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

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GWIS Travel Award Fall 2016 - Deadline 11/29

GWIS is accepting applications.  You must be a graduate student in years 1 through 5 and an active participant in GWIS.  Travel will be sponsored on the basis of scientific merit, need, and regular participation at GWIS meetings as evidenced from the sign-up sheet.  To date, forty-seven GWIS members have received Travel Awards. There are two steps for completing an application: Step 1- Submit a completed Application Form along with a copy of your C.V. and copies of your peer-reviewed publications. Step 2 - Request that your Ph.D. mentor and one of your Ph.D. advisory committee members each forward a letter of reference. Submit all material to Stephanie Scoville by noon on the 29th.

AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program

Interested in science communication? The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program places science, engineering, and mathematics students and postdocs at media organizations nationwide. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at media outlets that include the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, National Public Radio, National Geographic Society, and Scientific American. AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program Application. Applications due by January 15, 2017!

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship: Application Opens November 28, 2016

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. The program is the U.S. component of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowships. Celebrating its thirteenth year in the U.S., the For Women in Science program has awarded 65 postdoctoral women scientists over $3 million in grants.  The application period will open on November 28, 2016 and will close on February 3, 2017.  L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship Application

2016-2017 Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship!

The Dannon Company is pleased to announce its 5th Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship Grant opportunity with you. Established in 2012, the Dannon Fellowship Grant has been expanded to include the gut microbiome in recognition of its remarkable potential on the human body. As part of their continued commitment to support scientists and advance research of the gut microbiome, The Dannon Company is offering two grants of $25,000 each to undergraduate, graduate or postdoctoral scholars to enhance their academic path. More information through the link above.  The application due date is February 15, 2017. to apply, go to the 2016-2017 Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship website

NIH F99/K00 in Neuroscience

The NIH released a new funding opportunity announcement, NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00). The purpose of the award “is to support a defined pathway across career stages for outstanding graduate students who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research. More Information on the NIH website. The application due date is April 8, 2017.

This Week

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Office of Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs will be closed Thursday November 24th and Friday, November 25th.

Upcoming Events

PONS Luncheon Roundtable Series: Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders

Monday November 28, 2016|12:00PM-1:00PM| Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555) | Please join the Pre-doctoral Organization for the Neurosciences (PONS) to discuss current epilepsy research and modeling strategies at URMC with expert panelists Thomas Wychowski, M.D. (Assistant Professor of Neurology), Laurie Seltzer, D.O. (Assistant Professor of Neurology) and Michel Berg, M.D. (SEC Director and Professor of Neurology), from the Strong Epilepsy Center and Joe Miano, Ph.D. (Associate Director of Aab Cardiovascular Research Institute).  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information on upcoming Neuro-related events, please visit

Faculty Development Workshop: How to Prepare a Poster for Presentation

Wednesday November 30, 2016|11:30AM-1:00PM| CEL 2-7544| Presented by Dr. Denham Ward, at the conclusion of the workshop, the participant will be able to: appreciate how information can best be displayed on a poster; list tips on using Power Point for poster making; determine how to best put charts and graphs on a poster; and discuss hints for consistency and readability of a poster. To register for this workshop, please contact Kimberly Johnson at

See more upcoming events here.

Relevant Reads

How to Succeed in Academics, 2nd edition

by Linda L. McCabe, Edward R.B. McCabe. This book provides mentoring on all aspects of a successful academic career, particularly a career in the sciences. Visit the CPD’s Lending Library catalog to see titles of interest. To borrow a book, stop by our office in G-9556 or email with your request.

A Graduate Student's Balanced Money Formula

Grad students frequently wonder how much they should spend on various expenses or even how much they should be saving.  The Balanced Money Formula (BMF) answers this question for the average American, but how applicable is it to a grad student's budget? Read A Graduate Student's Balanced Money Formula

A Transition from Postdoc to Industry

Critical lessons for postdocs to make the best use of their time in academia and set themselves up to make the move to industry as smoothly and successfully as possible. Read A Transition from Postdoc to Industry

How Ph.D. students can demonstrate to employers that they are career ready

Joseph Barber gives advice about how to demonstrate to employers specific job competencies: teamwork and collaboration, leadership and project management, professionalism and work ethic, and career management. Read How Ph.D. students can demonstrate to employers that they are career ready

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