2015 Biomedical Research Professional Development

TEXAS A&M HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER

School of Graduate Studies

Biomedical Research Professional Development

CRN: 25566  IBST 605

Credit Hour: 1

Notice: !!!Class on October 20/27 moved to Nov 3/11th.!!! 

CLASS SESSIONS:

Class Days:            September 8 ~ December 15, 2015

                                 Every Other Tuesday 

Class Start Time:      4:00 pm

Class End Time:        5:00 pm

Class Location:        Alkek building, Room 1114F 

 

Instructor:  

Name:         Yubin Zhou, M.B., Ph.D.

Phone:        713-677-7483

Email:         [email protected]

Office Hours:  Friday, 4:00 – 5:00 pm. 

 

The 2015-2016 TAMHSC academic calendars can be found at:

http://www.tamhsc.edu/calendar/academic/

 

Course Description:

The course is designed to provide a unique opportunity for graduate students to improve their professional presentation skills, which includes but not limits to public speaking, presentation time controlling, question handling and meeting monitoring et al. The immediate goal is to help students to prepare for their committee meetings and to pass their qualifying exams. Eventually, the students will benefit from the course for many ways including future job interviews, career development et al.

 

PREREQUISITES: none.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

The course is mandatory for the graduate students who have not passed their qualifying exams. The students who have passed their qualifying exams are encouraged to continue to take the course, but it is optional.

 

Course learning Objectives:

Course Format:

Special Topics in Biomedical Research course integrates three major components:

1.    Preparation of CV and interview skills

2.    How to write a winning proposal

3.    How to prepare for your committee meeting

 

During the course, each student will be given several writing assignments, potential opportunities to present your proposal, and being questioned during/after presentation by other graduate students or the course professor. The students are required to consider the following issues to achieve the course goal: 1) how to present a scientific topic with a limited time; 2) how to control a presentation rhythm; 3) how to deliver his/her messages to the audience clearly and efficiently; 4) how to answer the questions from audience; 5) how to polish your slides to make them professional and impressive. In this semester, we will encourage all the presenters to present your own research projects.

 

Assessment and Grading Policy

1.      A class signing sheet is provided during the class. Each student is required and responsible for the sign up.

2.      Each student is allowed to have up to TWO absences of the class with reasonable explanations during the whole semester. The requirement for any additional absence has to be approved by the class professor.

3.      Three or more absences of the class (unless approved by the class professor) will result in the failure of the class. A report of the class failure will be sent to the student’s PI as well as IBT graduate advisor. 

The course is graded for S (satisfaction) or F (failure). The students will be given S if the above rules are followed. Otherwise, F will be given.

 

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Course Syllabus (Sep 8 ~ Dec 15, 2015)

 

  1. 1. How to prepare for a typical R01 type grant application
  1. 2. This semester, we will emphasize more on teamwork spirit.  The class will be divided into 5 groups (5-6 presenters/group) to cover a research topic or your writing assignments. Each group will have a coordinator, two-three presenters to deliver the talk, and two-three contributors to make the slides. It is up to your choice to conceive the research topic, collect the related literatures/data and synthesize them into a 45-min seminar. 
  1. 3. Writing assignments: 
  • CV/resume and Biosketch (NIH style)
  • Specific Aims (One page, NIH style)
  • Significance (One-two page, on research topic or ongoing project)
  • Innovation (One page, on research topic or ongoing project)

 

Date

TOPICS

Presenters

09/08/15

  Overview of research grant application 

Instructor

09/15/15

  Writing assignment: CV/Resume/Biosketch 

Due on 09/22

09/22/15

  Presentation Group 1

Group I

09/29/15

  Writing assignment:  Specific Aims

Due on 10/06

10/06/15

   How to formulate Specific Aims

Instructor

10/13/15

  Writing assignment: Significance

Due on 10/20

10/20/15

  Writing assignment: Innovation

Instructor

10/27/15

  MOVED to 11/10/2015

Due on 11/03

11/03/15

  Presentation Group 2

Group II

11/10/15

  

Sell the Significance/Innovation of your work


Due on 11/17

11/17/15

  Presentation Group 3

Group III

11/24/15

  Writing assignment: Revised SAs 

Due on 12/01

12/01/15

  Presentation Group 4

Group IV

12/08/15

  Writing assignment: Revised Significance/Innovation

Due on 12/15

12/15/15

  Presentation Group 5

Group V

 

Class attendance is only required for dates highlighted in red. 

You will have 

2 weeks to work on the writing assignments and 

3-4 weeks to prepare for your group presentation. 

The group presentation requires your active participation and collaboration among all group members. Each group can organize the presentation in any creative way you like or agree upon. It gives each of you the opportunity to work as a team, which is most valued in any academic and industrial environment nowadays. 

Examples of topics to be presented: 

  1. 1. Genome editing/modification techniques; pros and cons of various techniques (zinc finger vs TALEN vs CRISPR/Cas9 etc; examples)
  1. 2. How to probe protei-ligand interaction with biochemical and biophysical approaches (examples) 
  1. 3. Slides to be used in your qualifying exams
  1. 4. Your fellowship proposals and reviewers’ comments 

(how to address the concerns raised by reviewers)

  1. 5. Cell-based high-throughput screening platforms and data analysis
  1. 6. Next-generation sequencing and its applications/data analysis
  1. 7. Animal and patient-derived models of cancer; pros and cons.
  1. 8. New techniques or breakthroughs in your field (what leads to the groundbreaking discovery?)

 


2014 Biomedical Research Professional Development                    (IBST 605)

 

TEXAS A&M HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER

School of Graduate Studies

Biomedical Research Professional Development

CRN: 25566  IBST 605

Credit Hour: 1

 

CLASS SESSIONS:

Class Days:             September 5 ~ December 12, 2014

                              Every Friday (Except for November 28 Monday after Thanksgiving;

                                                  December 15 Monday 4-5 pm)

Class Start Time:     3:00 pm

Class End Time:       4:00 pm

Class Location:        Alkek building, Room 1114F (classroom; to be confirmed)

 

Instructor:  

Name:         Yubin Zhou, M.B., Ph.D.

Phone:        713-677-7483

Email:         [email protected]

Office Hours:  Friday, 4:00 – 5:00 pm. 

Prior to your presentation, you are encouraged to discuss your presentation with the instructor to improve and polish your slides. Please make an appointment one week in advance by signing up the time-slot sheet outside RM 928.

The 2014-2015 TAMHSC academic calendars can be found at:

http://www.tamhsc.edu/calendar/academic/

 

Course Description:

The course is designed to provide a unique opportunity for graduate students to improve their professional presentation skills, which includes but not limits to public speaking, presentation time controlling, question handling and meeting monitoring et al. The immediate goal is to help students to prepare for their committee meetings and to pass their qualifying exams. Eventually, the students will benefit from the course for many ways including future job interviews, career development et al.

 

PREREQUISITES: none.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:

The course is mandatory for the graduate students who have not passed their qualifying exams. The students who have passed their qualifying exams are encouraged to continue to take the course, but it is optional.

 

Course learning Objectives:

Course Format:

Special Topics in Biomedical Research course integrates three major components:

1.    Presentation hosting: introducing the speaker, monitoring time.

2.    Power-point slide presentation: 20-minute presentation.

3.    Question/discussion: group discussion.

At the end of the course, each student should be given at least one opportunity to practice a presentation, host a presentation, and being questioned during/after presentation by other graduate students or the course professor. The students are required to consider the following issues to achieve the course goal: 1) how to present a scientific topic with a limited time; 2) how to control a presentation rhythm; 3) how to deliver his/her messages to the audience clearly and efficiently; 4) how to answer the questions from audience; 5) how to polish your slides to make them professional and impressive. In this semester, we will encourage all the presenters to present your own research projects.

 

Assessment and Grading Policy

1.      A class signing sheet is provided during the class. Each student is required and responsible for the sign up.

2.      Each student is allowed to have up to TWO absences of the class with reasonable explanations during the whole semester. The requirement for any additional absence has to be approved by the class professor.

3.      Three or more absences of the class (unless approved by the class professor) will result in the failure of the class. A report of the class failure will be sent to the student’s PI as well as IBT graduate advisor.

4.      Each student has one opportunity to give a presentation with a limited time and to host a speaker, which includes introducing the speaker, monitoring time and asking at least one question.

 

The course is graded for S (satisfaction) or F (failure). The students will be given S if the above rules are followed. Otherwise, F will be given.

 

Course Schedule (updated on August 28)

 

Date (Friday 3-4 pm) Presenter
9/5/2014 with general announcement An, Lei 
Aounallah, Nacer
9/12/14 Arora, Srishtee 
Chen, Ying-Shiuan 
9/19/14 Dai, Yuan 
Fang, Shaohai
9/26/14 Fu, Chuntang 
He, Lian 
10/3/14 Jaramillo, Ana Maria
Jing, Ji 
10/10/14 Johnson, Gavin S
Lee, Minjung
10/17/14 Li, Can 
Li, Wenjiao 
10/24/14 Liang, Xiaowen 
Liang, Yi 
10/31/14 Liu, Junchen 
Liu, Yang
11/7/14 Liu, Yong-Hong 
Perkins, Ashley L
11/14/14 Powell, Reid Trenton
Ravirajan, Dharmanand 
11/21/14 Shin, Hanna 
Tan, Peng 
12/5/14 Thomas, Sheila Esther
Xu, Yixiang 
12/12/14 Yang, Tingli 
Yin, Chunhui 
12/15/2014 (exception: 4-5 pm; Monday) Yue, Fei 
Zhang, Yifan 

 

2013 Biomedical Research Professional Development                    (CRN: 3076 now changed to code: IBST-605)

 

TEXAS A&M HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER

School of Graduate Studies

Biomedical Research Professional Development

CRN: 3076

Credit Hour: 1

 

CLASS SESSIONS:

Class Days:             August 26 ~ December 13, 2013

                              Every Monday (Except for September 2 Labor Day)

Class Start Time:     4:00 pm

Class End Time:       5:00 pm

Class Location:        Alkek building, Room 1114F (classroom)

 

Instructor:  

Name:         Yubin Zhou, M.B., Ph.D.

Phone:        713-677-7483

Email:         [email protected]

Office Hours:  Friday, 4:00 – 5:00 pm. 

Prior to your presentation, you are encouraged to discuss your presentation with the instructor to improve and polish your slides. Please make an appointment one week in advance by signing up the time-slot sheet outside RM 928.

The 2013-2014 TAMHSC academic calendars can be found at:

http://www.tamhsc.edu/calendar/academic/

 

Course Description:

The course is designed to provide a unique opportunity for graduate students to improve their professional presentation skills, which includes but not limits to public speaking, presentation time controlling, question handling and meeting monitoring et al. The immediate goal is to help students to prepare for their committee meetings and to pass their qualifying exams. Eventually, the students will benefit from the course for many ways including future job interviews, career development et al.

 

PREREQUISITES: none.

 

COURSE RequiREMENTs:

The course is mandatory for the graduate students who have not passed their qualifying exams. The students who have passed their qualifying exams are encouraged to continue to take the course, but it is optional.

 

Course learning Objectives:

Course Format:

Special Topics in Biomedical Research course integrates three major components:

1.    Presentation hosting: introducing the speaker, monitoring time.

2.    Power-point slide presentation: 20-minute presentation.

3.    Question/discussion: group discussion.

At the end of the course, each student should be given at least one opportunity to practice a presentation, host a presentation, and being questioned during/after presentation by other graduate students or the course professor. The students are required to consider the following issues to achieve the course goal: 1) how to present a scientific topic with a limited time; 2) how to control a presentation rhythm; 3) how to deliver his/her messages to the audience clearly and efficiently; 4) how to answer the questions from audience.

 

Assessment and Grading Policy

1.      A class signing sheet is provided during the class. Each student is required and responsible for the sign up.

2.      Each student is allowed to have up to TWO absences of the class with reasonable explanations during the whole semester. The requirement for any additional absence has to be approved by the class professor.

3.      Three or more absences of the class (unless approved by the class professor) will result in the failure of the class. A report of the class failure will be sent to the student’s PI as well as IBT graduate advisor.

4.      Each student has one opportunity to give a presentation with a limited time and to host a speaker, which includes introducing the speaker, monitoring time and asking at least one question.

 

The course is graded for S (satisfaction) or F (failure). The students will be given S if the above rules are followed. Otherwise, F will be given.

 

 

COURSE SCHEDULE

 

Presenter(s)

Date

(Monday; 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Introduction/ Yubin, Zhou

26-Aug-13

Labor Day

2-Sep-13

An, Lei/ Arora, Srishtee

9-Sep-13

Cao, Jin/ Cheng, Yating

16-Sep-13

Choi, Hyun Ho/ Dai, Yuan

23-Sep-13

Fu, Chuntang/ Jaramillo, Ana Maria 

30-Sep-13

He, Lian/ Jing, Ji

7-Oct-13

Li, Can/ Li, Wenjiao

14-Oct-13

Liang, Xiaowen/ Liang, Yi

21-Oct-13

Liu, Junchen/ Liu, Yonghong

28-Oct-13

Perkins, Ashley/ Powell, Reid

4-Nov-13

Ravirajan, Dharmanand/ Shin, Hanna

11-Nov-13

Tan, Peng/ Thomas, Sheila

18-Nov-13

Xiao, Yang/ Xu, Yixiang

25-Nov-13

Yang, Tingli/ Yin, Chunhui

2-Dec-13

Yue, Fei/ Yue, Xiaojing

9-Dec-13

Zeng, Li/ Zhang, Yifan

13-Dec-13