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Opportunities To Explore - March 13-17, 2017

March 13 – 17, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 11 | Trainee News

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

Happening Now

Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation: Applications due Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Applications are open for the Science & PINS Prize for Neuromodulation. This competitive prize which honors scientists for their excellent contributions to neuromodulation research.  Established in 2016, the prize is awarded annually for outstanding research as described in a 1,500 word essay based on research performed in the past three years.  The winner is awarded $25,000 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 the link above.

NIH F99/K00 in Neuroscience: Applications due Saturday, April 8, 2017

The NIH released a new funding opportunity announcement, NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00). The purpose of the award “is to support a defined pathway across career stages for outstanding graduate students who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research.” More information can be found via the link above.

Summer Data Science Fellowship Opportunity: Early Deadline: Monday, April 10, 2017 and Regular Deadline: Monday, April 17, 2017

Applications are welcomed for the Summer Data Science Fellowship Opportunity. The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session. More information can be found via the link above. 

This week

Build Stronger Relationships to Advance Your Career

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 | Running from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Online

Webinar "Build Stronger Relationships to Advance Your Career" - In this online presentation you will hear from Kandis Webb on how to align your work/job with your life goals and dreams.  The webinar will help you to connect yourself and your dreams in addition to encouraging you to start doing 5 things to help you find a job that works for you. To learn more about this presentation & register visit: .

6th Meeting of GWIS: Invited Speaker: Eleanor Goldfarb, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher & Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Neuman Room (1-6823), URMC

Join Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) in welcoming Eleanor Goldfarb from Open Yoga Center in Rochester, NY as she will present “How the Yogis Do It: The Science of Stress Management.” Participants are advised to wear clothes that will allow stretching in comfort. To learn more about this speaker, please visit or contact Stephanie Scoville at .

Upcoming Events

URBEST Career Story Q&A: Fred Tenover, PhD

Friday, March 24, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545), URMC

Dr. Fred Tenover, PhD, UR alumnus, Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Cepheid Inc., and Consulting Professor of Pathology at Stanford University will share his experiences in this interactive Q & A session. Visit the URBEST website 

CPD Sponsored Event: Curriculum Vitae (CV) Writing: The Basics of Starting and Enhancing Your CV

Monday, March 27 | 2:00 – 4:00 pm | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535)

Eric Vaughn, Life Sciences Career Coach, will review the differences between a curriculum vitae (CV) and a resume and help you understand the uses of each.  The stages of CV writing will also be discussed, along with how to identify its sections and their respective content.

17th Annual Saward-Berg Honorary Lecture: “Two Decades of Nursing Home Compare: What Have We Learned?”

Wednesday, March 29 | 12:30 – 2:00 pm | Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W304)

The Department of Public Health Sciences is sponsoring Dr. R. Tamara Konetzka, Professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences and Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago at the 17th Annual Saward-Berg Honorary Lecture.  The presentation will describe the Nursing Home Compare system; review the evidence on its effects; discuss the implications for quality, efficiency and equity; and propose key directions for future research. 

Conflict Management Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs

Thursday, March 30 | 4:00 – 7:00 pm | Rush Rhees Library, Humanities Center, Conference Room D (River Campus)

Conflict Management Workshop for Graduate Students and Postdocs - Are you having an ongoing and troublesome disagreement with someone, or have you heard a terrible story in your department involving conflict that makes you wonder what you would do in that situation? If so, not to worry—help is on the way! Conflict is inevitable, but it doesn’t have to be feared or unpleasant. The Conflict Management Workshop offers tools to help you successfully negotiate resolutions. Please join us at the Conflict Management Workshop taught by Katherine Schaefer, Ph.D., of the Writing, Speaking and Argument Department. Please Register by Friday, March 24th at: .  For more information please visit the link above.

2017 UR Annual Diversity Conference

Friday, March 31 | 8:00 am – 6:00 pm | Strong Auditorium, River Campus

It’s Our Time:  Creating a World for All, 2017 University-wide Annual Diversity Conference featuring Dr. Shakti Butler, Filmmaker and Founder & President of World Trust, Inc. For more information and to register visit:

See more upcoming events here.

Relevant Reads

Put Your Science to Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists

By Peter S. Fiske, PhD.  Put Your Science to Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists can help you explore all your options and develop dynamite strategies for landing the job of your dreams. 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.

10 Tips for Thriving, Not Just Surviving, in Graduate School

Just about everyone is trying to cope with new circumstances and environments, writes Victoria Reyes, who provides some helpful advice. Read 10 Tips for Thriving, Not Just Surviving, in Graduate School

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