Schedule - BC/CU Senior Seminar - Fall 2014

Students can take the senior seminar in the spring/fall or fall/spring sequence. We somtimes meet with the entire class, sometimes in separate sections with the two groups. We do not meet every week, please do not miss any sessions! Class meetings are highlighted in bold face.
Week
Date fall/spring seq. (1st sem)  spring/fall seq. (2nd sem)
1
Sep. 4, 4:10-6:00
530 Altschul
530: Introduction, signup (MS)
530: Goals of Senior Seminar ,  career speaker suggestions (MS), scientific writing (MS), What makes a good thesis project (SP), Advisor/mentor/student relationship (SP)
403: Review of summer progress, statistics/data analyses questions?, career speaker suggestions (MP,JL)
2
Sep. 11, no class
Individual meetings with advisors and mentors to discuss thesis topic
Individual meetings with advisors and mentors discussion of thesis proposal
3
Sep. 18, 4:10-6:00
530 & 805 Altschul
530: Methods of library research, ISI Web of Knowledge (JS,MS), 530&403: Elements of a thesis proposal, Outline (JS,SP);
Individual meetings with advisors and mentors to discuss thesis topic
805: Data Analysis and Statistics (MP,SW)
How to separate results and discussion? (MP,SW)
What goes into an abstract? (JL)
Individual meetings  with advisors and mentors  discussion of thesis proposal
4
Sep. 25 4:10-6:00
530 Altschul
530: IRB (JS), 530&805: Concept maps (SP,MP), How to write an introduction? (HD,JS)
Individual meetings with advisors and mentors
Individual meetings with advisors and mentors
5
Oct 2, no class Individual meetings with advisors and mentors to discuss outline
Individual meetings with advisors and mentors to discuss another thesis
6
Oct 9, 4:10-6:00
530 Altschul
530: Careers, Funding opportunities for senior thesis work (e.g. travel) (MS)
Due: Outline of thesis proposal (1 copy) Due: 1st draft of thesis (1 copy)
7

Oct 16, 4:10-6:00
530 & 403 Altschul
530: Peer review process (MS), Plagiarism (SP)
530 & 805: Figures & captions (MP,HD )
Experimental Design and research procedures (MP,SW )
Individual meetings  with advisors and mentors  discussion of thesis proposal outline
403: How to make a poster (MS) One minute slides, (JL)
8
Oct 23, 4:10-6:00
530 Altschul
530: PPT & other tech. issues, MAC/PC (HD),
How to give a scientific talk (SP) Logistics and remote(SP)
Individual meetings  with advisors and mentors
Individual meetings  with advisors and mentors  discussion of thesis draft
9
Oct 30,  4:10-6:00
530, 805 & 403 Altschul
Mini-conference 1, 10min presentations plus 2min discussion (see student list for time and room assignment)
deposit files on courseworks, remote control
10
Nov 6, 4:10-6:00
530, 805 & 403 Altschul
Mini-conference 2, 10min presentations plus 2min discussion (see student list for time)
Individual meetings  with seminar faculty and mentors, discuss poster, final thesis/proposal, begin of peer review process, look at examples of thesis proposals and theses
11
Nov 13, 4:10-6:00
530, 805 & 403 Altschul

Mini-conference 3, 10min presentations plus 2min discussion (see student list for time)
Individual meetings  with seminar faculty and mentors, discuss poster, final thesis/proposal
Due: thesis proposal draft, 2 copies, begin of peer review process Due: 2nd draft of thesis, 3 copies, begin of peer review process
12

Nov 20, 4:10-6:00
Individual meetings  with seminar faculty and mentors, discuss final thesis/proposal
You are welcome to attend the 2nd semester session today about posters
Due: copy of review sheet for your peer, drop off in 404 Altschul, BC Env Sci
530: Present one minute summary slides in class/discussion of poster drafts (MS)
Due: poster drafts, one min slide, copy of  review sheet for your peer, sign up for poster printing time slot
13
Nov 27, no class Thanksgiving

by Th Dec 5, 12 noon

Due: deposit  one-page summary ppt slide on courseworks
14
Dec 4, 4:10pm-6pm
10th floor, Schermerhorn Ext.
Poster session (internal, only second semester students present) (MP)
15
Mo Dec. 8, 12 noon,
404 Altschul; no class
Due: Final thesis (proposal) (paper and electronic copy on courseworks)  - course evaluations



Draft/outline due means you should hand in: Peer review
Final thesis/proposal due means you should hand in: Presentations about your thesis/proposal Individual meetings with advisors (seminar faculty), mentors, peers Present one minute summary slides in class/discussion of poster drafts
Poster session
Where to find theses, proposals, ppt talks and posters from previous years
Where to find help with data analysis
How to get ahead in professional organizational environments (by Steve Cohen & Jackie Marineese, SIPA)