Biology 541 
Spring 2012  1 credit


Professional Development

 

    Professor E. E. Serrano


     Jan 23 – May 7
     Mondays 9:30-10:20 am
    
Foster Hall Rm 146

 

 

Contact Instructor

 

Class Policies and Procedures

 

Class Schedule

 

Assignments

 

Textbooks and Computers

 

Hot Links for Students (pending)

 

 

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 emphasize the improvement of 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

Student hours

Daily: By appointment on office door calendar

Telephone

646-5217

email

Serrano AT nmsu DOT edu

Textbooks:

Craft of Scientific Writing and The Art of Being a Scientist: Guide for Graduate Students

Textbook Vendors

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

Laptops

May be needed for some classes.

 

 

SCHEDULE OF CLASSES

Date

Topic

Jan 23

Class Goals

Individual Student Goals

Jan 30

Career Planning:

Toolkit for completing your NMSU Graduate Degree

University Resources for Professional Enhancement

Feb 6

Career Planning: Time Management

Representing Yourself:

Preparing your Professional Portfolio

Communication Skills:

Personal Philosophy Statements:

Professional (Research), Teaching, Service, Leadership

Feb 13

Representing Yourself:

Integrity and Privacy

Career History: Resumes, CVs, business cards

Internet: lab webpages, Social network sites

Communication Skills:

“elevator talks”, interviews, references, professional societies

Feb 20

Career Planning:

Professional Development Plan

Mentor-Student dynamics

Committee Members

Communication Skills:

Publications: abstracts, lay summaries, manuscripts, technical documents

Feb 27

*   DUE: Self Study 1

*   DOWNLOAD

Communication Skills:

Effective Oral Presentations (guest speaker: Dr. Amanda Ashley)

Mar 5

Communication Skills:

Student Presentation Slide Blitz ( 2minutes)

 

Mar 12

·         9 am start time

Communication Skills:

Grantsmanship/Networking

Mar 19

SPRING BREAK

Apr 2

 

 

Career Planning: (guest speakers)

Business and Science

Career Planning:

Professional Societies

Apr 9

*   DUE Self Study 2

*   DOWNLOAD

Responsible Conduct in Research

Apr 16

Career Planning:

Non-research career options (Panel)

Apr 23

·         DUE Professional Portfolio

Communication Skills: Workplace dynamics

cultural diversity, globalization, STEM representation gaps, legal compliance, EEO, human resource and development

Apr 30

SUMMATIVE DISCUSSION

May 7

Finals Week

MONDAY 8-10 am

Date/time in official schedule for courses that meet MWF at 9:30

 

 

 

 

 

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