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Opportunities to Explore - September 10-14, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 37 | 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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CPD Sponsored Webinar: “Job Search: Self Sponsored Green Cards: How to petition for a Green Card and Advance your Career Prospects in the US”

Wednesday, September 12 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Webinar: Register at this link

Scientists and Researchers have the ability to self-petition for a Green Card in the United States under the EB1A, Extraordinary Ability; or EB-2, National Interest Waiver visa categories. This webinar will provide information about these visa categories and explain how, as an individual, you can file an application for yourself to qualify for a Green Card. The presenter, Immigration Attorney Brendan Delaney of Frank and Delaney Immigration Law, LLC will discuss the procedures involved and describe the types of evidence and documentation that is necessary for you to file a strong application and qualify for US permanent residence.

The Story Behind The Story

Wednesday, September 12 | 3:00 pm-5:00 pm | National Coalition Building Institute, StarBridge, 1650 South Ave. #200, Rochester, NY

Join URBEST, in partnership with NCBI and the Leadership Learning Collective, for The Story Behind The Story. This workshop will take a look at mental health and stigma through portraiture, poetry, and discussion. Poetry is led by Amen Ptah and Artwork is supplied and created by Charmaine Wheatley, artist behind You will also have a chance to meet the artist and some of her subjects, who sat for the portraits. Nibbles will be served and mingling is encouraged after the event.

(*) URBEST Retreat and Career Workshop

Thursday, September 13 | 9:00 am-4:00 pm | Adolph Auditorium (1-7619) & CEL 2-7536/2-7544)

Presenters include: Randy Ribaudo, Co-founder SciPhD; Jon Baker, J. Craig Venter Institute Fellow; Claire McCarthy, Science Writing Fellow at National Cancer Institute; Katie Smolnycki, Program Manager of Business Development at Fred Hutch; Virginia Glazer, Assistant Professor of Biology at Niagara University; Corey Hoffman, ORISE Fellow at US Department of Health & Human Services; Steve Dewhurst, Vice Dean of Research; Derek Crowe, Instructor for Scientific Communication and Visual Design; Derek Crowe, Instructor for Scientific Communication and Visual Design. Registration link made available mid-August. “Need accommodations?  Contact at least three business days prior to the event.” For more information about this event, please contact Tracey Baas at Please register at this link.

(*) Cultivating Professional Connections

Friday, September 14 | 1:30 pm | Greene Center Conference Room (4-200), Dewey Hall, River Campus

Interactive workshop for graduate students! We will explore and discuss how to cultivate professional connections and grow your network.  We will cover some different methods, discuss tips and tricks, and share networking anecdotes. Attendees will also have the opportunity to craft or perfect their elevator pitch. Please register for this event at this link.


Saturday, September 15 | 1:00 pm-4:00 pm | Canalside Shelter, Genesee Valley Park

Come and join us for a Cookout, Celebrating a Community of Diverse Students and Trainees at URMC! RSVP by September 7th at this link. Sponsored by URMC: Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Executive Committee for Diversity and Inclusion, Office for Inclusion and Culture Development School of Medicine and Dentistry, School of Nursing.


(*) CPD Sponsored Event: F-Series Grant Writing Workshop

Thursday, September 20 | 1:00 pm-5:00 pm | Anderson Room (G-8534), URMC

Presented by Elaine M. Smolock, PhD; Director of Writing Services. Review the working parts of the F-series, logistics and time management to meet submission deadlines. Discuss the distributed emphasis of how the grant is reviewed. Focus on the Research Training Plan, primary focus being the Specific Aims page! Followed by questions and answers session. 

(*) Graduate Women In Science (GWIS) Seminar- Getting by with a Little Help from My Friends: The Value of Community in Science and Life

Thursday, September 20 | 3:00 pm | Ryan Case Method Room (1-9576), URMC

Kristen W. Lynch, Ph.D. - Chair and Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA

(*) Postdoctoral Appreciation Week Event: Marketing Yourself Online in Today’s Employment Market & Job Search

Friday, September 21 | 2:30 pm-4:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC

This interactive workshop will examine the uses and importance of online media including LinkedIn, Twitter, blogs, and personal websites for networking and employment search. Participants are encouraged to bring a mobile device to the presentation (tablet or laptop). Presented by Eric Vaughn, M.Ed., Life Science Career Coach, URMC. This workshop is being sponsored by The Postdoctoral Association in conjunction with Postdoctoral Appreciation Week and the Center for Professional Development.  All graduate students and postdocs are invited to attend.

(*) Battle of the Bands (Hosted by Humans for Education)

Friday, September 21 | Douglas Ballroom, River Campus

Featuring Bands like: Hey Mabel and Mojo Chunk. The audience decides the winner. To register your band, please contact Ninoshka Fernandes at

Suit-Up Event

Sunday, September 23 | 6:00 pm-9:00 pm | JCPenney’s @ Eastview Mall (600 Eastview Mall Drive, Victor, NY 14564)

Need professional wear for an upcoming interview? Join us at the 1stAnnual JCPenney College Suit-Up Event in collaboration with the Gwen M. Greene Center. This one-time only shopping experience for career wear at discounts that are not accessible to the general public. Bring your UR-ID and receive an extra 40% off. Register in Handshake to win a $100 gift card! You must be pre-registered in Handshake to win a $100 gift card! Register at Register today to reserve your spot! Please contact Eric Vaughn at or Christina Pero at with any questions.

(*) Grantsmanship: The Art of Writing Winning Grants

Wednesday, September 26 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm | Class of ’62 Auditorium

Jerry Heindel, PhD; Grantsman Strategies, Raleigh, NC. Hosted by the University of Rochester NIEHS Center and the Department of Environment Medicine. Students, postdocs, and faculty are all encouraged to attend! For additional information about this event, please contact Rebecca (Trautman) Ruston.

(*) 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.

See more upcoming events here.  


Registration Opens for Falling Walls Competition (Registration Deadline: September 17th)

Would you like to take the stage in Berlin, Germany, this fall to tell the world about your research?  If so, register by September 17 for the Falling Walls Lab, a preliminary contest on October 2 at 3:30 p.m. in Feldman Ballroom, Douglass Commons. Each presenter will have three minutes and three slides to summarize their groundbreaking idea. The winner receives $500 and a trip to the Falling Walls Lab Finale in Berlin, November 7 to 9. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the top two finalists. Contact Adele Coelho for additional information.

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Price in Interdisciplinary Research (Application Deadline: September 17th)

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research provides a monetary award towards recognizing outstanding Postdoctoral Associates or Postdoctoral Fellows at the University of Rochester whose research exemplifies the importance of cross- discipline approaches toward examining high impact questions of science. The competition is open to all UR SMD and ASE Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows. For a complete review of the application including eligibility and submission requirements, please visit this link.


FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 | Event Schedule

Breakfast Meet & Greet | 9:00 am-10:00 am | Forbes Mezzanine (1-9580), URMC

Come enjoy a free cup of coffee and breakfast with the Postdoctoral Association and staff of the Graduate Education & Postdoctoral Affairs and Center for Professional Development! Please RSVP here.

Postdoc Showcase & Lunch | 12:00 – 2:00 pm | LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576), URMC

Six postdocs will each give a 12 min presentation (for non-specialists) about exciting developments in their field of research. All six finalists will receive $100 plus additional monetary awards to the “Best Overall Presentation” and “People’s Choice.” Lunch will be catered by Red Fern. Please RSVP here.

Marketing Yourself Online in Today’s Employment Market & Job Search | 2:30 – 4:00 pm  | Class of ’62 Auditorium (G-9425), URMC

This interactive workshop will examine different ways of promoting yourself online to organizations, hiring managers, recruiters, etc. Participants will learn about all the current functions available through LinkedIn and how to make your profile stand out and allow for potential new contacts from those recruiting for talent. We will also examine the importance of utilizing online media including Twitter, blogs, and personal websites. Participants are encouraged to bring a mobile device to the presentation (smartphone, tablet, or laptop). Presented by Eric Vaughn, M.Ed., Life Science Career Coach, URMC

Happy Hour and Awards 4:00pm-6:00 pm | LeChase Assembly Hall (G-9576), URMC

The Postdoctoral Association will present awards from the Postdoc Showcase as well as the Postdoc Travel and Professional Development Award. There will also be raffle prizes and refreshments.


Fall 2018 Online Courses

Planning Your Teaching-as-Research Project

  • Thursdays from October 4th to December 13th | 12:00 pm-1:30 pm (ET) | Online

Teaching-as-Research (TAR) involves taking a deliberate and systematic approach to investigating, reflecting on, and improving one’s own teaching. The TAR process follows an inquiry cycle: identifying a challenge within the context of teaching and learning, delving into the relevant literature, designing a project to elucidate why the challenge occurs or designing a teaching intervention to address the challenge, implementing the project, collecting data, analyzing the data, and drawing conclusions, and reflecting on the experience. Plan and refine your own Teaching-as-Research project alongside a learning community of peers in this 10-week online course.
TAR stage: Planning your project
Cap: 20. Registrants will be directed to an application so that instructors can confirm that all students are prepared to start planning TAR project and able to implement a project in a future semester. For more information or to register, please visit

Fall 2018 Online Workshops

Understanding and implementing Metacognition in the Classroom (Registration Closes Friday, September 21st)

  • Two Online Sessions: Wednesday, September 26 & October 3 | 4:30 pm-6:00 pm | Online Workshop

Metacognition, or thinking about one’s own thinking, is a critical active learning concept in the classroom. Once mastered, self-reflection allows students to take ownership over their own learning by critically self-examining both the bounds of their knowledge and how they may best expand upon them. This two-part workshop facilitated by doctoral students at Columbia University will address the many roles metacognition assumes in a learning environment. The first session will unearth the meaning of metacognition. It will focus on the research surrounding metacognitive learning, such as the benefits of self-reflection and giving students agency over learning, and what happens when students are lacking in self-awareness of their own knowledge. The second session will delve into the use of metacognitive practices as teaching tools. Participants will workshop and develop a lesson plan which utilizes metacognitive techniques to maximize student learning. By the end of both sessions, participants will leave confident in their knowledge and ability to enhance their teaching practices with metacognitive strategies. For more information or to register, please visit This is a two-session workshop and registrants are required to attend both.

Getting the Job: How to Frame and Sell Your Teaching-as-Research Experience in Your Job Search (Registration Closes Friday, September 21st)

  • Two Online Sessions: Friday, September 28 & October 5 | 12:00 pm-2:00 pm. (ET) | Online Workshop

How do you leverage your Teaching-as-Research (TAR) project in your job search for faculty, postdoctoral, and positions other than academia? How and where should you include your TAR experience in your CV and cover letter? What interview questions might you get related to your TAR experience, and how can you answer them to clearly and concisely explain what you learned from the TAR process? In this two-part workshop, you will: * Practice writing and talking about your TAR project in a way that makes sense to potential employers * Successfully integrate your project into your CV, cover letter, and responses to interview questions This is not about how you present the results of your project, but rather how you communicate what you learned from the process and how you can apply what you learned if you get the job. You will think about how to describe the skills you developed in your TAR project in a way that is applicable to many types of positions. For more information or to register, please visit This is a two-session workshop and registrants are required to attend both.

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

For a full list of upcoming Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning Workshops, please visit The majority of events are online and require advance registration.


4 Postdoctoral Fellowships at Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority. Postings close on September 24th.

  • Antibacterial Resistance: Application information at this link.
  • Clinical Trail Design: Application information at this link.
  • Radiation Nuclear Countermeasures: Application information at this link.
  • Anthrax Diagnostics: Application information at this link.


Spectrum is a group of LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and other sexuality/gender-identifying) individuals and their allies at the U of R Medical Center and Medical School. Spectrum organizes social events, educational seminars, and provides several resources to allow LGBTQ+ community members to get to know one another and explore relevant issues. There are many exciting plans for this upcoming year and graduate students of all programs are encouraged to join! E-mail Mahima Iyengar ( to be added to the Spectrum listserv.


The Academic Job Search Handbook

The Academic Job Search Handbook is the comprehensive guide to finding a faculty position in any discipline. Building on the groundbreaking success and unique offerings of earlier volumes, the fifth edition presents insightful new content on aspects of the search at all stages. Beginning with an overview of academic careers and institutional structures, it moves step by step through the application process, from establishing relationships with advisors, positioning oneself in the market, learning about job openings, preparing CVs, cover letters, and other application materials, to negotiating offers. Of great value are the sixty new sample documents from a diverse spectrum of successful applicants. The handbook includes a search timetable, appendices of career resources, and a full sample application package. This fifth edition features new or updated sections on issues of current interest, such as job search concerns for pregnant or international candidates, the use of social media strategies to address CV gaps, and difficulties faced by dual-career couples. The chapter on alternatives to faculty jobs has been expanded and presents sample résumés of PhDs who found nonfaculty positions. 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.

Stepping up to the podium: Wrestling with imposter syndrome as a teacher

By Jeffrey Maloy

5 Essential Tips for Video and Skype Interviews

By Sarah Kuhn. Many employers and recruiters now use video interviews. Sometimes video interviews are brief, timed recordings that ask candidates to answer general interview questions, and sometimes these are video meetings using Skype or other platforms. It’s important to remember that both types of video interviews are just as important in-person interviews, and the following tips will help you make sure your bases are covered.

10 Requests for Search Committee Members

A graduate student applicant offers advice on how such committees can operate in much more productive and humane ways when it comes to their hiring practices.

Nature Worldview: Research is Set Up for Bullies to Thrive

In a worldview article in Nature, the author shares her belief that “academic science is a breeding ground for toxic dynamics, mainly because lab heads have so much power over their trainees.” The author goes on to explain the factors that contribute to bullying in science, the consequences of bullying, and to make suggestions for both students and institutions on how to prevent it.

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