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Opportunities to Explore - September 2-6, 2019

Vol 5, Issue 36 | 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

(*) Webinar Viewing: “Immigration & Visa Seminar for International Postdocs and Researchers”

Wednesday, September 4 | 1:00 pm | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC
Sponsored by Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. Hosted by the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), my Postdoc Monthly

The session will cover the types of visas used by postdoctoral researchers. Learn about self-sponsored applications, J-1 waivers and other visas, such as the F1 (OPT) and J-1 visas (including J1 waivers), and H-1B/O-1/TN. The webinar will also cover what to do after your postdoc, as you move through your career transitions. Brendan Delaney will discuss the type of issues that the postdocs face in terms of visa transition and how you can build a CV/Resume for purposes of a self-sponsored application in order to continue your career development and/or transition to an employment position. The webinar will leave you with some practical information and allow some time for general questions.

A native of Northern Ireland, Brendan Delaney, Esq., received his Juris Doctor at The Catholic University of America in Washington DC, in January 2009. Focusing on the representation of foreign born nationals, and U.S. employers with their U.S. immigration matters, his work includes an emphasis on Extraordinary Ability and National Interest Waiver cases, as well as EB-1B, PERM, J-Waiver, and H1B applications. He works extensively with scientists, researchers, physicians, and other professionals, as well as organizations and employers in both academia and industry. He assists with their temporary and permanent visa applications on a company, individual, and institutional basis.

Delaney has been invited to speak on a number of occasions at the Annual Conference of the NPA, and NAFSA Region VIII, as well as conducting legal seminars at universities and institutions across the United States. He has co-authored numerous articles related to postdoctoral issues for The POSTDOCket, and currently serves on the NPA's Advisory Council. He has also been quoted in a number of news and media articles related to immigration issues for scientists and researchers.

(*) Page Turners for Teaching

Wednesday, September 4 | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | Miner Classroom (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 bi-weekly discussion group offered through a collaboration between the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Center for Professional Development (CPD), and the AS&E and SMD GEPA offices for graduate students and postdocs interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Small Teaching by James Lang to discuss!  Register to reserve your spot and a free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw, Sponsored by CETL, CPD, and the AS&E and SMD GEPA offices.

(*) Opening Convocation Ceremony – School of Medicine & Dentistry

Wednesday, September 4 | 4:00 pm | Class of 1962 Auditorium
Mark B. Taubman, M.D.; CEO, University of Rochester Medical Center and UR Medicine; Dean, School of Medicine & Dentistry & Senior Vice President for Health Sciences invites you to attend. Reception to follow in the Sarah Flaum Atrium. Contact Diane Frank with questions at or 275‐7923.

Information Session on NSF Graduate Research Fellowships

Thursday, September 5 | 11:30 am-1:00 pm | Hawkins-Carlson Reading Room, Rush Rhees Library, River Campus
Graduate students applying for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship in October, 2019 — or considering applying in October, 2020 — are invited to share their questions with an expert panel, starting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, September 5 in the Hawkins-Carlson Reading Room at Rush Rhees Library. Faculty who are National Science Foundation reviewers, along with successful NSF GRFP fellows, will lead a discussion on successful application strategies for this prestigious fellowship. Graduate students enrolled in a degree-granting graduate program are limited to only one application to the GRFP, submitted in the first year or at the beginning of the second year of their degree program. Attendees who are not already familiar with the fellowship should review eligibility and program details prior to the session. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch. Register here to reserve your seat.

UR Writing Grants Seminar Series: Nuts and Bolts with CPD Director of Writing Services, Dr. Elaine Smolock

Thursday, September 5 | 2:00 pm-3:00 pm | Lower Adolph Auditorium (1-7619), URMC
The Nuts and Bolts of Grant Writing session will review the basics of where to begin the process, how to get organized, and what is required to successfully write and submit a grant. UR Writing Grants seminar series helps graduate students and postdocs tackle trainee-level grants. After each seminar, the room will be available for an additional hour to get some writing done. Refreshments will be provided.

If you would like to be matched with trainees in a similar field, please respond with a brief (2-3 sentence) statement on your work and a few keywords. Please contact Monica Javidnia if you have any questions:

Future Sessions:

  • September 12th – Biosketch (Saunders Research Building 1404)
  • September 26th – Training Plan (Saunders Research Building 1404)
  • October 10th – Research Plan (1-9576 Ryan Case Method)
  • October 17th, 2-5pm – Working Session from 2-5pm (1-9525/1-9535 North Eastern Conference)

Upcoming Events

(*) URBEST Retreat & Career Workshop

Tuesday, September 10 | 9:00 am-3:30 pm | 3-6408 & 2-7536/2-7544, URMC
Register for URBEST Retreat & Career Workshop online. Eight scientists plus one workshop scientist leader: Merck, Miltenyi Biotec, Cytovance, Boston Innovation Center, Masonic Cancer Center, The Broad Institute, University of Rochester, the Center for Disease Control (CDC), and SciPhD.

UR Writing Retreat

Wednesday, September 11 – Friday, September 13 | 9:00am-2:00pm | Registration required
Struggling to find time, space, and/or motivation to make writing progress? Join our Writing Retreat! The purpose of the UR Writing Retreat is to provide an environment in which you can get some serious writing done. We will provide space, snacks, coffee, a productive work atmosphere, and access to a writing consultant. Goal setting and accountability to other writers are key components of the Retreat. Space is limited to 15 participants. Please register here for UR Writing Retreat.

(*) Maximizing Your Time

Thursday, September 12 | 12:30 pm-1:30 pm | Combined Northeastern Room (1-9525 & 1-9535), URMC
Are you always feeling stressed or continuously say, “I don’t have enough time.” This workshop will provide you tips and resources on maximizing your time and developing personal time management strategies to ensure you are utilizing your time the most effectively.

(*) TRNDS | Technology & Rare Neurological Diseases Symposium

Friday, September 13 | 7:30 am-4:00 pm | Center for Health & Technology (265 Crittenden Blvd., Rochester, NY)
The Technology & Rare Neurological Diseases Symposium (TRNDS) is a one-day event focused on groundbreaking technologies that are leading the way to novel therapies and impactful treatment options for patients with rare neurological disorders. Hosted by the University of Rochester, TRNDS brings together clinical researchers, policy experts, influential patient advocates and other health care professionals. For information please visit the TRNDS website and for tickets please visit the TRNDS Event Brite webpage. #TRNDS2019 @TRNDS_UR

(*) Page Turners for Teaching

Wednesday, September 18 | 4:00 pm-5:00 pm | Miner Classroom (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 bi-weekly discussion group offered through a collaboration between the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), Center for Professional Development (CPD), and the AS&E and SMD GEPA offices for graduate students and postdocs interested in exploring their teaching practice with like-minded colleagues! Get a FREE copy of Small Teaching by James Lang to discuss!  Register to reserve your spot and a free book. For questions about this event, please contact Kyle Trenshaw, Sponsored by CETL, CPD, and the AS&E and SMD GEPA offices.

(*) Postdoctoral Association National Postdoctoral Appreciation Week (NPAW) 2019: Breakfast Career Panel

Thursday, September 19 | 8:00 am-10:30 am | Helen Wood Hall (IW-509)
Join our diverse group of panelists to discuss career transitions! Panelists include: Teaching- Jonathan Millen, Ste. John Fisher College; Patent Law- Lynn Gottfried, Pepper Hamilton LLP; Outreach- Calvin Uzelmeier, Rochester Museum and Science Center; Tenure Track- Kenneth Henry, University of Rochester; Business: Anthony Franchini, CBETHNK; and Industry- Mike Wilson, Simulated Inanimate Models LLC. RSVP will be required for this event. More information and RSVPing will be available soon. For questions about this event, please contact

(*) Graduate Student Negative Data Club

Friday, September 20 | 3:00 pm-4:00pm | Natapow Room (1-9545), URMC
This club is an environment where students have the opportunity to present negative data in a casual setting amongst their peers. This is 1) a chance to practice presenting, 2) a way to be socially engaging, 3) a chance to present to people outside your field, 4) a way to spotlight data that you worked hard on, but are having difficulty publishing, and 5) a way to encourage scientific integrity. Seeking at least 1-3 students willing to present their work as 6-8 PowerPoint slides in 10-15 min slots.  A sample presentation format would be 1 Title, 1-2 Intro, 1 Method, 2-3 Data, 1 Limitation/Discussion.  If you're interested in presenting, please email us at by Friday, September 13.  Questions concerning the group can also email

2nd Annual Suite-Up Event at JCPenney

Sunday, September 22 | 6:00 pm-9:00 pm | 600 Eastview Mall, Victor, NY
In collaboration with the Greene Center, JCPenney College Suit-Up offers students an exclusive, one-time only shopping experience for career wear at discounts that are not accessible to the general public. Bring your student ID and receive up to 60% off professional and career wear, including additional discounts on already-reduced, sale-priced apparel. Merchandise options include men's and women's career and dress apparel, shoes, belts, ties, scarves, and handbags from name brands such as Liz Claiborne and Worthington. While shopping, don't forget to stop by Sephora for a FREE mini makeover and samples, and head over to the hair salon for a consultation. Check out the portrait studio for professional headshots starting at just $29.99!

Register in Handshake to win a $100 gift card to be used at the Suit-Up Event on September 22! You must be pre-registered in Handshake and on-site at the event in order to be eligible for the gift card.  Drive on your own or hop on a shuttle! Shuttles will continuously loop from Rush Rhees on Library Road to JCPenney Eastview. Estimated shuttle pick-up times at Rush Rhees: 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. Register today to reserve your spot at this popular event! We're looking forward to seeing you at Suit-Up! Please contact Christina Pero at with any questions. If you 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. Thank you.

Informational Webinar: Preparing an Application to the NIH Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Program

Tuesday, September 24 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm | Online Webinar
The purpose of this Notice is to inform potential applicants to the NIH Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Program to Enhance Diversity UE5 (PAR-19-342) and K99/R00 (PAR-19-343) funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) of an upcoming webinar on planning submissions to this program. Participation in the webinar, although encouraged, is optional and is not required for application submission. During this webinar, you will learn about the MOSAIC program and the process for writing a UE5 or K99/R00 application. For complete information on the webinar and how to join the WebEx Meeting, please check out the Notice of Information Webinar website

The Graduate Giving Gala

Friday, September 27 | 8:00 pm-11:00 pm | Feldman Ballroom, River Campus
Hosted by the Graduate Student Society and the Graduate Student Association

DJ, Dancing, Raffles, hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar. Each ticket buys a Thanksgiving Dinner for a local family in need at Rochester School No. 28. Tickets are $15.00, add $5 for 15 raffle tickets (pre-sale only). RSVP in the GEPA office (G-9556) (cash only) or buy tickets at the door.

See more upcoming events here.

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

RocDocs- University of Rochester Post-Doctoral Career Advancement Opportunity (Deadline: September 2 by 5:00 pm)

September 18-20, 2019 | RocDocs Information Website including Application

RocDocs: Post-Doctoral Career Advancement Program at the University of Rochester is a two-day program that serves as a career advancement opportunity for graduate students nearing the completion of their studies and early career postdoctoral scholars—particularly scholars from underrepresented groups in STEM. Sponsored by the Office for Faculty Development and Diversity RocDocs provides an opportunity for attendees to establish networking connections, as well as participate in career advancement and professional development workshops. Attendees will gain insight about research and teaching opportunities at the University of Rochester and connect with current faculty of interest and who may have a postdoctoral fellowship position available in the coming year or by fall of 2020, while participating in workshops on career and academic advancement as well as networking among themselves, our current postdoctoral scholars and PhD students.

Program Overview: The program will take place over two days from September 18-20, 2019. This fully funded program will allow you to participate in career advancement and professional development workshops, tour research facilities and interact with faculty, current postdocs and PhD students.  Travel and hotel stay for your visit are covered. You will be connected with a faculty host who will meet with you and discuss their research and environment in which they work. You will also share your own research at a poster session, specifically for RocDocs to present to Faculty, Alumni, current postdocs & current students at our Steadman Prize for post-doctoral research banquet.

Program Candidate Eligibility: All graduate students, and especially those from backgrounds underrepresented in the sciences, medicine and engineering, are welcome to apply to RocDocs. Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to: African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, Filipinos, those with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds, those underrepresented on the basis of gender identity or expression or sexual orientation, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions of diversity to the University’s research and educational missions.

We are seeking scholars who are historically underrepresented in postdoctoral research to explore opportunities at the University of Rochester. Accommodations are available upon request and acceptance to the program.

The University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. The University believes that a diverse workforce and inclusive workplace culture enhances the performance of our organization and our ability to fulfill our important missions.  The University is committed to fostering and supporting a workplace culture inclusive of people regardless of their race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, marital status, age, physical abilities, political affiliation, religious beliefs or any other non-merit fact, so that all employees are included, equal valued and supported.

Application Process: Fill out our online application. You will need your CV, a diversity statement, a recommendation from your mentor, and the names of up to 6 University of Rochester potential faculty hosts with whom you would be interested in meeting. See this page for guidance in finding potential faculty host, and a list of hosts especially interested in connecting with RocDoc candidates. Feel free to contact those faculty now if you like. We will ensure that there is mutual interest as part of the selection process. If your application is selected, we will arrange for you to travel to campus and stay for 2-3 nights. During your stay, you will meet with faculty you have identified as sharing your research interests as well as with current postdocs. Application deadline is Monday, August 5, 2019 by 5:00pm EST. Apply here. Applicants will be informed of your acceptance by August 12.

All questions should be sent to You may also send any supplementary materials to this address. Accommodations are available upon request and acceptance to the program. This program is supported by the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity at the University of Rochester. For additional information, contact: Eleanor H. Oi, Director of Diversity Programming. Email: Phone: 585-273-4297. Mail: University of Rochester, P.O. Box 270016, Rochester, NY 14627.

Applications for the Mirzayan Science & Technology Fellowship (Deadline: September 6th)

The application is now open for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program. The 2020 session of the Fellowship will begin on January 21 and conclude on April 10. Graduate and professional school students and those who have completed graduate studies within the last five years are eligible to apply. Areas of study may include social/behavioral sciences, health and medicine, physical or biological sciences, engineering, law/business/public administration, or relevant interdisciplinary fields. The Program provides Fellows with the opportunity to spend 12 weeks at the National Academies in Washington, DC learning about science and technology policy and the role that the scientific, engineering, and medical communities play in advising the nation. Please help us spread the word about this opportunity. With your help, we hope to recruit a talented and diverse class of new fellows. If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact us or visit the program website at .

Falling Walls Lab Rochester 2019 Applications Now Open!!  (Deadline: September 11, 2019)

Pitch your innovative idea in just three minutes highlighting a breakthrough that creates a positive impact on science and society and win a trip to the International Falling Walls Finale in Berlin, Germany just like Ahmed Ghazi, MD, associate professor in the department of Urology did last year. Dr. Ghazi’s three-minute presentation titled “BREAKING THE WALL OF SURGICAL ERRORS” showcased the innovative technology being used in the URMC Department of Urology Simulation Innovation Laboratory. His presentation earned him the prestigious 2018 Falling Walls Young Innovator of the Year title, prize money, a yearlong mentorship on scientific publishing, and an invitation to serve as a judge for the 2019 International Finale.

Prizes: 1st place: $500 and travel expenses to International Falling Walls Finale in Berlin, Germany (open to University of Rochester students and faculty), 2nd place is $300 and 3rd place is $200.

For complete information including deadlines and application, please visit the Fall Walls Website. For questions, please contact

Call for Nominations: The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award (Deadline: October 1, 2019)

The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education; who demonstrate a commitment to developing academic and civic responsibility in themselves and others; and whose work reflects a strong emphasis on teaching and learning. (Information about past recipients of the Cross Award is available here.)

The award honors the work of K. Patricia Cross, Professor Emerita of Higher Education at the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout her career, Pat Cross helped the higher education community better understand our students, their characteristics, and their needs, and recognize what our responsibilities should be. Her ground-breaking scholarship paved the way for a legacy of work on age, socioeconomic class, gender, race, sexual orientation, and numerous other aspects of intersectional social identity.

Please visit this site for complete information about the Cross Award.

Postdoctoral Association News

2019 National Postdoctoral Survey

Are you interested in winning a travel award, and in sharing your experiences as a postdoc to a large national postdoc survey?  All responses are anonymous, and participants have a chance to enter a drawing for a $200 travel award to a scientific meeting!

The 2019 National Postdoc Survey was conceived and developed by postdocs to benefit all members of the postdoctoral community, and is a follow-up to our very successful 2016 National Postdoc Survey.  Since 2016, changes in postdoc policies have been implemented, including an increase in the postdoctoral salary levels set by NIH.  An updated survey is needed now in order to capture the current experiences of postdoc fellows and scholars, and inform and equip those who advocate for policy on behalf of postdocs.

Thank you very much for your participation, and please forward this important survey to your postdoc colleagues!

The National Postdoctoral Survey Team at UChicago

Questions? Email us at or visit

National Postdoctoral Association-Call for Nominations: 2020 DSA & Mentor Award

The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), in partnership with Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc., would like to announce the call for nominations for the 2020 NPA Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. Mentor Award. The award recognizes a faculty member or advisor who has engaged in exceptional mentoring of postdoctoral scholars.

The recipient of the NPA Garnett-Powers & Associates, Inc. Mentor Award will receive a plaque, an honorarium of $500, complimentary registration to the 2020 Annual Meeting, and a $1,000 travel stipend. The award will be presented at the 18th NPA Annual Conference, March 27-29, 2020.

The deadline for submission is Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET. To submit a nomination, proceed to this link.

National Postdoctoral Association-2020 Distinguished Service Award

The 2020 Distinguished Service Award represents appreciation for an individual that has demonstrated either a profound, sustained, or leadership contribution to improving the postdoctoral experience.

  • The award recognizes an individual who has contributed to improving the postdoctoral experience through:
  • Pioneering efforts to improve postdoctoral policies, benefits, and programs.
  • Influencing sustained leadership in national systemic and/or local change for the improvement of the postdoctoral experience.
  • Advocating and raising awareness of significant and important issues that have significantly altered the postdoctoral scholar landscape.
  • Contributing to professional development, career development and resource development for postdoctoral scholars.
  • Creating agency and opportunity for postdoctoral research and advancement into academic and nonacademic careers.

To read the nomination process for 2020, visit this page. The deadline for submission is Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Join the PDA Slack at

Postdoctoral Opportunity

Mayo Clinic Vaccine Research Group (VRG) in Rochester, Minnesota is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow

Actively searching for a talented postdoctoral fellow to join the Mayo Clinic’s Vaccine Research Group (VRG) in Rochester, Minnesota. The laboratory was established in 1989, and has produced over 600 papers and book chapters in the field of vaccinology. NIH-funded lab has multiple research projects focusing on characterizing immunogenetic and systems-level responses and molecular signatures to Influenza, Smallpox, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Zika, and other viral vaccines. Currently hold 7 NIH RO1 grants and a CDC contract for this work, and regularly publish our work in high quality scientific journals. The ideal candidate has a Ph.D. or M.D. with expertise in Immunology, Virology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, or related fields. Our work involves assays that generate high dimensional data and individuals with expertise in computer modeling and bioinformatics who wish to expand their expertise in biology are also encouraged to apply. Strong English language and writing skills are required. Those interested in the position can submit their CVs by e-mail to: For more information about the research group, interested students can visit the website of Gregory A. Poland, M.D. and Richard B. Kennedy, Ph.D

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning

Using Qualitative Methods to Enrich Teaching and Learning

Get an introduction to qualitative research methods for classroom-based research in this two-part workshop. In the first session, participants will explore fundamental differences between qualitative orientations and more common research designs in STEM. Foundational (theoretical) knowledge that underlies much of qualitative research will be summarized so that students understand how and why qualitative research looks and feels different. Following this discussion, the advantages of using observation as a qualitative method will be explored, with special emphasis on understanding the difference between approaching an inquiry product from an inductive versus deductive reasoning approach and how the method of observation can add rigor when examining learning behaviors. In the second session, participants will hone in on what makes for effective qualitative research interviews. Interviewing is a common technique both inside the world of research and without. Whereas interviews are generally viewed as purposeful conversations, qualitative researchers use interviews to gather descriptive data and to document and discover interpretations of the world. Further, interviews in qualitative research are rarely used as a stand-alone strategy as they are often paired with observation and document analysis. This session will explore the distinguishing features of qualitative interviews, describe their use as primary and secondary data collection methods and engage participants in constructing interview questions for classroom-based research.

Workshop Schedule

This workshop has two online sessions, which participants are required to attend, at 3-4:30PM ET on Monday, September 23 and September 30. For more information or to register for Using Qualitive Methods to Enrich Teaching and Learning visit the CIRTL website.

Peer-led Teaching-as-Research Learning Community

After the hard work of preparing a Teaching-as-Research proposal, the implementation stage of the TAR process may require additional support, advice, and guidance. This learning community (LC) is intended for graduate students and postdocs who have completed a TAR proposal, and would like additional support during implementation and analysis. In this LC, participants who have planned and are implementing a TAR project will meet regularly with experienced peers who have recently completed their own project.

In addition, we will invite guest speakers to share their expertise in relevant topics, including: Data collection; Qualitative and quantitative methods; and Sharing your findings


This learning community has weekly online meetings on Mondays at 4-5:30PM ET / 3-4:30PM CT / 2-3:30PM MT / 1-2:30PM PT from September 30 through December 9. For more information or to register for Peer-led Teaching-as-Research Learning Community visit the CIRTL website.

Fall 2019 Online CIRTL Courses

Courses have live, real-time online sessions and require regular homework outside of those class meetings. Short courses typically meet weekly for one to two months, while full courses typically meet for two to three months. Registration is required; STEM grad students and postdocs from CIRTL institutions receive enrollment priority.

Diversity in the College Classroom

Fridays 9/27-11/15: 11:30AM-1PM ET

Understand the theory behind how diversity affects learning and develop practical classroom strategies in this course designed for STEM/SBE grad students and postdocs. Cap: 30. Register by 9/16. For full description please visit the course webpage.

Equity in STEM for All Genders

Thursdays 10/3-12/12: 11:30AM-1:30PM ET

Analyze gender bias and collaboratively develop approaches to counter gender bias in STEM in this 9-week online course. Cap: 35. Register by 9/16. For full description please visit the course webpage.

Planning Your Teaching-as-Research Project

Mondays 9/23-12/9 12-1:30PM ET

Plan and refine your own Teaching-as-Research project alongside a learning community of peers in this 12-week online course. Cap: 20. Register by 9/16. For full description please visit the course webpage.

Additional information on CIRTL including online workshops and classes

For a complete list of workshops and online classes, please visit the CIRTL Network website.

Relevant Reads

Navigating the Maze: How Science and Technology Policies Shape America and the World

Written by prominent science advocate and renowned physics researcher and educator, Michael S. Lubell, this valuable book provides insights and real-world examples for anyone looking to understand how policy works in reality: for students, scientists, and the public. Well-organized and featuring a compelling historical narrative, this unique resource will enable researchers, educators, elected officials, industrialists, financial managers, science lobbyists, and readers in general to easily navigate the complex world of science and technology (S&T) policy. 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 to Get Experience When You Have No Experience

By Kaitlin McManus. Check out the infographic she created! Great tips on strengthening your candidacy for a job or opportunity. Read How to Get Experience When You Have No Experience

How an Internship Shapes your Career

By GEP. Read How an Internship Shapes your Career

iBiology: Young Scientist Series

The 2019 winners of the annual iBiology Young Scientist Series competition are featured in a video series that tells “their stories using an engaging mix of narrative, analogies, and visuals” after a week-long workshop to “hone their communication skills and distill their research message.” iBiology collaborates with the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University to create this series. iBiology: Young Scientist Series


By Colleen Flaherty. Many professors say that teaching students how to email them properly is a necessary gift that keeps on giving. Read Hellllllp!!!


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