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Opportunities To Explore - March 6-10, 2017

March 6 – 10, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 10 | Trainee News

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

Happening Now

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

Applications are open 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.

Training Opportunity: Careers in the Biotech Industry: Applications due Monday, 4/17/2017

The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB), in partnership with Keck Graduate Institute (KGI), is offering a one-week intensive course for graduate students who may be considering careers in the biotech industry. The one-week intensive course from July 9-15, 2017 at KGI in Claremont, CA.  Additional information, fees, and registration can be found online at

This Week

The First Hundred Days: “Moments of Truth”

Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | Running from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Online

The First Hundred Days: “Moments of Truth” - In this online presentation, learn about how important the first one hundred days of a new job and how important of a role it plays in shaping your whole career. To learn more about this presentation & register visit: .

URBEST Better Science Communication Through Improv Workshop

Friday, March 10, 2017 | AM Session:  9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | 1W-501 Fiaretti Classroom. Helen Wood Hall (attached to Saunders Research Building)

PM Session: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | G-9576 LeChase Assembly Hall (School of Medicine and Dentistry)

URBEST Better Science Communication Through Improv Workshop - This hands-on and ego-aside workshop will be led by seven science/improve instructors. Learn to share your research in a clear and engaging manner and have some fun! To learn more about this workshop & register visit: .

URBEST Career Story Q&A: Maddie Sofia, PhD

Friday, March 10, 2017 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | K-307 Auditorium (Medical Center 3-6408), URMC

Dr. Maddie Sofia, PhD, Assistant Produce at National Public Radio will share her experiences in this interactive Q & A session. Visit the URBEST website

Upcoming Events

PDA Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 | 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

All postdocs are welcome to attend this meeting along with the executive board and committee members of the PDA. Learn more about the Postdoctoral Association

6th Meeting of GWIS: Invited Speaker: Eleanor Goldfarb, Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher & Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | Neuman Room (1-6823), URMC

Join Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) in welcoming Eleanor Goldfarb from Open Yoga Center in Rochester, NY as she will present “How the Yogis Do It: The Science of Stress Management.” Participants are advised to wear clothes that will allow stretching in comfort. To learn more about this speaker, please visit or contact Stephanie Scoville at .

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.

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 the 2017 University-wide Annual Diversity Conference website

ComSciCon-Cornell 2017

Friday, July 14th & Saturday, July 22nd | Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

ComSciCon is a two-day science communication workshop for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers organized by graduate students. For more information and to register visit: .

See more upcoming events here.

Groups and Forums

The Clinical and Transitional Science Institute (CTSI) has created a Research Methods Forum.  This Forum provides an interactive setting for researchers to present research ideas for review and feedback; it also serves as a source of advice on seeking potential collaborators.  This meeting will provide an opportunity for an unstructured discussion of goals, methods, practical limitations and issues ranging from design and participant recruitment to funding and publication strategies.

Anyone is welcome to attend the forum.  Forum events will be announced in the weekly update. Also, postdocs who are planning to submit K awards to the NIH are also welcome to participate as a presenter at the forum.  If you would like more information, email researchhelp@urmc.rochester.eduSign up for the CTSI weekly update.

Relevant Reads

Getting To Yes: Negotiating Agreement without Giving In

By Roger Fisher and William Ury and for the revised edition Bruce Patton. Getting to Yes offers a proven, step-by-step strategy for coming to mutually acceptable agreements in every sort of conflict.  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.

Help is Right at Hand

Never again after graduate school will you have access to se many free, high-quality career development services, writes Melissa Dalgeish, who advises how to make the most of what your campus offers. Read Help is Right at Hand

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