Research Club

This journal club/research talk series is an instructional activity of the Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Graduate Program.  All academic personnel affiliated with the Program are urged to attend regularly, and graduate students are required to attend for all of their graduate years.  Literature presentations will focus on a timely aspect in Biochemistry/Molecular Genetics by utilizing select publications from upcoming seminars by extramural speakers.  Following establishment of a session topics, students should coordinate the selection of journal articles with the BMG host of the seminar speaker.  All presentations are to be illustrative (e.g. redraw graphs and data tables to simplify and to make displays readable).  The literature is not merely to be presented, but carefully critiqued.  The scope of each student presentation should be limited to one or two papers to make this in-depth critique possible.

As in the past, students presenting on the same topic are expected to plan and practice their series together.  As an additional aid to learning the art of presentation, students should consult with the faculty seminar speaker host for a critique of the talk before its scheduled delivery.  On the preceding Friday, the presenter also should circulate a brief summary outlining the major points to be covered along with the citations for the journal articles to be discussed.

Research talks will be intermingled with Journal Club presentations.  Unlike the BMG RIP series which serves primarily students, the research talks should be targeted to the entire department, including faculty.

In general, students are expected to volunteer annually throughout their sojourn in the department for either a journal club or research talk.  Students may alternate between the two formats in successive years.