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Opportunities To Explore - October 16-20, 2017

October 16-20, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 42 | Trainee News

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

This Week

Diversity Virtual Career Fair

Wednesday, October 18 | 10:00 am – 4:00 pm | Online

33 employers from all majors and disciplines seeking candidates from Associates to PhDs. Learn more about this event and register

Science, Technology and Culture Book Club: A Crack in Creation

Wednesday, October 18 | 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm | Humanities Center Lobby, Rush Rhees Library, River Campus

The Science, Technology, and Culture book club will discuss "A Crack in Creation" by Jennifer Doudna.

URBEST Sponsored Event: The Science of Great Ideas: Fostering The Creative Process

Thursday, October 19 | TBD and Charmaine Wheatley's Studio

A two-hour session to introduce your right brain to your left brain. In essence, decoding the science of great ideas by fostering the creative process. The session will be lead by Vineeth John, MD, MBA, who will introduce you to some of the theories of the creative process (~20 – 30 minutes); and Charmaine Wheatley, URMC artist-in-residence, who will lead you through some hands-on art activities (~1.5 hours). Register at

Undergraduate Research & Visitation Day

Friday, October 20 | 9:00 am – 3:30 pm | URMC

The event is for undergraduate juniors and seniors with an interested in the Biomedical and Health Sciences.  Students will have the opportunity to present a research project of their choice to current faculty in the Biomedical and Health Sciences. *There will be a poster session (11-12:30) and lunch (12:30-1:30) that we would to have students at.  PhD students and postdoc appointees are invited to lunch and  should RSVP to to reserve your spot (space is limited).

Student CARE Network Seminar (Hosted by the Graduate Student Society at URMC)

Friday, October 20 | 3:15 pm-4:00 pm | Lower Adolph Auditorium (1-7619), URMC

Presented by Morgan Levy, Director of Equal Opportunity Compliance. Refreshments will be provided by GSS.

Upcoming Events

Professional Development Workshops with Tara Gray, PhD: Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar & Ten Ways to Manage Your Time

Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar (RSVP Deadline: October 6th)

  • Monday, October 23 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm | Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), URMC

Increase your productivity by a factor of three. Write clearer, better organized, and more compelling prose. Many scholarly writers are educated at the School of Hard Knocks, but it’s not the only school or even the best. Much is known about how to become a prolific scholar, and anybody can. For more information or to RSVP, please visit .

Ten Ways to Manage Your Time (RSVP Deadline: October 6th)

  • Monday, October 23 | 1:45 pm-3:45 pm | Whipple Auditorium (2-6424), URMC

University professors are pulled in many directions at once, facing publication deadlines, piles of student papers, committee obligations, and that  ever-growing list of unanswered emails. In all of this clutter of activity, we might begin to wonder: are we making the best use of our time? Clearly, we need to develop strategies and concrete practices to open up some “space” in our lives in which we can reflect, consider the long term, and function more productively in our daily lives. For more information or to RSVP, please visit .

CPD Sponsored Event: CV & Resume Writing: Starting and Enhancing Your CV and Resume

Wednesday, October 25 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC

Learn how your CV and resume can set you apart from other candidates! Register for this event online at

Negotiation 101

Monday, October 30 | 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Fiaretti Room (1W-501, Helen Wood Hall), URMC

Ernest Hicks, a retired manager of corporate diversity at Xerox, will give a presentation on the elements of effective negotiations and the challenges in today’s unique negotiating environments from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, October 30, in Helen Wood Hall’s Fiaretti Room (1W-501). There will be a networking reception immediately following. The event is part of the Diversity Seminar Series aimed at advancing women faculty in science and medicine. To register, email .

Fall 2017 University Online Learning Symposium Series What does the research tell us about online learning- and how can it inform our practice?

Thursday, November 2 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | LeChase Hall, Genrich Rushing Room, River Campus

Special guest presenter Dr. Peter Shea, Editor of the Online Learning Journal and Associate Provost for Online Learning & Associate Professor, Educational Theory and Practice and Informatics - University at Albany. Complimentary lunch will be served.

Fall 2017 University Online Learning Symposium Series Faculty and student experiences with Online Learning at the University of Rochester

Thursday, December 7 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | LeChase Hall, Genrich Rushing Room, River Campus

UR faculty and students presenting. Complimentary lunch will be served.

See more upcoming events here.  

Happening Now

The Data Incubator- Data Science Fellowship

Regular Deadline: October 16, 2017

The Data Incubator is a Cornell-funded data science training organization. We run a free advanced 8-week fellowship (think data science bootcamp) for PhDs looking to enter industry. A variety of innovative companies partner with The Data Incubator for their hiring and training needs, including LinkedIn, Genentech, Capital One, Pfizer, and many others. The program is free for admitted Fellows - see the FAQ below for more information. Fellows have the option to participate in the program either in person in New York, San Francisco Bay Area, Seattle New, Boston New, Washington DC, or online.

Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited. Want to learn about The Data Incubator? Read about alumni experiences on our blog or watch capstone project demos by our fellows. For the latest, follow us on TwitterLinkedIn, and Facebook.

Fellowship Information Fellowship Application

Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Travel and Development award for 2017-2018

Deadline: October 31, 2017

The PDA Travel and Development award will support travel to a conference, workshop, or event that aids in the postdocs professional development not otherwise available at UR.  Two winners will be chosen for the award, and both winners will be awarded $1200 to cover travel and registration for the event of their choosing.  Following the event, winners are required to write up a short meeting report to be shared with the rest of the postdoctoral community.  The submission portal is open now and will be open until October 31, 2017.  Winners announced November 30, 2017! Application rules and eligibility can be found online at this link.  To apply, please complete the application and upload your CV to the application portal link. Questions, please contact Jeff Tithof, PhD at or Anthony M. Franchini, PhD at .

Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA) for Professional Development 

Deadline to apply is Friday, November 10, 2017

YCA is an NIH-funded (1R25GM114000) initiative that connects PhD, MD/PhD, or PsyD students across the U.S. who are conducting biological, biomedical, or behavioral sciences research with a network of diverse peers and role models, and with professional development opportunities to help students navigate graduate school, identify their academic and professional goals, and gain the confidence to achieve them. Students from other fields are encouraged to apply if their work might be of NIH interest. Key features of the program include:

( 1 ) Virtual chats with diverse role models and mentors who will discuss topics such as careers within and outside of academia, getting funded, securing a postdoc, getting published, time and project management, and work-life balance, among others; ( 2 ) Supportive discussions with peers, moderated by experts, on inter-personal issues (mentoring challenges, impostor syndrome, the importance of community, etc.) ( 3 ) Online and in person workshops for the development of non-research skills such as: effective scientific and professional communication, professional goal setting & networking, mentoring, and scientific teaching. ( 4 ) Attendance to an annual YCA meeting (all expenses paid) to take place during the AAAS Annual Meeting to extend opportunities for networking and professional development; ( 5 ) Participants will have the opportunity to impact their communities and put in place leadership and communication skills through science outreach activities like the publication of popular science articles, podcasts, or visits to local schools. ( 6 ) and Additional advice on their IDP. Application requirements, selection criteria, FAQs, and the application form can be accessed via this link:  Questions can be directed to  ( or at


Center for Professional Development (CPD) Travel Award

Deadline: November 17, 2017 by 5:00 pm

The Center of Professional Development (CPD) is sponsoring a CPD Travel Award for PhD students and postdoctoral appointees in the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Each travel award is worth up to $1500 and can be utilized for travel to a conference or for a professional development opportunity relevant to preparation for current or future career endeavors. For more information including eligibility or to apply, please visit

Autism Science Foundation Fellowships

Deadline: December 1, 2017

Funding: The one-year awards include $25,000 for pre-doctoral and medical students and $35,000 for postdoctoral students.

The Autism Science Foundation is inviting applications for its Pre- and Postdoctoral Training Awards and Medical School Gap Year Research Training Awards from graduate students, medical students, and postdoctoral fellows interested in pursuing careers in basic and clinical research relevant to autism spectrum disorders. The proposed training must be scientifically linked to autism and may be broadened to include training in a closely related area of scientific research, including but not limited to human behavior across the lifespan (language, learning, behavior, communication, social function, motor skills & planning, epilepsy, sleep, repetitive disorders), neurobiology (anatomy, development, neuroimaging), pharmacology, neuropathology, genetics, epigenetics, genomics, epigenomics, immunology, molecular and cellular mechanisms, studies employing model organisms and systems, and studies of treatment and service delivery. Special consideration will be given to projects focused on gender issues in autism. This includes studies examining the female protective effect, neurobiological and neuroanatomical examination of the female autism brain, diagnostic differences and challenges in females, the female phenotype, and health and lifespan issues, including vocational services and employment. ASF also invites studies focused on unaffected siblings and recurrence risk in the offspring of unaffected siblings. ASF is also interested in supporting research on the neurobiology and molecular biology of autism using post-mortem brain tissue. Full RFA on website.

The 2018 Competition for the iBiology Young Scientist Seminars (YSS)

Deadline to apply is December 10, 2017 (11:59pm PT)

The Young Scientist Seminars (YSS) is a video series produced by iBiology that features young scientists giving talks about their research and discoveries. As with all iBiology videos, the YSS videos are freely available online and widely viewed by an international audience of students, scientists, educators, and the public. Speakers in the YSS series must apply by December 10, 2017 (11:59pm PT) to be selected. Benefits: (1) Winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to the University of California, San Francisco (late Spring 2018, exact date TBD), where they will attend a multi-day science communication workshop led by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, in collaboration with iBiology. During the workshop, they will make improvements to their 30-minute research talks. (2) At the end of the workshop week, winners will record their improved 30-minute research talks in iBiology's green screen studio. Studio-recorded talks will be posted on the iBiology website as part of a the Young Scientist Seminars. (3) Receive a $500 honorarium. For more information including eligibility, application details, and selection process, please visit

Innovation Cup Anniversary Edition

Online Application: October 1, 2017 until January 15, 2018

The Innovation Cup offers the opportunity for 75 selected postgraduate students to learn more about the chemical and pharmaceutical industry and to work in teams to advance a novel idea into a convincing business plan during a one week Summer Camp with coaching from top academic scientists, accomplished entrepreneurs and experienced Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany professionals. All participants will also attend the “Curious2018 – Future InSight Conference” ( Several keynote speakers will participate as coaches at the Innovation Cup. The Innovation Cup and the Curious2018 conference will take place near Frankfurt, Germany (July 16-24, 2018). Travel, accommodation and food expenses will be paid by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. A EUR 20,000 prize will be awarded to the team that presents the most convincing business plan plus EUR 5,000 each for the best team per field. Apply now! Information and application to the program are available on:

Professional Development & Class Information

The Intensive English Program, delivered by University of Rochester ONCAMPUS, has opened enrollment for its 8-week Fall 2017 session (October 15-December 15).  The IEP is open to both graduate and undergraduate students. This non-credit program, offers modules from academic reading to critical and creative thinking with the aim of increasing academic confidence.  Find more details at the IEP Website.  Interested students may fill out the interest form.  Please email questions to

The Intensive English Program for University of Rochester Affiliates, delivered by University of Rochester ONCAMPUS, announces an 8-week (Oct 16 – Dec 13, 2017) Intensive English Program  exclusively for University of Rochester Affiliates (staff members, or family of a staff member/student).  The program improves knowledge of US workplace, culture and society while boosting skills in written and spoken communication.  Students produce a portfolio containing the outcome of group and individual based tasks on specific topics relevant to working in the USA showcasing relevant skills and abilities. Sessions will be M & W, at URMC.  For more details see the IEP Affiliates website. Interested participants may fill out the interest form, or email for more information.


SIGMA Xi (The Scientific Research Honor Society & NPA (National Postdoctoral Association) New Joint Memberships

Sigma Xi and the NPA are pleased to announce new, joint memberships that are available to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. With these memberships, graduate students and postdocs can enjoy the benefits of both Sigma Xi and the NPA. These membership options offer a 20 percent discount off the annual dues rates for both organizations. The joint memberships have annual dues of $56 for graduate students, $64 for postdoctoral scholars up to three years after graduation, or $108 for postdoctoral scholars more than three years after graduation.

Employment Boards

The American Society for Cell Biology

ASCB has its own employment board and job seekers can look at free online job postings at  

Relevant Reads

The Professor Is In: The Essential Guide To Turning Your Ph.D. Into a Job

The definitive career guide for grad students, adjuncts, post-docs and anyone else eager to get tenure or turn their Ph.D.  into their ideal job. 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 Quick Tips for Fining a Nonacademic Job

By Jessica A. Hitchins. Various career paths will require more specific skills and job search techniques, but Jessica A. Hutchins provides some brief general guidelines. Read 5 Quick Tips for Fining a Nonacademic Job

5 Tips for Flat Abs and an Industry Job

Thomas Magaldi provides strategies that can help you not only get in shape but also find your first nonacademic job. Read 5 Tips for Flat Abs and an Industry Job

What’s next after a PhD?

Dear Labby Column in ASCB Newsletter. Dear Labby, I am about 18 months from filing my PhD thesis (finally) and I am considering my post-PhD options. I am thinking not only about a postdoc but also about whether to join a company directly. With a postdoc, I might be competitive for either an academic or a research position, but I am not sure if I really need a postdoc to enter industry. What things should I consider as I make a decision about “What next?”—Lulu from the Midwest Read What’s next after a PhD?

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