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Opportunities to Explore - September 24-28, 2018

Vol 4, Issue 39 | 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

Opportunities to Explore is also available online. To view the web version, please visit The web version is optimized for viewing on tablets and smart phones.

Postdoctoral Affairs Task Force

The Commission on Women and Gender Equity has recommended the formation of a Postdoctoral Affairs Task Force to make recommendations regarding an array of postdoc issues. This task force will include both postdocs and faculty/staff who are involved in recruiting, hiring, managing, mentoring, and training postdocs. If you fit this description, please consider serving in this important role. More information (and a form to sign up) is available here. The deadline to sign up is October 5.

This Week

(*) 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 .

(*) Flu Vaccine Clinic for SMD Graduate Students

Tuesday, September 25 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm | Medical Student Lounge (G-7647), URMC

Save the Date! The University Health Service (UHS) will hold a Flu Vaccine Clinic on Tuesday, September 25 from 2:00-3:30 in the Medical Student Lounge G-7647. No appointments are needed for the clinic. Please bring your insurance card or a copy of your card. The UR Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna) covers the cost of the flu vaccine. To download a copy of your card, click here. If you have questions about the clinic, write to

(*) 2018 Fall Career Expos

Wednesday, September 26 | 11:00 am-2:00 pm| Feldman Ballroom, Frederick Douglas Building, River Campus

The Gwen M. Greene Center for Career Education and Connections presents the 2018 Fall Career Expos! Explore entry-level and internship opportunities with engineering, technical, finance, and consulting companies that are seeking to recruit University of Rochester undergraduate and graduate students. For additional information or to register, please visit the Rochester Handshake Website.

(*) 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.

(*) University of Rochester Medical Center Graduate Students Raising Families

Thursday, September 27 | 1:00 pm-2:00 pm | Hawkins Room (1-7438), URMC

Are you a graduate student or postdoc with children? Are you interested in supporting parental needs of others? Join us for a discussion about these issues! Need not be a parent to attend! Topics will include: Childcare Subsidy, Pumping Rooms, Support, Networking. Join our support & advocacy group on Facebook! “URMC Grad Students Raising Families”

Upcoming Events

PONS Luncheon Roundtable Series

Monday, October 1 | 12:00 pm-1:00 pm |Medical Center Specialty Room (2-7536), URMC

 The PONS Luncheon Roundtable Series is an opportunity for students to join in the discussion of a specific topic with a multidisciplinary expert panel in a casual and catered setting.  We will be discussing current developmental and regenerative neuroscience research at the U of R with expert panelists Drs. Amy Kiernan, PhD, (Dept. of Opthalmology and Biomedical Genetics), Patricia White, PhD (Dept. of Neuroscience), and Margot Mayer-Pröschel, PhD (Dept. of Biomedical Genetics).  Refreshments will be provided.  For more information on PONS, please visit .

(*) 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), 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. Pizza will be available.

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

Wednesday, October 3 | 9:00 am-10:00 am | Northeastern Room (1-9525), 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 this link. Coffee and yogurt parfaits will be available.

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

Wednesday, October 3 | 10:00 am-11:30 am |CEL 2-7536/2-7544 Combined

  • The Fantasy, the Ideal, and The Reality: Bill Lindstaedt and Gabriela Monsalve (~30 min)

This interactive, chalk-talk presentation illustrates the real process of career exploration. 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 their momentum to the finish line.

  • Choosing A 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 a postdoc will help one achieve their career goals. In this workshop, you will learn about the variety of postdocs available, and, given your career goals, define what you need to get out of your postdoc. Register online at

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

Wednesday, October 3 | 1:00 pm-3:00 pm | CEL 2-7520

  • The Fantasy, the Ideal, and The Reality: Bill Lindstaedt and Gabriela Monsalve (~30 min)

This interactive, chalk-talk presentation illustrates the real process of career exploration. 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 their momentum to the finish line.

  • How to Use Career Exploration Skills to Get a Job: Bill Lindstaedt (~75 min)

Ready for the job search? In this workshop, you will learn how informational interviews are good not only for information gathering, but to help you uncover the hidden job market! Once you find an attractive job, you will also learn how to apply so that your application gets noticed. Register online at

(*) 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 Survey Monkey.

(*) Graduate Women In Science Seminar: Advancing with Confidence

Thursday, October 18 | 3:00 pm | Adolph Lower Auditorium (1-7619), URMC

Rama Khokha, Ph.D. - Senior Scientist and Professor, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, Canada. Hosted by Dr. Cathine Ovitt.

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

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 Google Form.

PLOS ONE Early Career Travel Awards

PLOS ONE is pleased to offer a travel award program for early career researchers presenting work at a 2018 physical science conference. The award is $500 to offset registration and/or travel expenses associated with attending and presenting work at a physical science conference. Eligibility: Currently enrolled in a graduate program or have received a degree within the last five (5) years, AND Confirmation that their research has been accepted for presentation at the conference indicated in the application. For more information and deadlines, please visit the Plos One Website.

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 this link. Application deadline is January 9, 2019.

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

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

“So What Are You Going To Do With That”: Finding Careers Outside Academia

This comprehensive, practical, and potentially life-changing guide will help you find your way in the post academic world. 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.

NIH Policies and Statements on Sexual Harassment

NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD, published a September 17 statement titled “Changing the culture of science to end sexual harassment," in which Dr. Collins states that sexual harassment is unacceptable  “and presents a major obstacle that is keeping women from achieving their rightful place in science.” In recognizing that NIH needs to “increase [its] transparency on the issue,” NIH launched an anti-sexual harassment website. NIH Deputy Director for Extramural Research, Michael Lauer, MD, weighed in the topic in an Open Mike blog post, updating the community on NIH’s sexual harassment policies.

HHMI Awards Hanna Gray Fellowships to 15 Early Career Scientists

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) announced its 2018 Hanna Gray fellows, which will award 15 early career scientists $1.4 million over eight years - supporting them through postdoctoral training and the beginning of tenure-track faculty positions. The 2018 awardees have “various research interests, including developing cutting-edge microscopy techniques, engineering new biomaterials, studying parasites and host behavior, and decoding the nerve circuitry underlying the sense of touch.”

Nonprofit Leadership by and for Early Career Scientists

Adriana Bankston encourages early career scientists to seek opportunities to benefit society beyond academe. Read Nonprofit Leadership by and for Early Career Scientists

Teaching Students to Manage Their Time

The early days of a new semester are a good time to teach students about lateness and procrastination. Read Teaching Students to Manage Their Time

How to Start a Conversation at a Networking Event

Most people find it hard to strike up conversations with strangers. But to get the most out of a networking event, that’s exactly what you have to do. Here are some strategies for overcoming shyness and breaking the ice. Read How to Start a Conversation at a Networking Event

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