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Opportunities to Explore - March 26-30, 2018

March 26-30, 2018 | Vol 4, Issue 13 | 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.

The Meliora Collective

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1. A group of entities that share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together to achieve a common objective

On April 2, students at the University of Rochester will be invited to join The Meliora Collective, a new online platform that connects students and alumni of the University by fostering professional exploration.

Within the collective, students will have the ability to network and engage with alumni by forging 1:1 connections, mentorships, forming group discussions, participating in video chats, and more! This unique platform empowers you with the ability to exchange knowledge, experiences and ideas with members of the University community that assist you in discovering not just what you want to do with your career, but ultimately - who you want to be.

We know that student-alumni connections are an important part of the Rochester experience, and through The Collective the power of many can unite as a single community to truly become ever better.

See you April 2!

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

(*) Graduate Student Society (GSS) Coffee Hour

Tuesday, March 27 | 10:00 am-11:00 am | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC

Free coffee, tea, and treats. Enjoy conversation with fellow students or just grab and go! Like the GSS on Facebook for event updates, “Graduate Students Society at URMC”.

(*) 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 click this LINK to register or 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 | 9:00 am-7:00 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

Students 2 Startups: Tour the New Downtown Business Incubator NextCorps

Wednesday, March 28 | 7:00 pm-8:00 pm | Sibley Square; Bus will depart from ITS at 6:45 pm

Hosted by The Gwen M. Greene Center. Tour the new downtown business incubator @NextCorps and network with startup companies! This event is all about entrepreneurship and will feature a tour of the new NextCorps betaspace, elevator pitches from the companies in the space, and networking conversations with the entrepreneurs themselves. This event is for any student, any class year. NextCorps is an affiliate of the University and is a startup incubator that currently houses 25 companies. They just launched their new downtown space and it is a sight to see to see for any student (or person) interested in entrepreneurship, startups, problem-solving, etc. Transportation provided from River Campus. Catch the bus at 6:45 pm at ITS. To register for this event, please register on Handshake utilizing your NetID at .

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

Sub-heats:  Thursday, March 29, 2018 (SMD) – 1:30 p, (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. For more information on upcoming Neuro-related events, please visit us at

Upcoming Events

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.

Learn How to Obtain Security Clearance

Monday, April 2 | 5:00 pm-7:00 pm | Greene Center Conference Room 4-200- Dewy Hall, River Campus

Hosted by The Gwen M. Greene Center. Join UR Alum Mark S. Zaid, Esq.’89, a renowned national security attorney who represents federal employees within the Intelligence (including spies), Military and Law Enforcement Communities, as well as defense contractors, to learn how he obtains and maintains his clients’ access to classified information. Mark will guide students through the process of completing an SF-86 National Security Questionnaire, explain what to expect during polygraph examinations, and provide advice on how to maximize your chances to qualify for federal employment requiring a security clearance. This is a unique opportunity for any UR student who is interested in Summer Federal Internships or a career path in such agencies as the CIA, NSA, FBI, Foreign Service or military. To register for this event, please register on Handshake utilizing your NetID at .

(*) URBEST Career Story: Kavita Berger, PhD

Wednesday, April 4 | 12:00 pm-2:00 pm | Saunders Research Building Room 1406, URMC

Kavita Berger, PhD, Scientist at Gryphon Scientific and previous Associate Director of The Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy.

Renting in New York City

Wednesday, April 4 | 6:30 pm-7:30 pm | Goergen Hall, Room 109, River Campus

Hosted by The Gwen M. Greene Center. Cooper & Cooper is a premier residential real estate brokerage firm based in Manhattan, transacting apartment rentals and sales.  As former investment bankers (Goldman Sachs, Bank of America) and college grads (Harvard, Northwestern, Columbia MBA), we understand the needs of transitioning undergraduate and graduate students.  We work with nearly every major landlord, building and apartment throughout NYC – Uptown, Downtown, East Side and West Side.  At Cooper & Cooper, our clients come first.  We pride ourselves in providing the highest level of professionalism and service.  Our associates are always accessible via smart phone, and are extremely knowledgeable, intelligent, courteous, honest, financially savvy and on-point.  With a firm grasp on the latest apartment availabilities city-wide, we match your needs to the appropriate product in an efficient and thoughtful manner.  Our mission is to make the entire experience as smooth and stress-free as possible.  Whether you are renting an apartment or purchasing a new home, we are at your service. For more information or to register for this event, please visit

(*) URBEST Grand Gesture

Friday, April 6 | 9:00 am-11:00 am | Wegmans’s Hall, Room 1201 (near Peet’s Coffee), River Campus

Deep Work by Cal Newport inspired me to start The Grand Gesture at University of Rochester. By leveraging a radical change to your normal environment, coupled with a significant investment of effort or money, you increase the perceived importance of your deep work. This boost in importance reduces your mind’s instinct to procrastinate and delivers an injection of motivation and energy. Newport references the examples of J.K. Rowling checking into the five-star Balmoral Hotel, Bill Gates working in a cabin, Alan Lightman retreating to a tiny island in Maine, and Peter Shankman booking a round-trip flight to Japan. I can’t offer those options, but what I can offer is a 2-hour URBEST Grand Gesture in Room 1201 in Wegman's Hall on River Campus, which gives you a great view of the “gear head” sculpture in the garden and easy access to Peet’s Coffee. This is two hours to work on a project that YOU want to work on. First Friday of every month.

(*) 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.

(*) Ensuring a High-Quality Experience through Best Practices in Online Teaching

Wednesday, April 11 | 12:00 pm-1:30 pm | Northeastern Conference Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC

This final workshop in the series connects effective online course design with the national Quality Matters program and reviews best practices in online teaching. Examples of effective online teaching strategies are presented and discussed. To register for this event please email Complimentary lunch available beginning at 11:45 a.m.

(*) Postdoctoral Assocation Meeting

Wednesday, April 11 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Wilmot Hall, Room 103, River Campus

More information coming soon

(*) Ensuring a High-Quality Experience through Best Practices in Online Teaching

Thursday, April 12 | 12:00 pm-1:30 pm | LeChase Hall, Genrich Rusling Room, River Campus

This final workshop in the series connects effective online course design with the national Quality Matters program and reviews best practices in online teaching. Examples of effective online teaching strategies are presented and discussed. Register for this event. Complimentary lunch available beginning at 11:45 a.m.

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

Thursday, April 12 | 4:00 pm-6:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (aG-9425), URMC

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. For more information please visit

(*) 2018 UR Diversity Conference: Overcoming the Invisible

Friday, April 13 | 8:00 am-5:00 pm | River Campus

For more information and to register, visit .

Graduate Student Society (GSS) Night of Board Games

Sunday, April 15 | 12:00 pm-6:00 pm | Millennium Games (3047 W Henrietta Rd, Rochester, NY 14623)

Are you BOARD sometimes? Would you enjoy a GAME or two? Nothing to do on a Sunday NIGHT? Then join the Graduate Student Society for a night of board games! Space is limited, reserve your spot by picking up a FREE ticket at the Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs Office (G-9556).

(*) 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: Navigating Negotiations: The What’s, How’s, and When’s of Workplace Bargaining 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). You don’t know if you don’t ask. Easier said than done, right? Most people don’t negotiate salary during a job offer even though the financial consequences of not bartering for more bucks (or other benefits…) can be staggering, especially over an entire career span. During this program, you will learn how to navigate the delicate process of salary negotiation; how to prepare, how and when to bring it up, and what you can negotiate.

See more upcoming events here.

Fellowship Opportunity

Data Science Fellowship

Program: 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. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship. Should Apply: 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. Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session: New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle, Boston, Washington, DC. Dates: All sections will be from 2018-06-18 to 2018-08-10. Application Link: Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited. Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York TimesLinkedInAmazonCapital One, or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out our blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture BeatThe Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.

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. Click here for 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 noon on  April 17h. 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   

Relevant Reads

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

By  Richard M. Reis. Tomorrow's Professor is designed to help you prepare for, find, and succeed at academic careers in science and engineering. It 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. To borrow a book, stop by our office in G-9627 or email us with your request.

Mentoring for Different Paths

If we are to help develop the leaders we need for the future, advises Judith S. White, we must mentor them for jobs that are changing. Read Mentoring for Different Paths

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