BPSD Seminars

Autumn Quarter

October 6, 2021
  • 12:30 pm in HSB T-739

    Course Intro
    Chris Woods (Klevit Lab)

October 20, 2021
  • 12:30 pm in HSB T-739

    Marcus Woodworth (Vaughan Lab)
    Ryan Kibler (Baker Lab)

October 27, 2021
  • 12:30 pm in HSB T-739

    Annie Dosey (King Lab)
    Gabriella Reggiano (DiMaio Lab)

November 3, 2021
  • 12:30 pm in HSB T-739

    Guangyang (Andy) Cai (Kollman Lab)
    Chloe Adams (King Lab)

November 17, 2021
  • 12:30 pm in Zoom at: https://washington.zoom.us/j/95590944851

    Ty Bottorff (Subramaniam Lab)
    Kevin Cutler (Mougous Lab)
    This week the class will meet on Zoom only at: https://washington.zoom.us/j/95590944851

December 1, 2021
  • 12:30 pm in HSB T-739

    Jung Ho Chun (Baker and King Labs)

Winter Quarter

January 5, 2022
  • 12:30 pm in Foege Auditorium (S-060)

    Presenters: Chengbo Chen (Lee Lab) & Sidney Lisanza (Baker Lab)

January 12, 2022
  • 12:30 pm in Foege Auditorium (S-060)

    Presenters: Madison Kennedy (Stoddard Lab) & Lucas Murray (Asbury Lab)

January 26, 2022
  • 12:30 pm in Foege Auditorium (S-060)

    Presenters: Erin Yang (Baker Lab) & Zhaoqian Wang (Veesler Lab)

February 2, 2022
  • 12:30 pm in Foege Auditorium (S-060)

    Presenters: Tatum Prosswimmer (Daggett Lab) & Runze Dong (Gu Lab)

February 16, 2022
  • 12:30 pm in Foege Auditorium (S-060)

    Presenters: Pierce Eggan (Zagotta Lab) & Matthew Hirano (Seelig Lab)

February 23, 2022
  • 12:30 pm in Foege Auditorium (S-060)

    Presenters: Elena Holland (Nath Lab) & Brianne King (Zalatan Lab)

March 9, 2022
  • 12:30 pm in Foege Auditorium (S-060)

    Presenters: Anna Lauko (Baker Lab) & Jeremy Hollis (Campbell Lab)

Spring Quarter

March 30, 2022
  • 12:30 pm ~ T-531

    Presenters: Kejia Wu (Baker Lab) & Samantha Zepeda (Veesler Lab)

April 6, 2022
  • 12:30 pm ~ T-739

    Presenters: Fernando Banales Mejia (Maly Lab) & Tanushri Kumar (Kollman Lab)

April 20, 2022
  • 12:30 pm ~ T-739

    Presenters: Cullen Demakis (Baker Lab) & Bonnibelle Leeds (Asbury Lab)

April 27, 2022
  • 12:30 pm ~ T-739

    Presenters: Ryan McHugh (Baker/DiMaio Labs) & Adam Nguyen (Campbell Lab)

May 11, 2022
  • 12:30 pm ~ T-739

    Presenters: Audrey O'Neill (Kollman Lab) & Rachelle Stowell (Stoll Lab)

May 18, 2022
  • 12:30 pm ~ T-739

    Presenters: Susana Vasquez Torres (Baker Lab) & Ilya Veil (Zheng Lab)

Course Information


Instructor: Ning Zheng

Credits: 1 (max 30)

UW General Catalog Course Description: Group conferences on graduate student research. Prerequisite: BPSD graduate student, or permission of instructor. Offered: AWSp.

Recommended Background: Involved in graduate research

Textbooks: None

BPSD 520 is a 1 credit class for credit/no credit. All students enrolled in the BPSD graduate program and all current trainees of the Molecular Biophysics Training Program including Hurd Fellows are required to register for BPSD 520 in Autumn, Winter, and Spring quarters. The course meets up to once a week for 50 minutes, although fewer meetings might be required in some quarters. In each meeting, two students present their original research project for 20 minutes and take questions for 5 minutes. All other students in the class provide written critiques for each speaker, to improve presentation skills.

Per directive from the University President, the course will meet remotely by Zoom during week 1 of Winter 2022. At this time, we are planning a hybrid format for future weeks, in which we will meet in person in Foege Auditorium (GNOM S-060) and also broadcast and record the class meetings on Zoom.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Discuss a wide range of biophysics research with peers
  • Give a good quality presentation of their research

Topics Covered

  • Molecular Biophysics
  • Biological Physics
  • Biological Structure
  • Biological Design

Assignments and Grading

Critiques and Presentations

Students are graded pass/fail on written critiques providing feedback to each speaker in the seminar series. In addition, based on their program requirements, some students will be required to give one of the research seminars. In this case, the presentation replaces the two critiques for that day. 

Critique forms will be available in hard copy when we meet in person.  Alternately, students may complete the online critique form.

“Tips for Talks”

From Bertil Hille From Eddy DeRobertis

Credit and Anonymity

In order to give credit for critiques submitted, the online critique form will automatically capture student NetID information. To keep student feedback anonymous, this information will not be shared with the presenter.  Likewise, students must include their name in the designated space at the top of the hard copy critique form in order to receive credit, but we will trim off that portion of the form before providing it to the speaker.  

Absences, Make-up Work, and Passing the Class:

Students must pass 100% of the critiques to pass the class.  Class sessions will be recorded and will be available for two weeks following each class meeting. If students are unable to attend a session or participate by Zoom in real time, they are responsible for viewing the recording and submitting the critiques for that class within two weeks.  In the event that a student must be away for more than two weeks due to serious illness, family, or work reasons, the student may request an excused absence in advance. 

Students who do not submit their critiques within two weeks OR receive an excused absence will need to make up each missed class by doing one of the following: 

  • Attend the BPSD or Biochemistry rotation talks during the finals week and submit critiques for four talks
  • OR attend a research seminar by an outside (non-UW) speaker and prepare a one page report, which describes the presentation, the question(s) asked by the student, and the answer(s) given by the presenter

Access and Accommodations

Your experience in this class is important to us, and it is the policy and practice of the University of Washington to create inclusive and accessible learning environments consistent with federal and state law. If you experience barriers based on a disability or temporary health condition, please seek a meeting with DRS to discuss and address them. If you have already established accommodations with DRS, please communicate your approved accommodations to your instructor at your earliest convenience so we can discuss your needs in this course.

Disability Resources for Students (DRS) offers resources and coordinates reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities and/or temporary health conditions. Reasonable accommodations are established through an interactive process between you, your instructor(s) and DRS. If you have not yet established services through DRS, but have a temporary health condition or permanent disability that requires accommodations (this can include but is not limited to: mental health, attention-related, learning, vision, hearing, physical or health impacts), you are welcome to contact DRS at 206-543-8924 or uwdrs@uw.edu or disability.uw.edu.

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