Cain Project Support Material for BIOS 582 - Fall 2006
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/
of Talks and Mentor Assignments
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Sample Evaluation Form
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Seminar Mentoring in BIOS 581/2 for 2006/07
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
questions. The Mentors for Fall 2005 are George Blouin, Adina Maximciuc,
Damian Dalle Nogare, Jeanne Rasberry, Thomas Causey, Ph.D., and Lucia
The Mentoring Process
If you are in your 2nd through 4th 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 5th year of study, you are encouraged
but not required to meet with a Mentor. Students in their
6th year and above will be mainly
focusing on their thesis and can avail themselves of the thesis help,
thesis defense and presentation advising functions of the Cain Project
as desired. Please contact Mary Purugganan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Cain Project work-study student will be videotaping all speakers.
Your Mentor will provide you with a copy of your seminar on CD-rom
at your post-seminar meeting. Fifth-year and higher students will receive
the CD-rom in their mailboxes one to two weeks after their seminars.
If you are a 5th-year student and choose not to work with a Mentor
before your seminar, you may still request a conference with a Mentor
after receiving your CD-rom.
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.
How do I reach the Cain Project and the mentors?