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Opportunities To Explore 12/12-12/16

December 12 – December 16, 2016 | Vol 2, Issue 66 | Trainee News

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

Happening Now

Call for Abstracts for New England Science Symposium

The New England Science Symposium (NESS), which will be held in 2017 on March 25 in Boston, “provides a forum for postdoctoral fellows; medical, dental and graduate students; post-baccalaureates; college and community college students (particularly for African-American, Hispanic/Latino and American Indian/Alaska Native individuals) to share their biomedical and health-related research activities through oral or poster presentations, to engage in discussions related to career development in the sciences, to exchange ideas and to expand their professional networks.” The abstract submission deadline is January 5, 2017.

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. Go to AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program to apply by January 15, 2017!

L’Oréal USA For Women in Science Fellowship: Application Period Now Open

The L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program awards five women postdoctoral scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each for their contributions in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields and commitment to serving as role models for younger generations. The program is the U.S. component of the L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science International Fellowships. Celebrating its thirteenth year in the U.S., the For Women in Science program has awarded 65 postdoctoral women scientists over $3 million in grants.  The application period will close on February 3, 2017.

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. Go to the 2016-2017 Dannon Gut Microbiome, Yogurt and Probiotics Fellowship website for more information.  The application due date is February 15, 2017.

NIH F99/K00 in Neuroscience

The NIH released a new funding opportunity announcement, NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award (F99/K00). The purpose of the award “is to support a defined pathway across career stages for outstanding graduate students who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research. Go to the NIH F99/K00 in Neuroscience website for more information. The application due date is April 8, 2017.

This Week

Teaching-as-Research Fellowship Application Deadline Is Monday, Dec. 12

For the fourth year, the University offers a CIRTL@UR Teaching-as-Research (TAR) Fellows program for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in STEM fields. This program supports those who would like to explore a specific aspect of teaching through a research-based project. CIRTL@UR TAR Fellows will spend the Spring 2017 semester developing their own projects while also learning about teaching-as-research, learning communities, and learning-through-diversity. During the Fall 2017 semester, they will implement the project and analyze the results.  The positions come with a $1,000 stipend for the year. More information about the program and a link to the application.

PDA Monthly Meeting

Tuesday December 13, 2016|12:30PM-1:30PM| Goergen Hall 417, River Campus| All postdocs are welcome to attend this meeting along with the executive board and committee members of the PDA.

Philosophy Meeting

Friday, December 16, 2016 | 4:00 – 6:00pm | Flaum Atrium

Networking event for SMD graduate students and postdocs featuring a DJ, massage therapists, and a caricature artist. Join us for refreshments and drinks.

Save The Date

URBEST Career Story Q&A: Ramil Sapinoro, PhD

Friday, January 13, 2017 | 8:00 – 9:00am | Natapow Conference Room (1-9545), URMC

Dr. Ramil Sapinoro, PhD, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Sciences from St. John Fisher, will share his transitions and triumphs in this interactive Q & A session.  In addition, Ramil is looking for someone to teach some of his courses while he is away on sabbatical for part of 2017. This may be a URBEST trainee, an individual taking Paul Dunman’s Spring Drug Discovery Course, or someone else? This teaching opportunity is above and beyond the basics of being a TA, will be very rigorous, and will look excellent on your resume.  If interested, please send Tracey Baas ( your CV or Resume and a cover letter by December 20.

See more upcoming events here.

Relevant Reads

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast: And Two Other Short Guides to Achieving More at Work and at Home by Laura Vanderkam.  Discover how changing your morning routine could hold the key to your success.  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-9556 or email us with your request.

New medical research bill aims to help early-career scientists

Read how the 21st Century Cures Act will have an impact on the NIH and the next generation of scientists. Read New medical research bill aims to help early-career scientists

How to Pick a Great Adviser

That person will have an outsized influence on your professionalization and career preparation, so you should chose them wisely, advises James M. Van Wyck. Read How to Pick a Great Adviser

From Bench Science to Patent Manager: An Interview with Jeremiah Mitzelfelt

Jeremiah Mitzelfelt, a licensing and patenting manager at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), discusses the rewards of a nonacademic career. Read From Bench Science to Patent Manager: An Interview with Jeremiah Mitzelfelt

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