Biology 541 
Fall 2009  1 credit

Professional Development

 

    E. E. Serrano


     Aug  25 – Nov 3
     Tuesdays 3:30 – 4:55 pm
    
Foster Hall Rm 146

 

 

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GOALS: Bio 541 will develop the skills that will enable students to a) identify and establish career objectives (professoriate, industry, research, etc) and b) develop an action plan that will leverage their graduate education in fulfillment of these goals. The course will focus on improving the oral and written communication skills needed for success in STEM disciplines. Students will assemble a professional portfolio that showcases their efforts in research, teaching, and service. Although all students will benefit from completing this course, the course is designed for students in the early (first, second, third semester) stages of graduate study. 

Instructor

Dr. Elba Serrano
Ph. D. Stanford University
Regents Professor

Research Interests: Neuroscience, Biophysics, Nanoscience, Neuroethics, Informatics

Office

Foster 459

Office hours

MW 1:30-3:00  pm and by appointment

Telephone

646-5217

email

serrano@nmsu.edu

Appointments

make appointment for other times via email or phone

Textbooks:

Outliers and For Your Improvement

Textbook Vendors

Textbooks can be obtained at the bookstore or online from vendors such as Amazon and ecampus or Best Book Buys

Laptops

Bring laptops to class. FH 146 has wireless access to websites for in class activities.

 

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

Date

Topic

Assignment Link

Special Events/Resources

Aug 25

Class Goals

Skills Inventory Exercise

n/a

Overview and Organization

Cohort Formation

Skills and Needs Assessment

Sept 1

Representing yourself: Presentation Slide Blitz

Preparing your Professional Portfolio and your Professional Development Plan

Toolkit for  completing your NMSU Graduate Degree

Time Management 1

Assignment

 

Sept 8

BREAK

 

 

Sept 15

Grantsmanship

Awards, Internship and fellowship applications

Assignment

 

Sept 22

Personal Philosophy Statements: Professional (Research), Teaching, Service, Leadership

Resumes, CVs, webpages, business cards personal introductions

Time Management 2

Professional Development Plan 2

Assignment

 

Sept 29

BREAK

 

 

Oct 6

Responsible Conduct in Research

Mentor-Student dynamics

Committee Members

Assignment

 

Oct 13

Social dimensions of science: networking, interviews, references, internships

Representing your research and skills:  abstracts, lay summaries, the “elevator talk”, manuscripts, technical documents, oral presentations

Assignment

 

Oct 20

BREAK

 

 

Oct 27

Leadership and service

Workplace dynamics: diversity, compliance,  EEO, human resource and development,  IACUC, IRB, Intellectual property,

equity, justice, conflict resolution, responsibility

Assignment

 

Nov 3

Social dimensions of science: diversity,

session chairs, peer review, adjudication of research

International Science

Assignment

 

Final class

Date/time in official schedule for courses that meet Tuesday at 3:30

Assignment

 

 

 

 

 

 

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