Cain Project Support Material for BIOS 581/ BIOS 582- Fall 2007
of the Course
The purpose of the Graduate Seminar in Biochemistry & Cell Biology
- For each
student to share information about the work being undertaken
in his/her thesis project and receive scientific feedback;
- For each
student to practice and improve communication skills for
giving seminars, lectures, job interviews, etc., and receive
feedback on his/her presentation.
Course Website: http://www.bioc.rice.edu/bios581/
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Sample Evaluation Form
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Seminar Mentoring in BIOS 581/2 for 2007/08
Welcome back to another year of BIOS 581/2: Graduate Student Seminar.
Speakers in this seminar course will again have the opportunity to work
with a peer Mentor. The Mentors are senior graduate students and postdocs
from your own department. Speakers will be paired with Mentors who are
semi-experts in their area of research. The Mentors will assess presentations
using the criteria established in the BIOS 581 Speaker Evaluation Form.
As a result of their training with the Cain Project and their own experience
with oral presentations, the Mentors will advise speakers in the areas
of scientific content, delivery, use of visuals, and the handling of
The Mentoring Process
If you are in your 2nd or 3rd year of graduate study, you are required to
meet twice with a Mentor (once before and once after your seminar). Your
Mentor will contact you by email approximately two weeks before your
scheduled presentation. Four to seven days before your seminar, you will
meet with your Mentor and “talk through” your presentation.
Your Mentor will attend your seminar and schedule a time afterward to
give you feedback, using the defined criteria for evaluation.
If you are in your 4th year of study, you are required to meet with your
mentor just once before your seminar. If you are in your 5th year of
you are encouraged
but not required to meet with a Mentor. Consult the BIOS581 website
at http://www.bioc.rice.edu/bios581/ after
December 1, 2007 for the names of this year's mentors. Please contact
the mentor you wish to work with at least one week in advance of your
desired meeting date. Students in their 6th year and above will be mainly
focusing on their thesis and
thesis help, thesis defense and presentation advising functions of the
Cain Project as desired. Please contact Mary Purugganan at email@example.com.
It is highly encouraged that students give a copy of their PowerPoint
presentation to their advisor a week before their talk. This will allow
scientific input on the broader scientific perspective and key details
of the talk.