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Opportunities to Explore - November 5-9, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 45 | 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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URBEST Open Enrollment

All biomedical and health sciences PhD graduate students and postdoctoral affiliates (SMD and River Campus) are eligible to participate in University of Rochester's BEST Program. URBEST trainees will be selected twice a year through the application process, and ongoing program offerings will be held throughout the year.

A registration link is available at

This Week

(*) University of Rochester Postdoctoral Scholar Benefit Program Open Enrollment Information Sessions

Monday, November 5 | 10:00 am-11:30 am | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC
Tuesday, November 6 | 10:00 am-11:00 am| Sloan Auditorium (Room 101), Robert G Goergen Hall, River Campus

The Open Enrollment period will be from November 1st to November 15. During that time, you may make changes to your current enrollment that will be effective on January 1, 2019. Garnett-Powers & Associates will review all of the benefit plans and contributions during the open enrollment meetings. We highly recommend that everyone attend one of the open enrollment meetings. In addition, you will have an opportunity to schedule a private one-on-one meeting with your dedicated GPA representative, Candace Nicholson, to discuss any inquiries involving sensitive medical information. To reserve a 15-minute time slot between 1:30 and 3:30 pm on Monday, November 5, please contact Stephen Naum ( To schedule a time slot between 1:00 and 3:00 pm on Tuesday, November 6, please contact Janice Van Opdorp (

(*) CPD Sponsored Program: Informational Interviewing 101

Monday, November 5 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC
Presented by Eric Vaughn, M.Ed., Life Sciences Career Coach

Are you curious about a specific career field or experience? Not sure who to ask or what to ask. This workshop will describe what an informational interview is, why it is important, and how it can assist you with exploring careers and options pre and post-graduation. This workshop will also discuss the importance of networking and how informational interviewing can assist you with expanding your network. For more information about this event, please contact

(*) Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, November 6 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC
All postdocs are invited to attend the monthly PDA meetings.

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

Tuesday, November 6 (Every 1st Tuesday) | 1:00pm to 2:00pm | Dewey 1-160B
Wednesday, November 23 (Every 3rd Wednesday) | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | 1-6200D, 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 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

(*) CPD Sponsored Program: Career Search Strategy Webinar: How to Identify Opportunities and the Best Practices for Job Searching

Wednesday, November 7 | 1:00 pm-12:00 pm | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545)
Presented by BioCareers. This webinar workshop will provide advice on how to prepare and conduct an effective job search. This webinar presentation focus on questions that every job seeker should ask themselves before they begin their search to ensure a focused search on roles and companies aligned to the job seeker’s values, interests, and skills. Other topics that will be discussed include marketing yourself, effective networking, and the importance of tailoring your application materials. For more information about this event, please contact

(*) CPD Sponsored Program: Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning (CIRTL) & Teaching As Research (TAR) Fellows Overview

Thursday, November 8 | 12:00 pm-12:45 pm | 2-7520, URMC
CIRTL…Seeks to enhance excellence in undergraduate STEM education; Uses graduate education as the leverage to development a national STEM faculty; Aims at increasing diversity in STEM fields. Learn more about the resources and experiences available through CIRTL & the TAR Fellows Program. Checkout the program flier at this link.

(*) Designing Effective Online Courses

Thursday, November 8 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Genrich Rusling Room, 215 LeChase Hall, Warner School of Education, River Campus
Presented by Dr. Deb Adair; Executive Director, Quality Matters. Lunch will be provided. RSVP at this Survey Monkey.

(*) CPD Sponsored Program: Does Your CV/Resume Speak to What the Employer is Seeking in a Job Candidate?

Friday, November 9 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm | Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC
Presented by Eric Vaughn, M.Ed., Life Sciences Career Coach. What goes into a CV or resume? How are you promoting or branding yourself through your CV and resume? Learn how your CV and resume can set you apart from other candidates! We will examine and review example CVs and resumes during the session. For more information about this event, please contact

Upcoming Events

(*) When Students are Struggling, Troubled or Troubling: Sources of Insight and Assistance

Wednesday, November 14 | 11:30 am-1:30 pm | Evarts Lounge, School of Nursing
Sooner or later in a teaching career every faculty member encounters a student whose behavior is a challenge, causes consternation, or maybe even raises alarm. Knowing how to recognize the signs of distress, when to seek outside support, and the legal rights of the community, can prepare a faculty member to handle difficult situations and be a source of effective support. Please join us for lively conversation which includes case discussions followed by perspectives from a panel of faculty and administrators with expertise in these important aspects of student life. Complimentary lunch served at 11:15 a.m. RSVP for this event at the Rochester Alumni Exchange.

(*) Info Session: Mentoring From The Middle

Wednesday, November 14 | 2:30 pm-3:30 pm | Microbiology Conference Room (KMRB 2-11211), URMC
Dr. Meera Singh will give a short 15-minute presentation describing steps you can take to cultivate your mentoring relationships. If her advice is interesting to you, you can then sign up for a full 2-hour workshop that will be held in February. Dr. Tracey Baas will also lead a short discussion with the group to see if trainees might like to establish Peer Mentoring Teams for mentee/mentor skill development. Light refreshments will be available.

(*) Graduate Women In Science (3rd Meeting): “Navigating an Uneven Playing Field with an Unwritten Rulebook”

Thursday, November 15 | 3:00 pm-4:00 pm | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576)
Invited Speaker:  Amanda Hargrove, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Chemistry and of Biochemistry, Duke University, Durham, NC.

Hosts: Graduate Student, Viktoriya Anokhina and Dr. Lynne Maquat. **Please make sure to legibly sign in at each GWIS meeting, this is how attendance is tracked for travel awards. **

(*) 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.

(*) 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:

(*) 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 this Registration Form.

See more upcoming events here.

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

Nature: Supporting Early Career Researchers through Travel Grants (Application Deadline November 5)

A Nature of memes and schemes blog post advertises that the Communications journals – Biology, Chemistry, and Physics – have started funding travel grants to support the travel of early career scientists to international conferences. Grant applications are open until November 5.

National Postdoctoral Association Travel and Childcare Support Awards for 17th NPA Annual Conference (Application Deadline: November 7)

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is pleased to offer travel and childcare support awards for postdoctoral scholars to attend our 17th NPA Annual Conference, which will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando, Florida, April 12 - 14, 2019. Travel awards will first cover registration and lodging, and then travel expenses up to the limit of the award. Travel award amounts will vary, but the maximum amount awarded will be $1,000. Childcare support awards will be used to cover childcare expenses while attending the Annual Conference up to the limit of the award. Award amounts will vary, but the maximum amount awarded will be $500. Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, November 7, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) Travel Awards (Application Deadline by noon on November 15)

Application deadlines are November 15 and April 15. 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 sign-up sheet. To date, fifty six GWIS members have received travel awards. For application and additional information, please visit the GWIS website.

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)

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.

Center for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning

Identifying and Developing Your Leadership Style (Registration Closes on Friday, November 9 at 1:00 pm EST)

Monday, Nov 12 & 26 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm (ET) | Online Workshop
Leadership skills are a critical component to success as a faculty member, administrative positions in higher education, and in non-academic positions. This workshop will build on several aspects of leadership skills, taking participants through the components of leadership: recognizing the characteristics of leadership and management and when to apply each; assessing their own capabilities; developing strategies for implementation; and developing strategies to bring out the leadership capacity in others. Participants will have access to a unique 360-Degree Leadership Assessment tool developed by Northwestern University to be able to analyze their current skill levels and track their leadership skill gains as they progress throughout their career.

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

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.

Everyone’s New Job Description

Managing crises is increasingly a skill that most administrators and faculty members must learn, writes Terri G. Givens. Read Everyone’s New Job Description

Powering Up Your Resume for a Nonfaculty Job Search

The strongest ones are written from scratch and are carefully crafted to appeal to a particular audience: the hiring manager, advise Jennifer Polk and L. Maren Wood. Read Powering Up Your Resume for a Nonfaculty Job Search

Top employers embrace change based on a stable foundation (Top 20 Global Employers Listed)

By Chris Tachibana. Like the biotech and pharma industry itself, the annual ScienceCareers Top Employers Survey continues to change and grow. This year, more than 8,000 responded, the most in the history of the survey, up from 6,950 last year. Of more than 180 companies mentioned frequently by survey participants, 20 emerged as top employers. Read Top employers embrace change based on a stable foundation

In my post-Ph.D. career, I’m putting my grad school angst to good use

By Katherine Bjerregaard Nielsen. Read In my post-Ph.D. career, I’m putting my grad school angst to good use

What I Wish I Knew Before Starting Grad School

Looking back a decade later, Vanessa R. Corcoran offers some tips. Read What I Wish I Knew Before Starting Grad School

STEM Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars Need an Online Portfolio

By Jason Cramer. Read STEM Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Scholars Need an Online Portfolio

An IDEO Recruiter’s 5 Tips for Writing a Better Cover Letter

Words By Virginia Martinez, Visuals by Chris Ancheta. Read An IDEO Recruiter’s 5 Tips for Writing a Better Cover Letter


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