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Opportunities to Explore - May 29-June 2, 2017

May 29-June 2 | Vol 3, Issue 22 | Trainee News

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

Meet The GEPA Staff

Eric VaughnEric Vaughn, Life Sciences Career Coach 

Eric serves as the Life Sciences Career Coach and assists graduate students, postdoctoral trainees and alumni with career service and employment search needs in the office for Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs (GEPA).

While trainees are welcome to meet with Eric to discuss any topic, trainees typically contact Eric to discuss career related topics including career exploration, CV/resume and cover letter writing, job search strategies, employment application assistance. interviewing techniques, mock interviews, LinkedIn profile development, networking strategy and Individual Development Plans (IDP). To request a meeting with Eric, please complete an online REDCap Center for Professional Development Service Request.

Happening Now

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 information

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

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

Upcoming Events

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

BioCareers Webinar: Job Search: “It’s not who’s hiring, it’s who can hire me, and why would they want to?”

Wednesday, June 14| 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Online Webinar

It's common to waste important job search time by searching for companies who are actively hiring RIGHT NOW. This is actually a great way to demotivate yourself and add months to your job search… join Coach Tom as he teaches you why this is detrimental to you, and lays out proven, if counter - intuitive strategies to cover more ground, more effectively, and end up with better opportunities by NOT doing what everyone else is doing.

Register here

CPD Sponsored Event: Job Description Workshop: Understanding & Dissecting a Job Posting

Tuesday, June 13 | 11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

Workshop participants will be able to understand the various sections of a job/employment posting in addition to becoming more aware of key areas to focus on when putting together their application materials including required, minimum and preferred qualifications. For more information please contact . To register for this event, please visit  .

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 .

Register Here

CPD Sponsored Event: LinkedIn Photo shoot

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

Photo shoot 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

The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women

By Valerie Young, Ed.D. Young gives these women the solution they have been seek­ing. Combining insightful analysis with effective ad­vice and anecdotes, she explains what the impostor syndrome is, why fraud fears are more common in women, and how you can recognize the way it mani­fests in your life. 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.

A Networking Rule to Live By

You should always focus on making your networking contacts feel good – and make sure your interaction is a positive experience for them advises Joseph Barber. Read A Networking Rule to Live By

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