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Opportunities To Explore - March 20-24, 2017

March 20 – 24, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 12 | Trainee News

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

Happening Now

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. 

Science & SciLifeLab Prizes for Young Scientists: Applications due July 15, 2017

Applications are welcomed for the Science & SciLifeLab Prizes for Young Scientists. This prize is awarded to a young scientist for outstanding life science research who has been awarded a doctoral degree in the previous two years (2015 or 2016). 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.  More information is available via the link above.

This Week

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.

Upcoming Events

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

Wednesday, March 29 | 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: .

1st Annual Paul M. Schyve, M.D. Center for Bioethics Lecture: “In the Shadow of Ebola”

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC

Special guest presenter Dr. Gregg Mitman, Ph.D., Vilas Research and William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History, and Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Please RSVP to Angela Pullen at (585) 273-5937 or by e-mail at .

See more upcoming events here.

Groups & Forums

The Science Alliance is a consortium between New York Academy of Science (NYAS) and universities, teaching hospitals, and independent research facilities committed to advancing the career of students and postdocs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  The Alliance provides career advice and opportunities to network and interact with investigators across many institutions and disciplines.  Interested in learning more and networking with other members of the Science Alliance of the NYAS, visit the LinkedIn Group page at .

Relevant Reads

CV Handbook: A curriculum vitae owner's manual

By Will Coghill-Behrends & Rebecca Anthony. The CV Handbook is the definitive guide to drafting and updating a curriculum vitae as used in the American Academy. 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.

Perfecting Your Panel Interview Game

Job interviews with groups of people are quite different than one-on-ones with individuals, and you never quite know what will happen. Saundra Loffredo gives some helpful advice. Read Perfecting Your Panel Interview Game

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