BIOM 221 Professional Development Winter 2012

Last Update Nov. 23, 2011

Intended Audience

Graduate students in years 1-3.

Synopsis

Much of what professional scientists do on a daily basis, whether in industry or academia, has little to do with what they have been directly taught in graduate school. Rather they have learnt by doing how to write a paper, how to write a good fellowship application, how to give the most effective presentation etc. This course is intended to better prepare graduate students for what lies ahead. Impetus for this course came from the Ten Rules series in Professional Development found at http://collections.plos.org/ploscompbiol/tensimplerules.php.

Format

Short presentations by faculty or industry representatives followed by group discussion (total time per week 1-1.5 hrs). For some classes students are expected to have done some preparative reading. Also for some classes we will need students to volunteer to make either short oral presentations or present a poster they have previously prepared.

Place and Time

The course will be offered in Education Center room 1 in the basement of the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SSPPS) on Fridays in Winter quarter from 2-3:30pm. See the exact schedule below.

Instructor

Professor Philip E. Bourne pbourne@ucsd.edu 858-534-8301, with guest appearances by a number of faculty and industry representatives.

Credit

One credit based on attendance and participation in the discussions.

Course Outline by Week

 

Week

Date

Content

1.

Jan 13

Elements of scientific success

2.

Jan 20

Getting the most from the graduate student experience

3.

Jan 27

Discussion of good and bad papers

4.

Feb 03

Writing a good review of a paper

5.

Feb 10

Preparing an effective poster

6.

Feb 17

Making an effective oral presentation

7.

Feb 24

Writing a good fellowship application

8.

Mar 02

Preparing for a career in industry vs academia

9.

Mar 09

Learning how to collaborate

10.

Mar 16

Building a scientific reputation and wrap-up