Biochemistry 595
Graduate Student Seminars (Wednesday)
School of Molecular & Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Course Information

Seminars are held on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. in room 116 Roger Adams Lab (116 RAL).

The goals of this seminar program are to enhance the intellectual atmosphere of the department, to provide students opportunities to develop skills in publicly presenting research results, and to facilitate faculty monitoring of student research progress. Following the successful passage of the Research Qualifying Examination, students will present an annual 30-minute, public research seminar starting in their third year and continuing until the semester of their thesis defense.

Students will register in the Biochemistry Seminar course (BIOC 595 section A) for 1 Hour of credit per semester. Although the course will be graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory basis, the primary goal is to develop skills and provide feedback on research progress. Students will begin registering for the seminar course in their first year, and begin their annual presentations the academic year after passing their Preliminary examination. Presentations and registration would continue until the semester of the thesis defense. First and second year students are likely to have class and/or teaching assignment conflicts that could prevent routine attendance. However, if possible these students as well as those completing their dissertations are strongly encouraged to attend. TAs must schedule their teaching assignments, if at all possible, such that they can attend the Wednesday and Friday Noon seminars. The presentations will be scheduled as regularly as possible and repeated on a more or less regular basis so that each student will know well in advance when his or her talk will be held. Students being scheduled for the first time would be assigned dates as late as possible in the year. This scheduling would give these students at least 1.5 years to start their research and have adequate data for preparation of a seminar. Students would continue making an annual presentation until they were within one semester of defending their dissertation.