The purpose of the Critical Skills in Science course is to provide M.S. graduate students with advanced training in the career skills of professional scientists through the completion of hands-on activities centered on their M.S. Thesis research topic. The course uses a “coach-like” style of instruction in which students are constantly using instructor feedback, peer evaluation, and self-evaluation to improve their professional science skills. From experience, the instructor has learned that the student-centered mode of instruction in this course does not lend itself well to evaluation via traditional grading approaches and the use of the P/F option (which is typically used to assess performance in comparable courses at other universities) is preferred.
New Course Description:
The purpose of this course is to provide graduate Biology students with advanced training in the critical but often taken-for-granted skills necessary for becoming a professional biologist. This includes skills in research project design, proposal writing and peer review, oral and public presentation of scientific research, research ethics, and manuscript preparation.