Opportunities to Explore - May 13-17, 2019
Vol 5, Issue 20 | 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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SMD Graduate Student Town Hall - Submit Questions by Monday, May 20th
Join us on Monday, June 3 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM for a town hall meeting in the Lower Adolph Auditorium (1-7619, URMC) with Dean Richard Libby, Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, and special presentations by the CARE Network, the Faculty Professionalism Council (FPC), and the University Counseling Center (UCC).
Share your thoughts on the graduate student experience at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Please submit questions via this link by Monday, May 20 to ensure that all concerns are addressed. If you would like to request accommodations, contact GradAccessServices@urmc.rochester.edu at least three business days prior to the event.
Center for Professional Development (CPD) Travel Award
Deadline: May 31, 2019 by 5:00 pm
The Center of Professional Development (CPD) is sponsoring a CPD Travel Award for PhD students and postdoctoral appointees in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Each travel award is worth up to $1500 and can be utilized for travel to a conference or for a professional development opportunity relevant to preparation for current or future career endeavors. For more information including eligibility or to apply, please visit the CPD Travel Award website. Please Note: Award can only be used between June 7, 2019 and June 5, 2020.
(*) CPD Sponsored Event: CV & Resume Workshop
Monday, May 13 | 12:00 pm-1:30 pm | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545), URMC
Presented by Eric Vaughn, M.Ed., Life Sciences Career Coach, Does Your CV/Resume Speak to What the Employer is Seeking in a Job Candidate? What goes into a CV or resume? How are you promoting or branding yourself? Learn how your CV and resume can set you apart from other candidates!
(*) URBEST Career Story: Margaret Hill, PhD, Genetic Counseling
Wednesday, May 15 | 11:00 am-12:00 pm | Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC
Margaret Hill, PhD, Genetic Counseling Program Intern at UNC-Greensboro and UR alumna from Biomedical Genetics. Come hear about how her PhD training prepared her for UNC Greensboro, her five clinical rotations, and her next steps as she graduates her program. There will be pizza! Check out her blog post.
CPD Sponsored Event: Leveraging Your PhD for Career Success
Wednesday, May 15 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Online Webinar
This webinar will provide lessons on creating the right résumé or CV, basic networking skills, finding the right job for you, how to identify and leverage your transferable skills. We will also cover basic and advanced interviewing skills, how to negotiate, how to advance once you're hired. Register for this webinar online at bit.ly/BioCareerWebinar51519 .
(*) Daybreakers’s Toastmasters Open House
Thursday, May 16 | 7:30 am-9:00 am | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC
Join the Daybreakers’ Toastmasters Club for an open house and guest day. Learn about how Toastmasters offers a fun environment to improve presentation skills. Email email@example.com for more information. Refreshments will be served.
(*) URBEST Career Story: Sesquile Ramon, BIO
Thursday, May 16 | 11:00 am-1:00 pm | CEL 2-7536, URMC
Dr. Ramon is currently the Director of Science and Regulatory Affairs at BIO (www.bio.org). He has previously worked as a Health Policy Specialist in the Office of the Director of the NIH through the AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellowship. Sesquile has a background in vaccine research and drug discovery, and is passionate about translating scientific discoveries from bench-to-bed in order to improve human health.
Come for the Career Story at 11:00 am and stay for the Lunch at noon. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
(*) UR Science Policy Initiative
Thursday, May 16 | 3:00 pm-5:00pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC
Science Policy sits at the intersection of public policy and science, combining the two fields in order to highlight, promote, and advocate for policies regarding science, research, funding, technological advancement, healthcare, and the environment. The UR Science Policy Initiative is a group for any graduate students and post-docs who are interested in learning more about science policy, gaining experience in the field, and advocating for science. We are currently looking for new members as we start up our group and will have leadership positions open. Join our next meeting! Questions? Contact Nazish_Jeffery@URMC.Rochester.edu. “Need accommodations? Contact GradRegistrar@urmc.rochester.edu at least three business days prior to the event.”
Page-Turners for Teaching: End-of-Semester Happy Hour Celebration
Friday, May 17 | 12:00 pm | Beer Market
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 Kyle.Trenshaw@Rochester.edu.
Doctoral Degree Commencement: School of Medicine and Dentistry
Saturday, May 18 | 9:00 am-11:30 am | Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
Including the School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing, College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering, Eastman School of Music, Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education, and William E. Simon School of Business Administration. Congratulations to all our Ph.D. Graduates!!
Master’s Degree Commencement: School of Medicine and Dentistry
Saturday, May 18 | 12:00 pm-2:00 pm | Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
Including School of Medicine and Dentistry and Arts Sciences & Engineering. Congratulations to all our Master’s Degree Graduates!
(*) Strategies for Career Success – Online Career Conference for PhDs, Beyond the Professoriate
Tuesday, May 21 |11:00 am-4:15pm | Greene Center Conference Room (4-200) Dewy Hall, River Campus
Feel free to participate in all sessions or select the sessions that you are interested in attending. After attending these workshops, you'll be able to: (1) Work through the emotional aspects of leaving academia; (2) Develop and harness your professional network for a successful job search; (3) Leverage your education and experience to research careers that are the perfect fit for you; (4) Complete a successful non-academic application package
Agenda (please feel free to attend any or all of these workshops):
- Welcome to the Conference (11:00 AM – 11:15 AM): Jennifer Polk, PhD, & L. Maren Wood, PhD | Co-Founders, Beyond the Professoriate
- Moving On: Dealing with the Emotional Aspects of Leaving Academia (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM): Hillary Hutchinson, MA, Med | Career Transition Coach & Owner, Transitioning Your Life
- How to Network for Career Success (12:45 - 1:45 PM): Joseph Barber, PhD | Senior Associate Director, Career Services @ University of Pennsylvania
- Leveraging Your Graduate Education & Experience to Research Career (2:00 - 3:00 PM): Stephanie Warner, PhD | PhD Career Development Specialist, Career Services @ University of Calgary
- Break it Down: How to Effectively Present Your Strengths and Skills in Resumes & Cover Letters (3:15 – 4:15 PM): Clarence Anthony Jr., PhD | Assistant Director of Graduate Career Development, Center for Career Discovery and Development @ Georgia Tech
If you or an event participant require disability-related accommodations, please contact David Cota-Buckhout (email@example.com) as soon as possible, ideally at least 3-5 business days in advance of the event.
Healthcare to Heal the Planet by Jeff Wyatt, DVM, MPH
Wednesday, May 22 | 6:30 pm | Rochester Academy of Medicine (144 East Avenue, Rochester, NY)
Attendees will be able to: (1) Describe the ecosystem health challenges of the Anthropocene - a new geological epoch. (2) Describe the new discipline - Planetary Health, expanding the One Health concept. (3)Recognize the 17 United Nations' Sustainable Development goals as a framework integrating health & sustainability. (3) Appreciate the power of listening to local communities for sustainable solutions promoting ecosystem and community health. (4) Identify metrics of success from this proof of concept, a research study 10 years in the making in Borneo, reversing poverty, transforming community health and saving endangered rainforests & wildlife. (5) Explain how this “Planetary Health” proof of concept is being replicated. Register online at: raom.org. Admission: General Admission- $15, Members- $10, Student Members- $10. CME Credits Available.
(*) CPD Sponsored Event: Qualifying Exam Preparation and Writing Workshop
Thursday, May 23 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm | Natapow Conference Room, 1-9545
Presented by Dr. Elaine Smolock, Director of Writing Services and Training Grant Development at the Center for Professional Development. This workshop aims to help students as they prepare to write and defend their Qualifying Exam proposals. The session will feature: (1) Discussion of how to formulate a testable hypothesis and why it is important to articulate the rationale behind your particular question. (2) Demonstrate how to organize and incorporate the literature into your proposal. (3) Writing exercises to put these ideas and tools into practice. PLEASE NOTE: Participants are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets. Trainees can register here for Qualifying Exam Preparation and Writing Workshop. Attendance is capped at 25 participants.
(*) SMD Graduate Student Town Hall
Monday, June 3 | 1:30 pm-3:00 pm | Lower Adolph Auditorium (1-7619), URMC
Join us on Monday, June 3 from 1:30 to 3:00 PM for a town hall meeting in the Lower Adolph Auditorium (1-7619, URMC) with Dean Richard Libby, Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs, and special presentations by the CARE Network, the Faculty Professionalism Council (FPC), and the University Counseling Center (UCC). Share your thoughts on the graduate student experience at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Please submit questions via this link by Monday, May 20 to ensure that all concerns are addressed. If you would like to request accommodations, contact GradAccessServices@urmc.rochester.edu at least three business days prior to the event.
(*) CPD Sponsored Event: LinkedIn Head Shot Photography Event for SMD Trainees (Save the Date)
Tuesday, June 4 | 8:00 am -5:00 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC
Take your LinkedIn profile to the next level with a professional headshot from photographer by Fon Sakulsurarat and her team. Registration for this event will open soon. This event is open to SMD graduate students and postdoctoral appointees only.
See more upcoming events here.
Happening Now (Grant, Travel Award, and Conference Information)
Center for Professional Development (CPD) Travel Award
Deadline: May 31, 2019 by 5:00 pm
The Center of Professional Development (CPD) is sponsoring a CPD Travel Award for PhD students and postdoctoral appointees in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Each travel award is worth up to $1500 and can be utilized for travel to a conference or for a professional development opportunity relevant to preparation for current or future career endeavors. For more information including eligibility or to apply, please visit the CPD Travel Award website.
Emerging Neuroscientists Seminar Series
Application Deadline is May 31, 2019
The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (SWC) brings together world-leading scientists to investigate how brain circuits generate perception, form memories, and guide behavior. The postdocs of the SWC invite aspiring leaders in neuroscience to present their research to the SWC community in London as part of our Emerging Neuroscientists Seminar Series (ENSS). We welcome applications from postdoctoral researchers around the world. Candidates should have a minimum of two years postdoctoral experience and should not have secured a faculty or group leader position at the time of application. Travel and accommodation costs will be covered. Presentations will take place on Oct. 3, Oct. 31, Nov. 21, and Dec. 12 2019. To apply, please visit our website. For questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Center for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning
Online Book Club: How People Learn
Tuesdays, May 28 to July 2 | 11:30 am-12:45 pm (ET) | Cross Network through CIRTL Blackboard
How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience and School' (2000) is a seminal work about the processes of learning. A product of the National Academies, this book lays the foundation for a scientific understanding of learning, as well as how this understanding can inform better teaching practice. In 2018, a follow-up book, How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts, and Cultures, was released, which continued where the first one left off. Together, these texts provide a formidable introduction to learning for future (and current!) faculty.
The purpose of this six-week series is to take participants on a journey through these texts, beginning with the scientific bases of learning, through the design of successful learning environments, the role of culture in the learning process, and finally, integrating digital technologies into the effective learning environment. This will be done in an informal, discussion-based format. Participants are expected to attend each session, and to come with questions that the group can unpack.
Both texts are available, free of charge, online here: https://www.nap.edu/catalog/9853/how-people-learn-brain-mind-experience-and-school-expanded-edition and https://www.nap.edu/catalog/24783/how-people-learn-ii-learners-contexts-and-cultures .
Registration & Enrollment: Early registration for CIRTL members only is open from April 23 through May 7. Regular registration runs from May 8 through May 24 at 12PM CT. STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive priority; we refer to the institution, role, and discipline in your website profile when assessing priority. This workshop is limited to 25 participants. To register and learn more, please visit cirtl.net/events/626. Accessibility: We strive to be inclusive of anyone interested in participating in our activities. If you have specific accessibility needs, please contact us at email@example.com in advance so that we may make the necessary accommodations.
Online Teaching Practicum (Registration Closes May 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm (EDT)
Wednesday, May 29 to July 24 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm | Blackboard Cross Network
The Online Teaching Practicum is a unique opportunity for future faculty who lead teaching workshops at their local institutions to prepare and propose to teach a one- or two-part online workshop for the national CIRTL Cross-Network Learning Community (CNLC).
Previous experience facilitating teaching development workshops is a prerequisite for enrollment in this course. (Please contact chen.christopher "at" columbia.edu for more info.)
Participants in the course will focus on how to leverage the online environment to offer their students a unique experience that would otherwise be difficult to produce in the in-person classroom by drawing on the research of teaching and learning and the vast experience of facilitating online synchronous events of the CIRTL Network. This community will work intensively together over 9 weeks to learn and practice synchronous online teaching through structured observations, practice sessions, and peer review and feedback. The capstone proposal for an online event will be reviewed by CIRTL and qualifying events will run on the Network in Spring 2020.
Students who complete this course will be able to: (1) Identify the different opportunities available in in-person and online synchronous classrooms. (2) Describe and implement active learning strategies effective for the online classroom. (3) Develop online teaching lesson plans. (4) Participate in a cross-Network learning community of developing online instructors, able to offer peer feedback through observation and on written teaching materials.
Workload: Up to 20 hours of work beyond course meetings over the 9 weeks is expected. Registration & Enrollment: This course is limited to 12 participants. To register and learn more, please visit cirtl.net/courses/393.
2019 CIRTL Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching
Monday, June 17 | 12:00 pm EDT | CROSS Network Online
The CIRTL Online Summer Institute on Scientific Teaching designed specifically for grad students and postdocs new to teaching. In this five-day institute, participants will experience a thorough introduction to the core ideas that ground CIRTL's approach to STEM education: learning-through-diversity, learning communities, evidence-based teaching, and teaching-as-research. By examining relevant literature, working online in small peer groups facilitated by topical experts, and performing structured work independently; participants will develop a deep understanding of scientific teaching.
For a full list of upcoming Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Workshops, please visit cirtl.net/events. The majority of events are online and requires advance registration. For information on any of the courses or programs, please contact Eric_Vaughn@URMC.Rochester.edu .
Opportunities in Biotechnology Careers
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.
Dual Job Searches Beyond the Professoriate
The considerations compound when two Ph.D.s are looking together for job positions beyond academe, writes Erica Gobrogge, who provides a few tips for success. Read Dual Job Searches Beyond the Professoriate
25 Interview Mistakes That Employers Hate [Infographic]
This infographic covers 25 of the most common mistakes so that you can have the best chance of making a great impression, acing the interview and getting just about any job you want. Read 25 Interview Mistakes That Employers Hate [Infographic]
Making the Most of Summer Plans
A junior professor discusses how you can best use the gap between spring and fall semesters. Read Making the Most of Summer Plans
Networking for introverted scientists
Networking is a crucial skill for all scientists. Ruth Gotian offers tips for those who struggle to make it work. Read Networking for introverted scientists
Need accommodations for any CPD or GEPA event? Contact GradRegistrar@urmc.rochester.edu at least three business days prior to the event.
Visit http://www.gepa-calendar.urmc.edu/ for a calendar of all our events. Review the Opportunities to Explore archive.
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