Student Handbook - Colloquia, Research Seminars, and Journal Clubs

Colloquia, Research Seminars, and Journal Clubs

Students are required to attend and participate in the MCB Graduate Program weekly inviational seminar series, the every-other-week MCB Journal Club, and monthly MCB Data Club. However, students who are within six months of their scheduled final dissertation defense dates may be excused from MCB Journal Club participation.

Weekly MCB Graduate Program seminars are presented by visiting scientists invited by MCB faculty trainers on Wednesdays noon-1 pm during the academic year. Students are expected to attend the seminar every week as a part of their training outside of the area of their thesis research. In addition, a student committee organizes a student-invited speaker each year. Students can also meet with invited speakers over lunch after the seminar.

The MCB Journal Club meets Mondays 5:00-6:00 pm every other week throughout the calendar year. At Journal Club students present a critical analysis of a recent paper, with two 30 minute presentations at each meeting. Each student leads one Journal Club presentation each year.

At the MCB Data Club, held approximately once a month on Friday 4:00-5:00 pm, third-year and fourth-year students in the program give formal 30 minute presentations of their thesis research results.  Students make one Data Club presentation in the third year and one Data Club presentation in the fourth year.