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October 2017

Looking for Good Graduate Students

Looking for Good Graduate Students

News Article by Department of Microbiology's Scott Butler, Ph.D.; Luis Martinez-Sobrido, Ph.D.; Rob Quivey, Ph.D.; and Juilee Thakar, Ph.D.

Juilee Thakar did a few recruiting visits over the summer, and undergraduate students wanted to know: what characteristics are professors looking for in a graduate student. Some faculty weigh in.

Getting Work Done With The URBEST Grand Gesture

Getting Work Done With The URBEST Grand Gesture

News Article by Tracey Baas, Ph.D., URBEST Executive Director

I was recently introduced to the book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, written by Cal Newport. He references the examples of J.K. Rowling checking into the five-star Balmoral Hotel, Bill Gates working in a cabin, Alan Lightman retreating to a tiny island in Maine, and Peter Shankman booking a round-trip flight to Japan in order to focus on their deep work. I couldn’t offer those options to trainees and supporters, but what I could offer was a two-hour URBEST Grand Gesture.

URBEST 2017 Retreat Recap

URBEST 2017 Retreat Recap

News Article by Emma Grygotis, Ph.D. Candidate in Pharmacology

As scientists-in-training, we’re comfortable with the notion that answering one question is liable to bring up three new ones. Uncertainty is an essential component of the scientific process, one that most scientists happily embrace, but it’s far harder to accept the reality of uncertainty when it comes to our lives and careers. Except we don’t typically call it “uncertainty.” Instead, we’re far more likely to use the term “anxiety."

Hub or Network for Deaf & hard-of-hearing scientists? An outsider’s perspective

Hub or Network for Deaf & hard-of-hearing scientists? An outsider’s perspective

News Article by Sarah Latchney, Ph.D., Stem Cell and Toxicology Researcher at the University of Rochester Medical Center

Although vastly different, the goal of both training models is to meet the unique needs of D/HH scientists, and – through their own approaches – both have demonstrated success in recent years. In acknowledging the strengths and challenges of the two training models, continuing the dialogue may provide fresh ideas and viewpoints for URMC and RIT. Sarah Latchney, URMC postdoc, and Hui-Yi Chu, Fate Therapeutics Scientist, discuss the outsider's perspective.

Newly Minted Ph.D. Enters Industry

Newly Minted Ph.D. Enters Industry

News Article by Chris Farrar, Ph.D., Research Scientist I at Vertex Pharmaceuticals

I was fortunate enough to be offered a scientist position in industry before I finished my Ph.D. Looking back on my experiences in graduate school, I think that a major reason that I was able to take advantage of the career opportunities presented to me was because of the preparation that I received as a member of the URBEST program.

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