Welcome CHOP Research Trainees!
Please take a moment to browse through the following trainee updates - clicking on each link will bring you to that announcement:
Don't forget to mark your calendars for the monthly Postdoc Happy Hour, Friday, November 6 at 5:30pm. Details below!
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.
The goal of this program is to recognize outstanding research trainees at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Mentors are encouraged to nominate their exemplary trainees (postdoctoral fellows, medical/physician fellows or CHOP-based graduate students) for this award. The winners (one from each trainee pool) will be featured on the OPA’s Research Trainee Web Portal, be recognized with an award certificate at 2016 CHOP Research Poster Day, and receive a monetary prize.
To nominate your trainee:
1) Submit the Distinguished Research Trainee Award Nomination Form, completed by the trainee’s mentor. This form should describe why the individual is worthy of the award, emphasizing the specific accomplishments of the individual while a trainee at CHOP and his or her potential for future success.
2) Attach/append a current CV for the trainee, which includes descriptions of awards earned and hyperlinks to representative publications/abstracts.
These nominations will be reviewed and voted upon by the faculty-led CHOP Research Trainee Advisory Committee (RTAC). All nominees, including the winners, will be notified of this recognition in January 2016.
Please Note: Individuals who have completed their training phase at CHOP (defined as pre-doctoral fellows who have been granted their PhD, postdoctoral fellows who have completed their five years of eligibility as a postdoctoral fellow, or clinical fellows who have moved to an instructor or instructor-like position) must be within one year of completion of their training to be eligible for the award. Applications from individuals that are not qualified based on this criterion will be returned without review.
All nominations must be submitted by November 6, 2015, at 12pm.
Date: November 17, 2015
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: ARC 123-C (pizza at 11:45 AM)
Joseph Barber, PhD
Associate Director, Career Services
The University of Pennsylvania
With the knowledge, skills, and experiences you have gained over your research career, you can create a personal and professional brand that works for you. And using tools like LinkedIn, your brand can be working for you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Join us for an interactive session that will demonstrate how to:
Sponsored by the Offices of Responsible Research Training and Postdoctoral Affairs.
The Philadelphia Science Festival is an annual community-wide celebration of science. Conduct a Neighborhood Science Afterschool activity at a local library, host a Discovery Day or Science at the Ballpark booth, lead a Science After Hours demonstration, or participate in the Science Carnival. With so many ways to participate, the Office of Responsible Research Training – in partnership with the Office of Government Affairs, Community Relations and Advocacy – will help facilitate and coordinate CHOP’s involvement.
If you are interested in hosting an event please complete the Participant Form by November 11, 2015: https://redcap.chop.edu/surveys/?s=NT7LELHXMY.
What is the most important element involved in establishing and maintaining successful scientific collaborations? Tell us what you think by participating in the November opinion poll on the RCR Web site: http://rcr.research.chop.edu. This month, learn how to establish and maintain many types of successful research collaborations.
Register today for in-person Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training. Upcoming sessions will be held on:
RCR 2: Thursday, December 3, 2015
RCR 1: Thursday, January 28, 2016
RCR 2: Friday, March 11, 2016
The CHOP RCR program promotes ethical research practices based on regulatory standards and professional guidelines. RCR covers a range of topics including: Conflict of Interest; Data Acquisition, Management, Sharing and Ownership; Publication Practices and Responsible Authorship; Peer Review; Collaborative Science; Research Involving Human Subjects; Research Involving Animal Subjects; Research Misconduct; Mentor/Trainee Responsibilities; Laboratory Safety, Researcher and Society; and Intellectual Property.
We invite you to share your research with your colleagues at the January 21st Postdoc Seminar meeting. This is a great opportunity to sharpen up your presentation skills, add to your Curriculum Vitae and impress your mentor! Presentations will be approximately 20 minutes in length with some time included for questions and discussion.
Below are the details:
Date: Thursday, January 21, 2016
Time: Noon to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Abramson Research Center, Conference Room 123-C
If you are interested in presenting at the meeting, please provide the following information to Janet Stuart via email by
Friday, November 13.
Title of Presentation
Abstract or Brief Description of Presentation Topic
The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Academic Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is a joint effort between the two institutions. Though CHOP and Penn are independent entities; together they create a rich intellectual and scientific community, sharing several departments, faculty and resources. CHOP and Penn partner to fund the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Academic Diversity.
The call for applications is now open. Graduate students earning their doctoral degree before the program start date (July 2016) and early stage postdoctoral fellows (within 3 years of earning their doctoral degree that are NOT currently CHOP postdocs) are eligible to apply.
Please click here for more information.
iPraxis is a Philadelphia-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization who creates opportunities for low-income students by increasing their interest and exposure to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines through inquiry and project based learning. iPraxis brings individuals with a STEM background (students, professionals, retirees, professors, and more) into these schools to mentor students on science fair projects, lead after-school clubs, give presentations, and simply make science fun and meaningful.
Are you interested in issues at the intersection between Science and Public Policy? Want to get experience writing about science for a general audience? Look no more! PSPG is looking for students and postdocs interested in writing articles for our blog (http://pennsciencepolicy.blogspot.com). Our blog was recently cited by Wired.com!! (http://www.wired.com/2015/07/medicine-battlefield-heres-stay-know/).
Our mission is to educate the Penn community on the relationships between science and society. We explore the ethical, legal and regulatory issues that arise from scientific and technical progress and advocate for science-informed policymaking, communication of science to the public, and the continued support for research.
PSPG holds regular meetings and host speakers to discuss issues and careers in science policy. Our group consists of graduate students and post-doctoral fellows primarily with biomedical research and engineering background but we are open to the entire graduate and post-graduate community at Penn.
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 Scientific Writing and Publishing Institute Online
January – March 2016
Application deadline: December 1, 2015
ASM/CDC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Application deadline: January 15, 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
Information about all the programs can be found at http://www.asmgap.org
Principal Investigator: Matthew J. Lazzara, PhD
Assistant Professor, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering
University of Pennsylvania
November 6, 2015
5:30 PM - 7:30 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 5:30-7:30pm. 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.