Administered: Sporadically throughout graduate degree program
Target Population: Both M.S. and Ph.D. candidates
There are numerous opportunities for graduate students to present their research, both on campus, at activities such as the annual Center for Insect Science Poster symposium, or off campus at national and international conferences such as the Entomological Society of America Meetings, the International Congress of Entomology, or allied meetings in Ecology or Evolution. Faculty generally preview these presentations and also see the final version at the conference.
- Critical thinking, reading and writing, and presentation in biology, including the ability to design experiments, the use of appropriate techniques in performance and analysis of experiments, writing publishable manuscripts, and presentation of results in a seminar and/or poster format.
Our students generally give excellent presentations, and most of them are very eager to travel to conferences to present their work. One concern is that students that do not volunteer to present are not given the training that these opportunities provide, nor is there an opportunity to assess their progress in both research and presentation skills through seminars.
Changes Made on Basis of Findings
Starting in the spring of 2005, we will ask students to present 20 minute talks on their research, on their research plans, or even on another subject of their choice (if they do not yet have research to present). During their program, M.S. students will make make one of these presentations, and Ph.D. students will make two presentations. We plan to make these presentations a part of both the M.S. and Ph.D. degree requirements, but have not yet instituted that change.