My goal is that all students in my lab become independent thinkers and fantastic scientists. You can achieve this through lot of experimental work and reading. Mistakes are an excellent learning tool as long as you are learning something from them and they don’t become routine. Graduate training and lab work is not intended to be 9 to 5, 40 hours a week job! Your results should speak of your effort. While I directly mentor all of my lab members, I want the group to succeed in peer-to-peer mentoring and teamwork. Each student is encouraged to provide mentoring to a junior lab member through sharing his or her latest results, interpretations, obstacles and plans. I always want to hear about your results and ideas, but as you progress through your training, I will be doing less instructing and more listening and providing ideas for you to evaluate and then take or leave.
I encourage you to organize your thoughts in written form early and often. This will help you make sure that experiments are directed towards the project’s long-term goals, publishing, and making progress on your degree. Publications are scientific currency. Organize your thoughts in written form often (e.g. bullet points or essay): include a statement of the hypothesis or design you are testing, the significance of the work and how it fits into the big picture, figures (publication quality) and their interpretation, and your ideas of what still needs to be done. This is a great exercise for writing a paper.
I will meet with all graduate students weekly. These meetings are designed to provide regular feedback on your research progress and goals. I will help you develop a list of weekly expectations and each week we will evaluate your research progress in regards to these expectations. Finally, I will meet annually with all lab members to discuss your short-term and long-term career goals, what you need to do to meet these goals, and what I can do to help you.
WHO Attendance is required for all graduate and undergraduate students
WHAT Students are assigned to present using a round robin system where everyone gives a short weekly update.
WHERE Group meetings for the Spring 2017 semester are held on Wednesdays in HHN 200 from 9AM to 11AM.