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December 4 - 8, 2023 | Vol. 9, Issue 45

In this issue:

  • Grad Student and Postdoc Philosophy Meeting
  • America's Got Regulatory Science Talent Competition
  • Holiday Cookie Decorating
  • Yoga Flow with Warner
  • Internship and Postdoc Opportunities

Leadership and Management for Scientists

Spring 2024 | Tuesdays 2-3:40pm | Starts Jan. 23, 2024, Ends April 30, 2024

This course is designed for graduate students and postdocs who wish to enhance their leadership and management skills. Sessions cover topics from building your support network and negotiating to strategic planning and managing people. The course is led by Eric Vaughn, M.Ed., myHub's director of career services. Details and registration here.

This Week

Academic Career Exploration — A 360-Degree View — UR Genomics Research Core

Tuesday, December 5 | 12-1pm | CEL Classroom (2-7536)

Get an overview of the Genomics Research Center (GRC) and its current job functions, gain insight on career opportunities within academia, and learn about a new fellowship opportunity being offered through the GRC. Register here.

America's Got Regulatory Science Talent Student Competition

Wednesday, December 6 | 12-2pm | Helen Wood Hall, Room 1W-509

Watch fellow trainees compete for a chance to present their regulatory science ideas at the Food and Drug Administration. Come show your support

The Ins and Outs of Transitioning from a Postdoc to the Biomedical Field

Thursday, December 7 | 1pm | Zoom

Thinking about a career in industry after your postdoc training? Check out this event to learn what you need to make that happen and how you can apply your skills as a scientist in the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Register on the National Postdoctoral Association website.

SACNAS Holiday Cookie Decorating and General Meeting

Friday, December 8 | 1:30-3pm | Douglass 407 — Community Room

Join SACNAS for the last general meeting of the semester for a discussion on next semester's plans while decorating and eating cookies!


SMD Grad Student and Postdoc Philosophy Meeting — Dec. 12

Join SMD GEPA for networking, refreshments, drinks, a DJ, and a photobooth! The Grad Student and Postdoc Philosophy Meeting is happening Dec. 12, 2023 from 4-6pm in Flaum Atrium. Hope to see you there!

Kaisha Gonzalez ('12) Talks Being a Multidisciplinary Thinker

Kaisha Gonzalez, PhD, a 2012 graduate of our Microbiology and Immunology program, joined us for the latest episode of The Next Step podcast to discuss the world of scientific affairs. She shares what a typical day looks like a senior principal scientist at DiaSorin Molecular, what skills are needed to break into the field, how much communication is involved, and more.

All episodes are now available on Spotify, Apple, or YouTube.

Interested in a Writing Group?

We created a brief survey to gather any interest in restarting the biweekly UR Writing group. The goal of this group is to provide peer-based feedback on writing projects. Each week 1-2 trainees will share a piece of writing (< 3 pages) with the group, who will provide constructive feedback on the work. This group is open to all graduate-level trainees. Examples of previous writing that has been shared include manuscript excerpts, abstracts, thesis/proposal documents, and more. 

Mentoring Relationships: Free Online Course for Science Trainees

The Science Communication Lab is launching a new online course titled "Build Your Research Community." The course consists of five modules and is completed free of charge. As a participant, you'll be guided through the crucial steps of identifying mentors and building and maintaining strong mentoring relationships. 

Funding Opportunities

Call for applications to the NOMIS–Gladstone Fellowship Program

Applications are now open for the NOMIS–Gladstone Fellowship Program at the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease (GIND).

This interdisciplinary training and research program offers exceptional postdoctoral scientists the freedom to address big unanswered questions at the intersection of two or more scientific disciplines. Apply here.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Hanna H. Gray Fellows Program

Deadline is this week. The program supports early-career scientists with the potential to become leaders in academic research. Fellows receive funding to support their postdoctoral training and may continue to receive funding during their early career years as independent faculty. Details and application.

Health and Wellness

Wellness on Demand Vending Machine in UHS

Do you need items such as emergency contraception, safer sex supplies, COVID tests, and more? Visit the Wellness on Demand vending machine in the UHS foyer. These items are available to you 24 hours a day so you can get them when you need them most. 

Virtual Yoga Flow Session with Warner

Friday, December 15 | 4:30-5:30pm | Virtual

Try Vinyasa yoga — designed to progressively open the body, each sequence in a class builds upon the previous, evolving into deeper, more advanced postures as the practice unfolds. What to bring and stream information here.

Internship/Postdoc/Employment OpportunitiesAnchor 

Jobs are listed on Handshake.

  • Research Scientist II, New York State Department of Health/Health Research
  • Administrative Postdoc at NYU Grossman School of Medicine
  • Department of Psychiatry Postdoctoral Fellowship in Suicide Prevention Research Anchor
  • Polymer Chemist I Position at Battelle
  • NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award
  • ORISE Fellowship Opportunities at 20+ Federal Agencies 

Social Media SpotlightAnchor

This week's social media spotlight comes from MSTP student Emily Isenstein.


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