Skip to main content
Explore URMC

SMD Logo


Opportunities to Explore - May 22-26, 2017

May 22-26, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 21 | Trainee News

A newsletter for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees

Meet The GEPA Staff

Sharon McCullough

Sharon McCullough, Director, Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs

Sharon serves as deputy to Dean Lord and directs the day-to-day operations and staff in the office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA).

While students and postdocs are welcome to meet with Sharon to discuss any topic, trainees typically meet with Sharon to discuss Center for Professional Development initiatives, trainee organization matters (including the Graduate Student Society and Postdoctoral Association), postdoctoral policies/appointments and related concerns, and student HR/payroll matters. To request a meeting with Sharon, please contact Steve Naum at (585) 273-4650 or

Happening Now

Discover the Possibilities…PepsiCo Day at The New York Academy of Sciences- Journey Through Science Day: Application Deadline is May 26, 2017

Each year, the New York Academy of Sciences and PepsiCo partner to host the Journey Through Science Day, where 50 exceptional early career scientists (MS, PhD, students, and postdoc) will be selected and given an opportunity to network with PepsiCo’s R&D leaders, learn about the company’s deep scientific and technological expertise, and discover first-hand how science can shape their own career paths.  This event will take place in New York City at NYAS on Monday, September 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  To learn more about this event and to apply, please visit .

Postdoctoral Preparation Institute 2017: Career Transitions

Travel Award Deadline: July 9, 2017 | Registration Open |The 2017 Postdoctoral Preparation Institute (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. More info can be found on the Institute Event Website

U.S. Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship (Sponsored by Deakin University)

Application Deadline: August 1, 2017 | The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is currently accepting applications for a new Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, sponsored by Deakin University in Victoria, Australia. The U.S Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, sponsored by Deakin University enables postdoctoral candidates from the U.S to undertake research at Deakin University and focus on building critical bilateral relationships with Australia. For more information on Deakin University visit their website- . Learn more about the Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship, sponsored by Deakin University at  .

BioLegend Travel Award

Does your lab have a limited budget for travel to conferences this year? Now is your opportunity to win $500 in BioLegend's Travel Award drawing to help alleviate the costs for attendance for any immunology or cell biology-related conference anywhere in the world! Follow the link above for details.

This Week

CPD Sponsored Event: Qualifying Exam Preparation and Writing Workshop (Co-hosted by the Center for Professional Development & Edward G. Miner Library)

Wednesday, May 24 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Napatow Conference Room (1-9545), URMC

This workshop aims to help students as they prepare to write and defend their Qualifying Exam proposals.  The session will feature…§Discussion of how to formulate a testable hypothesis and why it is important to articulate the rationale behind your particular question. §Demonstrate how to organize and incorporate the literature into your proposal. § Writing exercises to put these ideas and tools into practice.  Participants are encouraged to bring laptops or tablets to the workshop.  To register, visit

Upcoming Events

Postdoc Meet and Greet Lunch presented by UR Postdoctoral Association

Wednesday, May 31 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | Northwestern Conference Room (1-9525/1-9535), URMC

Enjoy a FREE lunch catered by Chipotle with the UR Postdoc community! Grow your professional network and learn about UR PDA and other postdoc events.  RSVP to .

Online Webinar: Cracking the New Job Market- Sponsored by the University of Rochester Alumni Relations Career Management Community

Wednesday, June 7 | Running from 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. | Online

In this online presentation, Cracking the New Job Market, you will hear from William Holland on what prospective employers finds important when searching for talent.  He also will discuss skills, accomplishments, and qualities to include in your tailored resume and how you should answer various types of interview questions. To learn more about this presentation & register visit:

Faculty Development Workshop Series: So, you want to publish? Tips, Tools and Techniques for Identifying and Choosing the “Right” Publication

Monday, June 12 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | CEL 2-7544, URMC

Presenters: Linda Hasman, MSLS; Karen Liljequist, MLIS, AHIP; Ann Marie White, EdD; Mary G Carey, PhD, RNFAAN; Fawad Javad, BDS, PhD

Participants will

  • Be able to locate, assess and evaluate potential journals for article publication.
  • Be able to identify predatory publishing practices using tips, tools and resources learned in the workshop.
  • Understand concepts, scope and issues surrounding open access publishing.

To register for this workshop, please contact

CPD and URBEST Sponsored Event: Lead with Your Top 5: A StengthsQuest Event

Thursday, June 15 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm | Room 2-7544 (URMC)

Build your individual and group leadership skills.  Register by Wednesday, June 7th! Participants who register will receive a StrengthsQuest book and code to complete the strengths assessment. For more information please contact or .

CPD Sponsored Event: LinkedIn Photoshoot

Friday, June 23 | 8:00 am – 5:00 pm | LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576), URMC

Photoshoot information and registration coming soon!

See more upcoming events here.

Volunteer Opportunities in Science

“Ask a Scientist” table this summer at The Brighton Farmers Market

May 14, 2017-November 19, 2017 (Sundays) | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm  | Brighton High School (parking lot), 1150 Winton Road S.  Brighton 

“Ask a Scientist” table this summer at The Brighton Farmers Market. The Brighton Farmers Market has offered to provide a table during the summer market which they are calling "Ask a Scientist." The goal is to capitalize on the energy from local teach-ins and the March for Science to provide educational outreach on an ongoing basis. The market takes place on Sundays from 9am - 1pm, May 14 - November 19. The GoogleDoc includes a sign-up for two-hour time slots throughout the summer. If you are interested in participating, please sign yourself up, and pass the link on to others who may be interested. Scientists from all backgrounds and levels are welcome and encouraged to participate. If you have questions about the project, don't hesitate to contact Market Manager, Sue Gardner Smith, at .

Ladies in the Lab

Saturday, July 8, 2017 | 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC)

Interested in Science Communication? The Rochester Museum & Science Center is celebrating influential women in science. Discover how women have impacted the sciences in the past, present and future, and learn more about local organizations that empower women in our community.  RMSC is seeking women scientists interested in sharing their research with visitors.  They welcome all scientific fields, including biology, chemistry, statistics, astronomy, engineering, physics, computer science, math, geology, and the humanities. Selected volunteers must be willing to present their work via table/hands-on demonstrations or a short (15 minute) lecture.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Liz Albertorio (URMC SMD May 2017 Master’s Graduate Microbiology and Immunology) at for more information.   

SustainABLE and Building with Biology Days

July 11, 12 & 13, 2017 | 11:00 am – 3:00 pm | Rochester Museum & Science Center

Are you a graduate student, postdoc or faculty member?  Do you have a background in genetics, synthetic biology, gene manipulation, or environmental science? The Rochester Museum & science Center is looking for volunteers interested in supporting hands-on science demonstrations for SustainABLE and Building with Biology Days. Training and materials will be provided for all activities. Volunteers can select the dates and times that works with their schedule. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Liz Albertorio (URMC SMD May 2017 Master’s Graduate Microbiology and Immunology) at for more information on how to become a volunteer for the event. 

Relevant Reads

Charting a Course for a Successful Research Career: A Guide for Early Career Researchers (2nd Edition (Updated))

By Professor Alan M. Johnson. “Charting a Course for a Successful Research Career” is a crash course of practical advice on how to plan your career. 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.

Your Ph.D. and Work Experiences Are Great Life Experience: Part 3

Briana Mohan takes a broad view of academe and careers and consider how graduate students and postdocs might best engage with the challenges of the present moment. Read Your Ph.D. and Work Experiences Are Great Life Experience: Part 3

To answer the million-dollar job search question, you need all of the pieces

David G. Jensen provides insight and skills you need to answer the million-dollar question that employers ask when deciding on who to hire, “Why should I hire you?”.  Read To answer the million-dollar job search question, you need all of the pieces

Not Just for Undergrads

Internships are not a standard part of Ph.D. training, especially in the biomedical sciences, writes Kimberly A. Petrie and Ashley E. Brady, but the tide is shifting. Read Not Just for Undergrads

What do you WANT to do after grad school?

By Alyssa, doctoral student in neuroscience at the University of Rhode Island. Thinking about career options. Read What do you WANT to do after grad school?

Visit for a calendar of all our events.  Review the Opportunities to Explore archive.

Center for Professional Development | | (585) 275-4522 |

Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training | | (585) 276-7348 |