Monday, February 22, 2010

PROMISE@UMB February Newsletter

Hello everyone!

Enjoying the snow? It’s hard to believe that we’ve started the SPRING semester :-) Well, we have a few events lined up this semester: local and tri-campus. Please share with your colleagues and students who may be interested.


1. Feb 18: PROMISE@UMB: Spring Opening Meeting "Putting Your Best Foot Forward: How to Prepare a Great Dissertation/Thesis Presentation"
2. Feb 23: Career Development: How to Write an NRSA
3. Feb 26-28: PROMISE Retreat
4. March 2: Career Development: Publish, Don't Perish! How to Write and Publish a Research Paper
5. April: PROMISE Reflections
6. May 1: PROMISE End of the Year Cookout
7. Peer Mentoring: Ongoing
8. Jobs, Workshops, Conferences
9. Articles of interest


1. PROMISE @ UMB: Spring Opening Meeting (New Date)
Thursday, February 18, 2010
12:00-1:15 pm
SMC Campus Center 353.
Food and beverages provided.
We’re kicking off the semester with a talk "Putting Your Best Foot Forward: How to Prepare a Great Dissertation/Thesis Presentation"
Are you afraid of public speaking and giving presentations? Do you have difficulty putting together PowerPoint presentations? If so, then we have just the thing for you! Come find out tips on how to make a GREAT defense presentation and meet other graduate students aspiring to success!
Whether you are ready to defend your dissertation, a first year student, or somewhere in between, you will find this talk helpful while you prepare for your next presentation. Speaker: Dr. Judith Pollack, PROMISE Coordinator and recent PhD graduate from UMBC.
You will also meet PROMISE Peer Mentors and find out more about PROMISE activities. Open to all graduate students who want to be successful.

2. Career Development: How to Write an NRSA Workshop for Postdocs and Graduate Students Tuesday, February 23, 2010 12:30pm - 4:30pm HSF II Auditorium In collaboration with the Graduate Program in Life Sciences (GPILS), the Office for Research Career Development is offering this grant writing workshop which is targeted to postdoctoral fellows and graduate students interested in applying for an individual National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the NIH. Major subjects will include the following: the “right time” to apply; components of an NRSA; and the review criteria for an NRSA, including: candidate; sponsor and training environment; training potential and research proposal. Speakers: Margaret M. McCarthy, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Professor, Department of Physiology; Wendy Sanders, MA, Assistant Dean, Research Career Development; Asaf Keller, PhD., Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology; Stuart Martin, PhD., Associate Professor, Department of Physiology and Iris Lindberg, PhD., Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology Pre-registration is required online at www.peopleware.net/1482. Please specify you are part of PROMISE when you register.

3. PROMISE Retreat for Graduate Students and Post-Docs Save the date for the PROMISE Community Building Retreat to Rocky Gap, coming Feb. 26-28, 2010!
The application period will be from Weds. 2/10 - Weds. 2/17. We will be able to take 100 people (graduate students and postdocs at UMBC, UMB, and
UMCP.) For examples from last year's retreat, see the website and the early entries of the Community Building blog:
http://sites.google.com/site/thepromisearchive/Home/community-retreat-at-rocky-gap-2009
http://promisecommunitybuilding.blogspot.com/
The retreat is sponsored by PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP and is therefore offered at no charge to our students and postdocs. Application information will be posted on the PROMISE website on 2/10/10.
http://www.umbc.edu/promise

4. Career Development: Publish, Don't Perish! How to Write and Publish a Research Paper (NEW Workshop) Tuesday, March 2, 2010 11:00am – 4:00pm HSFII Auditorium (20 Penn Street) In collaboration with the Department of Pediatrics, the Office for Research Career Development is offering this one day workshop which is targeted to all residents, fellows, grads, postdocs and junior faculty with an interest in learning how to write and publish a scientific research paper. Subjects that will be addressed include: Successfully Navigating the Publication Process; Understanding the Structure and Content of a Research Article (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion); Crucial Ethical Issues in Publishing Scientific Research: and Tips for Effective Writing.
A networking luncheon is included (journal editors will facilitate discussions at each lunch table) Pre-registration is required online at www.peopleware.net/1482. Please specify you are part of PROMISE when you register.

5. PROMISE Reflections – Date TBA:
UMB usually hosts the end of the semester Reflections for PROMISE Tricampus, where students not only consider their academic career and hard work, but also evaluate their lives in a broader sense. Every semester, we do something different. Details are in the works. Stay tuned!

6. PROMISE End of the Year Cookout
Friends and Family Cookout and Recognition of Graduates Saturday, May 1, 2010, 1:00 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Howard County Park (Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD)

7. Peer Mentoring: OnGoing
Graduate school is making you feel overwhelmed? Our Peer Mentors can walk along side you and share tips on how to navigate the process. First or second year students will be paired with senior grad students. Interested in applying? Contact Dr. Judith Pollack for an application (don’t worry, it’s an easy application).

8. Jobs, Workshops, Conferences
- NIH Summer Internship Program deadline is March 1, 2010. National Institute of Aging in particular has openings. The application can be found at: http://www.training.nih.gov/student
- National PostDoctoral Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, March 12-14, 2010 http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/meetings-and-events/annual-meeting/2010-annual-meeting

9: Articles of interest:
Scientific writing 101. Nature Structural & Molecular Biology (2010) vol. 17 (2) pp. 139-139
http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nsmb0210-139

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