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Opportunities to Explore - March 4-8, 2019

Vol 5, Issue 10 | 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

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Annual Diversity Conference

This year, the University will host its 10th Annual Diversity Conference on April 8. The conference, “Finding the Courage to Lead," will feature award-winning author, activist and cultural commentator, Samina Ali as the keynote speaker. Ali will share her own personal story and appeal for women’s equality and justice. The talk will be followed by a variety of workshops throughout the day, including one entitled, "Leadership Response to a Racial Hate Crime in an Academic Medical Center," led by Robert Holloway, Linda Chaudron, Frederick Jefferson and others. Poster presentation proposals will be accepted until Friday, March 8. For information on how to submit a proposal, or to register, visit the event website.

Meet The Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs Team

Eric Vaughn

Eric Vaughn, M.Ed., Director of Career Services, Center for Professional Development

Eric serves as the Director of Career Services and assists graduate students, postdoctoral trainees and alumni with career service and employment search needs in the office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA).

While trainees are welcome to meet with Eric to discuss any topic, trainees typically contact Eric to discuss career related topics including career exploration, CV/resume and cover letter writing, job search strategies, employment application assistance. interviewing techniques, mock interviews, LinkedIn profile development, networking strategy and Individual Development Plans (IDP). To request a meeting with Eric, please complete an online REDCap Center for Professional Development Service Request.

This Week

(*) Tools for Creating Content

Monday, March 4 | 4:00 pm-5:30pm | Louise Slaughter Room (1-9555), URMC
Presenters - Eric Fredericksen, Lisa Brown, Karen Liljequist, Kim Hoffman, Jim Farrington, Andrew Wolf, and Joe Gomulak-Cavicchio. Interested in learning 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. RSVP for Tools for Creating Content or email

(*) The Bottom Line: What You Need to Know About Interviewing

Tuesday, March 5 | 12:30 pm-2:00 pm | Adolph Lower Auditorium (1-7619)
The opening session will be led by Paul Dunman, Associate Professor of Microbiology and previous Wyeth (Pfizer) Scientist. Panelists include Shannon Loelius, intern at iBiology; Alexandra Fredrickson, consultant at Simon-Kucher and Partners; Ryan Connor, content expert at Computercraft Corporation; Mary Grantham, technical specialist at Novogene; Sreyoshi Sur, intern at Merck, and Luisa Davies-Caetano Director of the Upstate cGMP Stem Cell Facility Pizza will be provided! Register at

(*) Sponsored by CETL, CPD, and URBEST: Page-Turners for Teaching

Wednesday, March 6 (bi-weekly) | 10:00 am-11:00 am | 1-6200D Miner Classroom, URMC
Curious about how best to teach and train others? Considering an academic career? Lacking opportunities or time to teach as a busy researcher? Looking for ways to keep your CV up-to-date on teaching even if you are not currently doing it? Join “Page Turners For Teaching,” a bi-weekly discussion group offered through a collaboration between the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Center for Professional Development (CPD), and URBEST for grad students, medical students, postdocs, and residents interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us to discuss this spring! Register to reserve your free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at

(*) Sponsored by CPD & URBEST: Virtual Internships: Web-Based Job Simulations

Thursday, March 7 | 2:00 pm-5:00 pm | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545)
Dr. Thi Nguyen, associate dean for graduate career and professional development at the Graduate School at Washington University, will showcase InterSECT a career exploration tool for PhD-level life scientists. The web-based job simulations will allow you to consider which careers are of interest to you before committing energy and time to reaching out to professionals in that field or attempting an internship. Coffee and cookies will be available. To attend the Virtual Internship Workshop, register at

(*) Careers in Medicine Conversation with Seth Rubenstein, DPM, '79 sponsored by the Gwen Greene Center

Thursday, March 7 | 7:00 pm | Greene Center, Dewey Hall 4-200
Interested in a Career in Medicine? Join University of Rochester alum, Dr. Seth Rubenstein to hear about his career path and his insights about career in podiatric medicine and surgery. Dr. Seth Rubenstein began his private practice in Reston, Virginia in 1987. He is on the active staff of Reston Hospital and INOVA Fair Oaks Hospital. He has served as podiatry section chief at both hospitals. Dr. Rubenstein is Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He currently serves as Vice President of the American Podiatric Medical Association. He has also received local recognition by Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington, DC’s top sports medicine providers (2010, 2018), top podiatrists (2012) and by Northern Virginia Magazine as one of the area’s Top Doctors (2013 – 2018). Dr. Rubenstein’s complete curriculum vitae. RSVP at this Handshake Link. Food will be served.

Upcoming Events

(*) Relationship to Suffering/Compassion in Medicine

Monday, March 11 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Louise Slaughter Room (1-9555), URMC
Wellness Series on Flourishing at Work: Cultivating an Undivided Life in Medicine. Co-Sponsored by URSMD Office for Faculty Development and URMC Medical Faculty and Clinician Wellness Program. This multi-session series seeks to enhance a sense of flourishing while mitigating the effects of burnout in our professional lives. We will explore clinical experiences through the lens of attention, awareness and reflection. Methods will include contemplative practices, interactive discussions, and dyadic sharing of medical narratives. The objectives are to help participants recognize the depth of our engagement with work, the potential to discover its meaning, and the capacity to build on our personal and collective strengths.

Presented by Michael S Krasner, MD, Professor of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Family Medicine; Patricia Lück, MBChB, MPhil PallMed, MSc MedHum, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Humanities; Frederick J. Marshall, MD, Professor of Neurology, Division Chief of Geriatric Neurology

At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to: 1.) Describe ‘domains of suffering’ 2.) Gain insight into helpful and unhelpful responses to suffering 3.) Adopt a wider palette of helpful responses to suffering and ways to apply them in clinical settings 4.) Identify and practice strategies to cultivate the mental stability and presence needed to respond effectively to patients’ suffering in situations when one might otherwise turn away from it. 5.) Participants are strongly encouraged to commit to attending the entire series as each session will build on the previous one.

To register, please email: Light lunch will be served.

(*) Sponsored by CETL, CPD, and URBEST: Page-Turners for Teaching

Wednesday, March 20 (bi-weekly) | 10:00 am-11:00 am | 1-6200D Miner Classroom, URMC
Curious about how best to teach and train others? Considering an academic career? Lacking opportunities or time to teach as a busy researcher? Looking for ways to keep your CV up-to-date on teaching even if you are not currently doing it? Join “Page Turners For Teaching,” a bi-weekly discussion group offered through a collaboration between the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Center for Professional Development (CPD), and URBEST for grad students, medical students, postdocs, and residents interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us to discuss this spring! Register to reserve your free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at

(*) The Annual Meyerowitz Lecture- “This Trainee is Terrible: How to Help the Struggling Learner”

Wednesday, March 20 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC
Program is in honor and memory of Sanford Meyerowitz, M.D.

Calvin Chou, MD, PhD, FACH; Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSF; Senior Faculty Advisor for External Education, Academy of Communication in Healthcare; Director, UCSF-VALOR Program University of California, San Francisco

Open to all University of Rochester Affiliated Faculty, Students, Residents, Fellows, and Staff. Coordinated by the Offices of Medical Education and Faculty Development. To register, email Light lunch will be provided.

(*) Making Mentoring Work Symposium

Thursday, March 21 | 11:30 am-1:30 pm | Rush Rhees Library, Gamble Room 361, River Campus
Are you interested in learning what factors should you consider when choosing a mentor? Join us for an informative conversation identifying key skills and practices for cultivating meaningful mentor-mentee relationship This workshop is being facilitated by Dr. Vivian Lewis, who leads the Ever Better Mentoring Workshop series at the University. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Making Mentoring Work  today. For accommodations, or to RSVP email Lunch will be provided.

(*) Graduate Women In Science presents “Always Up!”

Thursday, March 21 | 3:00 pm | Adolph Lower Auditorium (1-7619), URMC
Jennifer C. Darnell, Ph.D. - Research Associate Professor, Rockefeller University, New York, NY; Professor, Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK. Host: Dr. Lynne Maquat (co-sponsored by the RNA Society and Lexogen). Check out the GWIS website for more information on seminars and travel awards.

Inclusive Excellence in STEM (Registration Deadline: April 3, 2019)

Saturday, April 13 |8:00 am-3:15 pm | Rochester Institute of Technology
Project Kaleidoscope Teach. Lead. Know. Differently. 2019 PKAL New York Regional Networking Meeting

Faculty, Administrators, and doctoral students from 2-year & 4-year, public and private institutions are welcome to join this meeting to discuss Faculty Development for Inclusive Excellence in STEM. This meeting will be led by several institutions in the Great Lakes region who received the Howard Hughes Inclusive Excellence Awards. Participating institutions will share their project goals and methodologies, and lead a workshop on developing Inclusive Excellence in STEM faculty and student achievement. Participants will have the opportunity to explore innovative inclusive classroom, research mentoring, and academic advising practice as well as developing concrete steps to implement new ideas at their own institution. Institutional change strategies will be explicitly discussed, along with common obstacles and strategies to overcome them. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Emily Walter from California State University, Fresno who will conduct the keynote entitled “I Need To Be Myself: Becoming an Agent of Inclusive Teaching Practice." Breakout sessions will be led by faculty and staff from HHMI-funded instiitutions and may focus on topics including…Inclusive classroom practices, Inclusive research mentoring, Developing an inclusive quantitative skill center, Classroom-based research experiences, and Transforming institutions. Registration deadline is April 3rd and you can register for the conference on the 2019 PKAL Upstate New York Regional Meeting registration page. The registration fee is $55 for professionals (faculty and administrators) and $25 for doctoral students, and includes lunch and conference materials. Questions related to the event, please contact Dr. Scott Franklin at

See more upcoming events here.

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

2019 University of Rochester Diversity Conference

Finding the Courage to Lead

  • Poster Presentation Submission Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2019

The poster submissions should demonstrate personal/professional research or community projects that connect to the conference’s overall theme. All poster proposal submissions are due Friday, March 8, 2019 by 5pm, EST. More information on display requirements, poster content, etc. can be found  here.

University’s 10th Annual Diversity Conference: ‘Finding the Courage to Lead’

The University’s 10th annual diversity conference, “Finding the Courage to Lead,” on Monday, April 8, features award-winning author, activist, and cultural commentator Samina Ali. Ali’s keynote address weaves her own personal story with a passionate appeal for women’s equality and justice, followed by workshops throughout the day. Register here.

The Lasker Foundation Announces its 2019 Student Essay Contest

The Lasker Foundation is soliciting submissions for its 2019 Student Essay Contest. Trainees in the medical and biomedical workforce are asked to outline in 800 words or less an educational strategy that will increase interest in biomedical sciences among young men and women. The first-place award is $10,000 and a trip to New York City to meet the 2019 Lasker Award winners on September 20. Second- and third-place prizes are $5000 and $2500, respectively. Submissions are due April 11.

Department of Energy Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program is accepting applications

The Department of Energy’s Office of Science is now accepting applications for the Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) program (2019 Solicitation 1). Applications are due 5:00pm Eastern Time on May 9, 2019.The SCGSR program provides doctoral dissertation/thesis research opportunities for graduate students at DOE national laboratories. We release two regular solicitations annually, one is around early Spring and the other close to Fall. Details about the program and online application can be found on the DOE Office of Science Website.

ComSciCon 2019: Applications Now Open!

Applications are now open for ComSciCon 2019! The 7th annual Communicating Science workshop will be held in San Diego, CA, on July 11-13, 2019.Graduate students at U.S. and Canadian institutions in all fields of science, technology, engineering, health, mathematics, and related fields are encouraged to apply. The application will close on March 1st. Acceptance to the workshop is competitive. Attendance is free, and travel support and lodging will be provided to accepted applicants.

Participants will build the communication skills that scientists and other technical professionals need to express complex ideas to the general public, experts in other fields, and their own peers. In addition to panel discussions (on topics such as Creative Storytelling, Science Journalism, and Diversity/Inclusivity), ample time will be allotted for networking with science communication experts and developing science outreach collaborations with fellow graduate students. Apply here!

Three Minute Thesis(3MT®) Competition

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!

  • Sub-heats: * Registration Required * Thursday, March 21, 2019 (SMD) – 2:00 PM
  • The Final Competition: Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 4:00 PM, Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425, URMC)


Registration is limited to 80 participants across all graduate schools within the University of Rochester.  Completing the registration survey confirms your interest in this event, however participation is not guaranteed until you have received a confirmation e-mail after registration closes.  This will allow time for potential adjustments based upon the total number of interested registrants, and for the planning committee to determine sub-heat room assignments. Registration opens Monday, 3/04 at 8:00 AM.  Registration closes Friday, 3/08 at 4:00 PM. Bookmark the link now to register. For more information please visit

This event is sponsored by: SMD Center for Professional Development, ASE Graduate Studies Office, Graduate Student Society, and Graduate Student Association

Center for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning

Engaging Students in the Teaching of Statistics

  • Registration Close Date: March 11, 2019

This course provides current and/or future instructors in statistics--in statistics departments or departments that make considerable use of statistics such as psychology, ecology, etc.--with a solid grounding in sound pedagogical practices that will engage their students. Instructors will focus on how backwards design, active learning techniques, and inclusive instruction can benefit all students. The course will include presentations on key points including teaching tips, group discussions, and a small-group mini-project focusing on integration of the five leaning objectives. Students who complete this course will: 1. Comprehend the role that backwards design plays in successful teaching 2. Be able to use Bloom’s taxonomy in developing learning objectives and teaching plans 3. Be able to construct assessment tools 4. Comprehend the importance of student background and diversity 5. Be able to employ inclusive teaching practices with a focus on active learning. Course Schedule This 4-week course has weekly online sessions on Thursdays at 2-4PM ET / 1-3PM CT / 12-2PM MT / 11AM-1PM PT from March 21 through April 18 (sessions are 3/21, 3/28, 4/11, and 4/18). Workload Your instructors estimate participants will need to spend about 2 hours per week on work outside of class sessions. For more information or to register for this course, please visit

Innovative Teaching & Learning Conference 2019

Monday, April 8 | The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Teaching & Learning Innovation, UT Knoxville’s home for faculty and educational development, is pleased to present its inaugural Innovative Teaching & Learning Conference 2019. This conference highlights the importance of good teaching in higher education settings by featuring the innovative teaching practices that occur in college classrooms across the state of Tennessee. Currently accepting proposals that highlight practices (collaborative, active, peer-led, etc.), pedagogies (e.g. experiential learning, engaged scholarship, inclusive and culturally relevant, etc.) and/or methods of delivery (online, blended, face-to-face, etc.) in the higher education context. Following the official theme – “Pioneering Pathways to Deeper Learning” – TLI welcomes submissions that advance our conceptualization of innovative teaching and learning theoretically, methodologically, and/or practically with the ultimate goal of deepening and enhancing student learning. Register for the conference and/or submit your proposal on The University of Tennessee Teaching & Learning Innovation website. Please keep in mind that the proposal submission deadline is March 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. EST and the registration deadline is March 22, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. EST.

Understanding Diversity and Inclusive Teaching in the Community College Setting

Thursday, April 11 | 1:00 pm EDT | Online in Blackboard Collaborate

Community colleges are truly diverse settings, attracting individuals from all different walks of life with the common interest in advancing their education. If you are interested in exploring a career at a community college, then understanding the diversity of this student population is crucial to being a competitive job applicant and a requirement in order to be able to teach effectively. This panel consisting of faculty and administrators from community colleges in Iowa, Texas, and Southern California will share insight on the differences between community college and 4-year settings with regards to student diversity. We will also explore the types of inclusive teaching strategies that best support community college students, and issues of equity that community colleges work to address. Visit the Exploring Careers in Teaching at Community College Series online.

For a full list of upcoming Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Workshops, please visit The majority of events are online and requires advance registration. For information on any of the courses or programs, please contact .

Resource of the week

CPD Fellowships and 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.

Volunteer Opportunity

The Terra Rochester-Fingerlakes Regional Science & Engineering Fair is open to students in grades 6-12. They are looking for YOU to volunteer at the event on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at the Rochester Museum and Science Center located at 657 East Avenue. Please visit the links below for further information.

Research Study

The BioEd Research Lab at Florida International University is collecting feedback on your experiences with science communication, including the science communication skills you are (or are not) receiving as part of your graduate training. This data will help us to develop effective science communication training modules focused specifically on needs identified by you, the graduate students who will directly benefit from these kinds of professional development opportunities. 

Our research depends on hearing from you and we hope you are willing to share your thoughts with us through the Graduate Student Communication Training Survey.

The McCartney BioEd Research Lab at Florida International University thanks you for your time and encourage you to share this with any other STEM graduate students in your networks. For additional information or questions, please contact

Relevant Reads

Protecting Student Volunteers in Research

Human subject protection is one of the most concerning aspects of the clinical trials process requiring rigorous compliance and ethical standards. Now in its fourth edition, Protecting Study Volunteers in Research continues to be the industry s leading resource on the subject teaching clinical research professionals how to successfully implement the highest standards of safe and ethical treatment of study volunteers while addressing current and emerging issues that are vital to human subject protection and successful clinical trial outcomes. 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.

When Your Career Path Intersects With Alcohol

Natalie Lundsteen offers advice for graduate trainees and postdocs negotiating the dos and don'ts of drinking alcohol at professional events when potential employers are present -- and watching. Read When Your Career Path Intersects With Alcohol

Allow me to tell you how awesome you are

By Alaine G. Levine. Read Allow me to tell you how awesome you are


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