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Opportunities to Explore - October 29-November 2, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 44 | 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

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This Week

(*) Speed Career Coffee Meetings with CPD Career Services

Monday, October 29 | 9:00 am-11:00 am | Finger Lakes Coffee (Near Flaum Atrium), URMC
Need your CV, resume, cover letter, or LinkedIn profile reviewed or critiqued. Want to get more info on CPD and the services we provide. Join Eric Vaughn, Director of Career Services, for coffee at Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters. Trainees who sign up and attend will receive a coffee coupon from Finger Lakes Coffee Roasters. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment by contacting Damaris Cruz, Open to SMD graduate students and postdocs only.

(*) Training Future Researchers: Running an All-Undergraduate, Lean & Competitive Research Lab

Monday, October 29 | 12:00 pm | Hawkins-Carlson Room, Rush Rhees Library, River Campus
Presenter: Dr. Jeffrey Miller ’66; Professor, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics at UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. Lunch will be provided to those who register in advance. Please respond to or Rachel Lawrick at (585) 275-6166 by October 24, 2018. Supported by the Dr. Matthew E. and Ruth Harmon Fairbank Alumni Leadership Fund. 

(*) Graduate Student Society: Coffee Hour for Graduate Students

Wednesday, October 31 | 10:00 pm-11:00 am | Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC
Free coffee, tea, and treats. Enjoy conversation with fellow students or just grab and go!

(*) Introduction to Open Science Framework

Thursday, November 1 | 5:00 pm-6:30 pm | Rush Rhees Library, Gamble Room, River Campus
In this session you'll learn how to use the Open Science Framework (OSF) to preregister studies, design a study, organize materials, and collaborate with others. 

(*) URBEST Career Story Q & AL Nan Tracy Zheng, PhD

Friday, November 2 | 11:00 am-12:00 pm | Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC
Nan Tracy Zheng, Senior Research Public Health Analyst at RTI (Research Triangle Institute) International will share her experiences. Learn how Tracy combines data science and public health in her current research, which focuses on quality of care for the elderly and health services utilization and care processes. LUNCH WILL BE SERVED AT 12:00 PM. Please email if you’d like to attend lunch.

Upcoming Events

(*) 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

(*) 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

(*) 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

Info Session: Mentoring From The Middle

Wednesday, November 14 | 2:30 pm-3:30pm | 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.

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 15th)

Application deadlines are November 15th and April 15th. 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.

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. 

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 complete this Volunteer Form.

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 Fellows Program Website. Application deadline is January 9, 2019.

Opportunities Posted On Handshake

Cytocentric Cell Biologist (Full-time Position)

BioSpherix, a manufacturer of cutting-edge cell research and cell therapy equipment, is seeking a recent PhD or post-doc that wants to improve the way that biomedical science is done. In addition to having scientific publications, the ideal candidate will be eager to present findings at conferences in: Cell Biology, Toxicology, Immunology, Cancer Research, Cellular Therapies, and/or Regenerative Medicine. As part of a small scientific team, this person will have an enormous impact on projects like: Full-time physiologically relevant oxygen for stem cells; Unbroken aseptic conditions for tissue manufacture; Eliminating edge effect from cell-based assays; Automation of cell and tissue culture; Improving in vitro Reproducibility. For a full job description and details on applying, please log into the Handshake website with your URID at

Online Resources & Tools

Run Successful Experiments with the Right Antibody

If your study involves the use of antibodies, BenchSci is a free online platform that can help you easily find antibodies from publications. Individuals can take advantage of this resource with free registration here: For more information about this new resource, please contact Maurice Y.F. Shen, Ph.D., Head of Academic Relations at BenchSci at (416) 317-5798 or

Research Opportunity

Orthopaedic Research Opportunity in NYC Beginning December 2018

One of the Orthopaedic labs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in Manhattan is looking for a research associate to work full-time for at least one year. Applicants must be prompt, with great work ethic, and be willing to conduct experiments and surgeries on mice.  Prior lab experience in lab with cell culture, PCR, western blotting, or related bench skills are highly preferred. The lab page can be found here: If interested or you have more questions, feel free to reach me at Josh McGough is a graduate of the University of Rochester.

Center for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning

How Can We Interrupt and Mitigate Implicit Bias When We Witness It?  (Registration Closes on Monday, October 29)

Monday, October 29|11:30 am-12:30 pm (ET) | Online Workshop
Reducing implicit bias and promoting diversity in STEM is a science and innovation, workforce, and economic imperative (OSTP & OPM, 2016). While the first three sessions of this CIRTLCast series laid the foundation for understanding implicit bias in STEM higher education, in this final session, we will discuss recommendations for interrupting and mitigating implicit bias. Recommendations will include concrete tips and strategies for future STEM faculty in all disciplines, levels, and roles within STEM. We will define and discuss key terms, such as intersectionality, positionality, and cultural responsiveness. Using Blackboard Collaborate, presenters will facilitate a discussion between speakers and participants based on their questions, comments, and experiences related to this issue. Note: Registration This drop-in, online event is open to the public. Anyone is welcome to attend, but you must register in order to attend. Once you register, you will have access to the Blackboard Collaborate room where this online event will take place. 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

Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People

Professor G. Richard Shell’s systematic, step-by-step approach comes to life in this book, which is available in over ten foreign editions and combines lively storytelling, proven tactics, and reliable insights gleaned from the latest negotiation research.

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.

What to Do Immediately After an Interview

Derek Attig outlines steps you should take to set yourself up for success in the next stages of the hiring process and beyond. Read What to Do Immediately After an Interview

9 Ways International Students Can Build Job-Search Muscle This Fall

by Marcelo Barros. Read 9 Ways International Students Can Build Job-Search Muscle This Fall

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