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Opportunities to Explore - November 19-23, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 47 | 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

Opportunities to Explore is also available online. To view the web version, please visit The web version is optimized for viewing on tablets and smart phones.

TAR Fellows Application Open

Teaching-as-Research Fellowship (Application Deadline Is Friday, November 23)

For the sixth year, the University offers a CIRTL@UR Teaching-as-Research (TAR) Fellows program for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in STEM fields who would like to explore a specific aspect of teaching through a research-based project. CIRTL@UR TAR Fellows will spend the Spring 2019 semester learning about teaching-as-research, learning communities, and learning-through-diversity and developing their projects. During the Fall 2019 semester, they will implement the project and analyze the results.  The positions come with a $1,000 stipend for the year. More information about the program and a link to the application can be found here.

This Week

(*) URBEST: Hot Coffee and Cold Emails: The Art of the Informational Interview

Tuesday, November 20 | 9:00 am-10:30 am | Natapow Room, Alumni Hallway (1-9545), URMC
Learn how to build your network from zero, using informational interviewing based on “Cold Emails and Hot Coffee.” This is for any trainee who doesn’t understand why a role-model scientist would ever want to talk to an unknown graduate student or postdoc. Hot Coffee and bagels will be available.

(*) Sponsored by CETL, CPD, and URBEST: Page-Turners for Teaching

  • Wednesday, November 21 (Every 3rd Wednesday) | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | 1-6200D, URMC
  • Tuesday, December 4 (Every 1st Tuesday) | 1:00pm to 2:00pm | Dewey 1-160B

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 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 summer! Register to reserve your free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at

(*) Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

Wednesday, November 22 and Friday, November 23
Office will reopen at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, November 26.

Upcoming Events

(*) Last Monday URBEST The Grand Gesture

Monday, November 26 | 10:00 am-12:o0 pm | Louise Slaughter Room, Alumni Hallway (1-9555), URMC
We’re providing the Grand Gesture by reserving a room and providing hot coffee and snacks to all graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff who would like to attend. You provide Deep Work, getting those large important tasks and projects accomplished. No lectures, no discussion, just quiet, coffee and 2 hours of Deep Work. What you focus on is completely up to you! If you want to learn more, read Deep Work by Cal Newport or watch this summary on his book:

University of Rochester Brain Awareness Campaign Fundraiser at Chipotle

Tuesday, November 27 | 4:00 pm-8:00 pm | Chipotle College Town
The University of Rochester Brain Awareness Campaign is gearing up for the third annual Brain Bee! This competition for local high school students takes place every February, and the winner and their parent/guardian are sent to Baltimore for the national competition. In order to do this, they need your help! They are hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle on Tuesday, November 27 from 4-8PM. If you are hungry, please stop by the College Town Chipotle and mention that you would like to support the Brain Awareness Campaign. That's all it takes! Burritos for you, money for the campaign to send a student to a national neuroscience competition. If you have any questions, please feel free to email UR Brain Awareness at

(*) Becoming More Comfortable with Conflict

Thursday, November 29 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), URMC
2018-2019 Medical Faculty and Clinician Wellness Series- Co-Sponsored by URSMD Office for Faculty Development and URMC Medical Faculty and Clinician Wellness Program. Presented by: Beth Danehy, MA, MS MFT, CEAP; Director, Employee Assistance Program, UR Medicine EAP Life – Work Connections / EAP, and University of Rochester, Department of Psychiatry

Conflict is inevitable, yet most of us prefer to avoid it.  Avoidance or dependence on one familiar approach to conflict can limit the potential for effective outcomes.  Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the seminar, the participant will able to: Expand their understanding of conflict and enhance intervention skills, Apply appropriate conflict resolution styles to specific situations, and Apply conversational techniques and mindful approaches to effectively de-escalate conflict. To register for this seminar, please email the Office for Faculty Development at Faculty, PAs, NPs, Residents, Fellows, Students and Staff are welcome to attend. Light lunch will be served. Webcast link available.

(*) Effective Presentation Skills

Thursday, November 29 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC
Faculty Development Workshop Series in Teaching and Learning. Presented by Balal Bhagavayh, MD; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Director of Scibetta Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic-Surgery and Co-Director of the URMC Fibroid Center.  Learning Objectives:  By the end of the workshop, attendees will be able to: Understand the pros and cons of using PowerPoint, Learn the importance of avoiding bullet points and using the Assertion / Evidence method instead, and Appreciate that thorough preparation to explain a few important concepts is more important than reviewing a lot of information crammed in busy slides. To register for this workshop, please email Faculty, Staff, Residents and Students are invited to attend this seminar.

(*) Postdoctoral Association Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, December 4 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Georgen Hall, Room 417, River Campus
All postdocs are invited to attend and participate in the monthly meetings.

(*) Bio Careers Webinar Series: “The Job Search Process: What Companies Look for When Evaluating Talent”

Wednesday, December 5 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | 2-7539, URMC
In this seminar, Propel Careers will provide insight on the job search process and what companies look for when evaluating talent. Propel will discuss the importance of tailoring a resume and cover letter for a specific position. Propel Careers will also discuss how companies utilize resume databases and LinkedIn to identify talent. Propel will provide tips on how candidates can standout from the crowd. For more information about this event, please contact Trainees can also register and via the webinar by visiting the Gotowebinar event site.

(*) Faculty and Students Experiences with Online Learning at the University of Rochester

Thursday, December 6 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Genrich Rusling Room, 215 LeChase Hall, Warner School of Education, River Campus
Lunch will be provided. RSVP at the Survey Monkey For the Faculty and Students Experiences event.

See more upcoming events here.

Happening Now (Grant, Travel Award, and Conference Information)

Teaching-as-Research Fellowship (Application Deadline Is Friday, November 23)

For the sixth year, the University offers a CIRTL@UR Teaching-as-Research (TAR) Fellows program for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in STEM fields who would like to explore a specific aspect of teaching through a research-based project. CIRTL@UR TAR Fellows will spend the Spring 2019 semester learning about teaching-as-research, learning communities, and learning-through-diversity and developing their projects. During the Fall 2019 semester, they will implement the project and analyze the results.  The positions come with a $1,000 stipend for the year. More information about the program and a link to the application can be found here.

Translation Science 2019 Award Nominations Are Open

Submit a nomination for the Translational Science 2019 awards program and honor those who have made outstanding achievements in translational science. Nominations must include a summary of the nominee’s key contributions to the award topic, not to exceed 3 pages, and can also include up to three additional support letters. Upcoming nomination deadlines include November 12, for an award honoring major advances in the biomedical field, November 28, for three awards that honor senior investigators, distinguished educators, and team science, and additional deadlines in early 2019 for young investigators and translational medicine.

Young Scientist Seminars

The Young Scientist Seminars (YSS) is a video series produced by iBiology that features young scientists giving talks about their research and discoveries. It is a great opportunity for graduate students and postdocs interested in science communication and in sharing their work with an international audience of students, scientists, and educators. The YSS is a collaboration between the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University, and iBiology.

Participants in the 2019 YSS must apply to be selected. Four winners will attend a multi-day workshop in San Francisco led by iBiology, in collaboration with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, a leading organization in training scientists to give effective talks. After this training, the selected winners record their 30-minute talks in a green screen studio, which are posted on as part of the Young Scientist Seminars. The winners will also receive a $500 honorarium.

More information about the 2019 YSS and application details can be found at: Applications are open until December 17, 2018. To watch the videos of the Young Scientist Seminars please visit:

The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00)

The purpose of the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students recognized by their institutions for their high potential and strong interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers. The F99/K00 award provides up to 6 years of support in two phases. The F99 phase will provide support for 1-2 years of dissertation research (final experiments, dissertation preparation, and selection of a postdoctoral mentor). Awardees then transition to the K00 phase, which provides up to 4 years of mentored postdoctoral research career development support at the US laboratory of their choosing. 

The F99/K00 is a significant departure from the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA fellowships.

  • Each institution is allocated one nomination, whether identified by a single DUNS number or by multiple DUNS numbers for schools/colleges/divisions within the institution.
  • The nominee is to be selected based on faculty evaluation of an applicant’s potential and desire to become a successful independent cancer researcher.
  • A Letter of Intent from the institutional business official is requested, to avoid confusion on the identity of the nominee.
  • Only PhD-granting institutions may submit, but if appropriate, a non-academic institution may co-nominate a student
  • Nominee must be a 3rd or 4th year Ph.D. student.
  • F31 Fellowship applicants, current F31 awardees, and international students are eligible to be nominated. 

The NCI F99/K00 website is an excellent source for information, especially the material found under Resources.  Please email Dr. Michele McGuirl to ask questions or to add your name to the F99/K00 email list. To attend the Informational Webinar, click on the link or follow the instructions below. 

45th Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum (ESRF)

2019 ESRF Call for Abstracts

February 19-22, 2019 | University of Miami Miller School of Medicine | Miami, Florida
The Eastern-Atlantic Student Research Forum (ESRF) is a four-day international symposium held at the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine (UMMSM) in Miami, Florida. Each year, ESRF selects medical, graduate, M.D./Ph.D. students, and resident physicians from the United States, Canada, Europe, Central and South Americas to present original basic science and clinical research in multiple biomedical fields. In addition to formal presentations, the forum includes the informal exchange of scientific ideas among students and faculty preceptors, the encouragement of student-initiated research, and the professional development of future leaders in biomedical research. Registration and abstract information can be found online at Early abstract submission is October 31, 2018 and regular abstract submission is November 30, 2018.

Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program (Application Deadline January 9, 2019)

The Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program supports early career life scientists in academic labs across the U.S.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) seeks to increase diversity in the biomedical research community. We know that the biggest challenges in science call for diverse perspectives and original thinking. The goal of the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program is to recruit and retain individuals from gender, racial, ethnic, and other groups underrepresented in the life sciences, including those individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Through their successful careers, HHMI Hanna Gray Fellows will become leaders in academic research and inspire future generations of scientists from America’s diverse talent pool.

Following the “people, not projects” philosophy of HHMI, the competition is open to those dedicated to basic research from both doctoral and/or medical training paths in the biomedical and life science disciplines, including plant biology, evolutionary biology, biophysics, chemical biology, biomedical engineering, and computational biology. Fellows have freedom to change their research focus and follow their own curiosity for the duration of the award.

Fellows will receive funding through their academic institution for postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding during their early career years as independent faculty. The program provides opportunities for career development, including mentoring and networking with others in the HHMI scientific community

For more information on the Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program including eligibility, application, award, and past fellow award winners; please visit this link. Application deadline is January 9, 2019.

Adjunct Teaching Opportunity


The Biology Department at The College at Brockport is seeking a Microbiology adjunct instructor for the spring semester.  This is a great opportunity for a senior PhD student or postdoc to obtain teaching experience. 

Responsibilities: Teach lectures (2 X 75 min/week). T/R 11-12:15, Twenty-four to forty-eight students, $800/credits = $2,400, 4 exams (Scantron), Mastering Microbiology assessments, Labs are run by Technical Support Specialist

If interested, please submit your application to

Center for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning

Fall 2018 Online Drop-In Event: All-Network Teaching-as-Research Presentations
Wednesday, November 28 | 5:00 pm -6:30 pm ET | Online
Events have live, real-time online sessions; event series include a handful of events that revolve around a unifying theme in STEM teaching and learning. Events run on a drop-in basis and do not require advance registration. Participants can attend as many or as few events as they like in a given series Join us for CIRTL's fall All-Network presentation session as dozens of TAR practitioners from across the nation share their teaching-as-research findings. Take this opportunity to learn more about Teaching-as-Research in general, and to learn about exciting work that others in the Network are doing. For more information and find out how to participate in this event, please visit the CIRTL Event Site.

For a full list of upcoming Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Workshops, please visit The majority of events are online and requires advance registration.

Relevant Reads

Opportunities in Biological Science Careers

The most comprehensive career book series available, Opportunities In...explores a vast range of professions to help job seekers find the job that's best for them. Each book offers: The latest information on a field of interest, Training and education requirements for each career, Up-to-date professional and internet resources, Salary statistics for different positions within each field, And much more. 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.

Change: Mastery of Transferrable Skills by Doctoral Scholars

paper published in Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning discusses the need for doctoral scholars to develop skills that are transferrable over a number of careers across academia, for-profit, government, and not-for-profit sectors. The paper presents a set of competencies linked to these transferrable skills and suggests digital badging, or micro-credentialing, as “a novel way for doctoral students to demonstrate the acquisition of transferrable skills to potential employers.”

Science: NSF Moves to Pilot LGBT Questions on National Workforce Surveys

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is moving to explore the feasibility of asking questions about sexual orientation and gender identity on its annual Survey of Earned Doctorates (SED). An article in Science explains that the NSF was “catalyzed by a letter arguing that comprehensive, nationwide data on LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) scientists and engineers are needed because the group experiences disadvantages and disparities that are akin to other underrepresented groups, such as racial and ethnic minorities and women.” The earliest LGBT questions would be added is 2021 to accommodate testing.

The Art of Getting Involved

Myron Strong provides tips on how academics can take more active roles in their disciplines. Read The Art of Getting Involved

Put Time on Your Side

A strong job application is not a chronology, writes David A. McDonald. Read Put Time on Your Side

Twenty things I wish I’d known when I started my PhD

Recent PhD graduate Lucy A. Taylor shares the advice she and her colleagues wish they had received. Read Twenty things I wish I’d known when I started my PhD


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