8.1 BioEngineering Student Talks (BEST)

1. Goals

•    To learn about research projects of students in the group
•    To receive peer critique of research and valuable feedback
•    To gain public speaking experience
•    To give practice talks for qualifying exams and conferences
•    To learn to communicate to people who are not in your field

2. Format

Two students will give 10-20 minute presentations each week. The presentations should be professional and include background information, the relevance of the project and an overview of the past, present or proposed research. Students are encouraged to use computer presentations; an overhead projector will be available and a slide projector will be available on request. Each talk will be followed by an informal discussion session (and food).

3. Content

•    Practice of talks to be given at future conferences
•    Pre-quals talks
•    Rotation reports for 1st and 2nd year students
•    Project/thesis proposals
•    Each month, we will have a mix of topics from the different focus areas.
•    The content of the seminar will depend on student interest, but effort will be made to cover all graduate group topics. Once or twice a semester we might also use a meeting day for other practical workshops such as a job panel, speakers discussing intellectual property management, management of technology program, etc.

4. Focus Areas

•    Biomechanics/Tissue Engineering/Biomaterials
•    Imaging/Instrumentation
•    Neuroscience/Robotics/BioMEMS
•    Bioinformatics/Drug Delivery/Biophysics/Modeling

5. Schedule

Weekly meetings every Thursday on alternating campus.
Berkeley: 5-7 pm
UCSF: 5-7 pm

Detailed Schedule

The first session on each campus will be half organizational & will contain one talk.

6. Coordinators
Students elected each year.

7. Credit

Students who attend at least 9 out of 15 meetings and present a talk can receive one semester unit of course credit.

Course Title: BioEngineering Student Talks
Course Number: BE 298, sec 15 

8. Additional Incentives

To encourage students to attend, food and drinks will be provided and transportation will be subsidized (free shuttle passes and/or parking stickers at UCSF).