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Opportunities to Explore March 27-31, 2017

March 27 – 31, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 13 | Trainee News

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

Happening Now

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. 

GWIS Travel Award Spring 2017: Deadline 12:00 pm on Thursday, April 20, 2017

The deadline for the GWIS Travel Award application is April 20th at 12:00 pm.  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, need, and regular participation at GWIS meetings as evidenced from the sign-up sheet.  To date, forty-nine GWIS members have received Travel Awards. Step 1: Submit a completed Application Form  along with a copy of your CV and copies of your peer-reviewed publications to by 12:00 pm on April 20th. Step 2: Request that your Ph.D. mentor and one of your Ph.D. advisory committee members each forward a letter of reference to by 12:00 pm on April 20th.

This Week

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

Monday, March 27 | 2:00 pm – 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.

PDA Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Anderson Room, (G-8534), URMC

All postdocs are welcome to attend this meeting along with the executive board and committee members of the PDA.

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

Wednesday, March 29 | 12:30 pm – 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. Register 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:

Three Minute Thesis (3MT ®) Information Session

Friday, March 31 | 2:00 pm  | Goergen Hall, Sloan Auditorium (101), River Campus

Three Minute Thesis (3MT ®) Information Session. 3MT is an academic competition that challenges PhD 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! Registration opens Monday, April 10 at 8:00 am and closes Friday, April 14 at 4:00 pm.  For more information, please visit

Upcoming Events

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

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 | 8:00 am – 9:30 am | 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 .

Alumna Dr. Antonia Eyssallenne to Discuss Her Work in Developing Educational Programs and Protocols in Haiti

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | 12:00 pm – 12:50 pm | LeChase Conference Room

Alumna Dr. Antonia Eyssallenne, from the class of 2006, will provide a talk about the sustainable educational programs that she has developed for the Haitian physicians and nursing staff.  In addition, she has written and established protocols for all hospital operations. Please RSVP to by April 3rd as lunch is being provided.

See more upcoming events here.

Relevant Reads

Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success

By Adam Grant. Adam Grant examines the surprising forces that shape why some people rise to the top of the success ladder while others sink to the bottom. Praised by social scientists, business theorists, and corporate leaders, Give and Take opens up an approach to work, interactions, and productivity that is nothing short of revolutionary. 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.

It’s All About Balance

Christina Berchini provides tips for embarking on the job market for the first time. Website article includes tips on cover letters, mock interview questions, and job research information. Read It’s All About Balance

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