Program Options

 Thesis (Plan I)Non-Thesis (Plan II)
 Faculty advisor  Yes  No
 Thesis committee  Yes  No
 Credit hours  45  30
 Semesters  5  3
 BT 600-603 required  No  Yes

keithgilesContact Info

Degree Offered: M.S.
Program Director: Keith Giles
Phone: 205-934-4745
Email: kegiles@uab.edu
Website: http://www.uab.edu/graduate/msbms

Program Information

    • Mission

      The plan I MSBMS degree at UAB is a thesis granting degree that prepares students for a wide-spectrum of careers related to the biomedical sciences. This program is intended for domestic and international students that have some undergraduate STEM field training and wish to increase their knowledge of basic medical sciences.

    • Careers

      The MSBMS is intended as a terminal degree for students desiring many disparate career paths, including but not limited to: research scientists, scientific policy, science communication, science education, biomedical sales, and further graduate study.

    • Admissions Requirements

      Direct-admittance to the MSBMS program requires a minimum 3.0 GPA overall, and a minimum 3.0 GPA in at least two of following courses at the 200 level or above: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology, or Organic Chemistry. GRE is not required. The minimum TOEFL score is 80.

      Admittance to the MSBMS program requires sponsorship from a UAB faculty to perform original supervised research. Students can be admitted to the program before identifying a research sponsor. However, they must be admitted into a research laboratory before the start of their second semester.

    • Program Requirements

      The successful completion of the MSBMS degree requires passing 45 credit hours. These credit hours are composed of 30 hours of coursework and 15 hours of supervised independent study (BMS 699).

      Coursework:

      Students will be required to complete the 3 core classes BMS 601-603, GRD 617, a 3 credit hour/500+ level statistics course. (see “Courses” below for details), and BT 650-652. These required courses account for 18 credit hours and are designed to ensure each graduate has the necessary background training to pursue a wide-range of specialty topics in basic medical science. The remaining 12 credit hours are taken as electives. Students have the option of earning a concentration by completing 9 of these 12 credit hours in a single subject area.

      The program currently offers concentrations in the following areas:

      • Neuroscience (Fall 2018),
      • Genetics & Genomic Sciences (Fall 2018), and
      • Microbiology (Fall 2019)

      Student’s may replace BT 650-652 credits with BMS 699, Independent study, if they can demonstrate that they have mastery of the corresponding laboratory skills (subject to approval of faculty advisor or program director).

      Thesis Research:

      This work must be done in an extramurally supported research laboratory at UAB. The thesis project must be approved by both the research sponsor and the faculty advisor. The project should be able to be completed within 5 semesters.

    Expected Course Load for 5 Semester Program - Thesis (Plan I)

    Semesters Courses Credit Hours
    Semester 1 (10 Credit Hours)    1. BMS601 or 602 or 603:
    These three courses are offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, respectively. Students can begin the program during any semester, which will dictate which core course is taken first. These courses are independent and not prerequisite for each other.
    3 Credit Hours
    2. Statistics requirement 500+:
    There are six 500 level or above statistics courses on campus that students may enroll in to satisfy the requirement of a basic understanding of applied statistics. See course listings below.
    3 Credit Hours
    3. BMS 699. Independent Study: 3 Credit Hours
    Semester 2 (10 Credit Hours)    1. BMS 601 or 602 or 603 3 Credit Hours
    2. GRD 617:
    This course is offered every semester through the graduate school
    3 Credit Hours
    3. BMS 699. Independent Study: 3 Credit Hour
    Semester 3 (10 Credit Hours)   1. BMS 601 or 602 or 603 3 Credit Hours
    2. Elective 3 Credit Hours
    3. BMS 699. Independent Study 3 Credit Hours
    Semester 4 (9 credit hours)    1. Elective 3 Credit Hours
    2. Elective 3 Credit Hours
    3. BMS 699. Independent Study 3 Credit Hours
    Semester 5 (9 credit hours)   1. Elective 3 Credit Hours
    2. Elective 3 Credit Hours
    3. BMS 699. Independent Study 3 Credit Hours
    • Mission

      The plan II MSBMS degree at UAB is a rigorous, non-thesis post-graduate education that prepares students for a wide-spectrum of careers related to the biomedical sciences. This program is intended for domestic and international students that have some undergraduate STEM field training and wish to increase their knowledge of basic medical sciences.

    • Careers

      The MSBMS is intended as a terminal degree for students desiring many disparate career paths, including but not limited to: research scientists, scientific policy, science communication, science education, biomedical sales, and further graduate study.

    • Admissions Requirements

      Direct-admittance to the MSBMS program requires a minimum 3.0 GPA overall, and a minimum 3.0 GPA in at least two of following courses at the 200 level or above: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology, or Organic Chemistry. GRE is not required. The minimum TOEFL score is 80.

    • Program Requirements

      The successful completion of the MSBMS degree requires passing 30 credit hours. Students will be required to complete the 3 core classes BMS 601-603, GRD 617, a 3 credit hour/500+ level statistics course. (see “Courses” below for details), and BT 650-652. These required courses account for 18 credit hours and are designed to ensure each graduate has the necessary background training to pursue a wide-range of specialty topics in basic medical science. The remaining 12 credit hours are taken as electives. Students have the option of earning a concentration by completing 9 of these 12 credit hours in a single subject area.

      The program currently offers concentrations in the following areas:

      • Neuroscience (Fall 2018),
      • Genetics & Genomic Sciences (Fall 2018), and
      • Microbiology (Fall 2019)

      Students may also perform up to 6 credit hours of independent research (BMS 698), which may substitute for BT 650-652, and an additional 3 credit hour elective course, subject to faculty advisor approval.

    Expected Course Load for 3 Semester Program - Non-Thesis(Plan II)

    Semesters Courses Credit Hours
    Semester 1 (10 Credit Hours)    1. BMS601 or 602 or 603:
    These three courses are offered in the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, respectively. Students can begin the program during any semester, which will dictate which core course is taken first. These courses are independent and not prerequisite for each other.
    3 Credit Hours
    2. BT 650 or 651 or 652:
    This laboratory course will be offered each semester, and thus it can always be taken in the first semester.
    1 Credit Hour
    3. Statistics requirement 500+:
    There are 6 500 level or above statistics courses on campus that students may enroll in to satisfy the requirement of a basic understanding of applied statistics. See course listings below.
    3 Credit Hours
    4. Elective 3 Credit Hours
    Semester 2 (10 Credit Hours)    1. BMS 601 or 602 or 603 3 Credit Hours
    2. GRD 617:
    This course is offered every semester through the graduate school
    3 Credit Hours
    3. BT650 or 651 or 652: 1 Credit Hour
    4. Elective: 3 Credit Hours
    Semester 3 (10 Credit Hours) 1. BMS 601 or 602 or 603 3 Credit Hours
    2. BT 650 or 651 or 652 1 Credit Hour
    3. Elective 3 Credit Hours
    4. Elective 3 Credit Hours

Required and Elective Courses - Both Thesis(Pan I) and Non- Thesis(Plan II)

  • Required Courses

    • 1. BMS 601: Molecular Biology 3 Credit Hours

      This course will focus on the central dogma of molecular biology. Regulatory mechanisms between prokaryotes and eukaryotes will be compared and contrasted. The history and modern usages of Mendelian genetics will be discussed, with a strong focus on the usage of bacterial, yeast, and animal genetic model systems.

    • 2. BMS 602: Biochemistry/Biophysics 3 Credit Hours

      This course will cover the structure of biological macromolecules, enzyme kinetics, and thermodynamics. Students will also be introduced to the biochemical reactions of cellular metabolism and modern biophysical techniques.

    • 3. BMS 603: Cell/Developmental Biology 3 Credit Hours

      This course will cover the structure and function of the organelles and mechanisms of signal transduction. These pathways will be discussed in the context of extracellular signaling and concepts in developmental biology.

    • 4. GRD 617: Critical Thinking and Scientific Integrity for Masters Students 3 Credit Hours

      This course will give masters students an introduction to the rules of logic and reason that are necessary for effective scientific discourse and debate. In addition, students will be introduced to best practices in the responsible conduct of research, including rigor and reproducibility.

    • 5. Statistics Requirement (choose one from list below) 3 Credit Hours

      Summary:
      Fall: PY 716, BST 601, BST 611
      Spring: BY 655, CS 555
      Summer: BST 601

      BY 655. Biometry.
      Schedule: Spring, Tuesday/Thursday 3:30pm - 4:45pm
      3 Hours

      Statistical techniques used to analyze and interpret data, with emphasis on biological applications. Lecture and computer-based laboratory. 3 semester hours. Graduate standing and permission of instructor.

      CS 555. Probability & Statistics in CS.
      Schedule: Spring, Tuesday/Thursday 2pm - 3:15pm
      3 Hours

      Introduction to Probability and Statistics with applications in Computer Science. Counting, permutations and combinations. Probability, conditional probability, Bayes Theorem. Standard probability distributions. Measures of central tendency and dispersion. Central Limit Theorem. Regression and correlation. Hypothesis testing. Random number generation. Random algorithms. Estimating probabilities by simulation. Genetic algorithms.

      PY 716. Introduction to Statistics and Measurement.
      Schedule: Fall, Tuesday/Thursday 11am - 12:15pm
      3 Hours

      Probability, measurement, descriptive statistics, sampling distributions, null hypothesis significance testing, means comparisons, correlation, regression, reliability, validity, categorical data analysis, and nonparametric methods.

      Professor: Olivio J. Clay

      BST 601. Biostatistics.
      Schedule: Fall, Tuesday/Thursday 9am - 10:50am
      Schedule: Summer TBA
      4 Hours

      This course will utilize current statistical techniques to assess and analyze health science related data.

      Professor: Erika Austin

      BST 611. Intermediate Statistical Analysis I.
      Schedule: Fall, Tuesday/Thursday 9:30am - 10:45am
      3 Hours

      Students will gain a thorough understanding of basic analysis methods, elementary concepts, statistical models and applications of probability, commonly used sampling distributions, parametric and non-parametric one and two sample tests, confidence intervals, applications of analysis of two-way contingency table data, simple linear regression, and simple analysis of variance. Students are taught to conduct the relevant analysis using current software such as the Statistical Analysis System (SAS).

      Professor: Suzanne E Perumean-Chaney

  • Elective Courses

    Students must complete 12 credit hours of elective courses, chosen from the list below. Completion of 9 credit hours from a single theme is required to earn one of the MSBMS program concentrations.These are currently:

    • Genetics & Genomics Science (Fall 2018),
    • Neuroscience (Fall 2018), and
    • Immunology (Fall 2019)

    The courses that are pre-approved to satisfy the elective requirements for each theme are listed below.

    + Concentration: Genetics & Genomics Sciences (9 credit hours, selected from list below)

    • 1. GGSC 610: Genetic Basis of Human Disease 3 Credit Hours

      This course will focus on the medical applications of genetics and genomic technologies. Topics covered include, but are not limited to major forms of chromosomal abnormalities, mutations and genetic disorders, genetic risk assessment and population genetics, and genomic approaches to diagnosis.

    • 2. GGSC 620: Applications of Bioinformatics 3 Credit Hours

      Introduction to computational tools and bioinformatics databases used in the fields of genetics and genomic sciences. This course will cover a wide variety of different bioinformatics applications, which will be taught through use of available on-line bioinformatics resources. Topics covered include large-scale genomic databases, sequence analysis systems, protein sequence analysis, structural bioinformatics, protein folding, and homology modeling.

    • 3. GGSC 690: Model Systems for Genetics Disorders 3 Credit Hours

      Invertebrate and non-human vertebrate species are commonly used in scientific research work to provide significant insights into human genetic processes and disease. This course focuses on the different methods and strategies by which researchers use these systems for genetic and genomic analyses of human biology and relevant disorders. Model organisms covered include, but are not limited to nematodes (C. elegans), fruit flies (Drosophila sp.), zebrafish (Danio rerio), and mice (Mus musculus).

    • 4. GGSC 691: Personalized Genomic Medicine 3 Credit Hours

      Significant developments in the fields of genetics and genomics are making it possible to tailor medical care to the specific needs of patients. New diagnostic tests, up to and including whole genome sequencing, provide increasingly powerful tools for the identification of the genetic basis of both rare and common disorders. Better understanding of the causes of disease are permitting drugs to be developed that precisely target disease mechanisms, increasing the efficacy and avoiding side effects. These and other new advanced are leading to major changes in healthcare delivery and provide the consumer with new opportunities and complex choices. This course will focus on exploring state-of-the-art genetic, genomic, and informatic tools now available to enable personalization of healthcare.

    • 5. BY 629. Evolutionary Biology 3 Credit Hours
      Schedule: Fall, Tuesday/Thursday 9:30am - 10:45am

      This course introduces the history of evolutionary thought and modern evolutionary theory. Discussions cover (but are not limited to) the history of life, mechanisms of evolutionary change, sexual selection, adaptation, speciation, and molecular evolution. Students will also be introduced to historical and contemporary studies of evolution on a wide variety of topics and organisms. Regular meetings outside of lecture will involve discussions of classic and contemporary research papers in the field.

      Professor: Stacy Krueger

    • 6. BY 637. Epigenetics 3 Credit Hours
      Schedule: Fall, Tuesday/Thursday 3:30pm - 4:45pm

      This course provides a survey of the field of epigenetics, introducing the student to the diverse areas of epigenetic research in a variety of eukaryotic systems. The course combines lectures with discussion of primary literature and research talks from invited faculty speakers working in epigenetics. In addition to providing an overview of the field of epigenetics, this course emphasizes working with primary scientific literature and the development of critical reading skills. Additional assignments are required for graduate credit.

      Professor: Nicole Riddle

    • BY 634. Functional Genomics and Systems Biology 3 Credit Hours
      Schedule: Fall, Tuesday/Thursday 12:30pm - 4:45pm

      Systems biology is an inter-disciplinary study underlying complex biological processes as integrated systems of many interacting components. This course will give students a foundation in understanding complex biological interactions at the molecular, network and genomic level. This course will cover state-of-the-art high throughput established and novel approaches used in genome sequencing, transcriptomic, proteomics and metabolomics to obtain, integrate and analyze complex data. The students will also get familiar with knowledge on experimental perturbation of genomes, gene regulatory networks, comparative genomics and evolution, basic bioinformatics. This course will be a combination of text based lectures and discussions of the current literature relevant to Functional Genomics and Systems Biology. Prerequisite: BY210 minimum grade of C.

      Professor: Shahid M Mukhtar

    + Concentration: Neuroscience (9 credit hours; selected from list below)

    • 1. NBL 610: Special Topics in Neuroscience 3 Credit Hours

      Molecular Neuroscience will provide students an advanced understanding of how the brain works with a focus on protein function. Everything the brain does is built upon the actions of proteins, many of which are completely unique to the brain. Together we will work to thoroughly understand the exact molecular mechanisms utilized by the brain to support the complex function of our most fascinating organ. Topics covered will include brain morphogenesis, axonal outgrowth, synapse formation, neurotransmitter biosynthesis, intracellular signaling, and the blood brain barrier. This lecture course is designed to fulfill a neuroscience major’s requirement for an advanced course. Non-neuroscience majors should seek course master approval before enrolling and must have a significant background in biology and/or chemistry. Students will be required to purchase a text. Grades will be assigned based on points accumulated through weekly quizzes, cumulative exams, and written reports.

    • 2. NBL 633: Diseases of the Nervous System 3 Credit Hours

      Molecular mechanisms and treatments for neurological, psychiatric, and injury based disorders and diseases of the nervous system. Topics include neurodevelopmental disorders (including intellectual disability and autism spectrum disorders), neurological disorders (including neurodegenerative and demyelinating disease), neuropsychiatric disorders (including depression disorders and schizophrenia), and injury to the nervous system (including stroke and traumatic brain and spinal cord injury).

    • 3. NBL/PY 634: Mechanisms of Memory 3 Credit Hours

      Molecular, cellular, systems and medical components of neuroscience, with an emphasis on cognition and cognitive disorders. Covers topics ranging from genes and molecules to human behavior, using cognitive function and clinical cognitive disorders as the unifying theme, with a focus on learning and memory and disorders of these processes.

    • 4. NBL 625: Methods in Human Neuroimaging 3 Credit Hours

      Cognitive neuroscience research has provided valuable insights into the workings of the human brain. The ability to perform neuroimaging studies on awake human individuals engaged in cognitive, social, sensory, and motor tasks has produced a conceptual revolution in the study of human cognition. This course will comprehensively examine the methods and techniques in neuroimaging with the primary goal of building basic knowledge in the concepts and techniques of neuroimaging. The course will explore techniques, such as single and multi-cell recordings, deep brain stimulation, electroencephalography, magnetoencephalography, and diffusion tensor imaging, and focuses on functional magnetic resonance imaging. Course goals: By the end of the course, students will have gained basic knowledge in the field and will be able to read and critically assess scientific journal articles that make use of a variety of neuroimaging methods. The secondary and implicit goal of this course is to create and nurture, in students, a genuine interest in neuroscience and neuroimaging.

    • 5. PY 653. Foundations of Behavioral Neuroscience 3 Credit Hours

      Neural systems which control behavior will be studied, incorporating knowledge gained from neurobiological and psychological research. Topics will include synaptic communication, sensation and perception, movement, genetic influences on behavior, motivation, emotions, psychopathology, brain plasticity, and an extended module on learning.

    • 6. PY 663. Language: Mind, Brain and Society 3 Credit Hours

      Combines cognitive and behavioral perspectives with what is known about brain systems that support language and how those systems are impaired in developmental and neurological disorders. Topics include: speech perception, word comprehension, semantics, bilingualism, speech production, sentence processing, reading, and the social aspects of language.

    • 7. PY 687. The Dynamics of Pain 3 Credit Hours

      This course provides a comprehensive study of pain, from basic anatomy through clinical treatment and measurement.

    • 8. PY 693. Cognitive Neuroscience 3 Credit Hours

      How cognitive processing originates from brains. Focus on synthetic approaches to sensory-input guided behavior implemented in a biologically realistic manner; neurobiological wetware underlying cognition; study and construction of synthetic approaches that emulate biological behavior and psychological processes.

    + Concentration: Immunology (9 credit hours; selected from the list below) (Fall 2019)

    • 1. MIC 601. Foundations in Immunology I: The Innate Immune System 3 Credit Hours

      This course will introduce the cells, receptors, signaling pathways and soluble mediators associated with the innate immune response. The basic components of the innate immune system will then be discussed in the context of their role in the physical, physiological, phagocytic and inflammatory barriers that comprise the innate immune system. Importantly, emphasis will be placed on the molecular and cellular mechanisms that are used by the innate immune system to detect and respond to microbial pathogens to provide the first line of defense.

    • 2. MIC 602. Foundations in Immunology II: The Adaptive Immune System 3 Credit Hours

      This course will provide an in-depth analysis of the cells (T, B and antigen presenting cells), tissues (primary and secondary) and soluble factors (cytokines and chemokines) that comprise the adaptive humoral immune response. The course will examine how cells of the adaptive immune system discriminate self from non-self, including the nature of antigen receptors, the types of antigens recognized and the signals involved in the generation of effector cells that mediate the response.

    • 3. MIC 603. Foundations in Immunology III: Microbial Pathogen-Immune System Interaction 3 Credit Hours

      This course will provide an overview of major concepts related to virulence mechanisms utilized by microbial pathogens and their effect on the host immune response. Emphasis will be placed on important virulence factors/mechanisms associated with bacterial, viral and fungal pathogens and how these alter various components of the innate and adaptive immune responses to allow escape of the pathogen and its survival. This course will introduce the concept of emerging infectious diseases and how their spread is related to their ability to escape detection by the immune system.

    • 4. MIC 604. Foundations in Immunology IV: Immunologically-Mediated Diseases 3 Credit Hours

      This course will focus on the role of the immune system, including the molecular and cellular processes, that contribute to morbidity and mortality associated with immunodeficiency (congenital and acquired), asthma/allergy, autoimmunity (systemic and organ-specific), transplantation and inflammatory syndromes associated with heart disease, cancer, chronic neurological disease and diabetes.

  • General Electives (listed by department)

    Some Courses may be used towards specific concentration subject to advisor approval. The double listing of a specific course indicates that it is pre-approved for use with a specific concentration.

    + Biology

    • 1. BY 520: General Endocrinology 3 Credit Hours

      Roles of endocrine and neuroendocrine chemical messengers in the control of cellular and physiological processes. Term paper required. Prerequisite: BY 256 or permission of instructor.

      Professor: R.D. Watson

    • 2. BY 605. Microbial Physiology 3 Credit Hours

      Microbial structure and function, growth, metabolism, and regulation of cellular activity. Independent project required. Prerequisites: BY 271 and 3 semester hours of organic chemistry.

    • 3. BY 629. Evolutionary Biology 3 Credit Hours
      Schedule: Fall, Tuesday/Thursday 9:30am to 10:45am

      This course introduces the history of evolutionary thought and modern evolutionary theory. Discussions cover (but are not limited to) the history of life, mechanisms of evolutionary change, sexual selection, adaptation, speciation, and molecular evolution. Students will also be introduced to historical and contemporary studies of evolution on a wide variety of topics and organisms. Regular meetings outside of lecture will involve discussions of classic and contemporary research papers in the field.

      Professor: James J Morris

    • 4. BY 637. Epigenetics 3 Credit Hours
      Schedule: Fall, Tuesday/Thursday 3:30pm to 4:45pm

      This course provides a survey of the field of epigenetics, introducing the student to the diverse areas of epigenetic research in a variety of eukaryotic systems. The course combines lectures with discussion of primary literature and research talks from invited faculty speakers working in epigenetics. In addition to providing an overview of the field of epigenetics, this course emphasizes working with primary scientific literature and the development of critical reading skills. Additional assignments are required for graduate credit.

      Professor: Nicole C Riddle

    • 5. BY 640. Immunology 3 Credit Hours
      Schedule: Fall, Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30pm to 4:45pm
      Schedule: Spring, Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30pm to 4:45pm

      Immune system and functions of host humoral and cellular immune responses. Mechanisms of antigen and antibody reactions and basic immunological methods. Term paper required.

      Professor: Vithal K Ghanta

    • 6. BY 634. Functional Genomics and Systems Biology 3 Credit Hours
      Schedule: Fall, Tuesday/Thursday 12:30pm to 1:45pm

      Systems biology is an inter-disciplinary study underlying complex biological processes as integrated systems of many interacting components. This course will give students a foundation in understanding complex biological interactions at the molecular, network and genomic level. This course will cover state-of-the-art high throughput established and novel approaches used in genome sequencing, transcriptomic, proteomics and metabolomics to obtain, integrate and analyze complex data. The students will also get familiar with knowledge on experimental perturbation of genomes, gene regulatory networks, comparative genomics and evolution, basic bioinformatics. This course will be a combination of text based lectures and discussions of the current literature relevant to Functional Genomics and Systems Biology. Prerequisite: BY210 minimum grade of C.

      Professor: Shahid Mukthar

    • 7. BY 540. Biology of Aging 3 Credit Hours
      Schedule: Fall, Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:15am to 12:05pm

      Current understanding of aging, measuring aging changes, theories of aging and aging changes in various human systems.

      Professor: Vithal K Ghanta

    + Chemistry

    • 1. CH 664. Biophysical Chemistry 3 Credit Hours
      Schedule: Spring, Wednesday 8am to 1pm

      Common physical methods for understanding the structure and stability of macromolecules that include several spectroscopic, thermodynamic and computational methods. Underlying physical principle described, instrumentation discussed, and examples cited from the literature.

      Professor: Margaret A Johnson

  • The Graduate School

    Students are limited to 4 credit hours max from the list below:

    • 1. GRD 727: Writing Reviewing Research 3 Credit Hours
      Schedule: Fall/Spring/Summer, Date TBA

      Designed for individuals writing research and review papers. Writers select their own topics. Course offers instruction in essential strategies and techniques, practice, peer review, and instructor feedback. Instructor approval required for second-language writers.

      Professor: J. Hodges/J. Walker

    • 2. GRD 701: Presentation & Discussion Skills 3 Credit Hours
      Schedule: Fall/Spring/Summer, Wednesday 5:30pm to 8pm

      This course is designed to develop professional communication skills through individual presentations and group evaluations. Topics include the basics of oral presentation, content, organization, and delivery of formal presentations; use of voice and nonverbal communication; and speaking to different audiences. Students’ presentations are videotaped and critiqued by their classmates and the instructor.

      Professor: Jeff Walker

    • 3. GRD 705. Teaching at the College Level and Beyond 3 Credit Hours
      Schedule: Fall/Spring/Summer, Monday 5:30pm to 8pm

      Introduces many of the basic principles needed to teach effectively at the college level and addresses current issues relevant to college teaching. Topics include creating a learning environment, course and syllabus design, effective lecturing, active learning approaches, evaluation and grading, and using technology to enhance learning.

      Professor: Nancy Abney

    • 4. GRD 706. Grants and Fellowships 101 1 Credit Hour
      Schedule: Fall 2017, Saturday 9am to 5pm

      Introduces the extramural funding process. Topics include types of awards, funding sources, components of an application, the review process, and writing effective grant proposals. One-day workshop.

    • 5. GRD 707. Presenting Effectively 1 Credit Hour
      Schedule: Fall 2017, Saturday 9am to 5pm

      Provides an overview of giving effective oral presentations in academic and professional settings. Topics include analyzing audience and purpose, characteristics of an effective delivery, strategies for planning and design, handling questions and answers, boosting confidence, and using technology in presentations. One-day workshop.

    • 6. GRD 708. Writing Successfully 1 Credit Hour
      Schedule: Spring 2018, Saturday 9am to 5pm

      Addresses issues involved in writing academic and professional settings. Topics include analyzing audience and purpose, addressing common writing problems, developing effective writing practices, writing for publication, communicating research to general public, and productivity strategies for writers. One-day workshop.

      Professor: Kellie Carter/Jeff Walker

    • 7. GRD 709. Writing Fellowships 3 Credit Hours
      Schedule: Spring, Tuesday 1pm- 3pm

      Participants are introduced to ways to construct a bio-sketch, search for funding sources, how to construct a fellowship budget, and grant-related administrative policies. The importance of peer review and how to respond to review critiques is covered as well as training plans, team-building and peer-review skills.

      Professor: Lisa Schiebert

    • 8. GRD 710. Career Workshop for Graduate Students 1 Credit Hour
      Schedule: Spring/Summer

      This workshop introduces a variety of career choices for students working on advanced degrees in the life sciences. Topics may include sources of career information, self-assessment, resume construction, interviewing, using new technologies in job searches, career choices, the hidden job market, networking, and negotiating.

      Professor: Jami Armbrester

    • 9. GRD 713. Mentoring 101 1 Credit Hour
      Schedule: Summer, Tuesday 12pm to 1pm
      Schedule: Fall/Spring, TBA

      This seminar will cover the science and theory on mentoring, including the mentor-mentee relationship, issues of gender, culture, age, and other power differentials; contemporary mentoring strategies as they relate generally and specifically to situations and fields; applying different mentoring models to real life/workplace.

      Professor: Kellie Carter

    • 10. GRD 733. Managing & Leading Teams 1 Credit Hour
      Schedule: Spring, Saturday 9am to 5pm

      This course will cover the latest science in managing and leading teams across disciplines, focusing on the student's development of team presentations, peer discussion and review. 1 day.

      Professor: K.Carter/J.Walker