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Opportunities to Explore - October 1-5, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 40 | 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.

Postdoctoral Affairs Task Force

The Commission on Women and Gender Equity has recommended the formation of a Postdoctoral Affairs Task Force to make recommendations regarding an array of postdoc issues. This task force will include both postdocs and faculty/staff who are involved in recruiting, hiring, managing, mentoring, and training postdocs. If you fit this description, please consider serving in this important role. More information (and a form to sign up) is available here. The deadline to sign up is October 5.

This Week

PONS Luncheon Roundtable Series

Monday, October 1 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Medical Center Specialty Room (2-7536), URMC
The PONS Luncheon Roundtable Series is an opportunity for students to join in the discussion of a specific topic with a multidisciplinary expert panel in a casual and catered setting.  We will be discussing current developmental and regenerative neuroscience research at the U of R with expert panelists Drs. Amy Kiernan, PhD, (Dept. of Opthalmology and Biomedical Genetics), Patricia White, PhD (Dept. of Neuroscience), and Margot Mayer-Pröschel, PhD (Dept. of Biomedical Genetics).  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information on PONS, please visit .

(*) Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, October 2 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Georgen Hall, Room 417, River Campus
All postdoctoral trainees are invited to attend the PDA monthly meetings.

(*) URBEST Career Story PLUS: Chris Kovacs, PhD Candidate

Tuesday, October 2 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525), URMC
Chris Kovacs will be transitioning to West Point Academy to undertake a postdoctoral fellowship sponsored by the National Academies called the NRC Research Associateship Program. At this Career Story Plus, he will talk about how he found his opportunity, how he worked with his future mentor to develop a proposal, and what his postdoctoral position will be like. Chris is also open to sharing hard copies of his resume and abstract to help you formulate your own plan of action. If you'd like to investigate part of the NRC Research Associateship Program, click this link. Pizza will be available.

(*) URBEST Career Story Q & A: Rick Lawless, MS, MBA

Wednesday, October 3 | 9:00 am-10:00 am | Northeastern Room (1-9525), URMC
Rick Lawless, BS, MBA, - Associate Director of Biomanufacturing Training & Education Center (BTEC) at North Carolina State University. Read his Blog Post: Fitting (Pounding) a Square Peg into a Round Hole — My Transition from Commercial Manufacturing to Academia at this link. Coffee and yogurt parfaits will be available.

(*) UCSF’s BEST Program Visits URBEST: For Graduate Students

Wednesday, October 3 | 10:00 am-11:30 am |CEL 2-7536/2-7544 Combined, URMC

  • The Fantasy, the Ideal, and The Reality: Bill Lindstaedt and Gabriela Monsalve (~30 min)

This interactive, chalk-talk presentation illustrates the real process of career exploration. This workshop reviews the trials and tribulations that trainees commonly navigate during this process, and highlights the skills and self-assessment tools that can catalyze their momentum to the finish line.

  • Choosing A Postdoc with Your Career Goal in Mind  Gabriela Monsalve (~60 min)

When looking for a postdoc, people often prioritize finding a research area of interest and PI with name recognition. This approach overlooks several factors that govern how a postdoc will help one achieve their career goals. In this workshop, you will learn about the variety of postdocs available, and, given your career goals, define what you need to get out of your postdoc. Register online at

(*) Lecture with Edward Botchwey, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, George Tech College of Engineering and Emory School of Medicine

Wednesday, October 3 | 12:00 pm-1:30 pm | Lower Adolph Auditorium (1-7619), URMC
Dr. Botchwey is an Associate Professor in ImmunoRegenerative Engineering at Georgia Tech University.  His primary research focus is musculoskeletal repair. The Botchwey Laboratory takes a multidisciplinary approach for improvement of tissue engineering therapies through study of microvascular remodeling, inflammation resolution and host stem cells. Our goal is development of effective new strategies to repair, replace, preserve or enhance tissue or organ function. Lunch is provided. Please RSVP by Friday, September 28th.

(*) UCSF’s BEST Program Visits URBEST: For Postdocs

Wednesday, October 3 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm | CEL 2-7520

  • The Fantasy, the Ideal, and The Reality - Bill Lindstaedt and Gabriela Monsalve (~30 min)

This interactive, chalk-talk presentation illustrates the real process of career exploration. This workshop reviews the trials and tribulations that trainees commonly navigate during this process, and highlights the skills and self-assessment tools that can catalyze their momentum to the finish line.

  • How to Use Career Exploration Skills to Get a Job  - Bill Lindstaedt (~75 min)

Ready for the job search? In this workshop, you will learn how informational interviews are good not only for information gathering, but to help you uncover the hidden job market! Once you find an attractive job, you will also learn how to apply so that your application gets noticed. Register online at

(*) Steadman Family Award Event Finalist Presentations

Friday, October 5 | 3:30 pm-5:30 pm | Georgen Hall, Sloan Auditorium (Room 101), River Campus
Finalists will present their research in a 5-minute oral demonstration, using a single, static slide as a visual aid to the panel of judges. Finalists will be judged on several criteria, with emphasis on the research’s potential for innovation, broad impact to interdisciplinary fields of study and presentation ability. Please direct any questions and/or email your application to AS&E Director of Graduate Studies, Janice Van Opdorp @ .

Upcoming Events

(*) PhD in Translational Biomedical Science 2018 Annual Poster Session

Monday, October 8 | 12:30 pm-1:30 pm | Saunders Research Building Atrium
Posters to include topics such as: eHealth interventions for chronic conditions, Nanoparticle use for anti-biofilm agents, Infectious disease in global populations, Antifungal drug discovery, and many other topics! Light refreshments provided.

(*) Future Faculty Workshops: Understanding the Faculty Role

Wednesday, October 10 | 11:30 am-4:30 pm | Gamble Room (2nd Floor), Rush Rhees Library, River Campus
Gain a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of academic careers, hear alumni perspectives on transitioning from graduate student to faculty member, and learn of discipline-specific expectations and challenges in the job search, including building a CV and preparing to interview. Complimentary lunch will be provided. Please contact Adele Coelho, Faculty Outreach Coordinator, at (585) 273-2571 or with any questions or to RSVP.

(*) Fall 2018 University Online Learning Symposium Series: Online Learning Initiatives at Yale University

Thursday, October 11 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm |Genrich Rusling Room (215 LeChase Hall), Warner School of Education, River Campus
Presenter: Lucas Swineford; Executive Director of Digital Education, Yale University. Lunch will be provided. To register for this event, please visit this Survey Monkey for the series.

(*) Teaching Fundamentals: Tools to Demystify Course Planning and Assessment

Wednesday, October 24 | 11:30 am-2:00 pm | Rush Rhees Library, Gamble Room 361, River Campus
Instructors at all levels will learn how to set learning objectives, build course plans to track achievement of outcomes, and assess learning. Participants will develop sample course maps, test blueprints, sample rubrics, and assessment tracing maps to document progress for student learning and person goals.  Complementary lunch will be provided. For more information and to register, please visit the Rochester Alumni Exchange. Questions or accommodation requests, please contact Adele Coelho, Faculty Outreach Coordinator at .

See more upcoming events here.

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

Rochester Young Science Club is Recruiting Volunteers

Do you love kids, science, and Saturday mornings? Rochester Young Scientists Club partners with elementary schools in Rochester City School District to bring 40 5th and 6th graders to URSMD throughout the school year. We meet on 10 Saturdays from 10:00am-12:00 pm (from mid-October through March). As club leaders, we plan the curriculum and gather supplies, so all you need to do is show up and help our young scientists do the experiment or science project of the day. At the end of the program, the young scientists design their own experiment, make a poster, and present their project to their families (at a joint poster session with the STEP program). If you are interested in learning more about this program or wish to sign up, please fill out this Google Form.

PLOS ONE Early Career Travel Awards

PLOS ONE is pleased to offer a travel award program for early career researchers presenting work at a 2018 physical science conference. The award is $500 to offset registration and/or travel expenses associated with attending and presenting work at a physical science conference. Eligibility: Currently enrolled in a graduate program or have received a degree within the last five (5) years, AND Confirmation that their research has been accepted for presentation at the conference indicated in the application. For more information and deadlines, please visit the PLOS Website.

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 the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Website. Application deadline is January 9, 2019.

Employment Opportunities & Information

Career Path

Jobs, Career Advice and More. See the Science Magazine Website.

Cell/Molecular Biologist (Visiting Position) @ University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Ph.D. and commitment to teaching undergraduates required. Responsibilities include teaching Introductory Biology lecture and labs, an upper-level Molecular Biology course for majors with a lab, and a non-majors biology course. Submit letter of application, CV, unofficial transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy and research interests to Dr. Lauren Yaich at, Chair, Division of Biological and Health Sciences, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, 300 Campus Drive, Bradford, PA 16701. For full consideration, applicants must submit complete application packages. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. For more information about University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, please visit

Volunteer Opportunities

Rochester Museum and Science Center (RMSC): October 26th- Almost Overnight at the Museum: Spooky Sweet Tooth Science

RMSC is seeking volunteers who have an interest in dental/oral care to participate engaging with attendees on the importance of oral health. This Almost Overnight theme is Spooky Sweet Tooth Science and there will be activities on the museum floor, shows, food, and classroom experiences. Great CV/resume builder. If you are interested, please contact Joelle Esler at

Center for Integration of Research, Training & Learning

Fall 2018 Online Courses

How Pervasive Is Implicit Bias in STEM? (Registration Closes Monday, October 1st)

  • Monday, October 1| 11:30 am (ET) | Online Workshop

While the current bodies of literature on implicit bias are extensive, fewer studies focus on its scope in STEM teaching and learning. In the first session of this CIRTLCast series, invited speakers will discuss the prevalence of implicit bias in STEM, particularly in the context of higher education. We will define and discuss key terms, such as equity, oppression, privilege, and microaggressions. Using Blackboard Collaborate, presenters will facilitate a discussion between speakers and participants based on their questions, comments, and experiences related to this issue. For more information or to register, please visit

Creating Effective Learning Communities (Registration Closes on Friday, October 12 at 1:00 pm EST)

  • Wednesday, October 17 & 31 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm (ET) | Online Workshop

Learning communities are valuable because they bring people together for shared learning, discovery, and the generation of knowledge. Within a learning community, all participants take responsibility for achieving the learning goals. Importantly, learning communities are the process by which individuals come together to achieve learning goals. These learning goals can be specific to individual courses and activities, or can be those that guide an entire teaching and learning enterprise. This workshop is designed for new or future leaders of local learning communities to inform their design. Participants will identify the characteristics of successful learning communities, as well as analyze an example learning community to develop strategies that they will apply to their own learning community. For more information or to register, please visit

Creating and Owning Your Individual Development Plan (Registration Closes on Friday, October 19 at 1:00 pm EST)

  • Tuesday, October 23 & 30 | 4:00 pm-5:30 pm (ET) | Online Workshop

In this 2-part workshop, you will create a robust draft of your IDP and an action plan to facilitate conversations with your advisor or supervisor about career goals, current and desired skills, and professional development opportunities. We will discuss how to define achievable objectives, identify resources, and develop strategies for implementing and sustaining your plans. You’ll start by considering your current skills and career aspirations. Then, along with your peers, you will consider key features of effective plans. You will begin to create a personalized plan that takes into account career interests and addresses the resources needed for the development of knowledge and skills. In addition, you will begin writing objectives that are achievable and meaningful. IDPs are most effective when shared. Participants will develop a draft of their IDPs to share for feedback from the facilitators and other participants during the second session. Workshop participants will develop a plan for talking with their mentor and practice how to begin these conversations. For more information or to register, please visit

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

Find the Space to Lead

Janice Marturano, a senior executive with decades of experience in Fortune 500 corporations, explains how Mindful Leadership training integrates the practice of mindfulness--meditation and self-awareness--with the practical tools of management, enabling leaders to bring a wider range of their capacities to the challenges at hand. We already know from scientific research that mindfulness practices enhance mental health and improve clarity and focus. Finding the Space to Lead shows how this training has specific value for leaders. 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.

5 Reasons PhDs are Valued More Than Other Job Candidates

Submitted by Isaiah Hankel
The idea that getting a PhD is going to hurt your chances of getting a non-academic job is a misconception. In fact, most PhDs go on to get non-academic jobs and most get paid more than non-PhDs in the same position. The only way a PhD will hold you back from getting a non-academic job is if you use it as an excuse. Don’t use your PhD as an excuse, use it as leverage. PhD-qualified professionals are in high demand. The problem is that very few PhDs know how to leverage their PhD. Most of them just expect for hiring managers and recruiters to come looking for them. They think that Pfizer, GSK, or Baxter is going to come chase them down and say please work for us. When they realize this isn’t going to happen, they call it quits and blame the system or the job market or the fact that “big companies don’t want to hire PhDs”. Read 5 Reasons PhDs are Valued More Than Other Job Candidates

Building Relationships at Home

How can you network most effectively within your own institution? Stephen J. Aguilar provides advice. Read Building Relationships at Home

When considering a career change, don’t be afraid to seek out new perspectives.

By Barbara A. Wanchisen. Read When considering a career change, don’t be afraid to seek out new perspectives.

Develop your career label so that it works in your favor

By David G. Jensen. Read Develop your career label so that it works in your favor

Beyond government grants: Widening your funding net

By Chris Tachibana - Read Beyond government grants: Widening your funding net

How to find the right place your Ph.D. or postdoc

By Elisabeth Pain - Read How to find the right place your Ph.D. or postdoc

Visit for a calendar of all our events.  Review the Opportunities to Explore archive.

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