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This handout describes the process of mentoring graduate students’ PowerPoint presentations in a graduate-level seminar course at Rice University. Although it was specifically written for the Biochemistry/Cell Biology graduate seminar class at Rice (BIOS 581/2), it could be adapted for any course in which student presenters are paired with mentors who coach them on their oral presentations.

What are seminar mentors?

Seminar Mentors are postdocs and upper-level graduate students from the Department of Biochemistry&Cell Biology who have been selected by faculty to advise BIOS 581/2 speakers. Mentors help speakers prepare effective seminars by meeting with them a few days before their seminars and reviewing their slide presentations. Mentors then attend the seminars and provide feedback to the speakers afterward. Mentors comment on the speaker’s slides, delivery, and handling of questions, thereby helping students understand how to improve their seminars in the future.

Whenever possible, a speaker is paired with a Mentor who is a semi-expert in the speaker’s area of research. With this kind of pairing, mentors can provide the best possible feedback on scientific explanations while also being attentive to the needs of the diverse BIOS 581/2 audience.

Will i work with a mentor?

Mentors focus their attention on students with less experience giving presentations, although students with more experience may have the choice of working with a mentor. Requirements for students are outlined below.

Requirements for students in 2nd or 3rd year of study

You are required to meet twice with a Mentor (once before and once after your seminar). A Mentor assigned to you will contact you by email approximately two weeks before your scheduled presentation. Four to seven days before your seminar, you will meet with your Mentor, show your slides, and“talk through”your presentation (this is not a formal rehearsal with projected slides; you may sit at a computer together). If you have little experience with presentations, you should schedule this meeting well in advance of the seminar—you may wish to revise and meet again with your Mentor before your scheduled seminar date.

Your mentor will attend your seminar and meet with you the following week to discuss your presentation.

Requirements for students in 4th year of study

You are required to meet with your Mentor just once, before your seminar, to talk through your slides. Your Mentor will attend your seminar and email you feedback afterward.

Requirements for students in 5th year of study

You are encouraged but not required to meet with a Mentor. Consult the BIOS 581 website at (External Link) for the names and contact information of this year’s Mentors. Please contact the Mentor you wish to work with at least one week in advance of your desired meeting date.

Students in 6th year of study or higher will not work with a Seminar Mentor.

How else can i improve my seminar?

You are highly encouraged to give a copy of your presentation to your advisor a week before your seminar. Your advisor can provide feedback on key details of your slides.

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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da
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
revolt
da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
Joe
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