Skip to main content
Explore URMC

SMD Logo

Education / Graduate Education / Center for Professional Development / Opportunities to Explore / Opportunities To Explore - November 28-December 2, 2016

Opportunities To Explore - 11/28-12/2

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

Happening Now

GWIS Travel Award Fall 2016 - Deadline TUESDAY 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. Go to the AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program website to apply 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.  More information can be found on the L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship website through the link above.

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 2016-2017 Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship website.  The application due date is February 15, 2017.

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 can be found on the NIH website. The application due date is April 8, 2017.

This Week

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

Upcoming Events

URBEST Orientation and Skills Blitz

Tuesday December 6, 2016|12:00PM-1:30PM| Natapow Conference Room (1-9545)

Come hear about the URBEST program and learn important lessons on networking, writing, and job-matching.  If you've already attended an orientation, you are still welcome to attend the Skills Blitz from 12:30-1:30.

See more upcoming events here.

Relevant Reads

Academic Scientists at Work, 2nd Edition

by Jeremy M. Boss & Susan H. Eckert.  “A guide for scientists on the journey from the end of a postdoctoral career to the point of promotion to Associate Professor, this 2nd edition focuses on three aspects of the academic setting: Scholarship, Teaching, and Service.” 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-9556 or email us with your request.

100 Metrics to Assess and Communicate the Value of Biomedical Research: An Ideas Book

This free e-book/report developed by the AAMC in collaboration with RAND Europe discusses a variety of ways to communicate the value of your research to a varied audience. Read 100 Metrics to Assess and Communicate the Value of Biomedical Research: An Ideas Book

Start Investing During Graduate School

Reap the benefits of passive investing during your busy grad school years. Read Start Investing During Graduate 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 |