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Opportunities to Explore - March 19-23, 2018

March 19-23, 2018 | Vol 4, Issue 12 | 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

Opportunities to Explore is also available online. To view the web version, please visit The web version is optimized for viewing on tablets and smart phones.

Fellowships/Awards Database

Fellowships/Awards Database, shared by SMD and ASE. Searchable by career level, demographics, disciplines, etc. Want to add an opportunity to this database? Email us with the funding opportunity link.

Graduate Career Consortium Annual Virtual Career Fair

PhD & Master’s Virtual Career Fair

Wednesday, March 28 | 9:00 am – 7:00 pm | Online

Interact real-time via live chat sessions and meet top-notch employers seeking candidates with advanced degrees. Learn more about the fair and register.

This Week

(*) Postdoc Association (PDA) Lunch Social with Round Table Discussion regarding the Commission on Women and Gender Equity in Academia (CWGEA)

Monday, March 19 | 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm | 2-7534, URMC

The PDA and CWGEA would like to start a dialogue with the general postdoc population concerning several issues, and we assure you that no faculty or staff will be present at this event. Please RSVP here and vote for catering. RSVP deadline is 3/16/18. This informal discussion will be on the following topics: (1) sexual harassment and misconduct, (2) onboarding, recognition, and career advancement, (3) governance, and (4) mentoring and equity in compensation and support. If there is interest, the PDA will organize follow-up gender-separated discussions. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

(*) Conflict Management Workshop

Monday, March 19 | 4:00 pm-7:00 pm | Rush Rhees Library G122 conference room A

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.  Dinner provided. Registration is required for this event. Please RSVP here.

(*) Engaging Learners with Digital Tools and Open Educational Resources

  • Tuesday, March 20 | 12:00 pm-1:30 pm | Louise Slaughter Room (1-9555), URMC
  • Thursday, March 22 | 12:00 pm-1:30 pm | LeChase Hall, Genrich Rusling Room, River Campus

This workshop will review a number of online tools and applications that faculty can use to enhance engagement with students.  The session will include demonstration and application of select tools that faculty might consider in their own courses.  Please register for the River Campus sessions or email to RSVP for the sessions held at the Medical Center. Complimentary lunch available beginning at 11:45 a.m.

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: Interview Prep

Wednesday, March 21 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), URMC

Presented by Eric Vaughn, Life Sciences Career Coach

Eric Vaughn, Life Sciences Career Coach, will provide participants tips and materials to assist in preparing for various types of job interviews.  In addition, participants will gain an understanding of the various types of interview questions that may be asked during an interview including general questions, behavioral, and situational style questions.  Participants will also practice answering various types of interview questions.

(*) AAAS Career Development Kickoff

Thursday, March 22 | 10:00 am-4:00 pm | Room 1301, Saunders Research Building

You face important and challenging decisions as you approach the transition from school into your new career. Do you continue on an academic path, or do you consider several non-academic career options? As you prepare for life after graduation, use the University of Rochester’s AAAS Career Development Open Access Portal to help you explore your options. Only 100 seats available for 2018-2019. To receive a seat, register for March 22nd and attend for 15 minutes or as long as you’d like. Twelve $25 Chipotle Gift Cards will be given out- two each hour. You do not have to attend the full event! Register at

(*) PDA Sponsored Event: Job Search Support Group

Thursday, March 22 | 4:00 pm | Natapow Room (1-9545), URMC

Host: Kyle Trenshaw from CETL. Commiserate about your job search struggles and share feedback and insights with CETL staff and peers about the job search process. Coffee and snacks will be provided!

Graduate Student Society Ski Trip

Saturday, March 24 | 8:00 am-5:00 pm | Bristol Mountain (Canandaigua, NY)

Free bus leaves the clock tower circle at 8:00 am and returns at 5:00 pm. Lift Tickets are $58.00 at the mountain. Equipment rentals are $32.00 Free lessons for beginners. If you are interested in attending, please stop by the GEPA Office.

Upcoming Events

(*) Connecting with Learners in Digital Classrooms and Meeting Spaces

  • Tuesday, March 27 | 12:00 pm-1:30 pm | URMC
  • Thursday, March 29 | 12:00 pm-1:30 pm | LeChase Hall, Genrich Rusling Room, River Campus

This workshop will focus on the application of synchronous communication tools that faculty can be used for multiple purposes including live online class sessions, remote speakers in face-to-face classroom courses, online office hours, and remote teaching when traveling. Please register for the River Campus sessions or email  to RSVP for the sessions held at the Medical Center. Complimentary lunch available beginning at 11:45 a.m.

PhD & Master’s Virtual Career Fair

Wednesday, March 28 | 8:00 am-2:00 pm | Online Virtual Fair

Save time and meet recruiters live online! Interact real-time via live chat sessions and meet top-notch employers seeking candidates with advanced degrees. Register at This event is free for all graduate students and postdocs.

Making the Most of Your Ph.D. or Postdoc (Free Webinar)

Wednesday, March 28 | 1:00pm-2:00pm | Webinar

This webinar will discuss ways to proactively build, develop, and enhance skills during your Ph.D. or postdoc in order to build skills that are valuable for your career. This webinar will provide an overview of skills useful for both research and non-research careers such as consulting, business development, communications, and medical affairs. This seminar will highlight how to build transferable skills such as collaboration and presentation skills as well as hard skills such as budget management, protocol development, and grant writing. Additionally, this webinar will showcase how you highlight these skills on a resume so that organizations looking to hire you, can be aware of these. Register online at

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

Sub-heats:  Thursday, March 29, 2018 (SMD) – 1:30 pm, (Registration Required)

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!

(*) Pre-doctoral Organization for the Neurosciences (PONS): Luncheon Roundtable Series: Acquired Hearing Difficulties and Deafness

Friday, March 30 | 12:00 pm | Medical Center Specialty Room (2-7520), URMC

Catered lunch and discussion of current hearing loss research with the experts: Ross Maddox, Ph.D.; Patricia White, Ph.D.; and U-Cheng Leong, Ph.D.

Free Online Estimated Tax Workshop for Fellowship Recipients

Week of April 2nd

This spring, Emily Roberts of Personal Finance for PhDs will host two free online tax events designed for funded graduate students and postdocs. The objective of the workshop is for attendees to calculate and pay their estimated tax due on their fellowship (or otherwise non-W-2) income. You will receive support - a short presentation of relevant material and the opportunity to ask questions - and accountability to complete this task within the hour! Sign up at the workshop registration page to receive more information.

Transgender Health and Wellness 2018 Conference (Registration Open)

Monday, April 9 | 7:30 am-3:30 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium, URMC

Sponsored by the URMC Office for Inclusion and Cultural Development. As the U.S. becomes increasingly diverse, clinical care providers are seeking to learn more about providing patient-centered and culturally responsive care, including to transgender individuals. This one-day Transgender Health and Wellness 2018 conference will educate physicians, medical providers (including medical students, residents, fellows, nurses, social workers, etc.) and the community how to offer welcoming and affirming healthcare to transgender individuals. Keynote Speakers include: Carolyn Wolf-Gould, MD, 2016-19 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar & Medical Director, The Gender Wellness Center Susquehanna Family Practice and Rev. Moonhawk River Stone, MS, LMHC, Psychotherapist, consultant & Principal, River Stone Consulting Schenectady, New York. Register for this event.

(*) Genetics Day 30th Annual Scientific Symposium

Monday, April 23 | 9:30 am – 4:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium and Sarah Flaum Atrium

Mark your calendars for the 30th annual Genetics Day!  The 16th annual Fred Sherman Lecture will be delivered by Michael Eisen, PhD, from Berkeley University.  You and your colleagues are invited to submit your posters for the Genetics Day poster session to be held 12:00 – 2:00pm on Monday, April 23, 2018.  Cash prizes will be awarded to select graduate student and postdoc posters.  To register for the poster session, contact Chelsea Costanzo for a registration form and submit by 5:00 pm on April 9th.

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: Negotiating Workshop with special guest presenter: Caryanne Keenen, Certified Salary Negotiation Facilitator

Wednesday, April 25 | 3:30 pm | Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), URMC

Presented by Caryanne Keenen, Certified Salary Negotiation Facilitator –American Association of University Women (AAUW)

See more upcoming events here.

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

'Art of Science' Competition- University of Rochester

Submission Deadline Date: March 30, 2018

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate in this year’s Art of Science Competition by submitting digital images, illustrations, posters, and videos that incorporate the imaginative use of science, art, and technology. The theme of this year’s competition, which is sponsored by the Hajim School, is sustainability.  Submissions will be accepted until March 30. Cash prizes will be awarded. See details about this year’s contest, and see last year’s winners. Contact Sandra Turner at with questions or to submit an entry.

Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence for 2018-19 (Deadline: Tuesday, April 3, 2018)

The Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence was launched in 2007 with a generous funding provided by CNOOC. The programme aims to enhance research excellence at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) through building and strengthening the University’s ties with leading research universities and institutes around the world and to increase the visibility of CUHK as a world-class research university through student mobility. It allows students to enrich their learning experience and facilitates research collaborations between faculty members at CUHK and their international counterparts. The programme provides basic funding support to CUHK PhD students to undertake short-term research visits to one of the following selected institutions, including the member institutions of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) to which CUHK belongs, while accommodation support is provided to visiting PhD students from one of the following institutions to undertake short-term research visits at CUHK. PhD students interested in learning more about this program should visit .

Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) Travel Award

Information on travel awards provided by The University of Rochester Graduate Women In Science (GWIS). Application deadline is April 15th. You must be a graduate student in years 1 through 5 and an active participant in GWIS. Travel will be sponsored on the basis of scientific merit and need. Application Process: 1.) Submit a completed Application Form (link to Application form) along with a copy of your CV and copies of your peer-reviewed publications to . Request that your Ph.D. mentor and one of your Ph.D. advisory committee members each forward a letter of reference to A one-page follow-up report from travel awardees is required within one month after travel is completed. This should be submitted to

National Cancer Institute’s Graduate Student Recruiting Program (GSRP) Applications Available

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is committed to fostering a diverse community of scientists and expanding the representation among its trainees.  The Graduate Student Recruiting Program is a competitive program that aims to facilitate senior graduate students obtaining postdoc positions at NCI.  The top 25 applicants are invited to NCI, and over the course of three days the attendees will learn about research programs and training opportunities, present their work at poster sessions, and interview with principal investigators (scheduled prior to arriving at the NIH).  In order to be eligible, the student must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in the United States and on schedule to complete their PhD requirements by December 1, 2018.  The GSRP is open to U.S. citizens and foreign nationals. More information about the program.  The application site can be found at: If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact the GSRP Coordinator at   

Online Resources

UR Graduate Student Tax Information Session

The presentation materials and video recording from March 8th’s session, UR Graduate Student Tax Information Session, are now posted online.  Captioning has been commissioned and will be added to the recording as soon as we receive the results.

You can find these resources in the Tax Information for Graduate Students portion of the Graduate Student Society’s webpage.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunities

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.  For a complete description of this opportunity, please visit this web link. To submit an application, please use the link provided below: (We accept applications on a rolling basis throughout the calendar year)

Relevant Reads

Next Gen PhD: A Guide to Career Paths in Science

Next Gen PhD provides a frank and up-to-date assessment of the current career landscape facing science PhDs. To borrow a book, stop by our office in G-9627 or email us with your request.

Smile, You’re on Camera

Ashley Brady and D’Anne Duncan offer tips for video interviews. Read Smile, You’re on Camera

Getting Ready to Leave Academe

Greta Perel offers some first steps for those thinking about alternative careers. Read Getting Ready to Leave Academe

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

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