residents interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us to discuss this spring! Register to reserve your free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at

(*) Empowering Working Women: Salary Negotiation Workshop

Monday, March 25 | Dinner 5:30 pm-6:00 pm, Workshop 6:00 pm-8:00 pm | Feldman Ballroom A, Douglas Commons, River Campus
Join fellow alumni and students for this interactive workshop, led by alumna and faculty member Rachel Roberts '03E. Learn how to identify and articulate your personal value, develop negotiation strategies, and conduct benchmarking to find your target salary. Prior to the workshop, catch up with fellow alumni and students over dinner. Space is limited, so we kindly ask that you register in advance.

Save the Date: Graduate Student, Trainee, & Alumni Networking Event

Tuesday, April 2 | 5:00 pm-7:00 pm | Swiftwater Brewing Company
RSVP information will be available soon. Hosted by: The School of Medicine & Dentistry, Center for Professional Development; The Gwen Greene Center ; and The University of Rochester Alumni Relations Office.

(*) University of Rochester Annual Diversity Conference

Monday, April 8 | 8:00 am-5:00 pm | River Campus
This year, the University will host its 10th Annual Diversity Conference on April 8. The conference, “Finding the Courage to Lead," will feature award-winning author, activist and cultural commentator, Samina Ali as the keynote speaker. Ali will share her own personal story and appeal for women’s equality and justice. The talk will be followed by a variety of workshops throughout the day, including one entitled, "Leadership Response to a Racial Hate Crime in an Academic Medical Center," led by Robert Holloway, Linda Chaudron, Frederick Jefferson and others. To learn more about the Diversity Conference and to register, please visit the Annual Diversity Conference Registration page.

Inclusive Excellence in STEM (Registration Deadline: April 3, 2019)

Saturday, April 13 |8:00 am-3:15 pm | Rochester Institute of Technology
Project Kaleidoscope Teach. Lead. Know. Differently. 2019 PKAL New York Regional Networking Meeting

Faculty, Administrators, and doctoral students from 2-year & 4-year, public and private institutions are welcome to join this meeting to discuss Faculty Development for Inclusive Excellence in STEM. This meeting will be led by several institutions in the Great Lakes region who received the Howard Hughes Inclusive Excellence Awards. Participating institutions will share their project goals and methodologies, and lead a workshop on developing Inclusive Excellence in STEM faculty and student achievement. Participants will have the opportunity to explore innovative inclusive classroom, research mentoring, and academic advising practice as well as developing concrete steps to implement new ideas at their own institution. Institutional change strategies will be explicitly discussed, along with common obstacles and strategies to overcome them. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Emily Walter from California State University, Fresno who will conduct the keynote entitled “I Need To Be Myself: Becoming an Agent of Inclusive Teaching Practice." Breakout sessions will be led by faculty and staff from HHMI-funded institutions and may focus on topics including…Inclusive classroom practices, Inclusive research mentoring, Developing an inclusive quantitative skill center, Classroom-based research experiences, and Transforming institutions. Registration deadline is April 3rd and you can register for the conference on the 2019 PKAL Upstate New York Regional Meeting registration page. The registration fee is $55 for professionals (faculty and administrators) and $25 for doctoral students, and includes lunch and conference materials. Questions related to the event, please contact Dr. Scott Franklin at

See more upcoming events here.

Happening Now (Grant, Travel Award, and Conference Information)

Register for the 2019 University Technology Showcase!

The 2019 University Technology Showcase hosted by CEIS and the CoE in Data Science will be held on April 4th, 2019 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at the DoubleTree at 1111 Jefferson Road Rochester NY. Register now. This annual event highlights research in optics, photonics, biomedical technology, communication and networks, data science and more. Program includes a panel discussion followed by poster session with prize for best poster presentation.

University’s 10th Annual Diversity Conference: ‘Finding the Courage to Lead’

The University’s 10th annual diversity conference, “Finding the Courage to Lead,” on Monday, April 8, features award-winning author, activist, and cultural commentator Samina Ali. Ali’s keynote address weaves her own personal story with a passionate appeal for women’s equality and justice, followed by workshops throughout the day. Register here.

The Lasker Foundation Announces its 2019 Student Essay Contest

The Lasker Foundation is soliciting submissions for its 2019 Student Essay Contest. Trainees in the medical and biomedical workforce are asked to outline in 800 words or less an educational strategy that will increase interest in biomedical sciences among young men and women. The first-place award is $10,000 and a trip to New York City to meet the 2019 Lasker Award winners on September 20. Second- and third-place prizes are $5000 and $2500, respectively. Submissions are due April 11.

Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is accepting applications

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program (2019 Solicitation 1). Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on May 9, 2019.The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. We release two regular solicitations annually, one is around early Spring and the other close to Fall. Details about the program and online application can be found on the DOE Office of Science Website.

ComSciCon 2019: Applications Now Open!

Applications are now open for ComSciCon 2019! The 7th annual Communicating Science workshop will be held in San Diego, CA, on July 11-13, 2019.Graduate students at U.S. and Canadian institutions in all fields of science, technology, engineering, health, mathematics, and related fields are encouraged to apply. The application will close on March 1st. Acceptance to the workshop is competitive. Attendance is free, and travel support and lodging will be provided to accepted applicants.

Participants will build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to the general public, experts in other fields, and their own peers. In addition to panel discussions (on topics such as Creative Storytelling, Science Journalism, and Diversity/Inclusivity), ample time will be allotted for networking with science communication experts and developing science outreach collaborations with fellow graduate students. Apply here!

Three Minute Thesis(3MT®) Competition

3MT is an academic competition that challenges doctoral students and postdoctoral appointees to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. 3MT celebrates the discoveries made by research trainees and encourages you to communicate the importance of your research to the broader community.

Don’t miss this opportunity to practice your presentation skills, meet other trainees, and have a chance to win up to $1,000 in travel awards!

  • Sub-heats: * Registration Required * Thursday, March 21, 2019 (SMD) – 2:00 PM
  • The Final Competition: Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 4:00 PM, Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425, URMC)


Registration is limited to 80 participants across all graduate schools within the University of Rochester.  Completing the registration survey confirms your interest in this event, however participation is not guaranteed until you have received a confirmation e-mail after registration closes.  This will allow time for potential adjustments based upon the total number of interested registrants, and for the planning committee to determine sub-heat room assignments. Registration opens Monday, 3/04 at 8:00 AM.  Registration closes Friday, 3/08 at 4:00 PM. Bookmark the link now to register. For more information please visit

This event is sponsored by: SMD Center for Professional Development, ASE Graduate Studies Office, Graduate Student Society, and Graduate Student Association

Center for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning

Engaging Students in the Teaching of Statistics (Registration Close Date: March 11, 2019)

This course provides current and/or future instructors in statistics--in statistics departments or departments that make considerable use of statistics such as psychology, ecology, etc.--with a solid grounding in sound pedagogical practices that will engage their students. Instructors will focus on how backwards design, active learning techniques, and inclusive instruction can benefit all students. The course will include presentations on key points including teaching tips, group discussions, and a small-group mini-project focusing on integration of the five leaning objectives. Students who complete this course will: 1. Comprehend the role that backwards design plays in successful teaching 2. Be able to use Bloom’s taxonomy in developing learning objectives and teaching plans 3. Be able to construct assessment tools 4. Comprehend the importance of student background and diversity 5. Be able to employ inclusive teaching practices with a focus on active learning. Course Schedule This 4-week course has weekly online sessions on Thursdays at 2-4PM ET / 1-3PM CT / 12-2PM MT / 11AM-1PM PT from March 21 through April 18 (sessions are 3/21, 3/28, 4/11, and 4/18). Workload Your instructors estimate participants will need to spend about 2 hours per week on work outside of class sessions. For more information or to register for this course, please visit

Innovative Teaching & Learning Conference 2019

Monday, April 8 | The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Teaching & Learning Innovation, UT Knoxville’s home for faculty and educational development, is pleased to present its inaugural Innovative Teaching & Learning Conference 2019. This conference highlights the importance of good teaching in higher education settings by featuring the innovative teaching practices that occur in college classrooms across the state of Tennessee. Currently accepting proposals that highlight practices (collaborative, active, peer-led, etc.), pedagogies (e.g. experiential learning, engaged scholarship, inclusive and culturally relevant, etc.) and/or methods of delivery (online, blended, face-to-face, etc.) in the higher education context. Following the official theme – “Pioneering Pathways to Deeper Learning” – TLI welcomes submissions that advance our conceptualization of innovative teaching and learning theoretically, methodologically, and/or practically with the ultimate goal of deepening and enhancing student learning. Register for the conference and/or submit your proposal on The University of Tennessee Teaching & Learning Innovation website. Please keep in mind that the proposal submission deadline is March 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST and the registration deadline is March 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Understanding Diversity and Inclusive Teaching in the Community College Setting

Thursday, April 11 | 1:00 pm EDT | Online in Blackboard Collaborate (Register online to attend) 
Community colleges are truly diverse settings, attracting individuals from all different walks of life with the common interest in advancing their education. If you are interested in exploring a career at a community college, then understanding the diversity of this student population is crucial to being a competitive job applicant and a requirement in order to be able to teach effectively. This panel consisting of faculty and administrators from community colleges in Iowa, Texas, and Southern California will share insight on the differences between community college and 4-year settings with regards to student diversity. We will also explore the types of inclusive teaching strategies that best support community college students, and issues of equity that community colleges work to address. Visit the Exploring Careers in Teaching at Community College Series online.

2019 CIRTL Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching

Monday, June 17 | 12:00 pm EDT | CROSS Network Online
The CIRTL Online Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching designed specifically for grad students and postdocs new to teaching. In this five-day institute, participants will experience a thorough introduction to the core ideas that ground CIRTL's approach to STEM education: learning-through-diversity, learning communities, evidence-based teaching, and teaching-as-research. By examining relevant literature, working online in small peer groups facilitated by topical experts, and performing structured work independently; participants will develop a deep understanding of scientific teaching.

For a full list of upcoming Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Workshops, please visit The majority of events are online and requires advance registration. For information on any of the courses or programs, please contact .

Volunteer Opportunities

RYSC (Rochester Young Scientists Club) and STEP (Science and Technology Entry Program)

RYSC (Rochester Young Scientists Club) and STEP (Science and Technology Entry Program) are two med student organizations that work with middle and high school students from the city to develop their own independent research projects. On Saturday, March 9, RYSC and STEP will be hosting a combined poster session for our students to present their independent research projects to the URMC community. A huge part of this experience is having YOU as volunteer judges!

When: Saturday, March 9, 10:15am-11:15am. | Where: Flaum Atrium | You will get SRO hours for your time.  | If you’re interested, please fill out this super short survey.

Terra Rochester-Fingerlakes Regional Science & Engineering Fair

The Terra Rochester-Fingerlakes Regional Science & Engineering Fair is open to students in grades 6-12. They are looking for YOU to volunteer at the event on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Rochester Museum and Science Center located at 657 East Avenue. Please visit the links below for further information.

Relevant Reads

Lifting a Ton of Feathers

Lifting a Ton of Feathers is not only a survival guide, it is also a destroyer of academic myths about women's career chances in the university, and a revelation of the catch-22 positions in which women find themselves. Caplan demonstrates that while many women believe that when they fail it is their fault, their fate is more likely to be sealed by their encounter with the male environment, and by the manner in which they are tossed about by it. She aims to help women avoid self-blame and understand the real sources of their problems. Readers will find the information about the mine-field of academia for women infuriating, but the means of telling it highly entertaining. 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.

Supporting Grad Students Who Have Partners and Families

A menu of programs and supports could help draw and keep top talent, writes Kay Kimball Gruder, who offers some specific suggestions. Read Supporting Grad Students Who Have Partners and Families

A Handy-Dandy Guide to Email Etiquette

By Kaitlin McManus. This article is provided through Vault, a resource to assist you in exploring companies, professions, and internship opportunities. A Handy-Dandy Guide to Email Etiquette

Industry Training Must Become the Norm

With simply not enough academic careers for the high numbers of Ph.D. graduates, universities must equip students for a variety of careers outside higher education, argues Amy Loriaux. Read Industry Training Must Become the Norm

Other Reads


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