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Opportunities To Explore - November 7 - November 11, 2016

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

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Alumni/Advancement Webinar: Survive & Thrive: Managing your Career with Jane Finkle ’86W (MSE)

Tuesday, November 15 at 12:30 pm. Join Jane Finkle '86W (MSE) principal of Career Visions, to do more than survive! Hear about the theory of Planned Happenstance and how to leverage "luck" toward future success. Do more than tread water - start creating your own opportunities. Register for the Alumni/Advancement Webinar

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 on the 2016-2017 Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship website

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. Apply by going to the AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program Website

2017 iBiology Young Scientist Seminars Competition

Applications are being accepted for the 2017 Competition of the iBiology Young Scientist Seminars (YSS). YSS is a video series produced by iBiology that features PhD candidates or postdocs giving talks about their research and discoveries. Applications are due December 15, 2016. Videos from the winners of the 2016 competition are available here. Apply by going to the 2017 iBiology Young Scientist Seminars Competition Website

BioCareers Webinar: Making Every Moment Count

November 16 at 7PM. The most daunting aspect of a job search is actually getting started. Knowing where to start and how to sustain momentum will not only shorten the job search, it will also keep you sane during the process. Coach Tom will share his strategies for keeping job seekers on target, and moving forward in their job search. BioCareers Webinar: Making Every Moment Count Registration website

This Week

URBEST Cold Emails and Hot Coffee

Tuesday November 8, 2016|8:450AM-9:45AM| Class of ’62 Auditorium| Corey Hoffman, PhD Candidate and FDA intern, and Tracey Baas, PhD, will talk about how to build your network from zero, using informational interviewing and active career exploration. They will discuss "Cold Emails and Hot Coffee" and also how Corey used these skills to make connections and intern at the FDA. Coffee and Bagels will be provided to make it through the morning. Drop-ins are welcome.

PDA Monthly Meeting

Tuesday November 8, 2016|12:30PM-1:30PM| Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555)| All postdocs are welcome to attend this meeting along with the executive board and committee members of the PDA.

(SOS) Graduates Share Their Stories on Surviving Graduate School

Thursday November 10, 2016|1:00PM-2:00PM| Upper Auditorium (3-7619)| The inaugural session of MBI's SOS [Supporting Our Students). Just remember, no one gets out of graduate school without contemplating the idea of dropping out. Alison Billroth-MacLurg, Patrick Murphy, Steve Baker & Virginia Glazier share doubts, challenges, and victories encountered while surviving graduate school. Join us for an in-depth discussion.

Upcoming Events

URBEST Conflict Management

Tuesday November 15, 2016|4:00AM-7:00PM| Natapow Conference Room (1-9545)| Join URBEST and Katherine Schaefer, College Writing Program for a lesson in conflict management. Conflict is inevitable, but doesn't have to be feared or unpleasant.  In fact, properly handled conflict can be a catalyst for creative thinking and positive change. This workshop explores ways to think about what conflict is, why it happens, and how to manage it. Dinner to be served, URBEST Conflict Management registration

URBEST: The Bottom Line: What You Need to Know About Interviewing

Thursday November 17, 2016|12:00PM-2:00PM| Ryan Case Method Room (1-9579) | Paul Dunman will lead this workshop, which is open to all PhD graduate students and postdocs. The workshop will be interactive, and you must bring a hardcopy of your resume. Successful interns and job seekers will lead small round table discussions to talk about their experiences and offer interviewing advice. Three practice phone interviews with Martha Harber, Field Applications Manager at Unchained Labs, will be awarded in a raffle. Hope to see you there!, URBEST: The Bottom Line: What You Need to Know About Interviewing registration

3rd MEETING OF GWIS: Invited Speaker:  Rachel Fearns, Ph.D

Thursday November 17, 2016|3:00PM-4:00PM| Ryan Case Method Room (1-9579) | Join GWIS in inviting Dr.  Rachel Fearns, Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, Boston University School of Medicine, as she presents her talk titled: “Working with the Pharma Industry From the Academic Side of the Fence”. Dr. Fearns will also be presenting a seminar in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics Seminar Series on Wednesday, November 16th  titled “Initiation of Paramyxovirus Transcription and Genome Replication” at 2:00 p.m. in K-307.

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, t 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

Relevant Reads

How Economics Shapes Science

by Paula Stephan. At a time when science is seen as an engine of economic growth, Paula Stephan brings a keen understanding of the cost-benefit calculations made by individuals and institutions as they compete for resources and reputation. 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.

Finding Your Way to Satisfying Work

How can young scientists find their way to suitable and satisfying work? Beryl Lieff Benderly explains in this Science Careers article.

The Hubris Syndrome

Don’t let jealousy and self-aggrandizement derail your Graduate Studies, says Heather VanMouwerik. Read The Hubris Syndrome

Reading Your Application File

Thoughts and insights from a faculty member reviewing your faculty application. Read Reading Your Application File

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