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Opportunities to Explore - May 28-June 1, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 22 | 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

Center for Professional Development (CPD) Travel Award (Deadline: May 31, 2018 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 https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/education/graduate/professional-development/fellowship-grant-resources/travel-awards/cpd.aspx. If awarded the CPD Travel Award, the travel award must be utilized between July 1, 2018 and June 6, 2019. All receipts for reimbursement will be due June 7, 2019.

Upcoming Events

(*) National Girlfriends Networking Day 2018 (RSVP by Friday, May 25th)

Monday, June 4 | 11:30 am-1:30 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC

National Girlfriends Networking Day is a nationwide celebration of the power of building connections. Join thousands of women around the country by attending this interactive networking event.

From 12:00–1:00 p.m., there will be a live stream of a panel of renowned, diverse women leaders discussing their career paths. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions via social media. The panel is organized and presented annually by The New Agenda, and the Susan B. Anthony Center hosts a viewing of the event annually. A buffet lunch will be served. To RSVP, email the Susan B. Anthony Center at sbac@ur.rochester.edu by May 25, 2018. More information.

(*) Page-Turners For Teaching

  • Tuesday, June 5 (Every 1st Tuesday) | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm| Dewey 1-160B, River Campus
  • Wednesday, June 20 (Every 3rd Wednesday) | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | URMC

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 new bi-weekly discussion group for grad students, medical students, postdocs, and residents interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Whistling Vivaldi to discuss this summer! Register to reserve your free copy of Page-Turners For Teaching. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at Kyle_Trenshaw@Rochester.edu .

Webinar: Promoting Student Success

Tuesday, June 5 | 2:00 pm ET | Webinar

Student success is one of the most important issues for colleges and universities and one of the most all-encompassing challenges for educators. Strategies naturally vary by colleges’ missions, yet these issues matter across higher education. This webcast will explore efforts by individual colleges and groups of colleges to promote student success. Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman will lead a lively discussion on these topics June 5 at 2 PM ET. Register for this event.

(*) URBEST Career Story: Ashlihan Ambeskovic, PhD

Tuesday, June 5 | 3:30 pm-4:30 pm | Location TBD

Asli Ambeskovic will share her Career Story, her experience at Insight Data Science internship/bootcamp and how that experience contributed to her successful employment @ Point of Care. The Insight Data Science Fellows Program insightdatascience.com , is offered in January, May, and September. Ask Asli your questions now to help you succeed in getting a spot at the September session. Three lucky trainees will get Asli's help in looking over their Insight Data Science Fellows applications. For more information about this event, please contact Tracey_Baas@URMC.Rochester.edu.

Class Is Now In Session…Your 21 LinkedIn Questions (Webinar)

Wednesday, June 6 | 8:00 pm-9:00 pm | Webinar

'Class Is Now In Session' is the first in a series of practical books on how to get the most out of your LinkedIn profile. We may not have time to cover all 21 frequently asked questions but we will definitely have time to share with your questions that will have a major impact on how you can leverage LinkedIn to work for you while you are making a living. Here are just a few of the questions Tajuana will share with you: Why do I need 500 or more connections? Should I connect with my competitors? Should I write in first person or third person? What do I need to do to increase the number of people endorsing me? What should I write about using LinkedIn’s publishing platform? How frequently should I update my LinkedIn profile? Take 60 minutes to learn how you can take your LinkedIn profile to the next level. Join Tajuana and unleash new ideas and strategies that will automatically drive new opportunities and career advancement. More information and register for this webinar. For questions about this webinar, please contact Eric Vaughn at Eric_Vaughn@URMC.Rochester.edu .

(*) PDA Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, June 13 | 1:00 pm- 2:00 pm | Wilmot Hall, Room 103

All postdocs are invited to attend the monthly postdoctoral association meeting. For more information about this event, please contact CPD-SMD-Grad@URMC.Rochester.edu.

(*) 2018 PREP Symposium

Wednesday, June 13 | 1:30 pm-3:30 pm | K-307 Auditorium, URMC

 

(*) Post-doc Only Grant Writing Workshops

Tuesday, June 19 |8:30 am-9:30 am & 10:00 am-11:30 am | Location TBD

1st hour: overview and finding funding for international trainees and those who want to do research as faculty at undergraduate colleges. 2nd 1.5  hour: writing a K99/R00 NIH Pathway to Independence Award. The K99 phase provides funding during your postdoc training and the R00 phase provides funding during your initial years as a PI. Led by Dr. Jaime Rubin, Vice Chair for Investigator Development, Columbia University. For more information about this event, please contact CPD-SMD-Grad@URMC.Rochester.edu.

Webinar on Preparing Your Application to the NIGMS PRAT Program

Wednesday, June 20 | 1:30 pm (ET) | Webinar

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) will host a webinar for potential applicants to the Postdoctoral Research Associate Training (PRAT) Program. The NIGMS PRAT program "is a competitive three-year postdoctoral fellowship program that prepares trainees for leadership positions in biomedical careers." PRAT fellows conduct research in laboratories in the NIH Intramural Research Program.

(*) Page-Turners For Teaching

Wednesday, June 20 (Every 3rd Wednesday) | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | URMC

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 new bi-weekly discussion group for grad students, medical students, postdocs, and residents interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Whistling Vivaldi to discuss this summer! Register to reserve your free copy of the Page-Turners For Teaching book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at Kyle_Trenshaw@Rochester.edu .

Ubiquitous Stress: Responsive Mentorship in the Higher Education Mental Health Crisis

Thursday, June 21 | 2:00 pm (ET) | Online in Blackboard Collaborate

This panel discussion will explore supporting students (and colleagues) through stress-induced anxiety and depression in their academic careers. In particular, speakers will highlight the ways in which faculty, postdocs, and graduate students can be accessible as resources for undergraduates, and practical strategies for referring mentees of all levels elsewhere when their struggles are outside the realm of a mentor's expertise. Learn more about this online event and register. For more information about this online event, please contact Eric Vaughn at Eric_Vaughn@urmc.rochester.edu .

Graduate Mentorship Then and Now

Thursday, June 28 | 2:00 pm (ET) | Online in Blackboard Collaborate

This debate-esque webinar will showcase the differences between the 20th and 21st century PhD candidate experience and highlight in particular the changes in the mentor-mentee relationship over time. Two teams of two speakers, with one team both having graduated in a 19## year and the other team both currently pursuing a PhD in a 20## year, with take turns describing different aspects of graduate education, such as qualifying exams, teaching responsibilities, and mentor-mentee relationships. After the quasi-debate, audience members will be invited to discuss the pros and cons of the past and present, and how the differences can inform our mentorship into the future. Learn more about this online event and register. For more information about this online event, please contact Eric Vaughn at Eric_Vaughn@urmc.rochester.edu . Please note that this event will be recorded and may be shared on CIRTL’s public YouTube channel.

See more upcoming events here.  

Happening Now (Grant, Travel Award, and Conference Information

Center for Professional Development (CPD) Travel Award 

Deadline: May 31, 2018 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 https://www.urmc.rochester.edu/education/graduate/professional-development/fellowship-grant-resources/travel-awards/cpd.aspx. If awarded the CPD Travel Award, the travel award must be utilized between July 1, 2018 and June 6, 2019. All receipts for reimbursement will be due June 7, 2019.

Nominate a STAT 2018 WunderKinds

The 2018 STAT Wunderkinds honors the brightest young minds in life science for their work in academia, industry, and in the clinic. Wunderkinds will be featured on our website and invited to an event at HUBWeek. We’re collecting nominations from across North America for early career scientists* who are doing groundbreaking work. Submissions are due by June 30, 2018!

National MD/PhD Student Conference Registration Open

The University of Colorado Medical Scientist Training Program is hosting the 2018 National MD/PhD Student Conference on July 12 - July 16, 2018, in Dillon, Colorado. More details, including breakout sessions and keynote speakers, can be found on the UC Denver website. Important deadlines include: early registration deadline by June 13, late registration deadline by July 14, oral presentation and travel award submission deadline by May 19, and abstract submission for poster presentation deadline by June 13.

Science & SciLifeLab Prizes for Young Scientists

Applications due July 15, 2018

The Science & SciLifeLab Prizes for Young Scientists are awarded to a young scientist for outstanding life science research who has been awarded a doctoral degree in the previous two years (2016 or 2017). 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 on the science magazine website.

Registration Opens for Falling Walls Competition

Would you like to take the stage in Berlin, Germany, this fall to tell the world about your research?  If so, register by September 17 for the Falling Walls Lab, a preliminary contest on October 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons. Each presenter will have three minutes and three slides to summarize their groundbreaking idea. The winner receives $500 and a trip to the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, November 7 to 9. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top two finalists. Contact Adele Coelho for additional information.

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Price in Interdisciplinary Research

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research provides a monetary award towards recognizing outstanding Postdoctoral Associates or Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Rochester whose research exemplifies the importance of cross- discipline approaches toward examining high impact questions of science. The competition is open to all UR SMD and ASE Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows. For a complete review of the application including eligibility and submission requirements, please visit the Steadman Prize Website.

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning

CIRTL Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)

An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching 

8 weeks starting the week of June 11

Get an introduction to evidence-based STEM teaching in a MOOC developed by faculty from across the CIRTL Network. Registration TBD. For more information about the MOOC course, please visit the STEM Teaching Course Website. For assistance, please contact Eric Vaughn at Eric_Vaughn@URMC.Rochester.edu .

Science Communication Opportunities

Ask a Scientist table at the Brighton Farmers Market

Sign up to staff the "Ask a Scientist" table at the Brighton Farmers Market. The market is held in the parking lot of Brighton High School, 1150 Winton Road S. on Sundays from 9am-1pm. Questions? Contact Karen Berger, karen.berger at rochester.edu or Sue Gardner Smith, info at brightonfarmersmarket.org . If you have a PROP of any sort that could be used to engage people who are walking by, please bring it along. There is a small white board at the table: please write your name and your field of science (Ex: "I'm Fred. Ask me about chemistry.") Feel free to bring along friends or colleagues; you are not limited to the individual who signed up. Check out the official sign-up document.

Career Resources

VAULT (Free Career Resource for SMD Graduate Students and Postdocs)

Resource Summary: The VAULT website provides users with various tools and methods for career exploration, industry and profession research, and helps in identifying key employers within the fields.  To access Vault through the University of Rochester, please visit: careerinsider.vault.com/wps/portal/careerinsider?parrefer=7134. New to Vault? Start creating an account today by clicking on the orange "Create my vault account" button. Key Features: Industry guides giving you in-depth information about the fields for exploration, top jobs and employers. Interviewing, networking and resume guides to assist with internship and job preparation, Career Q&A videos, Employer, Job & Internship Search tools and rankings Why use this resource: Use this resource to research specific industries, professions and employers for career exploration and internship and job search, as well as to prepare for networking opportunities, career fairs and interviews. For assistance with VAULT, please contact Eric Vaughn at Eric_Vaughn@URMC.Rochester.edu .

Postdoctoral Fellowship Opportunity

TRIUMPH (Translational Research in Multi-Disciplinary Program) Postdoctoral Fellowship provides training in clinical and translational research. The immediate goal of this program is to recruit talented and productive Ph.Ds. from top graduate programs to provide continued training in clinical and/or translational cancer research through didactic course work, clinical rotations, and unique, interdisciplinary mentorships. A long-term goal of this program is to produce translational scientists who can be teamed with suitable physician scientists to PI a translational research laboratory.

This is a three-year training program. First year postdoctoral fellows participate in a series of didactic clinical course work offered at the MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School (GSBS), MD Anderson Cancer Center, or the UTHealth McGovern School of Medicine and strategically matched clinical rotations, while pursuing research in a basic or translational research laboratory. Second and third year fellows are co-mentored by a basic science/translational scientist mentor and a physician/clinical scientist mentor on clinical/translational research projects. The TRIUMPH postdoc will earn a certificate upon successful completion of the program.

To learn more about the eligibility requirements for the TRIUMPH Postdoctoral Fellowship and to apply, please visit the MD Anderson Center Website. Application cycle closes on June 30, 2018.

Relevant Reads

Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People

“Blindspot” is the authors’ metaphor for the portion of the mind that houses hidden biases. Writing with simplicity and verve, Banaji and Greenwald question the extent to which our perceptions of social groups—without our awareness or conscious control—shape our likes and dislikes and our judgments about people’s character, abilities, and potential. 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.

Outstanding Dissertations Honored

Each year, Arts, Sciences & Engineering and the School of Medicine and Dentistry recognize outstanding research and dissertations by PhD students.

There’s No Shame in Leaving Academia

Article in Science by Barbara A. Wanchisen. Read There’s No Shame in Leaving Academia

Academic Careers You May Not Have Considered

If a tenure-track faculty position is not in your future, you should consider many different types of jobs, David McDonald advises. Read Academic Careers You May Not Have Considered

“Don’t Compete for Job Opportunities-Create Them!”

Stuck in an endless loop of applying for jobs you’ve seen online? Maybe what you need is to get out there, make some contacts, and find the jobs that haven’t been advertised. (Vault) Read “Don’t Compete for Job Opportunities-Create Them!”

Teaching Through Tutoring

Do the students know what they’re supposed to be doing in their tutoring sessions? Or after? And how can we best guide them? Rachel Wagner explores some answers. Read Teaching Through Tutoring

CHE: The Case for Student-to-Student Mentoring

A Chronicle of Higher Education article discusses the mutual benefits of graduate students mentoring undergraduate students, several of which the grad-undergrad author duo says are overlooked. The graduate mentor can gain friendship and mutual support, communication skills, pride in the mentee's eventual independence, and an increased excitement for science.

Visit http://www.gepa-calendar.urmc.edu/ for a calendar of all our events.  Review the Opportunities to Explore archive.

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