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Opportunities to Explore - October 2-6, 2017

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October 2-6, 2017 | Vol 3, Issue 40 | Trainee News

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


The CARE Network

The CARE Network, a program that helps support students in distress, is now available for SMD graduate students. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to submit a referral to the CARE Network if they believe that a student is in or headed towards distress, are aware of an act of discrimination on campus, or have a general concern for a student. The CARE Network provides recommendations to campus and community resources, outlets for safe spaces, and coaches on communication skills to work through difficult discussions and situations. You can submit a referral and/or learn more about the CARE Network at

This Week

Fall Career Expos - Engineering, Data Science and Technology Expo and Finance, Consulting, and Corporate Expo

Tuesday, October 3 | 11:00 am-2:00 pm

Engineering, Tech and Data Science Career Expo: Douglas Ballroom, Frederick Douglas Building, River Campus

Finance, Consulting and Corporate Career Expo: May Room, Wilson Commons

To RSVP for this event, please login to

CPD Sponsored Event: Grantsmanship for Postdocs: Pathway to Independence Awards (K99/R00) (Online Webinar)

Tuesday, October 3 | 6:00 pm-8:30 pm | Webinar

The ability to write competitive grant applications is now more important than ever. Therefore, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are strongly encouraged to develop and perfect their grant writing skills early in their careers by applying for fellowships, career transition awards, and other funding opportunities. Moreover, concise and persuasive writing skills are not only vital for a career in academia, but are essential for all career paths. For information on what will be covered during the webinar and to register, please visit The New York Academy of Sciences website. CPD has paid for one registration fee that is available to any SMD student or trainee who wishes to view the webinar in the Anderson Room (G-8534). If you are interested in participating, please register online at

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Information Session

Tuesday, October 3 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Goergen 101, Rover Campus

Come interact with Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Inc! They will be on campus to share insight into their company, unique culture, potential career paths, and internship/ co-op opportunities. The target audience for this experience includes students pursuing their bachelors, masters and PhD degrees. We look for students in the following major categories: Life Sciences, Engineering, Computer Science or related. Refreshments will be served!  To RSVP for this event, please login to . 

URBEST/BioM Career Story Q&A: Rick Lawless, BS, MBA

Wednesday, October 4 | 9:00 am-10:00 am | Louise Slaughter Conference Room (1-9555), URMC

Associate Director of Biomanufacturing Training & Education Center (BTEC) at North Carolina State University will be presenting a URBEST Career Story. This is in conjunction with the 2-credit fall course MBI 406: Biomanufacturing. For information about the course contact and information about registration contact All are welcome to attend!

Fall 2017 University Online Learning Symposium Series: Online Learning at Cornell University

Thursday, October 5 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | LeChase Hall, Genrich Rushing Room, River Campus

Special guest presenter Paul Krause, CEO eCornell and Associate Vice Provost for Online Learning, Cornell University. Complimentary lunch will be served.

URBEST The Grand Gesture

Friday, October 6 | 9:00 am-11:00 am | Wegmans Hall, Georgen Institute for Data Science (Room 1201), River Campus

The first ten people that arrive at each URBEST Grand Gesture, Georgen Institute for Data Science Room 1201 (near Peet's Coffee) get a crisp $5 to buy coffee/snacks. All others are welcome to attend but must by their own snacks. What deep work you select to focus on is completely up to you. A copy of Deep Work by Cal Newport will be given to people that attend all four (Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec) sessions.  Learn more about Deep Work and The Grand Gesture online at

URBEST Career Story Q&A: Jeffrey Harder, PhD and Candice Baker, PhD

Friday, October 6 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545), URMC

Postdoc and Associate Study Director of Genetic Engineering Technologies, respectively, at The Jackson Laboratory ( A small group of trainees will be invited to lunch.

Upcoming Events

Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, October 10 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm | Goergen Hall, Room 417, River Campus

All postdocs are welcome to attend this meeting along with the executive board and committee members of the PDA.

CPD Sponsored Event: Navigating Career Choices with Special Alumni Guests from the Class of 2016 Jennifer Stripay, PhD and Ryan Dawes, PhD

Wednesday, October 11 | 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Adolph (Lower) Auditorium (1-7619), URMC

Neuroscience graduates of 2016-2017; Jennifer Stripay, PhD and Ryan Dawes, PhD; will discuss their personal experience with navigating career choices and how plans can change over time. In addition, they will answer current student and trainees’ questions with navigating career choices and opportunities. Register online at

CPD Sponsored Event: Networking Reception with Jennifer Stripay, PhD and Ryan Dawes, PhD

Wednesday, October 11 |4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Forbes Mezzanine


Understanding the Faculty Role

Wednesday, October 11 | 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Evarts Lounge, Helen Wood Hall, URMC

The Offices of the Provost and of Faculty Development and Diversity hosts “Understanding the Faculty Role”. Gain an 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. A complimentary lunch will be provided. Register online at

Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Meeting: Academic Science: Amazing Career Opportunities

Thursday, October 12 | 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Lower Adolph Auditorium (1-7619), URMC

Anita Hopper, Ph.D. - Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

Steadman Postdoc Prize Presentation & Reception

Friday, October 13 | 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm | Morey Hall, Room 321, River Campus

Finalists for the Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research will be selected to participate in a 3-minute oral presentation to the faculty panel at the Steadman Prize presentation during Meliora Weekend. Attendance at the final competition is expected if selected as a finalist. Winners will be announced at the award reception immediately following. For more details on this award, please contact

Undergraduate Research & Visitation Day

Friday, October 20 | URMC


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

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

DEADLINE MONDAY- National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) 2018 Travel and Childcare Support Awards to attend the 16th Annual Conference (Application deadline: October 2nd at 11:59 pm)

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is pleased to offer travel and childcare support awards for postdoctoral scholars to attend our 16th Annual Conference, which will be held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel in Cleveland, Ohio, April 6-8, 2018.  Applications will be accepted through Monday, October 2, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. ET.  Travel awards will 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 $1000. Childcare support awards will be used to cover childcare expenses while attending the Annual Meeting up to the limit of the award. Award amounts will vary, but the maximum amount awarded will be $500.


The Data Incubator- Data Science Fellowship

Early Deadline: October 9, 2017 and 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 FAQbelow 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.

More Information Application Link

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.

Alan Hall and Norton B. Gilula Travel Awards (Application Deadline: October 10,2017)

The Journal of Cell Biology is pleased to announce that they are now accepting applications for the Alan Hall and Norton B. Gilula Travel Awards to attend the 2017 ASCB/EMBO meeting in Philadelphia, PA. Please read each award criteria carefully online. Applications will be assessed based upon financial need and scientific merit. Applicants will be considered for all awards for which they are eligible. To apply: Applicants must provide a one-page description of their research goals, a current CV, their abstract submitted to ASCB and an advisor letter of recommendation.  Submit your applications here:

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! View the Application rules and eligibility.  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 .

Employment Opportunities

Developmental Biologist in the Biology Department at SUNY Fredonia

The Biology Department at the State University of New York at Fredonia has an opening for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level for a developmental biologist beginning in the Fall of 2018. The Biology Department at Fredonia has recently opened a new science center housing advanced molecular research tools including confocal and fluorescent microscopy, cell culture, and microinjection facilities. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in a relevant molecular discipline by August 2018 and have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and advising. Postdoctoral research and teaching experience is expected, expertise in developmental neurobiology is preferred.  Ideal candidates will bring research expertise involving a model organism that lends itself to an active research program involving undergraduate students.  This research program must lead to grant applications and publication in peer reviewed journals.  Instructional responsibilities include courses in first year introductory biology, non-majors courses, upper-level developmental biology, and courses in the candidate's area of expertise. For complete vacancy announcement, position description, qualifications, and to apply, please visit

Imaging Fellowship Opportunity at Harvard University

Harvard University is seeking life and physical scientists with an interest in imaging to develop innovative imaging technologies, lead biological investigations using these technologies, or both, for an exciting position as a John Harvard Distinguished Science Fellow (JHDSF). Fellows will work as independent researchers; receive funding to run a small research group; and will be appointed for a three-year term (two year extension after review). Candidates should have recently completed a PhD in Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Engineering or related areas, or should complete a PhD by the time their appointment begins. Application Deadline is October 29, 2017. Learn more and apply online.

iBiology COURSES

Planning Your Scientific Journey

Course starts Monday, October 2 and ends on Monday, November 13 | Estimated Effort (hours/week) 3 hours

Planning Your Scientific Journey is an innovative online course. Engaging videos, along with reflective exercises, offer concrete tools and practical advice to help you navigate the most challenging aspects of developing and planning a research project. Instruction is led by a diverse group of leading scientists, such as Nobel Laureates, accomplished faculty, and junior scientists, who think about different aspects scientific training in deep and meaningful ways. Our hope is that you will end our course feeling more prepared and confident in your own scientific journey! See more information and enroll.

Relevant Reads

Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty

This second edition reflects the changed world of higher education. New technologies have opened up endless possibilities for college teaching, but it's not always easy to use these technologies effectively. Updated to address the challenges of today's new teaching environments, including online, "flipped," and large lectures, Collaborative Learning Techniques is a wonderful reference for educators who want to make the most of any course environment. 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.

How about a Career at an Independent K-12 School?

Beth Jones describes benefits for master’s and PhD graduates. Read How about a Career at an Independent K-12 School?

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