BIOL 5800: Research Colloquium ­p; Fall 2017
Course web site: here
The course is designed to provide practice with oral communication of scientific
findings for graduate students in the Department of Biology. The format
involves the design and execution of an oral presentation on current research
projects and students will be assessed by the instructor and classmates.
Presentations will be open to all members of the department and feedback
from members of the audience will be solicited.
Time & Location: Mondays, 1:10- 2:00 pm, BEB 306
Instructor: Bill Stark
Office and contact information: BEB 336, Phone 7-7151; firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hrs. whenever I am there with open door or by appointment
Students will be able to:
- prepare a research presentation
- deliver a research presentation
- judge the quality of research presentations
Assessment & Grades
Enrollment for zero credit is for first year graduate students.
Attendance at all classes is mandatory. Evaluations of presentations (see
assignments) are expected
Enrollment for one credit is for second year graduate students. Attendance
at all classes is mandatory. Evaluations of presentations (see assignments)
are expected. Also, you are expected to give a presentation.
1. Critique both departmental promotion seminars: Attend Wang (Sept
1) and Camilo (Sept 8) departmental talks and e-mail to me by Sept 12
(email@example.com) brief evaluations, focussing on effective and ineffective
aspects of the presentations. I will compile comments (anonymously) and
distribute them to the class for discussion on Sept 18
2. Design a talk on your research: Create power point presentation that
should be vetted with your mentor a week in advance of the scheduled
presentation. Students will then submit to me the PowerPoint and
a .pdf of the PowerPoint by Wednesday (firstname.lastname@example.org) before the Monday
presentation..I will post the .pdf and link it to the schedule.
3. Presentation: Students will give a 20 minute talk to the class and other
departmental members, followed by a question and answer period. I will make
an audio recording and link the PodCast to the schedule.
4. Participation: Students must attend class (just one excused absence)
and participate in discussions. They are also to e-mail to me on the
Monday of the presentation short written evaluations of each presenter
(email@example.com) which I will compile and provide anonymously to the presenter.
Grades will be consistent with previous years and appropriate for
graduate sutudents (i.e. generous) provided students show up for class and
submit critiques of talks (and, for 1 credit students, give a presentation).
It should be noted that professors are required to post a grading
scale on their syllabus.
is the obligatory link to the university statements concerning
Student success center
tolerance policy on cheating.
is a link to the latest schedule
(for 2016, it is here)
is the Assessment Report for 2017
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