BPSD 520 Seminar

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Instructor:  Zheng, Ning

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 the Hurd Fellow 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.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • Discuss a wide range of biophysics research with peers.
  • Give a good quality presentation of his or her research.

 Topics Covered:

  1. Molecular Biophysics
  2. Biological Physics
  3. Biological Structure
  4. Biological Design

Assignments and Grading:
Critiques of Research Presentations: (100%)

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.

In order to receive credit for a critique, students must complete the critique form and put their name at the top of the critique where indicated. To keep student feedback anonymous, we will cut off the portion with the critique writer’s name as indicated on the form, before giving them to the speaker.  We will not be responsible for tracking down the identity of any student who does not put his or her name on the critique.  Critiques without a name will not receive credit.

Students must pass 100% of the critiques to pass the class. A student must notify and obtain permission from the course instructor if he or she cannot attend a session due to health or family emergencies or work-related travels.  All students may miss one class without instructor permission in each quarter. Students who miss more than one class without instructor permission can make up each missed class by doing one of the following:

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

Tips for Your Presentation:


Autumn Quarter

September 27, 2017
  • September 27, 2017 @ 12:30 pm in HSB K-069

    Presenter: Brian Koepnick (Baker lab)


October 4, 2017
  • October 4, 2017 @ 12:30 pm in HSB K-069

    Presenters: Benjamin Basanta (Baker lab) & Kyle Medley (Sauro lab)


October 18, 2017
  • October 18, 2017 @ 12:30 pm in HSB K-069

    Presenters: Hannah Baughman (Nath/Klevit labs) & Kiri Choi (Sauro lab)


November 1, 2017
  • November 1, 2017 @ 12:30 pm in HSB K-069

    Presenters: Zibo Chen (DiMaio/Baker labs) & Domnita Rusnac (Zheng Lab)


November 15, 2017
  • November 15, 2017 @ 12:30 pm in HSB K-069

    Presenters: Robin Kirkpatrick (Zalatan lab) & Una Natterman (Baker lab)


November 29, 2017
  • November 29, 2017 @ 12:30 pm in HSB K-069

    Presenters: Tamuka Chidyausiku (Baker lab) & Andrew Borst (Veesler Lab)


Winter Quarter

January 3, 2018
  • January 3, 2018 @ 12:30 pm in HSB T-473

    Presenters: Bobby Langan (Baker lab) & Eleanor Vane (Nath lab)


January 10, 2018
  • January 10, 2018 @ 12:30 pm in HSB T-473

    Presenters: Ian Haydon (Baker lab) & Grace Hamilton (Davis lab)


January 24, 2018
  • January 24, 2018 @ 12:30 pm in HSB T-473

    Presenters: Sherry Bermeo (Baker lab) & Chloe Lombard (Maly lab)


February 7, 2018
  • February 7, 2018 @ 12:30 pm in HSB T-473

    Presenters: Alexander Mileant (Lee lab) & Eric Pederson (Interlandi lab)


February 21, 2018
  • February 21, 2018 @ 12:30 pm in HSB T-473

    Presenter: Chris Woods (Klevit lab)


March 7, 2018
  • March 7, 2018 @ 12:30 pm in HSB T-473

    Presenters: Anika Burrell (Kollman lab) & Monica Cesinger (Merrikh/Wiggins labs)


Spring Quarter

April 4, 2018
  • April 4, 2018 @ 12:30 pm ~ HSB K-069

    Presenters: Jesse Hansen (Kollman lab) & Laura Carlucci (Thomas lab)


April 18, 2018
  • April 18, 2018 @ 12:30 pm ~ HSB K-069

    Presenters: Hanlun Jiang (Baker lab) & Dana Loutey (Klevit lab)


May 2, 2018
  • May 2, 2018 @ 12:30 pm ~ HSB K-069

    Presenters: Stacey Gerben (Baker lab) & Calvin Leonen (Chatterjee lab)


May 16, 2018
  • May 16, 2018 @ 12:30 pm ~ HSB K-069

    Presenters: Jacob O'Connor (Baker lab) & Sam Witus (Klevit lab)


May 30, 2018
  • May 30, 2018 @ 12:30 pm ~ HSB K-069

    Presenter: Marcus Woodworth (Vaughan lab)