1. Importance of a Seminar Program

Seminar is the one occasion in which all faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students meet regularly and discuss research findings and new developments in the disciplines of Physiology. It is an important component of a training program for the predoctoral and postdoctoral student and is a special opportunity for the graduate student: a) to learn how to present and discuss experimental data, b) to think on his/her feet, and c) to demonstrate his/her ability as a biomedical scientist. A good seminar program in which all researchers within the department participate can be an enjoyable activity that fosters unity and mutual respect among the participants and provides an atmosphere that promotes research and collaborative investigations.

2. Policy Statements for Graduate Students

A. Attendance at all Departmental seminars and at seminars given by visitors to the Department is mandatory. Each student is expected to attend every seminar (unless it conflicts with classes) and students are expected to participate actively by asking questions, contributing to the discussion, etc.

B. Every graduate student in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology is to present a minimum of two seminars in the departmental seminar program. In general, these seminars will concern the student's research problem. The topic for presentation and the date of the seminar must be approved by the faculty member in charge of the seminar program.

C. The final research seminar will be presented after the dissertation has been accepted by the student's Dissertation Committee and is a final overview of the student's research achievements.