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Opportunities to Explore - September 17-21, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 38 | 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

OTE Online

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This Week

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

Thursday, September 20 | 1:00 pm-3:00 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. Register for this event at

(*) Sponsored by CETL, CPD, & URBEST: Page-Turners for Teaching

  • Wednesday, September 19 (Every 3rd Wednesday) | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | 2-7544, URMC
  • Tuesday, October 2 (Every 1st Tuesday) | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | TBD

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 (1st Tuesday at noon in Dewey 1-160B and 3rd Wednesday at 4:00 pm in the Medical Center) discussion group 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 fall! Register to reserve your free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw at .

(*) 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. Refreshments will be provided. GWIS is chaired by Lynne Maquat, Ph.D. and co-chaired by Catherine Ovitt, Ph.D. For information on upcoming GWIS Seminars, please visit the GWIS Seminars and Events Page.

(*) University of Rochester National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week 2018 Event Schedule

  • Friday, September 21 | Various Locations

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 via the breakfast RSVP Form.

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 via the RSVP Form.

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.

(*) 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.

Upcoming Events

(*) Networking 101: How to talk to anyone about anything

Monday, September 24 | 1:30 pm-2:30 pm | Douglas Community Room, Frederick Douglas, River Campus

Not sure how to get started with building your network? Is small talk difficult? Need help working the Career Expo or other networking events? Want tips on how to reach out to faculty, employers, or even your peers to help you explore and make connections? If so, this workshop is for you! Together we will re-frame our thinking around networking to enable you to build meaningful connections. Topics to be covered include the purpose of networking, crafting a professional elevator pitch and strategies to build your own network. Don't miss your chance to get ready for the upcoming Career Expo and get started building your network! CO-SPONSORED BY FORTE CAMPUS AT ROCHESTER STUDENT GROUP. Please note: If you or an event participant require disability-related accommodations, please contact David Cota-Buckhout ( as soon as possible, ideally at least 3-5 business days in advance of the event. To register for this event, please visit .

(*) 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.

(*) Postdoctoral Association (PDA) Monthly Meeting

Tuesday, October 2 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Georgen Hall, Room 417, River Campus

All postdoctoral trainees are invited to attend the PDA monthly meetings.

(*) URBEST Career Story PLUS: Chris Kovacs, PhD Candidate

Tuesday, October 2 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC

Chris Kovacs will be transitioning to West Point Academy to undertake a postdoctoral fellowship sponsored by the National Academies called the NRC Research Associateship Program. At this Career Story Plus, he will talk about how he found his opportunity, how he worked with his future mentor to develop a proposal, and what his postdoctoral position will be like. Chris is also open to sharing hard copies of his resume and abstract to help you formulate your own plan of action. If you'd like to investigate part of the NRC Research Associateship Program, visit the National Academies Website.

(*) URBEST Career Story Q & A: Rick Lawless, MS, MBA

Wednesday, October 3 | 9:00 am-10:00 am | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC

Rick Lawless, BS, MBA, - Associate Director of Biomanufacturing Training & Education Center (BTEC) at North Carolina State University. Read his Blog Post: Fitting (Pounding) a Square Peg into a Round Hole — My Transition from Commercial Manufacturing to Academia at the UR Best Blog.

(*) UCSF’s BEST Program Visits URBEST: For Graduate Students

Wednesday, October 3 | 10:00 am-11:30 am | TBD

"The Fantasy, the Ideal, and The Reality” Whiteboard Talk – Bill Lindstaedt and Gabriela Monsalve (~30 min) This interactive, chalk-talk presentation outlines the process of career exploration, based on the real story of “John the trainee”. This workshop reviews the trials and tribulations that trainees commonly navigate during this process and highlights the skills and self-assessment tools that can catalyze the momentum to the finish line. Choosing Your Postdoc with Your Career Goal in Mind – Gabriela Monsalve (~60 min) When looking for a postdoc, people often prioritize finding a research area of interest and PI with name recognition. This approach overlooks several factors that govern how useful the postdoc opportunity will actually be for helping them achieve their career goals. Define what you need out of your postdoc, given your career goals Learn how to choose a postdoc most likely to give you what you need.

(*) UCSF’s BEST Program Visits URBEST: For Postdocs

Wednesday, October 3 | 2:00 pm-4:00 pm | TBD

"The Fantasy, the Ideal, and The Reality” Whiteboard Talk – Bill Lindstaedt and Gabriela Monsalve (~30 min) This interactive, chalk-talk presentation outlines the process of career exploration, based on the real story of “John the trainee”. This workshop reviews the trials and tribulations that trainees commonly navigate during this process and highlights the skills and self-assessment tools that can catalyze the momentum to the finish line. How to Use Your Career Exploration Skills to Get a Job – Bill Lindstaedt (~75 min) Ready for the job search? Attend Bill’s workshop to: Learn how to uncover the hidden job market, continuing to do info interviews they are good for more than just career exploration Once you find an attractive job, how to apply so you get noticed Get oriented to URBEST and CPD resources for interviewing and job search.

(*) 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.

(*) Fall 2018 University Online Learning Symposium Series: Online Learning Initiatives at Yale University

Thursday, October 11 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm |Genrich Rusling Room (215 LeChase Hall), Warner School of Education, River Campus

Presenter: Lucas Swineford; Executive Director of Digital Education, Yale University. Lunch will be provided. To register for this event, please visit this link.

See more upcoming events here.  

Happening Now (Grant, Travel Award, and Conference Information)

Registration 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 Prize in Interdisciplinary Research (Application Deadline: September 17th)

The Steadman Family Postdoctoral Associate Prize in Interdisciplinary Research will be on Friday, October 5th from 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm. The winner will receive a $1,000 and there is a total of $2,500 being awarded. Finalists will also have the opportunity to refine their presentation with the guidance of Communication Expert, Ellen Zuroski. Postdoc application requirements and award details are on the Steadman Prize Page. Please encourage qualified postdocs to submit an application to by Monday, September 17th, 2018. Please register here to be part of the excitement. An audience choice award of $250 will be given!

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 click this link.

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.

Center for Integration of Research, Teaching & Learning

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 requires advance registration.

Relevant Reads

At the Helm

The culture of science has also evolved, as more scientists explore non-academic career paths, seek new ways to communicate information and ideas, and acquire skills and knowledge outside of their field. In the second edition of this book, Kathy Barker has substantially revised the text, offering PIs advice on adapting to the changes and challenges that the years have brought. New topics include collaboration contracts, performance evaluations, communicating with non-scientists, tips for succeeding on the tenure track, and professional development. 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.

Outside Higher Ed

Beth Godbee offers lessons from her decision to leave a tenured position in academe and how she arrived at it. Read Outside Higher Ed

Dear Mentors: Help! My Semester Plan Has Already Fallen Apart

Sometimes the best-laid plans for your semester fall apart. Anthony Ocampo and Kerry Ann Rockquemore share five ways to get back on track. Read Dear Mentors: Help! My Semester Plan Has Already Fallen Apart

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