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Opportunities to Explore May 1-5, 2017

May 1-5, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 18 | Trainee News

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

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Center for Professional Development: Communication Questionnaire

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Happening Now

Postdoctoral Preparation Institute 2017: Career Transitions

Travel Award Deadline: July 9, 2017 | Registration Open |The Postdoctoral Preparation Institute 2017(2017 PPI) is intended to bring together postdoctoral investigators who will soon be seeking their first independent positions. Learn about different pathways and resources to help you navigate your career. 

Postdoctoral Preparation Institute 2017 Website

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

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.

Science & SciLifeLab Prizes for Young Scientist Website

This Week

URBEST Career Story Q & A: Rafael Gil De Rubio, Genentech Intern

Tuesday, May 2 | 9:00 am – 10:00 am | Northwestern Conference Room, URMC

The first in a Genentech Connection. Rafael will share information about how he secured his upcoming internship at Genentech and share advice on how to market yourself to future internship hosts. Coffee and bagels will be served.

PDA Sponsored Event: Charles River Lunch & Learn Career Story

Tuesday, May 2 | 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | CEL 2-7534, URMC

The UR Post-Doctoral Association presents a Lunch & Learn with: Patty Leavitt (Corporate Vice President Research Models Client Services, Executive Model Operations) & Dr. Gautam Rajpal, Ph.D. (Product Manager for Research Model and Services) of Charles River Laboratories; “Current and Novel Immunodeficient Models for Oncology and Beyond”

Daybreakers (URMC Chapter of Toastmasters)

Thursday, May 4 | 7:30 am – 9:00 am | Saunders Research Building, Room 1406

Daybreakers offer a step by step method to overcome the fear of public speaking and a supportive group that encourages each member to develop the communication and leadership skills that will drive their careers in a positive direction.  Open to UR undergrads, graduate students, postdocs, faculty, and staff.

Daybreakers Facebook page

URBEST Career Story Q & A: Alex Shih-Min Huang

Friday, May 5 | 9:30 am – 10:30 am | Helen Wood Hall 1W-509 Craytor & McNerney Classroom (HWH is attached to Saunders)

The second in Genentech Connection. Senior Scientist Biomarker Sub Team Leader in Early Development at Genentech. 

Upcoming Events

CPD Sponsored Event: Interviewing Workshop: Preparing for the Job Interview

Monday, May 8 | 10:30 am – 12:00 pm | Teaching Learning Lab (2-7534), URMC

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.

Register online

PDA Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, May 9| 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm | 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.

3 Minute Thesis Final Competition

Thursday, May 11 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) is an academic competition that challenges Ph.D. students and postdoctoral appointees to describe their research within three minutes to a general audience. Developed by The University of Queensland (QU), the exercise cultivates students’ academic, presentation, and research communication skills. The competition supports their capacity to effectively explain their research in three minutes, in a language appropriate to non-specialist audience. All are welcome to attend the 3MT Final Competition and see who will win the $750 research travel award. 

3 Minute Thesis Website

Graduate Student Society (GSS) Poster Session

Tuesday, May 16 | 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Flaum Atrium (G-9500), URMC

Join GSS in celebrating the wealth of research being done by our graduate students. Graduate students in the School of Medicine and Dentistry are invited to enter the poster competition with the possibility of winning $1000 in travel awards.  Submit title, authors, and abstract to by Tuesday, May 9th.   

4th Annual Alumni Networking Event: Rochester Area College Alumni, YOU’RE INVITED

Wednesday, May 17 | 6:00 pm-8:00 pm | RIT’s University Gallery

Join fellow alumni from all Rochester area colleges and employer representatives from local companies for an evening of networking. The goal of this event is to provide career advice, tips and suggestions from company participants, and to help you grow your network and make connections for future opportunities. A panel of local recruiters will share insights and advice about job searching, which will include strategic networking. SPACE IS LIMITED; RSVP REQUIRED: For more information or to register, email Niyhalo Pavati at . When registering via email, please include the following: Full Name, College you graduated from, Major, and Graduation Year. If you need interpreting services, please include that request in your RSVP as well.

See more upcoming events here.

Relevant Reads

Next Gen PhD: A Guide to Career Paths in Science (New Arrival to CPD’s Lending Library!!!)

By Melanie V. Sinche. Next Gen PhD provides a frank and up-to-date assessment of the current career landscape facing science PhDs. 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.

Read The 11th-Hour Reveal

At some point toward the end of a job interview, you may suddenly understand what people are really hoping to find in a candidate, writes Jesse Strycker. 

Read The 11th-Hour Reveal

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