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February Announcements

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, February 5 at 5:30pm. Details below!

  • CHOP Research Poster Day – Abstracts are now Available Online!
  • Announcing the 2016 Distinguished Research Trainee Award Winners
  • Attention Trainees: Nominate Your Mentor for the Award for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees, Deadline February 19
  • Faculty Conversations: Understanding Tenure, February 11
  • RCR February Feature: Peer Review
  • Junior Investigator Preliminary/Feasibility Grant Program (JIPGP), Deadline February 26
  • Save the Date: Faculty Luncheon Featuring Struan Grant, PhD - March 11
  • Save the Date: Obtaining Foundation Funding: Practical Advice for Research Trainees - March 17
  • New Postdoctoral Fellow Annual Review Form Now Available
  • American Society for Microbiology - Upcoming Programs for Grad Students, Postdocs, and Early Career Scientists
  • Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – February 5
  • Monthly Postdoc Lunch – February 19

  • CHOP Research Poster Day – Abstracts are now Available Online!

    Abstracts for CHOP Research Poster Day are now available to be searched and reviewed online at: http://www.research.chop.edu/posterday.

    CHOP Research Poster Day celebrates the groundbreaking research throughout Children's Hospital. This event, taking place Wednesday, February 24, includes poster presentations from more than 160 researchers-in-training who will share their exciting discoveries with the CHOP community.

    Posters will be on display from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the first floor of the Colket Translational Research Building, followed by an awards ceremony and reception at 4 p.m. in the Colket Lobby. Posters will be set up in CTRB conference rooms (1100A, 1100B and 1200A) alphabetically by presenting author.

    The event also includes an expo of the CHOP Research Institute’s Centers of Emphasis, core facilities, and administrative units. Attendees are eligible to collect expo raffle tickets for valuable prizes! The expo runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will also be held on first floor of the Colket Translational Research Building.

    The entire CHOP community is invited to attend.

    Questions may be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    Announcing the 2016 Distinguished Research Trainee Award Winners

    The CHOP Research Institute has announced the winners of the 2016 CHOP Distinguished Research Trainee Awards, which provide institution-wide recognition for exceptional CHOP Research trainees, and create an avenue for mentors to show appreciation for their researchers-in-training.

    Graduate Student - Yun Rose Li
    Postdoctoral Fellows - Daphne Avgousti, PhD
    Physician Fellow - Orith Waisbourd-Zinman, MD

    The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs sought nominations for the award from faculty mentors in three trainee categories: CHOP-based Graduate Student, Postdoctoral Fellow, and Physician Fellow. The three winners were selected after review and voting by members of the Research Trainee Advisory Committee, chaired by Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE.

    Congratulations to our 2016 award winners!


    Attention Trainees: Nominate Your Mentor for the Award for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees, February 19

    The CHOP Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the first annual Award for Excellence in Mentoring Research Trainees. The award is designed to honor faculty members who have provided exceptional support as research mentors at the CHOP Research Institute.

    Current CHOP trainees (postdoctoral fellows, medical/physician fellows, or CHOP-based graduate students) are encouraged to nominate faculty who effectively guide and monitor advanced training and professional development.

    Nominations will be reviewed by the Research Trainee Advisory Committee (RTAC). The winner will be invited to present at the first Faculty Luncheon series of the 2016-2017 academic year, featured on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs’ Research Trainee Web Portal, in a Bench to Bedside article, and be recognized with an award plaque.

    The nomination deadline is Friday, February 19, 2016.

    For more information, eligibility requirements and instructions on how to nominate a mentor, visit http://postdoc.research.chop.edu/current-trainee-home/692-call-for-nominations-award-for-excellence-in- mentoring-research-trainees.html.


    Faculty Conversations: Understanding Tenure, February 11

    Graduate students and postdocs of all disciplines are encouraged to attend this Career Services faculty speaker event!

    Faculty Conversations: Understanding Tenure When Applying and Negotiating for Jobs
    Thursday, February 11, 2016
    5:00-6:30 PM
    UPenn, Houston Hall, Golkin Room 223

    Register for this program by following this link: https://upenn.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6zJ6t5YyOE8HPZH.

    Obtaining an offer for a tenure-track position is a common goal for doctoral students and postdocs on the academic job market, no matter the discipline. But do you know how the actual tenure process works? Should you be thinking about the tenure process when you are applying to different types of institutions? And when you are offered a tenure-track position, what role should the tenure process play in your negotiations? Are you unsure about whether the tenure clock can be stopped, and for what reasons? If you have questions about any aspect of tenure as it relates to your academic job search, bring them to this faculty speaker and discussion program.

    Speaker:
    Dr. Eve M. Troutt Powell
    Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of History and Africana Studies
    Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, Graduate Division, School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

    This program is a session of the Faculty Conversations on the Academic Job Search and Academic Life, a series for doctoral students and postdocs which is co-sponsored by Career Services and the Vice Provost for Education. You can find a complete list of the programs in this series here. This year is the 21th year of this series in which faculty and administrators share valuable information to help you best understand the academic job search process.

    If you are looking for some information on faculty careers, then make sure that you take a look at some of the resources on this page of the Career Services website for some general information. The Chronicle of Higher Education website also has many advice columns on topics relating to tenure.


    RCR February Feature: Peer Review

    Do you believe that the peer review system provides protection against bias due to personal, professional and financial conflicts of interest? Tell us what you think by participating in the February Opinion Poll located on the RCR Web site: http://rcr.research.chop.edu. Learn what occurs during an NIH grant review meeting, become familiar with reviewer responsibilities for journal articles, and recognize the ethical issues that can impact the process.

    The RCR Web site provides centralized education, policy and training resources that encourage best practices and promote scientific integrity. For more information about CHOP’s RCR program or Web site, contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426- 7496.


    Junior Investigator Preliminary/Feasibility Grant Program (JIPGP), Deadline February 26

    The Clinical and Translational Research Center (CTRC) is now accepting research proposals to be considered for the Junior Investigator Preliminary/Feasibility Grant Program (JIPGP).

    The primary goal of the Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC) Junior Investigator Preliminary/Feasibility Grant Program (JIPGP) is to encourage junior investigators to develop clinical research projects that will ultimately lead to competitive extramural funding and a career in Clinical Translational Research Center-focused clinical investigation. The awards are designed to allow junior faculty members and M.D., Ph.D. or D.M.D post-doctoral trainees with appropriate mentors to obtain funds for pilot projects that are investigator-initiated, human-based, CTRC studies that will enable an applicant to obtain preliminary data.

    The grants will be available at each institution effective July 1, 2016.

    AWARD DATES:
    Application Receipt Deadline: February 26, 2016 at 5PM
    Notification of Award: April 11, 2016
    Funding Period: 7-1-16 to 6-30-17

    Click here to view the eligibility criteria, proposal instructions, documents (accessed by clicking on the paper clip) and additional details.


    Save the Date: Faculty Luncheon Featuring Struan Grant, PhD - March 11

    Join us at noon on Friday, March 11, 2016 for the latest installment of the Faculty Luncheon lecture series, which will be held in the Colket Translational Building (CTRB), first floor, conference room 1100B. Struan F.A. Grant, Ph.D. will be presenting "GWAS Only Finds Signals: Using 3D Genomics to Find the Actual Underlying Genes." Lunch will be provided beginning at 11:45 am. This event is open to all members of the CHOP community. We hope to see you there!

    The CHOP Research Institute Faculty Luncheons are held four times per academic year and feature scientific presentations from CHOP Research Faculty members. Mark your calendars and plan to join us for the 2015 - 2016 series!

    Session 4
    Title: "Novel Therapies for Heart Valve Disease - Surgical and Pharmacologic"
    Guest Lecturer: Robery Levy, MD
    Event Date: Friday, June 17, 2016
    Location: Colket Translational Research Building (CTRB), Room 1100B
    Time: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


    Save the Date: Obtaining Foundation Funding: Practical Advice for Research Trainees - March 17

    Postdoc Seminar Series
    Date: March 17, 2016
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Location: ARC 123C (pizza at 11:45 AM)
    Presenters: Panel Session

    Hundreds of non-federal grants and fellowships are available to research trainees. Regardless of your field of research, citizenship status, and training background, there are viable funding options just waiting to be explored. In this panel session, attendees can expect to receive practical advice and tips from recent recipients of foundation funding, including:

  • How to best identify a foundation funding opportunity
  • Managing the grant writing/preparation process
  • Tips on writing a winning grant proposal
  • Responding to reviewers comments and feedback
  • For more information, contact Janet Stuart at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 267-426-7496. Sponsored by the Offices of Responsible Research Training and Postdoctoral Affairs.


    New Postdoctoral Fellow Annual Review Form Now Available

    Effective October 19, 2015, the new Postdoctoral Fellow Annual Review Form is available for download on the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs’ intranet site.

    The new form is more streamlined and incorporates elements related to mentorship and expectation setting, two key components of a successful fellowship experience.

    Postdocs completing their required annual evaluation on or after October 19 must use the new version of the Postdoctoral Fellow Annual Review Form.

    Since 2003, CHOP Postdoctoral Fellows have been required to complete a research trainee-specific annual review process with their mentors at the anniversary of their hire dates. This review replaces the ImPACT Performance Management process that is completed by all other CHOP employees, and is applicable to Postdocs only.

    Please contact David Taylor, Assistant Director, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have.


    American Society for Microbiology - Upcoming Programs for Grad Students, Postdocs, and Early Career Scientists

    The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) has professional development and fellowship opportunities for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career scientists coming up in 2016.

    ASM Kadner Grant Writing Online
    March – May 2016
    Webinar series offering didactic training in grant writing and scientific communication. Website coming soon.
    Application deadline: February 10, 2016

    ASM Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship
    Application deadline: May 1, 2016

    ASM Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute
    August 12—14, 2016
    Application deadline: June 30, 2016

    ASM Kadner Grant Writing Institute
    August 12—14, 2016
    Application deadline: June 30, 2016

    ASM Turning Your Science into a Company
    October 6 – 8, 2016
    Application deadline: August 20, 2016

    View the printable schedule here

    Information about all the programs can be found at http://www.asmgap.org


    Monthly Postdoc Happy Hour – February 5

    UPenn Event
    February 5, 2016
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    UPenn BPP Social Committee
    Meet up with fellow CHOP/Penn Postdocs!

    The UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) Social Committee hosts a monthly happy hour event at City Tap House (3925 Walnut Street) in West Philly. All CHOP and UPenn postdocs are welcome to join. Feel free to bring co-workers, friends and significant others, as long as they are 21+.

    Enjoy drink specials from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. When you arrive, tell the hostess you are with the postdoc happy hour and get a wristband to get the specials.

    For more information, visit the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council (BPC) site.


    Monthly Postdoc Lunch – February 19

    UPenn Event Hosted at ARC Cafeteria
    February 19, 2016
    12:00 PM-1:00 PM
    UPenn BPP Social Committee
    Have lunch with fellow CHOP/Penn Postdocs!

    The UPenn Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP) Social Committee hosts a monthly happy lunch event at ARC cafeteria. All CHOP and UPenn postdocs are welcome to join.

    Bring your lunch and join other postdocs for a casual lunch networking opportunity.

    For more information, visit the Biomedical Postdoctoral Council (BPC) site.


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