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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

what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
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
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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