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Opportunities to Explore - March 5-9, 2018

March 5-9, 2018 | Vol 4, 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

OTE Online

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This Week

(*) Encouraging Learner Interaction with Digital Tools

This workshop identifies different uses of asynchronous communication tools in the University learning management system and how to apply them to encourage greater interaction with and among students. There will also be opportunities to explore the role of social media (Twitter, Facebook, Google) as an educational tool. We will also explore the translation of common activities from a face-to-face classroom experience to the online classroom environment. Free complimentary lunch will be served and will begin at 11:45 am.

Pre-Application Webinar NIGMS NRSA Predoctoral Training Grant (T32)

Monday, March 5 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm | Online Webinar

The NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is offering a pre-application webinar on the new NIGMS-specific Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Training Grant (T32). As stated in an NIGMS Feedback Loop blog post, speakers include NIGMS leaders Jon Lorsch, PhD, Alison Gammie, PhD, Shiva Singh, PhD, John Laffan, PhD, Lisa Newman, ScD, and Lisa Moeller.

(*) URBEST Career Story Q&A: Michael Brady, Ph.D.

Tuesday, March 6 | 9:30 am-10:30am | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

Michael Brady, PhD, Scientist at the University of Rochester Medical Center, Wilmot Cancer Institute, and past Clinical Research Coordinator.

(*) China Career Expo

Tuesday, March 6 | 12:00 pm-3:00 pm | Feldman Ballroom, Frederick Douglas, River Campus

Explore entry-level and internship opportunities with companies from China who are looking to recruit University of Rochester students. More information on this event.

UR Graduate Student Tax Information Session

Thursday, March 8 | 3:00 pm-4:30 pm | Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), URMC

This session will review the UR graduate stipend tax letter (which was mailed via US Postal Service the last week of January) and an example tax return. Please note – individual tax advice cannot be provided – this is a general overview and opportunity to ask general tax filing questions. Tax returns must be postmarked by April 17,2018.

Free Tax Webinar for Funded Grad Students and Postdocs

Friday, March 9 | 7:00 pm | Online Webinar

This spring, Emily Roberts of Personal Finance for PhDs will host two free online tax events designed for funded graduate students and postdocs. This webinar covers the information you need to know to prepare your 2017 US federal tax return, whatever official tax forms you received (or did not receive) from your university. Sign up on the Personal Finance for PhDs site to attend live (includes Q&A) and/or to receive a recording.

Upcoming Events

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition Registration Opens Monday March 12th @ 8:00 am

  • Registration opens Monday, March 12 at 8:00 AM and Registration closes Friday, 3/16 at 4:00 PM
  • Sub-heats:  Thursday, March 29, 2018 (SMD) – 1:30 PM (Registration Required)
  • The Final Competition: Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 4:00 PM, Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-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. 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: 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. Bookmark the link now to register! For more information please visit

(*) Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Monthly Meeting: Family Planning During the Pursuit of a Career in Scientific Research- Perspectives, Considerations and Resources

Tuesday, March 13 | 3:00 pm | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), URMC

Kristian Baker, Ph.D. - Associate Professor, Center for RNA Science and Therapeutics, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH.

(*) Postdoctoral Association Sponsored Event: PDA Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, March 14 | 1:00 pm-2:00pm | Room 1-8513, URMC

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

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: F-Series and Grant Writing Workshop

Thursday, March 15 | 12:00 pm-3:00pm | Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC

Presented by Elaine Smolock, Ph.D., Life Sciences Writing Specialist

Review the working parts of F31/32 grants, including the Research Plan and the Training Plan. Attendees will learn to develop Specific Aims and Hypothesis driven science. This workshop will focus on the unique parts of the fellowship (i.e. bio sketch, activities planned, and dissertation research.)

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

  • Tuesday, March 20 | 12:00pm-1:30pm | URMC
  • Thursday, March 22 | 12:00 pm-1:30pm | 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.  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.

(*) CPD Sponsored Event: Interview Prep

Wednesday, March 21 | 2:00pm-4:00pm | 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 | Saunders Research Building, Room 1301, URMC

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

Commiserate about your job search struggles and share feedback and insights with CETL staff and peers about the job search process.

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

  • Tuesday, March 27 | 12:00pm-1:30pm | URMC
  • Thursday, March 29 | 12:00 pm-1:30pm | 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. 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.

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

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

Description: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

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.

(*) 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 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 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

Center for the Integration of Research Teaching and Learning

Engage Students in the Teaching of Statistics (Short Online Course)

  • Starts March 14, 2018 and Ends April 11, 2018
  • Registration Deadline: March 9, 2018

Learn about engaging, evidence-based pedagogical practices for statistics in this short course designed for current and future instructors (both those teaching in statistics departments and in departments that make considerable use of statistics such as psychology, ecology, etc.). Participants will learn about backwards design, develop an understanding of diversity that maximizes everyone's learning, and explore approaches to engage students actively in their own learning. Learn more about the course and register.

Upcoming Conferences

Registration for the NPA 2018 Annual Conference

The 2018 National Postdoctoral Association Annual (NPA) Conference will take place in Cleveland Ohio April 6-8, 2018. Speakers include Lydia Villa-Komaroff, PhD, Consultant, speaker, and founder of Intersections; Alison Gammie, PhD Director, National Institute of General Medical Sciences Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity; and Rafael Luna, PhD, Executive Director, National Research Mentoring Network.

Relevant Reads

Word Up! How to Write Powerful Sentences and Paragraphs (And Everything You Build from Them)

Lots of books can strengthen your writing. Few also leave you smiling. You're looking at one. To borrow a book, stop by our office in G-9627 or email us with your request.

Creating an Inclusive Classroom

Strategies for making learning more accessible for students with disabilities often make the classroom experience better for all students, writes Sara Schley. Read Creating an Inclusive Classroom

IHE: What Can I Do With a PhD in My Discipline Outside Academe?

An Inside Higher Ed article gives some suggestions to recent PhDs looking for careers outside of Academia. The article states that "the PhD in and of itself rarely matters" and that, "skills and knowledge gained from relevant work experience...are what will open doors." It then offers two questions to consider when deciding what to transition into: 1) What energizes me about the work I'm doing now? and 2) What are my skills and competencies, and what will employers pay me to do? Read IHE: What Can I Do With a PhD in My Discipline Outside Academe?

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